By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
The number of names in a secret U.S. database of suspected terrorists has swollen to 875,000 from 540,000 only five years ago, in part because of rule changes introduced after al Qaeda's failed underwear bomb plot in 2009.
Security officers at Reagan Washington National Airport stopped a Virginia man from boarding a plane Friday after authorities discovered he was carrying a loaded gun.
A passenger at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport was stopped and cited after an officer found a loaded gun in his carry-on bag at a checkpoint, Transportation Security Administration officials said Tuesday.
The men and women at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) dedicate themselves every day to preventing attacks against the United States. A recent Commentary piece from Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican ("Dressing for excess at the TSA," Wednesday), failed to point out that the dollar amount for the contract recently awarded to procure uniforms for transportation security officers is simply a ceiling limit, allowing for the government to spend less money over a longer period of time. Without this contract, TSA would not be able to replace worn-out uniforms or provide uniforms for new employees.
Transportation Security Administration officials responded to Newark inspectors' failure to find bombs planted on security testers this way: We tried, but it's really hard.
Over the past decade, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has become the poster child for everything that's wrong with big government. Since its creation, the agency has had an employment increase of nearly 400 percent, its warehouses are close to capacity with nearly $100 million in screening equipment sitting idle, and it spends more than $17,500 in training costs per new hire yet is unable to consistently conduct criminal and credit background checks on their employees.
An undercover inspector sneaked an improvised explosive device that was stuffed down his pants past two separate TSA security points, ultimately receiving clearance to board a plane.
A senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary committee on Friday called into question the leadership abilities of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, expressing "outrage" at what he called the department's questionable response to sequestration — including the release of detainees from detention centers across the country.
Kudos to the new Transportation Security Administration plan to let passengers carry on small knives, said the former chief of the agency. Now let them carry on machetes, he added.
Longer lines at airports are due to sequestration, said Department of Homeland Security director Janet Napolitano.
Security lines to the skycap, double the wait time, fewer flights -- and that will be on a good day.
The Transportation Security Administration has apologized to a Missouri family after it detained a 3-year-old disabled girl at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Chump change, it's not. The Transportation Security Administration has collected — and kept — more than half-a-million dollars in loose passenger change at security checkpoints in 2012 alone.
Authorities say Kanye West and Kim Kardashian had to be privately screened after an airline employee allowed them to bypass a security checkpoint at New York's Kennedy International Airport.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is investigating the Transportation Security Administration for creating a "hostile work environment," according to Tuesday media reports.