Congressman blasts $212 million plan to spot terror suspects

TSA ‘not capable’ of detecting airport threats

Congressman blasts $212 million plan to spot terror suspects


Posted: February 14, 2011
8:43 pm Eastern

© 2011 WorldNetDaily

The chairman of the House Transportation Committee has warned that the
Transportation Security Administration is not capable of detecting an attack
similar to the one that happened last month at Moscow’s main airport, according
to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said that the TSA’s $212 million program which is
supposed to spot suspected terrorists at U.S. airports is “not capable of
detecting what took place in Moscow.”
The Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT, which has
been existence since 2006 has some 3,000 “behavior detection” officers at 161
airports.
Critics, including the congressional Government Accountability Office, say
the technique is unproven behavioral science and hasn’t helped remove
vulnerabilities at the airports.
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“I see the classified results and it gives me great concern,” Mica said. “I
saw what happened in Moscow and I have even more concern.”
The suicide bombing which took place at the Moscow airport occurred in an
area where security doesn’t exist at most airports – near where incoming
passengers pick up their luggage after disembarking from the aircraft.
“Every airport in the world, including every airport in the United States,
has virtually no security until you get to the security checkpoint,” said former
White House counter-terrorism official Richard Clarke. “Very large parts of all
airports are inherently insecure.”
TSA counters, however, that its SPOT program is a “vital layer that enhances
security at the nation’s airports.”

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