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Carl Spitzer lynux at keepandbeararms.com
Sun Jul 5 19:17:59 MDT 2015


IG Report: TSA Approved 73 Airport Employees Flagged for Terrorism

Image: IG Report: TSA Approved 73 Airport Employees Flagged for
Terrorism  (David McNew/Getty Images)  
By Courtney Coren   |    

At least 73 people who are employed in the airline industry and are
linked to terrorism-related activity codes made it past the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) without notice, according
to a report released by the inspector general's office of the Department
of Homeland Security. 

These employees worked for airlines, airport vendors and other
airport-related employers, and they all made it through TSA's security
clearance even though they were on watch lists, the report found. 

"TSA did not identify these individuals through its vetting operations
because it is not authorized to receive all terrorism-related categories
under current interagency watchlisting policy," the IG report says. 

In addition, TSA let the airlines and airports where these people were
employed do their own background checks. 

"TSA relied on airports to gather complete and accurate information from
the credential applicants," the IG explained. 

"According to vetting officials, TSA can only vet workers based on data
received from airports. While TSA had made some improvements to its data
collection to meet its requirements, TSA lacked assurance that it
properly vetted all credential applicants," it said.

Due to its poor verification process, TSA "risks credentialing and
providing unescorted access to secure airport areas for workers with
potential to harm the nation’s air transportation system," the IG

In addition, the IG also found that TSA does not have effective controls
in place to make sure a potential employee is authorized to work in the
United States.

This report comes about a week after TSA administrator Melvin Carraway
was reassigned by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson following
media reports that TSA did not detect mock explosives and weapons 95
percent of the time when tested by undercover agents. 
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