TSA Gives Employee Security Clearance To Former Perps; Some ‘May Still Have Access’


According to a report presented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) permitted airport employee security badges to be issued to 11 people with criminal records. In five of those cases, the airports were found to be out of compliance because they didn’t catch their mistake.

The report’s executive summary found the TSA had internal communication issues (discovery!), and it crossed its wires in securing vendors — in this case, vendors “for relaying information used to issue airport security badges” — and that it didn’t “properly plan, manage and implement the project.”

Best part? Just because they caught it doesn’t mean they can fix it:

[A]ccording to records available for our review, at least five airports granted badges to individuals with criminal records, giving them access to secured airport areas. TSA did not track which airports temporarily issued badges to individuals without the required background checks. Therefore, some individuals with criminal records may still have access to secured areas in our Nation’s airports.

With Federal overpolicing this inept, maybe we really don’t have anything to worry about.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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