Uh-oh: TSA security processes posted online

| 12/9/2009

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified Tuesday, Dec. 8, at an oversight hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee that her agency is unlikely to meet its goal of inspecting 100 percent of the cargo that comes into the U.S. by ship.

Congress has ordered the goal to be reached by 2012, but right now as little as 5 percent of the cargo at the larger ports actually is looked at.

Also on Tuesday, the Transportation Security Administration announced it had accidentally posted secret information from its airport screening procedures manual on the Internet. The TSA thought that it had blacked out key words and phrases in the online version.

But with a little work, terrorists – or anyone else – could visit the site and learn that only 20 percent of checked baggage is actually hand searched and also what gauge of wire can escape X-ray detection.

A former Homeland Security official called the breach of security “appalling and astounding.”