On July 7, 2011, the Inspector General of the Ministry of Homeland Security released a partially redacted report entitled "TSA's Oversight of the Airport Badging Process Needs Improvement". In other words, it's a Tango Charlie Foxtrot. From the report's Executive Summary: Now, you might wonder why TSA is checking diapers at checkpoints when it looks like anyone can fake credentials and get into into the secure area. At first I thought this was just another example of lazy and incompetent management at TSA. But it goes deeper than this. TSA's true mission is not to enhance aircraft security, but rather to create the illusion that aircraft security has been enhanced, so that people will continue to use air travel. Whatever does not contribute to the illusion (such as badge control on airport personnel) is secondary or tertiary and can be ignored by the Great and Powerful Oz TSA. The redactions to the document confirm this. In my brief review, I saw that almost every redaction was to the extent of the problem. For example, in the executive summary, dealing with review of 359 vetting records, the actual numbers of badges with defective information or issued based on incomplete background checks were omitted. Now, one can surmise that this number must have been more than a few, but, consistent with the mission of maintaining the illusion of security, the Ministry of Homeland Security does not wish us to know how extensive their failure has been. Similar redactions that eliminate data related to the extent of the failure occur throughout the document, and indeed, these appear to constitute the primary nature of the redactions. For example, on page 10, one reads: As usual for TSA, the redaction process wasn't really capable of hiding the ball. An unredacted statement on page 14 gives some idea of the scope of the problem. The problem must be severe indeed, if one-third of all airports cannot present, which for all practical purposes means, they don't even have, a list of badge holders.