Thursday, December 31, 2009
How the Christmas day bomber got past security!
According to SF Gate, on December 8, 2009 the according to the Transportation Security Administration inadvertently posted “TSA Screeners manual” on-line this past spring.
“The 93-page TSA operating manual details procedures for screening passengers and checked baggage, and it reveals technical settings used by X-ray machines and explosives detectors.”
“Current and former U.S. security officials called the breach troubling, saying that it exposed TSA practices that were implemented after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and expanded after the August 2006 disruption of a plot to down transatlantic airliners using liquid explosives.
Stewart Baker, a former assistant secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, said the manual will become a textbook for those seeking to penetrate aviation security and that its loss was serious.”
"TSA takes this matter very seriously and took swift action when this was discovered. A full review is now underway," the agency said in a statement. "TSA is confident that screening procedures currently in place remain strong."
The TSA placed the 5 workers responsible for the leak on “paid leave” (obviously they were Union members) while the investigation takes place.
According to msmbc “The Homeland Security Department has also stopped posting documents with security information either in full or in part on the Internet until the TSA review is complete, Heyman told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee.
Note: As of the Christmas day attempt the TSA investigation was not complete and on that day the TSA again posted another sensitive document on the web detailing new measures as a result of that plot.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a separate hearing by the Senate Judiciary committee Wednesday that the department is taking steps to make sure this never happens again, and the department's inspector general is conducting its own investigation.
Napolitano added, however, that "the traveling public was not at risk."
Note: Napolitano stated the traveling public is not at risk when on Christmas day (the same month as this pronouncement was made, the public WAS in grave danger.
In the midst of this “serious and ongoing investigation” the thwarted terror attack on December 25th occurred using the same methods that the TSA manual information addressed. When Janet Napolitano reported “the system worked” she was obviously relaying that the terrorists followed the manual flawlessly.
The same day this attack was thwarted, the TSA as a result, placed “new security” measures in place and the new confidential screening methods were promptly placed on the web by another blogger.
This second breach of security came from a couple of “travel bloggers” associated with KLM (Dutch Airlines).
According to Yahoo News - “As the government reviews how an alleged terrorist was able to bring a bomb onto a U.S.-bound plane and try to blow it up on Christmas Day, the Transportation Security Administration is going after bloggers who wrote about a directive to increase security after the incident.
TSA special agents served subpoenas to travel bloggers Steve Frischling and Chris Elliott, demanding that they reveal who leaked the security directive to them. The government says the directive was not supposed to be disclosed to the public.
Frischling said he met with two TSA special agents Tuesday night at his Connecticut home for about three hours and again on Wednesday morning when he was forced to hand over his lap top computer. Frischling said the agents threatened to interfere with his contract to write a blog for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines if he didn't cooperate and provide the name of the person who leaked the memo.
"It literally showed up in my box," Frischling told The Associated Press. "I do not know who it came from." He said he provided the agents a signed statement to that effect."
I have a colander in my kitchen cabinet that has fewer holes in it than the TSA has for its security directives that are designed to protect us.
A big question on my mind is the TSA, CIA or whoever is in charge of this inept intelligence investigation asking if there is any connection between the TWO KLM employees (Frischling & Elliot) have any connection to the Christmas day plot because the Nigerian arrested for the failed attempt purchased his tickets from KLM on December 16, 2009?
It is damning enough that the “Nigerian” attempting to blow an airliner out of the sky fit the very same profile as the 9/11 high jackers:
1. Young middle eastern men between the ages of 16-25 and
2. Paid cash for their “one-way” airline ticket and
3. Did not have luggage for a two week trip and
4. Was on a “terror watch list” and
5. Made multiple trips to Yemen in the recent past and
6. Was on a “no-fly” list into the UK
7. Was a “President of an Islamic Society” at his college in the UK
The reason I state the last one is the fact that the bomber is the fourth “President of a London Student Islamic Society” at English Universities to face terrorist charges in the past 3 years.
This coupled with the fact terrorists father reported him to the CIA at the US Embassy in Nigeria for his radical beliefs and recent travels to Yemen (al-Qaida central) nor that two of his recruiters/trainers were recently released from Guantanamo Bay detention facility.