Those of you planning on visiting loved ones during the upcoming holidays may want to be extra vigilant at the airport, as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the very agency which has been in charge of protecting Americaâ€™s airports since the September 11th terror attacks, has given terrorists worldwide all of the information they need in order to breach security measures currently in place.
Reports of this generous act surfaced yesterday from nearly all media outlets, which described the TSAâ€™s posting of an extremely sensitive document (on the eve of a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on terrorist travel, no less), which detailed the nationâ€™s airport screening procedures.
The 94-page document provides any potential Jihadist taking the time to read it with a how-to manual for bypassing those very same procedures. They would learn about the limitations of x-ray machines and may be pleasantly surprised to find that only 20% of all bags checked in are hand searched for explosives. They would learn how flying in from countries such as Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Libya, Syria, and Sudan, would subject them to extra scrutiny, or that during peak travel times, TSA screeners who check identification can reduce from 100 percent to 25 percent the times they use black lights to authenticate documents.
And to round out TSAâ€™s largesse, as an added bonus Jihadists downloading the document were also provided with sample CIA, Congressional and law enforcement credentials, which they could then duplicate at leisure to be used later!
Speaking of leisure, our enemies had 9 months to study the document, as it was posted in March before being removed this week. Not only that, it was actually posted on the Federal Business Opportunity website, a resource for those seeking federal jobs.
How did this happen?
Thatâ€™s what Senator Susan Collins (R-Me), wants Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to explain:
Senator Susan Collins: This shocking breach undercuts the public’s confidence in the security procedures at our airports. 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. [DHS needs to explain] how it will remedy the damage that has already been done.
Napolitano, who has shown time and again that she is the wrong person for the job of protecting the nationâ€™s borders from those intent on doing us harm, minimized the damage caused by the posting of the document by claiming it was an â€œout-of-dateâ€ document that had been superseded:
Janet Napolitano: The security of the traveling public has never been put at risk. The document that was posted was an out of date document.Â Iâ€™ve directed that we do a review department-wide of all of our components to make sure that we are being rigorous and very disciplined on what is posted and what is not.
Well, thank goodness for that. Weâ€™re all resting much easier now.