Homeland Security, Without the Security

Massive TSA Security Breach As Agency Gives Away Its Secrets

In a massive security breach, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inadvertently posted online its airport screening procedures manual, including some of the most closely guarded secrets regarding special rules for diplomats and CIA and law enforcement officers.

The most sensitive parts of the 93-page Standard Operating Procedures manual were apparently redacted in a way that computer savvy individuals easily overcame.

The document shows sample CIA, Congressional and law enforcement credentials which experts say would make it easy for terrorists to duplicate.

The improperly redacted areas indicate that only 20 percent of checked bags are to be hand searched for explosives and reveal in detail the limitations of x-ray screening machines.

“This is an appalling and astounding breach of security that terrorists could easily exploit,” said Clark Kent Ervin, the former inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security. “The TSA should immediately convene an internal investigation and discipline those responsible.”

“This shocking breach undercuts the public’s confidence in the security procedures at our airports,” said Senator Susan Collins, R-Me., ranking Republican member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “On the day before the Senate Homeland Security Committee’s hearing on terrorist travel, it is alarming to learn that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inadvertently posted its own security manual on the Internet.”

“This manual provides a road map to those who would do us harm,” said Collins. “The detailed information could help terrorists evade airport security measures.” Collins said she intended to ask the Department of Homeland Security how the breach happened, and “how it will remedy the damage that has already been done.”

A TSA spokesperson says the document posted online is an outdated version “improperly posted by the agency to the Federal Business Opportunities Web site wherein redacted material was not properly protected.”

The TSA requested the document be taken offline, but by then it had spread around the Internet and is still available today.

Hey, you may as well read it yourself, especially if you fly, you can damn well bet the ranch that al Qaeda already has a copy and is studying it closely.

AVIATION SECURITY
SCREENING MANAGEMENT
STANDARD OPERATING
PROCEDURES

See also:
Secret airport screening practices revealed in manual posted online
Unredacted TSA Manual Leaked Online
Sensitive airport screening manual spent months online
TSA posts document on airport screening procedures online
TSA launches review after online release of screening procedures
Sensitive air security doc posted in error on Net
US airport security screening processes posted online
TSA Leaks Sensitive Airport Screening Manual
TSA Breach Exposes Passenger Screening Manual
TSA mistakenly posts screening secrets
TSA Screening Manual Posted Online
Oh D’Oh They Didn’t! TSA Posts Airport Screening Manual On Web

Don’t worry, your aviation safety is in the very best of hands, don’t you think? I’m pretty sure that al Qaeda wouldn’t dream of taking advantage of this classified information windfall, that wouldn’t be fighting fair.

/and if you don’t feel safe flying anymore, maybe you can ask Janet Napolitano for a ride to your destination in her Homeland Security clown car

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