TSA badge control failure -- what the redactions show.

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Cartoon Peril, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    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.
  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    This country is so going down the crapper.
  3. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Why does information like this not get the attention of the MSM? Because they fear it's too far above the masses to comprehend?

    I don't even see it on Drudge.

  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Doober, because they just don't give a sh*t. I've talked to so many journalists about this stuff. They just don't care.
  5. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Then why are the abuse stories making it to MSM?
  6. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Well, abuse stories -- the ones that make it to the press -- have a Wow factor. They're obnoxious, they're egregious, and readers/viewers/listeners respond. But keep in mind that most incidents of abuse never see the light of day in the media, and many reporters refuse to address them anyway

    I've mentioned these names in other threads: Michael Dresser and Michelle Deal-Zimmerman of the Baltimore Sun, Vicki Mabrey of ABC-TV, Eva Rodriguez of the Washington Post -- just a few of the reporters I've personally talked to or corresponded with who are total TSA apologists. I have more names in my files but can't remember them all off the top of my head. So we're working at a disadvantage from the get-go when we're dealing with so-called journalists who don't see the importance of this issue and can't draw implications from it.
  7. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Thanks for the explanation. It's sad.
  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Perhaps getting some of these reporters to buy refundable tickets and doing several screenings would change their minds.
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  9. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    As little investigative journalism as there is, it always helps to connect the dots. I think it's preferable to attach as little opinion/invective as possible to any news release. There is certainly room for Op-Eds as well.

    The credential process is the airport's responsibility. Where TSA has overridden a background check to order a credential be issued, that is huge: especially in light of the well-known human crime wave of TSA.

    As a newbie, I think I see where some of these events that TUGgers know, but have not been well-reported on, can be re-packaged with great effect.
  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    It just shows what happens when you combine a bit of fear & paranoia with Congress' failure to use zero-based budgeting. % increase is the name of the game.
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  11. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

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  12. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    Wait, I've heard this one before! Is this like the one from Sean Connery on SNL's Jeopardy about the sick duck?
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  13. RB

    RB Founding Member

    We have millions of people illegally in the country and many of those people have valid ID yet the government does little to collect these people and remove them from the US and in fact fights to stop the states from doing exactly that. I just don't get the willingness by government to overlook one group of unknowns only to make an effort to surveil its citizens.
  14. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    I belie
    I believe I mentioned this before - Suzanna Frame of King 5 news did an investigative report regarding the Seattle airport in which the airport claims that employees and their belongings are regularly screened but when talking to the employees, many of them who have worked there for many years, they said none of their bags, backpacks etc. have ever been searched. In my opinion we have more to fear from employess than we do terrorists.
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  15. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Agreed, Monica41.

    As I've pointed out several times, at DFW and ATL, all one needs is a badge, and "security" is bypassed entirely.
  16. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    It's all a show. And a lousy one, at that. But if something happens one of these days, you can be sure the response won't be sensible, won't be rational, it'll be a ratcheting-up of authoritarianism and abuse.
  17. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    This is the same at nearly all US airports. It definitely is at MCI, where I used to work.
  18. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I have reported on this exact thing having seen the DFW operation first hand. Last month on my way through DFW I noticed a table with a TSA person at the employee entrance and a WTMD. The passenger screening line was backed up and another TSA person pulled a couple of travelers from our line over to the employee entrance. Will be going back to DFW in a couple of weeks and if I use the same terminal will try to get a better look.

    Long story short, it appears that TSA may be screening airport workers to some small degree. About time if it is true!
  19. mikemey

    mikemey Original Member

    I think that's an understatement Lisa.....

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