Let’s be honest. The TSA is security theater. It’s an organization created in the wake of 9/11 to make Americans feel better about flying again. These days, however, people would probably rather go back to security as it was on 9/10/01 than the ridiculous mess they have to deal with now.
Now, we learn that a number of TSA’s employees are on terrorist watch list themselves.
A recent U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) report found that 73 aviation workers, employed by airlines and vendors, had alleged links to terrorism.
The report, published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General on June 4, blamed bureaucratic mistakes. Though the TSA says it frequently cross-checks applications and employee lists with the DHS’s “Consolidated Terrorist Watchlist,” both are incomplete.
The TSA’s list “contained potentially incomplete or inaccurate data, such as an initial for a first name and missing social security numbers,” the report stated. So, long story short, the TSA can’t even catch a terrorist when they walk into a HR department and ask for a paycheck.
Critics have long taken aim at the incompetence of the agency, including their near total failure to detect weapons and explosives during a recent test. This is bound to do nothing but exacerbate the criticisms since the agency is apparently useless in doing something as simple as checking to make sure airline employees aren’t someone who might put a bomb on a plane or anything.
On the plus side, they might finally catch a terrorist. He’ll be in the break room at the airport, and they can catch him napping. Or maybe this is all a double reverse psy-op to confuse terrorists so TSA can catch them off guard. If that’s the case, then soldier on, noble guardians of the airports. Soldier on.
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