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    Veteran reporter Brian Ross nails another government SNAFU:

    Massive TSA Security Breach As Agency Gives Away Its Secrets

    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.

    "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."

    "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."

    "Screening is like a big puzzle and this SOP gives you directions on putting the puzzle together," said Robert MacLean, a former Federal Air Marshal who was fired for revealing holes in TSA's security after the 9/11 attacks. MacLean added that TSA's assertion that the documents posted are old holds no merit. "How much in screening procedure changes in 17 months?" asked MacLean. "It's a one-dimensional process."

    The TSA says it is taking the release of the sensitive information "seriously" and is conducting a full review.

    The document also provides a glimpse of the special treatment available for governors, lieutenant governors and the mayor of Washington, D.C., as well as their spouses and family and staff.

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    Breach?

    "Whistleblower" is, I think, the customary term.
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    An unintended (yeah, right) consequence of this is that all the affected agencies are going to have to design, print, and issue new credentials to all their employees who travel by air.

    Plus it now gives the government to require all agencies to issue new, upgraded, "digitally secure" credentials with embedded RFID technology--something many Federal Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies have been fighting for years...

    Can you hear the taxpayer dollars flying out the window?

    Can you hear the Military Industrial Complex starting to eat it's own, in a frenzy of profit-driven control-freak monitoring?

    But at least the high-end printing business will profit from this snafoo...

    I wouldn't be surprised to find that the person who leaked this out has investments in companies like Crane Paper (who makes the customized security paper for many official government documents like credentials and passports), or one of the imbedded microchip companies that produce RFID technologies for use in IDs and credentials.

    Follow the money, folks, follow the money...
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    Looks like someone has taken a page from Claire Wolfe's finest monkeywrenching screeds!

    No big deal here, anyway. If you can't, after some recon and thinking, figure out how to smuggle things through these idiots' security, you're not trying hard enough. Or maybe you're afraid to even think about it, which is how "security" works under powerful regimes.

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    Wow. If they find the guy that screwed this up, he will vanish in the night.
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    Hawkflyer wrote:
    Wow. If they find the guy that screwed this up, he will vanish in the night.
    Yeah, but they won't be able to keep the secret; the pdf of the snatch and snuff operation will be on the net within days!

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    Tomahawk wrote:
    Hawkflyer wrote:
    Wow. If they find the guy that screwed this up, he will vanish in the night.
    Yeah, but they won't be able to keep the secret; the pdf of the snatch and snuff operation will be on the net within days!
    Four people are currently on Administrative leave pending investigation. The disappearance machine is starting to move.:what:
    "Research has shown that a 230 grain lead pellet placed just behind the ear at 850 FPS results in a permanent cure for violent criminal behavior."
    "If you are not getting Flak, you are not over the target"
    "186,000 Miles per second! ... Not just a good idea ... It's the law!"

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