What a sad fucking joke the Transportation Security Administration has turned out to be. Not only they do engage in security theater that does little to nothing in preventing actual threats, not only have they removed any desire I might have had to fly anywhere anytime soon, but now they’ve gone and posted their entire screening manual online:
In a massive security breach, the Transportation Security Administration (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 Operating 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.
Here you go, terrorists! Everything you need to bypass our shitty security system! It includes a detailed listing of the limitations of our x-ray machines and the fact that we only check 20% of checked bags by hand. Those two bits of information alone should make smuggling a bomb into the luggage compartment a lot easier to do. You’re welcome!
“This is an appalling and astounding breach of security that terrorists could easily exploit,” said Clark Kent Ervin, the former inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security. “The TSA should immediately convene an internal investigation and discipline those responsible.”
Gee, ya think?
“This shocking breach undercuts the public’s confidence in the security procedures at our airports,” said Senator Susan Collins, R-Me., ranking Republican member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “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.”
I hate to be the one to tell the good Senator this, but most folks already have little confidence in the security procedures at our airports.
OK, perhaps “most” is an overstatement, but there’s a lot of us who have little confidence in the TSA and this certainly justifies that lack of faith.
“This manual provides a road map to those who would do us harm,” said 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.”
My guess is they’ll come up with even more annoying and pointless procedures that’ll further depress airline profitability causing more of them to go belly up. Soon you won’t be able to take anything onto the plane and everyone will have to fly 90% naked wearing only loincloths which will have to be inspected by TSA agents with very cold hands.
The TSA claims the manual is old and outdated, but I’d be claiming that too if I had caused such a massive fuck up. They’ve asked for the original version to be taken offline, but it’s too late to put that genie back in the bottle. Once it hit the net it was all over the world in short order and there are plenty of places you can read it. Wanna read it for yourself? Even ABC News has a copy of it online for your planning convenience.
No need to thank the TSA. They’re not listening to you anyway.