December 8, 2009, - 5:36 pm

Tough S—, America: More TSA Follies as Agency Posts Secret Procedures Online

By Debbie Schlussel

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A TSA spokesperson says the document posted online is an outdated version “improperly posted by the agency to the Federal Business Opportunities Web site wherein redacted material was not properly protected.”

Outdated?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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19 Responses

The TSA will continue to mindlessly check every airline passenger throughly as a security threat. No ethnic profiling for them – and oh, those who wish to do us harm now know how to pull off another 9/11 – with the TSA being none the wiser. Their security methods haven’t been updated in years. If I was an Islamist, that would be the best news of all. Will they get it in Washington?

America – desperate but not serious in the discontinued War On Terror.

NormanF on December 8, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Who at the TSA will be fired for this egregious error? Oh, it’s the government. I guess no one.

KingSlav on December 8, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Casts are not checked? Unbelievable. That’s an easy one for the terrorists to use to their advantage. And shoes? Orthopedic shoes are usually much bigger than regular shoes.

As to the leak being “inadvertently posted online”, I don’t buy it. Napolitano, who ordered you to leak the manual?

Jarhead on December 8, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Why am I NOT surprised that this happened under the watch of President Barack HUSSEIN O’Bama?

There is NO Santa Claus on December 8, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Looks like El Al will have all of my business.

Sadie on December 8, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Debbie, It’s not a question of… opps! How did that get out. One of the employees who want to see the country attacked again put that up for all the world to see. Doesn’t anyone get it… we are being eaten from the inside.

Apophis on December 8, 2009 at 9:57 pm

If you think this matters you are very naive. Hundreds of these detailed directives go out to security personnel nationwide. Security need only be compromised in ONE location and I am sure our enemies had this information the day it first came out.

P: Uh, did you read “The only ‘bright side’ . . .” part of the post? Apparently not. RIF–Reading Is Fundamental. Premature Articulation is not. DS

poetcomic1 on December 8, 2009 at 11:29 pm

I’m sure the terrorists have their own manual (they like to create these, as we’ve seen). They’ve probably tested various methods. If I were a terrorist, I’d go for the whole disability thing, in any case. Lots of potential to hide weapons in metalic orthopedic devices.

adam on December 8, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Call in OIG! (LMAO) On second thought, there needs to be an investigation with intelligence and credibility. Guess that leaves them out…

icenomore on December 9, 2009 at 12:31 am

We know this is big, as nothing like this has leaked since 9-11-01. My head hurts. No glib or catty remarks-this is bad.

Douglas Q on December 9, 2009 at 1:08 am

Does it recommend that Muslims acting like terrorists should be ignored and but that lactating, obviously American women must taste their own expressed milk? Hmmmm. Manual must be incomplete.

pat on December 9, 2009 at 1:30 am

They really, honestly, seriously don’t check casts? As Dwight Worker found out, in the 1970s, the MEXICAN airport security knew enough to check casts. Anybody besides me remember his and his wife’s book Escape or the made-for-TV movie based on it?

Miranda Rose Smith on December 9, 2009 at 2:15 am

Dear Pat: WHAT is all that about checking breast milk?

Miranda Rose Smith on December 9, 2009 at 2:31 am

The Devil is always in the details.
Call me a skeptic, but there is no way that all of these serious security breeches and shocking news stories are just coincidentally happening all at once.
Let’s see, fringe media manufactured Tiger Wood’s mess, 4 valiant Navy SEAL’s charged with smacking a terrorist, New York being used as a tool for terrorist sympathizers, ClimateGate and the all important Copenhagen Treaty that will lock the US into an economic death spiral, Big Gubmint HellCare approved by the senate, Fisting Advocate as Czar of Safe Schools, I could go on but you get the point.
It’s sorta seems like the Cloward-Pivens strategy to overwhelm and inundate American citizens into a shocked stupor. I’m not buying into it…

RoadsScholar on December 9, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Roads Scholar

    you crack me up! Just glad you’re not in charge of anything important our we’d all be in serious trouble! Ha Ha!
    Oh and by the way its Rhodes Scholar not Roads Too Funny!

    person on December 9, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Wait, is Senator Collins correct, or a useless RINO?

You can’t claim she’s worthless and then use her as a source to backup your arguement!

Unless you think your argument is equally as useless…

S: I didn’t use her as a source. ABC News did. Thus, the indented quote. RIF–Reading Is Fundamental. DS

Sean on December 9, 2009 at 8:53 am

Anyone who wants to terrorize Americans could easily do so without going anywhere near an airport. Are they really that professionally incompetent?

The Terrorist's Advocate on December 9, 2009 at 10:32 am

My brother in law is of Lebanese descent and expects extra attention from TSA when he flys because of what he looks like. He is a bit puzzled when he doesn’t get it. Perhaps it’s because he’s almost 60. He is however, about as PURE RED BLOODED AMERICAN as they come! He tells me he understands why he might be profiled, doesn’t like it, but it is what it is. (he syas to his knowledge there have been zero blonde hair blue eyed jihadists) Arif Alikhan might be just as Patriotic as my brother in law. I hope he is. Arif Alikhan is Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. he looks like a little younger version of my brother in law and may have to adopt my brother in law’s outlook on profiling. I wonder, who sets policy for what does and does not go on-line for TSA? I’m not saying anything except it may be worth looking into. (even if the guy was from Ireland and lily white) Also, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano swore in Kareem Shora, the national executive director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, to the Homeland Security Advisory Council. This sets up the same parameters for Kareem as Obama enjoys. You can’t criticize or disagree with the President’s policies without being labeled a racist. Same for Kareem in this advisory position. Convenient for confusion but little help for efficiency when addressing facts. Regardless, seems like an independent investigation of this TSA incident should be brought by Congress.

Don on December 9, 2009 at 3:15 pm

The real TSA procedure is that a pretty girl is 99% likely to be searched.

Tom on December 10, 2009 at 9:48 pm

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