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  • kwame k
    TOASTMASTER GENERAL
    • Feb 2008
    • 11302

    Sensitive air security doc posted in error on Net

    By EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 54 mins ago
    WASHINGTON – The federal government improperly posted an internal guide to its airport passenger screening procedures on the Internet in a way that could offer insight into how to sidestep security.
    The document outlines who is exempt from certain additional screening measures, including members of the U.S. armed forces, governors and lieutenant governors, the mayor of Washington, D.C., and their immediate families.
    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    The Transportation Security Administration, which oversees airport security, said the document is outdated. It was posted in March by TSA on the Federal Business Opportunity site. 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.
    TSA asked that the document be removed from the Federal Business Opportunity site on Dec. 6 after the security lapse was reported in a blog. But copies of the document — with the redacted portions exposed — circulated on the Internet and remain posted on other Web sites not controlled by the government.
    Lee said TSA takes the incident seriously and a review is under way.
    Noting that the transportation agency uses multiple layers of security, Lee said, "TSA is confident that screening procedures currently in place remain strong."
    The document, marked "sensitive security information," includes instructions on how it should be stored to avoid compromising security: Electronic copies should be password-protected; hard copies should be in separate binders and stored in cabinets or desk drawers; and missing copies should be immediately reported.
    The document also describes these screening protocols:
    _Individuals with a passport from Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq, Yemen, or Algeria, should be given additional screening unless there are specific instructions not to.
    _Aircraft flight crew members in uniform with valid IDs are not subject to liquid, gel, aerosol and footwear restrictions.
    _Wheelchair and scooter cushions, disabled people's footwear that can't be removed, prosthetic devices, casts, braces and orthopedic shoes at certain times may be exempt from screening for explosives.
    Intelligence officials have warned of prosthetic devices and wheelchairs being used to conceal weapons and other contraband.
    "Some of these devices may have been used to exploit a perception that security and law enforcement officers offer disabled or pregnant individuals a more relaxed inspection," said an August 2007 TSA intelligence note marked "for official use only" and obtained by The Associated Press.
    Former TSA Administrator Kip Hawley said the document is not something a security agency would want to inadvertently post online, but he said it's not a roadmap for terrorists.
    "Hyperventilating that this is a breach of security that's going to endanger the public is flat wrong," Hawley said.
    House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., was more concerned.
    "Undoubtedly, this raises potential security concerns across our transportation system," Thompson wrote the agency Tuesday in a letter recommending that an independent federal agency be found to review the incident. The chairwoman of the panel's transportation security subcommittee, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, also signed the letter.
    Thompson's Senate counterpart, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said the episode was "an embarrassing mistake that calls into question the judgment of agency managers. ... That it was incompetently redacted only compounds the error."
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    On the Net:
    Blog: The Wandering Aramean: The TSA makes another stupid move
    TSA: TSA | Transportation Security Administration | U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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    Originally posted by vandeleur
    E- Jesus . Playing both sides because he didnt understand the argument in the first place
  • kwame k
    TOASTMASTER GENERAL
    • Feb 2008
    • 11302

    #2
    "Hyperventilating that this is a breach of security that's going to endanger the public is flat wrong," Hawley said.
    Wha? Is Gnome, Gar or Standin really this Hawley guy
    Originally posted by vandeleur
    E- Jesus . Playing both sides because he didnt understand the argument in the first place

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    • Nitro Express
      DIAMOND STATUS
      • Aug 2004
      • 32802

      #3
      Least of my worries. Look. The White House state dinner got crashed so security is not exactly what we think it is. If the Secret Service can screw up at the White House a big buerocracy like Homeland Security surely will.
      No! You can't have the keys to the wine cellar!

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      • ace diamond
        Full Member Status

        • Sep 2004
        • 3863

        #4
        i just read the whole 94 page uncensored manual.
        it is a TSA operations manual.

        the only real revalation is that anyone from an coming in from an asian country should be expecting to be singled out and given roto-rooter anal probe strip down to your birthday suit bend over grab your ankles spread your ass cheeks turn your head and cough type of humiliation and "inspection".

        typical racial profiling.

        other than that, it is mostly standard operating procedure stuff.
        most of is is drivil.
        Originally posted by hideyoursheep
        When Hagar speaks, I want to cut off my ears and send them to Bristol Palin.
        "It's like trying to fit a mouse fart into a sardine can with a shoe horn"-Ace Diamond

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        • FORD
          ROTH ARMY MODERATOR

          • Jan 2004
          • 58903

          #5
          What I don't get is how Cuba got on the list with all the supposed "terraist" countries.

          Seriously, Cuba?? It's goddamn almost 2010. What the fuck is a Cuban going to do, provide socialized healthcare in the airport waiting area??

          The Cuban right wing nutcases in Miami still waiting for Batista to rise up from Hell and retake his throne are more of a danger to this country than anybody still living on the island.

          And the TSA has been a goddamn joke since Chimp and Tom "color code" Ridge created it.
          Eat Us And Smile

          Cenk For America 2024!!

