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Topic - Bennie G. Thompson
Government investigators said Wednesday that there is little evidence to show TSA employees are able to pick out potential terrorists by profiling behavior and that the agency may be wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on the 3,000 officers hired to do so.
Even as the Senate is pushing its massive immigration bill, the House is beginning to move pieces of the puzzle through its committees with a vote Wednesday to force the Obama administration to stiffen border security.
With the holidays fast approaching, many Americans are preparing to take to the skies to visit family. A time that ought to be filled with joy often turns to a time of dread thanks to the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) need to pretend it is doing something to thwart terrorism.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's policy of forbidding employees from speaking to the media is at odds with a law designed to reduce impropriety at transit agencies by protecting insiders who bring concerns to light, an expert said.
"Congress has discomfort with the department's pre-clearance deal," said Rep. Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi, ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, who will be introducing a bill. "There are chronic border security staffing shortages at our nation's airports, yet the department saw fit, on its own, to agree to deploy its personnel to Abu Dhabi and have its government pick up the tab."
Mr. Thompson said the agency chief will have to explain why he thinks the behavior money is well-spent.