Badge holders are number one threat to security

Steve Watson
May 1, 2013

A report released as part of an investigation into security breaches at the Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport concludes that for the most part, lapses occurred because TSA employees, and other airport workers were abusing their authority.

A local NBC affiliate reports that “Out of more than 140 confirmed security violations in two years — at least 106 were linked to badge holding employees and vendors.”

Among the violators who are alleged to have helped friends and family members bypass security check lines, was a TSA supervisor who was caught escorting other workers through restricted areas.

Worse still, Aviation Security Consultant Chaim Koppel noted that “for every one worker who gets caught as many as two or three abusing their badges manage to get through.”

The report also notes that “In another case, an American Airlines flight attendant was caught sneaking a backpack through an employee entrance and giving it to her husband boarding a flight to Germany.”

“Sometimes, unfortunately, humans do some really stupid things,” said airport security consultant, Larry Wansley.

Presumably this is also going on at other airports across the nation.

Indeed, we have previously highlighted stories where TSA workers have helped criminals bypass the security procedures that every day Americans are forced to endure.

TSA whistleblowers have noted how the agency provides security theatre only, and how inane policies and lazy workers do little to stop real threats.

And we have continually highlighted the “Rogues’ Gallery” of TSA agents who are routinely caught engaged in criminal and abusive behavior, with a new scandal hitting the agency on an almost weekly basis.

Whistleblowers have also suggested that TSA bosses purposefully hire people with violent and criminal tendencies.

Furthermore, the TSA does not carry out adequate background checks on its employees.

The report out of Dallas perfectly highlights how TSA security theater does NOTHING to protect the public from the threat of terrorism, and if anything enhances it.

The first step toward a solution would be to downsize the TSA, make it less of a bureaucracy, and eventually replace screeners with private contractors who are thoroughly vetted and professionally qualified to provide real security without infringing on liberties, or feeling the need to abuse their positions.


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, and He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

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