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TSA access to classified information
February 16, 2010 at 1:27 pm #92207
From USA Today:
10,000 TSA staff to get secret intel
WASHINGTON — About 10,000 airport security workers will get access to secret intelligence that could help stop terrorist attacks on planes.
The Transportation Security Administration plan aims to help its officers spot terrorists by giving them more detailed information about tactics and threats, TSA officials and security experts said. The agency, viewed by some as throngs of workers pawing through luggage at checkpoints, hopes to empower its higher-level workers as part of an effort to professionalize airport security.
The 10,000 people in line to get classified information are managers, supervisors and “behavior detection officers” who roam airports looking for suspicious people. They represent about 20% of the TSA’s airport workforce and exclude screeners who scan passengers and bags.
So far, 750 people have been cleared to get classified information, Payne said, adding that it will take two more years to get all 10,000 workers cleared.
The information could include copies of terrorist training videos or tips vaguely describing a terrorism suspect, experts said. “Some classified information seems innocuous but is classified because it was derived from an intercepted phone conversation,” said Steven Aftergood, an intelligence-policy specialist for the Federation of American Scientists.
February 16, 2010 at 6:59 pm #92209
I have a couple of thoughts on this information being given to airport security officers. One thought is the turn over is so high we would have a problem with intelligence getting out to those who have no business having it. This needs to be an organization that supports and encourages their employees so their employee’s are loyal and become aware of what they are really fighting for. This position is one that requires the highest integrity, yet there are so many who are just there for a good pay check and benefits. There needs to be qualifications in place for not only employment but promotions. There are some in leadership positions that have no training and have no idea of what it takes to accomplish the mission of security.
Another thought is two years is a long time to wait for the information since we look for terrorists on a daily basis. There are some of us who have already read and saw terrorist training videos and read interrogations because of our schooling. This information is not even something I would share with anyone I work with. Going through school has given me insight to the training they go through and how they use their techniques to recruit and keep their followers true to their cause.
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