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Airport Security Breach Over 500 Missing TSA Security Badges and Uniforms at LAX (Los Angeles)
KCAL Channel 9 Los Angeles ^ | 5 February 2007

Posted on 02/05/2007 12:50:32 PM PST by bd476

There are over 500 badges and uniforms missing from Los Angeles International Airport's TSA division. According to the KCAL 9 report, no one knows what happened to the badges and uniforms.

KCAL 9 interviewed one LAX official who said that it is to be expected that there will be missing TSA uniforms and TSA badges because there are so many TSA employees employed at LAX.

KCAL 9 also showed a video of someone in a TSA security uniform walking through the metal detectors as the alarms went off. The person in the TSA uniform was waved through.

KCAL 9 said that employees of all airlines and LAX workers must be screened each time as they pass through the installed metal detectors but that anyone dressed in a TSA uniform with a TSA security badge is only required to go through once a day.

Then KCAL showed video of a voice disguised/face disguised person saying that if you're wearing a TSA uniform and badge, all that is required to avoid going through the once a day required metal detection screening process which is required of all other airport workers is to just tell them you already went through there earlier that day.

KCAL 9 said that the missing TSA uniforms and badges is the highest in the nation but then listed hundreds of TSA uniforms and security badges missing at airports throughout the USA.



TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: California; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airportsecurity; govwatch; jihadinamerica; tsa
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1 posted on 02/05/2007 12:50:42 PM PST by bd476
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To: KylaStarr; Cindy; StillProud2BeFree; nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta; Dolphy; appalachian_dweller; ...

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2 posted on 02/05/2007 12:52:49 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: bd476

Jihadists in Iraq have started attacks wearing Iraqi police/security uniforms.


3 posted on 02/05/2007 12:52:53 PM PST by AU72
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Google Search:


All-Access Airport Attire At Large
CBS 2, CA - Feb 2, 2007
These airport security screeners are talking about TSA uniforms and badges. Nearly 800 hundred combined. Missing or stolen at LAX. The most in the nation! ...
Thousands Of TSA Uniforms Go Missing
Local6.com, FL - Jan 15, 2007
TSA officials said the missing uniforms do not cause a security risk because airport sceeners are searched when they arrive at work whether they are in ...
Federal TSA under fire for missing uniforms
Examiner.com - Jan 17, 2007
He called on the Department of Homeland Security to tell Congress how the uniforms went missing and confirm that all those lost from BWI were recovered. ...

Family Security Matters
A Case of Missing Identity
Family Security Matters, NJ - Jan 17, 2007
Over 1000 TSA uniforms and ID cards have been “lost” at airports across America. FSM Contributing Editor Mike Cutler asks why no one in Washington seems to ...
New Concern Over Missing ID Badges At BWI-Marshall
WJZ, MD - Jan 16, 2007
TSA records showed that 128 uniforms and 31 badges disappeared in 2003 compared to only 97 uniforms and 35 ID cards missing at Washington's Reagan National ...

Washington Times
BWI second in losses of uniforms, ID cards
Washington Times, DC - Jan 15, 2007
TSA officials said the missing uniforms and badges alone aren't enough to gain access to sensitive areas of any airport.
Editor's notebook
Annapolis Capital, MD - Jan 22, 2007
MISSING UNIFORMS - The Transportation Security Administration has reportedly lost track of more than 3700 uniforms and security badges over the past five ...
Lost and looking foolish
Baltimore Sun, MD - Jan 19, 2007
... TSA employee uniforms and badges, with more than 400 missing (second only to Los Angeles International among US airports), according to news reports. ...

4 posted on 02/05/2007 12:54:34 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

Well what else can be missing now? First it is missing hard drives, with TOP SECRET classified security information on them...then its more of the same from Los Alamos, Lawrence Labs and more...now its uniforms from the TSA...

Another indicator of just how hard our goverment works to keep our country safe and secure, to protect our people and our critical information....such high standards of performance help us sleep better at night.


