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Homeland Security Unable to Account for Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for Training

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Somehow Homeland Security has lost track of hundreds of millions of dollars for training employees, according to a report by the department’s office of inspector general, the Washington Times reports. 

The department was only able to account for $1.9 million of $1.4 billion that was appropriated in fiscal 2014.

Hundreds of millions were also unaccounted for the previous year.

In addition, the TSA failed to report any training costs for January 2015, but said the agency spent more than $23 million that year.

The Washington Times reports that Homeland Security has been unable to make progress following 29 recommendations by federal watchdogs to improve training management and oversight.

“The investment of significant resources into these working groups should have resulted in the implementation of improved processes, oversight, and management of DHS workforce training,” the inspector general’s report says. “However, there is little evidence DHS has tracked or implemented any of these recommendations.”

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Airport Security Confiscates Record Number of Guns at Checkpoints

body images airportBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As an unprecedented number of Americans are buying guns, a record number of firearms are being confiscated at airports.

The TSA confiscated 2,653 guns in carry-on bags at airport checkpoints nationwide, Homeland Security Today reports.

That’s a nearly 20% increase over 2014.

The TSA reported that more than 80% of the guns were loaded.

“The transport of firearms by commercial air in carry-on bags represents a threat to the safety and security of air travelers. Through increased training in detection methods, our officers are becoming more adept at intercepting these prohibited items,” said TSA Administrator Peter V. Neffenger. “I am proud of the men and women who serve in the TSA and grateful for their hard work in the past year.”

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport seized the most guns in 2015 – 153.

DEA Violated Policy by Offering to Pay TSA Screener to Help Seize Cash from Luggage

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA recruited a TSA security screener to help seize cash from passengers’ luggage, according to a Department of Justice watchdog.

The DOJ’s Office of Inspector General officially condemned the DEA this month, saying the agreement, which allowed the agency to confiscate money, “violated DEA policy,” Huffington Post reports. 

The arrangement “could have violated individuals’ protection against unreasonable searches and seizures if it led to a subsequent DEA enforcement action.”

The idea was to pay a TSA agent to tip off the DEA about cash in travelers’ luggage.

State and federal agencies have relied on civil forfeiture to seize hundreds of millions of dollars in property each year.

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Airport Security Confiscates Gun Designed to Look Like a Pen at Orlando International Airport

A pen gun confiscated by airport security, via TSA.

A pen gun confiscated by airport security, via TSA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A gun designed to look like a pen was confiscated from a traveler at Orlando International Airport.

The gun, when operational, can fire a .22 caliber round.

The TSA told WESH 2 News that the weapon was found in an unidentified passenger’s carry-on bag at an airport security checkpoint on Dec. 30.

“The item was surrendered,” a TSA spokesman said.

The TSA allowed the passenger to continue to fly. No arrest was made.

Sources told the WESH 2 News that the gun was a family heirloom and was inoperable.

Still, the TSA has the authority to issue a civil penalty of $11,000 for anyone who brings a dangerous or prohibited item to the checkpoint.

Airport Security Criticized for Handling of 10-year-old Girl Over a Juice Box

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, airport security has naturally been cautious and wants to ensure no weapons get on airplanes.

But a juice box?

TSA became suspicious when they found a Capris Sun drink that was mistakingly left in a bag at security.

The 10-year-old who had the was patted down for two minutes after being flagged for extra screening.

The father caught the pat-down on video.

TSA declined to comment.

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TSA Screener Forced Off Restricted Area After Cops Said She Was Driving Drunk

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A drunken TSA screener was forced off the road by Port Authority cops early Sunday when she was spotted driving in a restricted area, The New York Post reports. 

Authorities said Kimberly Flemming, 33, was off duty and driving at twice the legal limit for alcohol when she refused to comply with orders to pull over near Newark Airport.

Police forced her to stop by pulling in front of her 2103 Nissan Altima.

Police found her wearing one boot with the other off.

She allegedly was drinking at a nearby bistro but insisted she wasn’t drunk.

“I’m not drunk,” she told the police.

She was charge with driving while intoxicated.

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TSA May Soon Stop Accepting Airline Passengers’ Driver’s Licenses in Some State

airport-people-walkingBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Airline passengers in some states may soon need more than a driver’s license to board a plane, the New York Times reports. 

Homeland Security officials want states to begin complying with a decade-old law that requires them to comply with federal standards when issuing driver’s licenses.

That means airline passengers will need another type of government-issued identification if their states don’t provide driver’s licenses that comply with federal standards established after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Some states that aren’t in compliance still have some type of enhanced driver’s license available that has been deemed appropriate for now.

Applicants for federally compliant licenses must prove their identity, immigration status and Social Security number, among other information.

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TSA Allows Full-Body Scans at Airports Because of Heightened Terrorism Concerns

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As lines grow at airports during the holidays ,TSA changed its rules to allow full-body scans, USA Today reports.

Previously, travelers were allowed to opt for a pat-down search instead.

But because of terrorism concerns, TSA announced the change Friday.

The scanners are designed to detect non-metallic objects that could be used as weapons.

“Generally, passengers undergoing screening will still have the option to decline a (full-body) screening in favor of physical screening,” said Bruce Anderson, a TSA spokesman. “However, some passengers will be required to undergo (full-body) screening if warranted by security considerations in order to safeguard transportation security.”

“This will occur in a very limited number of circumstances where enhanced screening is required,” Anderson added. “The vast majority of passengers will not be affected

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