October 21, 2005, - 12:13 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Everyone’s up in arms about a TSA screener who stole $80,000 cash from a bag headed to Pakistan at JFK Airport. But the real question is: Why is a passenger taking $80,000 in cash with him to Pakistan (and didn’t declare it, either)? Funding terrorist operations? Money laundering? Whatever the purpose was, it’s not likely kosher (or is that, halal?).
But don’t worry. They are charging the TSA employee–and NOT pursuing the passenger. Don’t you feel safe?
***UPDATE: Here are some other questions a DHS agent friend sent:
“Is the US government just going to send the “stolen” money back to the guy in Pakistan?
He is the rightful owner of the money, right? Right?
Is the guy a US citizen? If not, how does a non-citizen acquire $80K, when he would not be allowed to work in this country legally? Shouldn’t the IRS at least check this guy out? Shouldn’t ICE? Shouldn’t the FBI?
Something smells here.”
Yes, it does. But don’t count on ICE, TSA, or the rest of the government to do a damned thing to address any of these questions.
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