ABC News Outs TSA “Security”
December 22, 2010 by Bob Livingston
Now we know why the Transportation Security Administration has increased its totalitarian search procedures on airline passengers. It’s tired of being embarrassed by its own incompetence.
Last week, ABC News reported that a business traveler named Farid Seif passed through security at Houston International Airport with a loaded .40 caliber Glock handgun in his computer bag. Seif says he forgot it was there and only discovered it after he arrived at his hotel.
The report by ABC News also contained this little tidbit: Since 9/11, “Federal agencies have conducted random covert ‘red team tests,’ where undercover agents try to see just how much they can get past security checks at major United States airports.” While the Department of Homeland Security guards the results of these tests as classified, some have been leaked to the media.
ABC News called the results shocking. But it’s not really, not to anyone who understands how government works.
According to one report, on one day in 2006 TSA screeners failed to detect concealed bombs and guns 20 out of 22 times at a Newark airport terminal. A report from 2007 leaked to USA Today revealed that undercover agents were successful in slipping simulated explosives and bomb parts through Los Angeles’ LAX airport in 50 out of 70 tries, and at Chicago’s O’Hare 45 out of 75 times.
“Despite the results, there is no sign that the numbers have changed as the screeners have been tested year after year,” former Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Clark Kent Ervin told ABC News.
TSA Chief John Pistole told ABC News that the poor performance during the undercover tests helped to convince him that airport screening needed to be much tougher.
Now we understand. TSA agents know there are no real terrorists trying to slip past security. The ones regularly cited as prime examples of what TSA is looking for — shoe bomber Richard Reid and underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab — were allowed by the state security apparatus to board their respective flights. But you never can tell when one of those crafty undercover agents might be using a blue-haired old lady or some 6-year-old kid to slip explosives through screening.
All kidding aside; it’s patently obvious this story by the corporate media is designed to scare the sheeple into submitting to increasingly onerous searches, groping and harmful radiation scans in order to feel more “secure.”