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Insider: $56 Billion Later, Airport Security Is Junk


The Department of Homeland Security has spent billions since 9/11 trying to keep dangerous people and dangerous explosives off airplanes, and treating us all air travelers like potential terrorists in the process. But according to a former security adviser to a leading airline, the terrorists have changed the game — and the government hasn’t yet caught on.

According to Ben Brandt, a former adviser to Delta, the airlines and the feds should be less concerned with what gels your aunt puts in her carry-on, and more concerned about lax screening for terrorist sympathizers among the airlines’ own work force. They should be worried about terrorists shipping their bombs in air cargo. And they should be worried about terrorists shooting or bombing airports without ever crossing the security gates.

Brandt says aviation security needs a fundamental overhaul. Not only is the aviation industry failing to keep up with the new terrorist tactics, TSA’s regimen of scanning and groping is causing a public backlash. “From the public’s perspective, this kind of refocusing would reduce the amount of screening they have to put up with in the United States,” Brandt tells Danger Room, “and refocus it where it’s needed.”

In the new issue of the CTC Sentinel, a wonky security newsletter published by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center, Brandt all but indicts his former industry and its government protectors. “Government regulators suffer from a lack of imagination in anticipating and mitigating emergent and existing threats” to air travel, he writes.


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Comment by David McElroy
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 The TSA goon squads are not about airport security. The purpose of the fondling, X-rays, and strip-searching goons is to accustom the sheeple to submission in even humiliating invasive procedures. Intimidation and control are the goals. The security of "We the People" is of the maximum security prison sort, and McCain's S. 1867 made that abundantly clear. We live under tyranny with none of our God-given rights recognized by the fascist police state. Expect further humiliations!  But you could fight to live free or die trying!  See for more by David McElroy

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