5 posted on 02/05/2007 12:55:16 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: AU72
This would be so easy to resolve. Just change the damned badges every two or three months.
6 posted on 02/05/2007 12:55:18 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: FLOutdoorsman
Also see:

Records detail missing TSA badges, uniforms[3700 Badges/Uniforms]
KGBT-4 ^ | 21Dec 2006 | Brian Collister
Posted on 01/16/2007 6:54:33 AM PST by FLOutdoorsman


7 posted on 02/05/2007 12:59:25 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476
No problem...time to change the design of the uniforms and badges...and bill the department [for the changes] that lost them in the first place.

Good ol'American ingenuity.
8 posted on 02/05/2007 1:08:52 PM PST by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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And on E-Bay, for $5.99 plus shipping and handling, one can purchase a lovely Air Marshal patch to wear on casual clothes when not dressed in a purloined TSA uniform and badge.


TSA PATCH US FEDERAL AIR MARSHAL DRAGON TEAM

TSA PATCH
AUTHENTIC AIR MARSHAL PATCH SERIES, #2060612
FEDERAL AIR MARSHAL Patch is approximately 5" (H) X 4" (W)

9 posted on 02/05/2007 1:12:05 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

"Badges!? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!!"

10 posted on 02/05/2007 1:12:25 PM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: bd476

Where were these badges and uniforms kept?

In a broom closet?

Do they really have such a large force that they need 500 extra badges?

500 badges just dont walk away, has anyone checked ebay?


11 posted on 02/05/2007 1:12:52 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (I will forgive Jane Fonda, when the Jews forgive Hitler.)
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To: EagleUSA
Well what else can be missing now?

We'll never know. It's way too late to check Sandy Burglar's underwear. (Although that would have made a good episode on that Dirty Jobs television show.)


12 posted on 02/05/2007 1:16:17 PM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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Get 'em today they're selling fast on E-Bay



Set 4 DHS ICE AGENT, TSA, CUSTOMS, SCREENER MINI BADGE

Item number: 300078455391

Set 4 DHS ICE AGENT, TSA, CUSTOMS, SCREENER MINI BADGE Item number: 300078455391

13 posted on 02/05/2007 1:19:26 PM PST by bd476
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To: Cindy
Ping.

14 posted on 02/05/2007 1:20:18 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

They need to hire some security professionals to guard their items. Oh, wait a minute, they ARE security professionals! Oh, never mind, problem solved!


15 posted on 02/05/2007 1:23:45 PM PST by dinoparty
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To: EagleUSA
Another indicator of just how hard our goverment works to keep our country safe and secure, to protect our people and our critical information....such high standards of performance help us sleep better at night.

In your sarcasm, you got it right. The point of things like TSA is not to actually keep America safer, but to give a perception of safety to the citizens. That way, if anything bad happens, the folks in charge can shrug their shoulders and say "well, but we did everything we could..."

I'll give you a for instance: as recently as 10 years ago (and probably long before that), everyone knew that you could use liquid explosives to blow up an airplane. In fact, the US foiled a terrorist plot to blow up an airplane using explosives disguised as ordinary liquids. But there wasn't a need to ban liquids from airplanes because they weren't perceived as dangerous.

Fast forward to last year when the British arrest some folks with liquid bombs, and *suddenly,* liquids are no longer safe to carry on airplanes? Huh?

The level of risk hadn't changed--we all knew this was a possibility--but the perception had changed. This was all over the news, so the government had to do something to make it look like it was doing something, so it banned liquids. Completely asinine, but yet designed solely to ensure that there was an acceptable perceived level of safety.

Same thing with the TSA itself. There was a reason why the government contracted security out before 9/11--it was cheaper and more efficient. But after 9/11, the government has to make it look like it's doing something, so it takes over security and announces "See? We're cracking down on terrorism. Everything is fine. Nothing to see here. Carry on."

16 posted on 02/05/2007 1:26:43 PM PST by Publius Valerius
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To: bd476

I've always thought that LAX was well named.


17 posted on 02/05/2007 1:27:09 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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These are probably not the missing TSA uniforms but E-Bay provides a handy place to buy and sell such items.


