December 8, 2009, - 5:36 pm
Aren’t you glad the S in TSA stands for Security? Because that means that the TSA would never post classified and confidential security measures, details, and screening procedures online for the world–and the terrorists . . . and ABC News–to see.
Now Available for Checkout @ the Terrorist Library
In a massive security breach, the Transportation Security Agency (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 Operation Procedures 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.
ABC News has already downloaded and posted the screening manual, “Screening Management: Standard Operating Procedures” and a sample CIA credential, which can be used to avoid screening. Terrific.
“This manual provides a road map to those who would do us harm,” said [Useless Maine U.S. Senator Susan RINO] 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A TSA spokesperson says the document posted online is an outdated version “improperly posted by the agency to the Federal Business Opportunities Web site wherein redacted material was not properly protected.”
Outdated? Riiight. I’m sure the guys in the mountains and caves of Tora Bora and the shores of South Lebanon are finding it quite up-to-date, actually. Whatta coincidence!–They posted the manual on the Federal Business Opportunities website, and the terrorists were looking for an “Opportunity” to do “Business” with the feds.
The TSA requested the document be taken offline, but by then it had spread around the Internet and is still available today.
The document contains a list of items for which screening is not required including wheelchairs, footwear of disabled individuals, casts and orthopedic shoes.
Attention, Terrorists!: BUY. WHEELCHAIRS.
The redacted portions also indicate which law enforcement personnel are specially screened or exempt from some screening procedures, and indicate what requirements they must meet to be eligible for special screening.
Attention, Terrorists . . . .
TSA screeners are also told to require extra screening for any passenger whose passport was issued by Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq, Yemen or Algeria.
I repeat, Attention, Terrorists . . . . Time to go fake a passport from one of those many Muslim friendly visa-waiver countries, none of which are on the list above. Oh, and by the way, Attention, TSA: Terrorists come from these countries, too: America, the fake country called “Palestinian Authority” (and yes, there are dangerous Muslims who hold Israeli passports–hello . . . ?), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia (ever hear of a dude called Bin Laden–guess where he’s from and still has a gazillion supporters?), etc., etc.
The document also reveals 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.
Dude, guess what time of day Ahmed of “Greater Islamia Dreams Against the Great Satan Travel & Tours” is travelin’ next?
“Screening is like a big puzzle and this SOP gives you directions on putting the puzzle together,” said Robert MacLean, a former Federal Air Marshal who was fired for revealing holes in TSA’s security after the 9/11 attacks. MacLean added that TSA’s assertion that the documents posted are old holds no merit. “How much in screening procedure changes in 17 months?” asked MacLean. “It’s a one-dimensional process.”
The TSA says it is taking the release of the sensitive information “seriously” and is conducting a full review.
Yeah, I’m sure that’ll help.
“TSA has many layers of security to keep the traveling public safe and to constantly adapt to evolving threats,” the agency said in a statement. “TSA is confident that screening procedures currently in place remain strong.” The document also provides a glimpse of the special treatment available for governors, lieutenant governors and the mayor of Washington, D.C., as well as their spouses and family and staff.
Time to blackmail a certain Governor named Sanford. Oh, wait, he’s already been outed. Well, there are 49 others who haven’t been.
The only “bright” side here is that since the TSA has Nidal Malik Hasan-friendly-style recruiting, hiring and promotion policies a la the U.S. Army, it’s safe to say that those who wish America harm are probably already working as TSA screeners, agents, and top bureaucrats and probably already have a copy of this, which they’ve shared with the “Ikhwan” [Arabic for "Brotherhood"].
But other than that, it’s all downside. TSA . . . Tough S—, America.
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