          Justice Democrats


          "If the American people had ever known the truth about what we (the BCE) have done to this nation, we would be chased down in the streets and lynched." - Poppy Bush, 1992

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          • Nickdfresh
            SUPER MODERATOR

            • Oct 2004
            • 49260

            #6
            Originally posted by FORD
            What I don't get is how Cuba got on the list with all the supposed "terraist" countries.

            Seriously, Cuba?? It's goddamn almost 2010. What the fuck is a Cuban going to do, provide socialized healthcare in the airport waiting area??

            The Cuban right wing nutcases in Miami still waiting for Batista to rise up from Hell and retake his throne are more of a danger to this country than anybody still living on the island.

            And the TSA has been a goddamn joke since Chimp and Tom "color code" Ridge created it.
            The irony being that Cuba has actually been the target of many actual terrorist attacks originating from the United States, including the classic 'blowing up an airliner and killing a bunch of innocent civilians" because they happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time...

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            • VanHalenFan5150
              Sniper
              • Oct 2009
              • 960

              #7
              Originally posted by FORD
              What I don't get is how Cuba got on the list with all the supposed "terraist" countries. Seriously, Cuba?? It's goddamn almost 2010. What the fuck is a Cuban going to do, provide socialized healthcare in the airport waiting area??
              I had a history teacher at school last year, Mr. Oliva, who is all Cuban. He has been an American citizen most of his life though, he does not have an accent whatsoever. And he said, "Every time I go to the airport, some butthole TSA dude always pulls me over. Then they say 'Oh.' I hate that."
              Reading Crazy From the Heat in four hours flat, in a cramped RV, on the return trip of a 3,000+ mile family outing to New Jersey is an enlightening experience you'll never forget.

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              • Nitro Express
                DIAMOND STATUS
                • Aug 2004
                • 32802

                #8
                Why do we trade with Vietnam and China but we don't trade with Cuba? Explain that one. Hey. I want my Monte Cristo Number 5 cigars without having to smuggle them in.
                No! You can't have the keys to the wine cellar!

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                • FORD
                  ROTH ARMY MODERATOR

                  • Jan 2004
                  • 58903

                  #9
                  Originally posted by Nitro Express
                  Why do we trade with Vietnam and China but we don't trade with Cuba? Explain that one. Hey. I want my Monte Cristo Number 5 cigars without having to smuggle them in.
                  Simple answer..... Mao made deals with the BCE..... Castro kicked them off the sugar plantation. That's why Poppy was personally in charge of the CIA's Miami operations, and when he moved to Washington DC, he sent Jeb to take over down there.
                  Eat Us And Smile

                  Cenk For America 2024!!

                  Justice Democrats


                  "If the American people had ever known the truth about what we (the BCE) have done to this nation, we would be chased down in the streets and lynched." - Poppy Bush, 1992

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                  • VAiN
                    Use my hand, I won't look
                    ROCKSTAR

                    • Nov 2006
                    • 5056

                    #10
                    Thanks for posting that... interesting read for sure..
                    Originally posted by wiseguy
                    That shit will welcome you in the morning and pour the milk in your count chocula for ya.

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                    • ace diamond
                      Full Member Status

                      • Sep 2004
                      • 3863

                      #11
                      havana hand rolled cohiba anyone?
                      Originally posted by hideyoursheep
                      When Hagar speaks, I want to cut off my ears and send them to Bristol Palin.
                      "It's like trying to fit a mouse fart into a sardine can with a shoe horn"-Ace Diamond

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                      • Kristy
                        DIAMOND STATUS
                        • Aug 2004
                        • 16372

                        #12
                        Originally posted by FORD
                        Simple answer..... Mao made deals with the BCE..... Castro kicked them off the sugar plantation. That's why Poppy was personally in charge of the CIA's Miami operations, and when he moved to Washington DC, he sent Jeb to take over down there.
                        Certainly it's more than that. When you think about it, Cuba was the only country to fully embarrass America when Bay Of Pigs went horribly wrong. And to this day, much of America still can't handle how easy a country so small could wipe about a 1/3 of America off the map without invading it.

                        So we still embargo the place and cope an attitude like the little kid who takes his ball away from the rest of the gang because they don't play by his rules. And just like in Iran, I have nothing against the Cuban people or their culture. In fact, I've talked to many a Canadian who regularly go there on summer vacation and say laying on a beach there sipping a genuine Cuban Libre is heaven on earth. Really, the only fear we might have with Cuba is them invading the MLB.

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                        • Nickdfresh
                          SUPER MODERATOR

                          • Oct 2004
                          • 49260

                          #13
                          The irony is that if we ever did lift the embargo and really had free and fair trade with Cuba, the authoritarian version of Cuban "socialism" might fade very quickly. Just like East Germany could not compete with West Germany as far as consumer goods and quality of life...

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                          • Nickdfresh
                            SUPER MODERATOR

                            • Oct 2004
                            • 49260

                            #14
                            I recall seeing a couple of Canadian senators on 60 Minutes that were suing the United States for the property and land that was confiscated from American "Tories" who were essentially forced to flee to Canada out of fear for their lives after the Revolution was over. This was maybe sometime in the 1990s and the idea was to parody how the Florida-Cuban lobby holds US foreign policy hostage, because they lost their country for supporting fuckwit, strongman gangsters...

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