TSA employees handing out preferential treatment, misconduct cases up 27% (GAO)

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  1. Doober

    Doober Original Member

  2. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    It's just an extension of the more general problem at DHS -- CBP & ICE also have enormous backlogs of misconduct cases.

    DHS is corrupt from the very top to the very bottom.
  4. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I'm sure Shelia Jackson Lee will square away DHS.:D
  5. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    How? Raise a DHS flag on Mars?
  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Anyone even considering her for that position must be high on some quality ganja. I find it hilarious. Really, Lee only stays in Congress because of the racial makeup of her district.
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  7. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Except it's TSA's turn in the news today:

    USAToday:Watchdog: TSA misconduct cases grew 26% in three years
    Politico:Misconduct accusations against TSA officers rise 27 percent in two years
    Travel News:TSA Gone Wild? GAO Reports Lax Security & Misconduct
    Washington Post: TSA disciplines workers unevenly, report says

    On the "bureacratic monstrosity":
  8. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    "Stupid" is a race now?
  9. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    It'd be a damned shame if the "remodeling" disturbed the asbestos and other nastiness likely lurking in those walls.
  10. RB

    RB Founding Member

    The GAO report states TSA misconduct reports grew 26% in three years.

    TSA Administrator John S. Pistole came on the job in July 2010. Three years this month.

    Supports my claim that TSA needs a leader.
  11. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    It'd be much simpler to just dissolve the TSA and put the security issues back into the hands of the airlines.
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  12. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Oh, my goodness, RB! What a "racist" thing to say! I am shocked, I tell you, just shocked!

    You should, if you want to be PC (Politically Correct), say instead that she "only stays in Congress because of the poorly-educated make up of her district." :D
  13. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I think you making some fun with my statement. Hope so.

    Fact of the matter is that SJL's district is predominately African-American. She has benefited from that racial makeup over the years. Not racist, just fact. And it does work the other way round.
  14. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

  15. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Yes, indeed I was! Not only is her district predominately Black (I don't know if her constituents immigrated from Africa or not) it is also one of the poorest districts in Texas, and she has done NOTHING, I repeat, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to effect any constructive change in that area. My lack of respect for her knows no bounds!
  16. RB

    RB Founding Member

    They're probably freed slaves like SJL claims to be.
  17. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    If this sounds familiar it is because you’ve heard it before. Last August GAO issued virtually the same report and not only has there been no improvement, there were nearly 1,000 more incidents in 2012 than in 2011.

    August 1, 2012 - "Stealing from checked luggage; accepting bribes from drug smugglers; sleeping or drinking while on duty -- this kind of criminal behavior and negligence has contributed significantly to TSA's shattered public image." Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Alabama)

    August 1, 2012 - John Halinski cited the TSA's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), established by administrator Pistole to "ensure that allegations of misconduct are thoroughly investigated and that discipline is appropriate and fair across the agency. OPR ensures that our workforce is treated fairly by removing people that do not meet the high standards of integrity that our mission requires."

    Congress Probes Misconduct by TSA Screeners
    By Robert Longley, About.com Guide - August 7, 2012
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  18. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    There's a fun fact for Pistole's resume.
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  19. TSA News Blog

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    The recent GAO report on the TSA criticizes the alarming level of misconduct and mismanagement within the agency. The report spawned a series of articles citing the failure of TSA management to reprimand abusive screeners. Many of those articles touched on some of the more publicized thefts while ignoring the depth and breadth of the abuses.​
    Notably, there have been three TSA screeners arrested for crimes in one month who were not mentioned in any of the dozens of articles posted this week. Last week Larry Kobielnik was arrested for sexual assault and attempted rape in Florida, a month after Massachusetts TSA employee Miguel Quinones was arrested for having child pornography on a laptop in his locker and Honolulu screener Tracy Leanne Owens was caught stealing cash from a passenger’s luggage.​
    In the past three years, over 115 TSA workers have been arrested, including 19 for sex crimes; of those sex crimes, 16 involved children. Thirty-five of those 115 arrests were for theft, 12 for smuggling contraband through security, and one for murder. Over 500 TSA workers have been arrested on the job, according to TSA records. A 2012 report issued by Rep. Marsha Blackburn outlined 50 of the most egregious crimes and criminals working as TSA screeners. And these are just the ones who have been caught and exposed.​
    Despite attempts by the TSA to suppress stories by firing workers before their arrest or releasing an endless stream of fluff stories reporting that they “discovered” a paperweight shaped like a grenade, the fact remains that TSA workers continue to commit crimes and abuse passengers at an increasing pace. The GAO report notes a 28% increase over a three-year period, adding nearly 1,000 additional cases of misconduct from 2010 to 2012. That would seem to indicate that the TSA’s efforts have been directed to damage control and public image rather than addressing systemic deficiencies in its staffing, enforcement, and procedures.​
    The GAO report has prompted two legislators, Representatives Jeff Duncan and Richard Hudson to launch a hearing into the lack of integrity within the TSA, along with promises to reform the agency. Unfortunately, there have been many other failed efforts at reining in this corrupt agency that have fallen by the wayside once media coverage subsides and there’s little political capital to be gained.​
    After three women were strip-searched at JFK in one weekend in November 2011, Rep. Charles Schumer promised legislation to require passenger advocates at the checkpoints to reduce TSA passenger abuse, and Rep Marsha Blackburn introduced the “STRIP Act” to reduce TSA harassment by eliminating the faux law enforcement uniforms. Both of these bills, along with many others, failed to make it out of the House. Only one measure that benefited travelers was the removal of the backscatter (x-ray) scanners, and then only because the vendor failed to develop the privacy software mandated by Congress.​
    The bulk of the TSA-related legislation and Executive Orders enacted since 2010 have benefitted TSA employees represented by the AFGE (American Federation of Government Employees). Among these was a law requiring TSA employees get whistleblower protections and an Executive Order that effectively exempted TSA employees from sequestration furloughs.​
    Like so many things in Washington, these are an endless series of repeats of last year’s episodes. This time last year the GAO also issued a report on misconduct among TSA screeners. Sound familiar? Congress, acting on the preliminary information from the GAO on TSA and CBP (Customs and Border Protection) workers, held hearings in May 2012. To date, nothing has resulted from those hearings.​
    Those following the soap opera that is the TSA will not be surprised when yet another GAO report on rising TSA misconduct is released next year. As we’ve learned, there’s never any accountability for the TSA nor punishment for their misdeeds.​
  20. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Here's the consequence for leaving early-- felt by the traveler at PGD, not the AWOL TSOs!

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