The TSA, yet another unionized voting block for the Democrat party, mistakenly posted airport screening secrets on the Internet. It’s no wonder people are up in arms over the thought of Government-run healthcare.
WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration is investigating after they say an outdated version of their standard operating procedures manual was posted on the Internet. Who gets more scrutiny in line? What countries’ passports are singled out? Who’s exempt from screening? The answers to those questions and more were posted online for everybody to see.
The document dated May 28, 2008, is considered sensitive security information. It details who gets special treatment, and what to do with people who balk at the checkpoint.
Documents note that passengers from Cuba, North Korea, Libya and a number of other countries must undergo additional screening.
“You don’t want discrimination against a certain country or against a certain population group or a certain group of people but if you don’t profile, then I think you’re missing the boat. You’re not being realistic,” Bob Boswellin, a passenger told WTTG in Washington, D.C.
It offers examples of identification documents that screeners accept, including congressional, federal air marshal and CIA ID cards; and it explains that diplomatic pouches and certain foreign dignitaries with law enforcement escorts are not subjected to any screening at all. It said certain methods of verifying identification documents aren’t used on all travelers during peak travel crushes.
The posting was improper because sensitive information was not properly protected, TSA spokeswoman Kristin Lee said.
As a result, some Web sites, using widely available software, were able to uncover the original text of sections that had been blacked out for security reasons. On Sunday, the Wandering Aramean blog pointed out the document in a posting titled “The TSA makes another stupid move.”
According to the blog, TSA posted a redacted version of the document but did not delete the sensitive information from the file. Instead of removing the text, the government covered it up with a black box. But the text was still embedded in the document and could be uncovered.
So essentially they made the mistake, saw they made the mistake, tried to take the take the easy way out via the black box, but failed since the text was still embedded and therefore available. Truly pathetic. View the full article here.