TSA lashes out at whistleblower for revealing security breaches

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Monica47, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member


    A former TSA supervisor has been told he’s under federal investigation for blowing the whistle on security lapses at the Nashville International Airport in Tennessee.
    Gerald Smith, a one-time agent with the Transportation Security Administration, told Nashville’s WSMV News in October that not only had many agents in the area airport repeatedly failed security tests, but that the TSA seemed reluctant to retrain those who weren’t up to snuff.
    Smith spent seven years with the TSA before coming clean to WSMV when they interviewed him earlier this year to comment on documents involving the TSA’s Threat Image Projection, or TIP, program. The network obtained documents from 2009 through 2011 that showed that many TSA staffers that were tested using TIP failed to spot contraband being brought through airports in carry-on luggage. Should an agent fall below 75 percent in testing, they are required to be retrained within a month. Smith said that simply wasn’t the case in Nashville.
    Now just weeks later, Smith has reached out to WSMV again to talk about the TSA’s security problem, but he doesn’t have an update that will make flyers feel more safe. According to Smith, he’s now been approached by the TSA and told he’s under investigation for reporting security flaws at Nashville International.
    “After our investigative series aired, Smith received a letter from TSA that stated he is under investigation for disclosing information about security screenings, security training materials and identifying information on transportation security personnel,” WSMV reports.
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I've been a bit swamped with other stuff the last couple days, but I seem to recall seeing something about whistleblower protections being part of their new union contract or some such?
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Why would TSA abide by the employees union contract when TSA craps all over the Constitution?
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    It gives the employess a legal basis (leg to stand on) in administrative and legal proceedings.
  5. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I wonder if they will have better results with the legal system than travelers have when going after TSA?
  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

  7. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    It's probably just easier for the TSA to try to step on the whistleblower than to try and actually train any of their blue-clad knuckleheads.
  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    And we have a Constitution that guarentees:

    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    ... which is true and correct and nice, but which has nothing to do with the subject of this thread: a whistleblower who is being harrassed
  10. RB

    RB Founding Member

    The point was that TSA seems to care little about the law.
  11. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Sure. They have corrupt AFGE lawyers on tap, we don't.

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