WASHINGTON: ‘ TSA employs 73-Airport workers with Terrorist links ‘

#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON:June.08: The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was unable to detect 73 commercial airport workers who had links to terrorist activities, but were given access to secure airport areas, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) said in a report released on Monday.

' TSA Employ Airport Workers with Terrorist Links '
‘ TSA Employ Airport Workers with Terrorist Links ‘

The review also found that thousands of workers’ vetted records contained incomplete or inaccurate details.

“TSA did not identify 73 individuals with terrorism-related category codes because TSA is not authorized to receive all terrorism-related information under current interagency watch-listing policy.”

TSA had limited oversight over commercial airports and relied on the airport operators to perform workers’ criminal history and work authorization checks, according to OIG.

“Without complete and accurate information, TSA risks credentialing and providing unescorted access to secure airport areas for workers with potential to harm the nation’s air transportation system.”

TSA has been the subject of renewed criticism after media reported on June 1, 2015 that the Agency failed to identify explosives and weapons in 67 out of 70 tests at airports across the United States.

Following the disclosure of the TSA screening failure to the public, DHS revised TSA’s operating procedures and reassigned TSA Administrator Melvin Carraway.


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One of the caught

Five airline employees were charged Thursday in a sting operation with using their security clearances to secretly smuggle more than $400,000 in cash through Boston’s Logan Airport. Four ground operations crew members of JetBlue Airways and one Delta Air Lines customer service ramp agent were arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to defraud the Transportation Security Administration. Federal prosecutors said they used their security clearance to circumvent TSA checkpoints and smuggle cash to secure areas such as passenger departure gates. In return, each allegedly received a payment from a cooperating witness who posed as a member of a drug-trafficking organization while working with law enforcement.

“Security at our nation’s airports is paramount and the conduct alleged today is alarming,” said U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz. “Thanks to the hard work and commitment of the federal and state investigators and airline security personnel, a potentially dangerous breach in security was identified.” Prosecutors identified the JetBlue employees as: Rupert Crossley, 25, of Lynn; Alvin Leacock, 27, of Hollywood, Florida; Eric Vick, 24, of Boston; and Anthony Trotman, 24, of Boston. The Delta employee was identified as Dino Dunkley, 31, of Boston. Vick and Dunkley are accused of taking the smuggled cash aboard airline flights from Boston to Florida.

The men were due to appear in U.S. District Court late Thursday. If convicted, each faces up to 20 years in prison. Messages left for their lawyers were not immediately returned. In an affidavit used to obtain a criminal complaint, Stephen Valentine, a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations, said the men took cash they believed was drug proceeds past TSA officials and security check points. Prosecutors said nine money-laundering transactions were completed involving approximately $417,000 in cash.


In his affidavit, Valentine said the five employees all had security badges, personal identification codes and biometric fingerprint clearances that allowed them to enter through unmanned security doors that lead to certain restricted locations and secure areas of Logan. Valentine said the cooperating witness — a former airline employee — told authorities he believed other airline employees at Logan had used their TSA security clearance for illegal or improper purposes. The witness is a foreign national with a prior felony drug conviction and has continued to cooperate with law enforcement in exchange for “consideration for favorable immigration status,” Valentine said. At the direction of authorities, the witness told the airline employees he was a member of a drug trafficking group that was looking for help smuggling drug proceeds through security checkpoints so he could take the cash from Boston to Florida without TSA detection.

Delta said Dunkley has been suspended pending the final outcome of an internal Delta investigation. “Delta is fully cooperating with law enforcement authorities in this matter,” the airline said in a statement. A spokesperson for JetBlue did not immediately return a call seeking comment.



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TSA : Investment of $1 Billion in ` Behaviour Detection Techniques and Training ‘ shows no Evidence ‘

#AceSecurityNews – After investing $1 billion in behaviour detection techniques and training since 2007, the Transportation Security Administration has little to show for its efforts, the New York Times stated in a new report.

According to the newspaper, critics of the TSA’s attempt to read body language claim there’s no evidence to suggest the agency has been able to link chosen passengers to anything beyond carrying drugs or holding undeclared currency, much less a terrorist attack. In fact, a review of numerous studies seems to suggest that even those trained to look for various tactics are no more capable of identifying liars than normal individuals.

“The common-sense notion that liars betray themselves through body language appears to be little more than a cultural fiction,” Maria Hartwig, a psychologist at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, told the Times in their report – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/25/science/in-airport-screening-body-language-is-faulted-as-behavior-sleuth.html?

The TSA’s body language program has also been critiqued by the Government Accountability Office, which found it to be ineffective and recommended cutting its funding going forward.

As RT – http://on.rt.com/4v1fsr reported last year, its conclusion was that human ability to read body language was “the same as or slightly better than chance.”


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TSA’s $1 Billion Dollar ‘Chat Down’ Program has Been Deemed a Complete Failure by Government Accountability Office Investigations

#AceSecurityNews says  according to the GAO, the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques program is “no better than chance” when it comes to identifying security threats, which suggests that it has been a colossal waste of time and money.

The TSA’s $1 billion dollar ‘chat down’ program, where TSA screeners identify suspicious people and talk to them, has been deemed a complete failure by a Government Accountability Office investigation.

Steve Lord, the director of the investigation, said that the, “TSA has yet to empirically demonstrate the effectiveness of the program despite spending about $900 million on it since 2007.”

According to Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the report underscored how, the “program is fundamentally flawed, cannot be proven effective and should no longer be funded with taxpayer dollars.”

A subcommittee meeting due to be held today will further explore the GAO report.

Travelers like journalist Steve Gunn, who was subjected to one of the ‘chat downs’, complained that it amounted to a pointless and invasive interrogation about his private life. When Gunn refused to tell a TSA screener why he was traveling to his destination, the TSA agent yelled “WE HAVE ANOTHER REFUSAL” and made an example out of him before swabbing his hands for explosives.

One of the primary indicators for TSA screeners to initiate the ‘chat downs’ is if a traveler displays a particular “facial expression.”

“I suppose the government figures that grumpy looking people with droopy faces are potential terrorists,” said Gunn.

While admitting that it has failed to apprehend one single terrorist, the TSA has launched a series of other ludicrous programs which seem to have little other purpose than treating innocent travelers like prisoners and humiliating the public.

While threatening to arrest passengers who make jokes about airport security, the federal agency has also instituted a ludicrous “freeze” policy whereby travellers are ordered to stand in place like statues while TSA agents resolve some unexplained security threat.

Another policy that has rendered most sane people apoplectic is the TSA’s random testing of passengers’ drinks for explosives after they have already passed through security and purchased beverages inside the secure area of the airport.

Meanwhile in a related story, another $1 billion dollar TSA boondoggle – naked body scanners – are now being bought for 10 per cent of their value by prisons across the United States.

Following the TSA’s removal of the scanners from airports, the devices are now being deemed too invasive even for prison inmates, with authorities at Barry County Jail receiving flak for using them to strip search detainees.

Courtesy of Paul Joseph Watson


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