Saturday, April 28, 2012

So much for security: airport employees allowed to work without TSA background checks

Madison Ruppert, Contributor
Activist Post

If the continued Transportation Security Administration (TSA) abuses, which just seem to get worse as time goes by; the ludicrously costly, potentially dangerous and ineffective “naked body scanners;” and the completely bloated Department of Homeland Security (DHS) were not enough reason to be infuriated by the ever-expanding agency which looks ever more like Hitler’s SA, here is yet another one to add to that list.

Recently the TSA confirmed that they have been allowing new employees to be hired without completed background checks.

It is unclear if this includes TSA agents themselves or just airport employees, as the statements from TSA officials and the relevant documents are far from clear on the matter.

These background checks have been piling up and now there is a backlog so massive that they have simply decided to continue hiring people without even finding out if they have a criminal history.

Once again I want to highlight the fact that it is not clear if they are hiring agents without background checks or if this only affects other employers of airport personnel, despite somewhat misleading articles which make it seem as though they are definitely hiring agents without security clearances.

The TSA claims that they are processing the background checks as quickly as possible and that they will complete the checks on applicants who are already accepted at a later date, which essentially defeats the entire purpose of the checks.


Even if they are not hiring agents without conducting the proper security checks, they are still allowing questionable individuals into a supposedly “secure” environment, thus making the entire TSA theater utterly pointless.

WBSTV of Atlanta, Georgia obtained an internal security memo (embedded below) from Hartsfield-Jackson International airport which details the new TSA policy, although this is a nationwide shift not restricted to just Hartsfield-Jackson.

Before the policy was changed, individuals had to undergo a criminal background check conducted by the TSA as well as a security threat analysis, but now new hires are allowed access to highly sensitive areas without any check whatsoever.

While I have make the point time and time again that terrorism is not actually the megalithic threat the government makes it out to be, if the TSA actually is there to keep us safe, why would they allow such a clearly flawed and dangerous policy to be in place?

“The TSA was recently made aware that a newly implemented change to the system used to process airline and airport employee background checks resulted in a delay for requests submitted through the American Association of Airport Executives,” said TSA spokesman Jon Allen. “The cause of the issue was quickly identified, and TSA and AAAE have worked together to implement a solution.”

Allen said that the TSA has given airport employers what he called “interim regulatory relief,” which is a nice way of saying that they are allowing them to hire people without the background checks.

This is what makes me believe that this might actually not extend to agents, but just to airport employers like food vendors, retailers, airline employees, etc.

That being said, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the TSA indeed hired people without conducting a background check.

Allen claims that this never actually presented a risk to security, although that makes little to no sense whatsoever and it is quite obvious why someone in Allen’s position would attempt to cover for the agency’s actions. After all, that is precisely what his job is all about.

“At no time was security at risk, and all new employees will still undergo identity verification and be subject to watchlist matching,” Allen claimed.

Of course that has absolutely nothing to do with criminal background checks in the slightest as watchlists and identity verification are entirely different matters.

Representative Paul Broun, a Georgia Republican, was shown the TSA memo and he did not seem pleased at all with what he saw.

“This is a joke,” said Broun. “This letter shows the incompetence of TSA. It shows that they cannot and are not doing their job they were instructed to do through the law.”

Brent Brown, a security expert with Chesley-Brown Security seems to feel somewhat similar and he believes that this policy change could actually pose a threat to the security of airports.

“You can’t put unsecured people or people that you haven’t checked in a secured environment,” Brown pointed out.

“By that very definition, you’ve breached security,” he added.

“TSA has worked closely with the AAAE and the Atlanta Airport to address the delays in processing airport and airline employee background checks. Currently, all requests have been processed and no backlog remains,” a TSA official claimed, referring to the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

However, the absurdity of this policy is still quite blatant and clearing the backlog does nothing to change the fact that they clearly have no interest in security.

This just goes to show that as individuals like myself in the alternative media have repeatedly been pointing out for quite some time now, terrorism is nowhere near the threat the government and agencies like the TSA make it out to be.

In reality, “homeland security” is not about thwarting terrorism but instead whittling away our most essential liberties, acclimating the American people to a police state atmosphere, all while providing job security and massive profits for the insiders at the expense of the taxpayer.

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

No background checks?

Cool, that opens a lot of doors. Also it gives you a lot of power. I'm signing up today :-)

I want to be the pat down guy- you get paid to cop a feel all daylong, and look at body scans. I hope the supply the happy time lotion for the cigarette breaks.

Anonymous said...

I had the misfortune of being in the Denver airport, and I assume many other big airports are similar. The "screened" passengers stay in the "secure" area, which is full of food venues - people coming and going, shipments in and out all day. Secure? Is every cabbage, baguette and dishwasher subject to the same scrutiny has four-year-olds?

TSA is a disgrace to the country and a joke for prevention of the next series of tragedies which will no doubt befall a country whose government works full time to sell us out, in no small part to a foreign nation whose name we must not speak.

Anonymous said...

It is a well documented fact that TSA has never caught a Terrorist, but, TSA Human Resources has HIRED a whole lot of Terrorists. As a matter of fact, TSA Human Resources only hires Terrorists. The best "anti-terrorist" move the USA could make, would be to arrest everyone that TSA Human Resources hires because that is all they hire, Terrorists. Rapists, Thieves, Muggers, Pedophiles, Drug Smugglers. --- This is a deliberate parallel to the Gestapo, Kgb, STASSI and similar Totalitarian Secret police, who prefer the anti-social misfits in their ranks, as such types happily engage in repression, oppression, and abuse of Human RIGHTS..
"Integrity, Team Spirit, Innovation" is sewn around the border of the newest TSA patch. Have you ever seen an organization that had to SEW A REMINDER not to STEAL, LIE, and CHEAT on their own shoulders!!!! They STEAL from the "abandoned" items, BACK-STAB the PASSENGERS and their CO-Workers and "INNOVATIVELY" CHEAT on their own tests.
Supervisors PADDING their hours to make house payments.
Supervisors staggering in drunk.
Supervisors yelling all NON-Christians should leave the country
Supervisors "adjusting" security to "please" airport management.
Supervisors expressing their desire to see certain U.S. Senators DEAD

Anonymous said...

I wonder who these government employees target for harassment and if they're given free reign. It's obvious TSA is a joke. SFO is the only airport currently allowed to have private security and runs beautifully.

Anonymous said...

Well...duh! What else do they expect when they recruit from the sex offenders registry?

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