A recent test of airport security involved 70 undercover agents trying to sneak potential weapons past TSA agents … and 67 made it through – including one outfitted with a fake explosive device that set off alarms.
A 16-year-old boy has caused a stir after releasing a video showing himself being denied the right to film a checkpoint pat-down — something the TSA officially allows.
YouTube user Apple Lucas claims that he was denied the right to film while being patted down by a TSA supervisor at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He then tried to film his father getting patted down, only to have the TSA agent call a police officer to the scene.
“I explained to him that it clearly states on the TSA website that you are allowed to film the TSA agents as long as you don’t film their monitors and are not interfering with their process,” Apple Lucas writes.
The Intercept received a leaked document detailing the “suspicious signs” checklist used by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to identify potential terrorists. Could you be a target next time you are waiting in line at airport security? Learn more on Democracy Now! today.
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TSA misses 96% of explosives and weapons smuggled by undercover agents - UPDATE: TSA Director reassigned
According to a report, of the 70 times undercover agents tried to sneak explosives and weapons past TSA security agents, the TSA missed 67 of them. That’s a failure rate of 96% -
Even with the naked scanners and the special groping. But hey, that’s not bad for government, I guess.
From ABC News:
An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials, ABC News has learned.
The series of tests were conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams who pose as passengers, setting out to beat the system.
According to officials briefed on the results of a recent Homeland Security Inspector General’s report, TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests, with Red Team members repeatedly able to get potential weapons through checkpoints.
In one test an undercover agent was stopped after setting off an alarm at a magnetometer, but TSA screeners failed to detect a fake explosive device that was taped to his back during a follow-on pat down. Officials would not divulge the exact time period of the testing other than to say it concluded recently.
It’s one thing to give up liberty for actual security. It’s quite another to give up liberty for no reason at all.
I don’t want to pretend that it’s an easy task to catch every evil person trying to do others harm. But I remember in the wake of 9/11, the feds created the TSA and took over the security at airports, train stations and other transportation locations, ostensibly to make us safer. But I can’t imagine that the success rate for the pre-9/11 private security firms was worse than 4%.
This is a *perfect* example of how government operates in general. When something bad happens, whether it be a terrorist attack or an economic recession or some other real or perceived crisis, the government inevitably comes in to fix the problem and a new (usually permanent) federal agency, program or regulation is born that generally makes things worse than before. The New Deal, the post-Great Depression bank regulations, Social Security, The War on Poverty, Obamacare, etc. I could go on and on. Virtually every massive government program came into existence as the result of some crisis that we were told (by the government, of course) could only be solved by government. The TSA is no different.
Only the government can “fix” something until it’s broken, and then legally force people to keep funding it.
UPDATE: The TSA director has been reassigned due to his whopping 4% success rate of catching fake bad guys. In the real world, he would have gotten fired (or never hired in the first place). But in government world, he gets “reassigned” where he’ll no doubt have a cushy job until he retires with a 6-figure pension. Yay!