10 Piece Security Uniforms Never Used

Starting bid: US $50.00

End time: Feb-10-07 17:57:42 PST (5 days 4 hours)
Shipping costs: Calculate
Ships to: United States
Item location: Kirkland, AZ, United States
History: 0 bids



18 posted on 02/05/2007 1:29:49 PM PST by bd476
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From E-Bay search:

    Item Title Price   Store  
  Listing has pictures

DHS TSA TRANSPORTATION SECURITY HOMELAND MINI BADGE PIN

 
$4.99
Buy It Now or Best Offer GSM Home and Fitness Supply  
  Listing has pictures

DHS TSA SECURITY SCREENER HOMELAND MINI BADGE PIN

 
$4.99
Buy It Now or Best Offer GSM Home and Fitness Supply  
  Listing has pictures

Yellow bird TSA (Tropical Sea Airline) hat badge

 
$15.00
Buy It Now Siammarket  
  Listing has pictures

Set 4 DHS ICE AGENT, TSA, CUSTOMS, SCREENER MINI BADGE

 
$19.99
Buy It Now or Best Offer GSM Home and Fitness Supply  

19 posted on 02/05/2007 1:30:57 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

"To professionalize you must Federalize."


20 posted on 02/05/2007 1:32:22 PM PST by dljordan
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21 posted on 02/05/2007 1:34:11 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

As we drove by the big LAX letters at the entrance to the airport my son said they referred to the security there.


22 posted on 02/05/2007 1:45:57 PM PST by Retired Chemist
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To: bd476

Could you provide an exact link to this story please,I can't locate it from the link you provided.
Thanks


23 posted on 02/05/2007 2:00:45 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: bd476
Shut DOWN EBAY!!

Gawd.....what a mess!

24 posted on 02/05/2007 2:02:48 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The DemonicRATS believe ....that the best decisions are always made after the fact.)
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To: sgtbono2002
sgtbono2002 wrote: "Where were these badges and uniforms kept? In a broom closet? Do they really have such a large force that they need 500 extra badges? 500 badges just don't walk away, has anyone checked ebay?"

Apparently they're kept in a place where anyone can help themselves.

I'm wondering how much the Federal government paid for those uniforms and badges and why security badges and uniforms are not kept under lock and key and inventoried.

Where is GSA these days?

See posts #9, #13, #18, #19 and #21 in this thread for E-Bay listings and photos.

25 posted on 02/05/2007 2:06:03 PM PST by bd476
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Even easier and more secure:

5 different color vests go with each uniform.

Highly secure log-on to find out the color of the day.


26 posted on 02/05/2007 2:06:08 PM PST by From many - one.
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To: EagleUSA
This is the stuff of nightmares and such a big joke... on us, the taxpayers.

27 posted on 02/05/2007 2:09:04 PM PST by bd476
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To: mdittmar
From the top item at post #4:

All-Access Airport Attire At Large

28 posted on 02/05/2007 2:09:10 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The DemonicRATS believe ....that the best decisions are always made after the fact.)
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To: bd476

ohhhh, I think I'm gonna have to grab me an ICE badge and see if I can make the illegal Messicans next door to me poop their pants.....LOL.


29 posted on 02/05/2007 2:09:36 PM PST by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: mdittmar
Well it is a different text.....

*******************************AN EXCERPT *****************************

Since November of 2002, 789 uniforms and id badges are missing from LAX -- the most in the nation. That's nearly double Baltimore Washington Airport. They're at number two.

By comparison Chicago's O'Hare Airport had 307 and JFK just 97.

Locally -- Burbank is missing 30, John Wayne 22, Ontario nine and long beach three.

These uniforms -- with TSA logo's and badges -- can get you just about anywhere.

30 posted on 02/05/2007 2:11:32 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The DemonicRATS believe ....that the best decisions are always made after the fact.)
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To: bd476

Time to re-issue.


31 posted on 02/05/2007 2:12:14 PM PST by GingisK
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To: taxed2death

I'd like to see that u-tube video.


32 posted on 02/05/2007 2:12:34 PM PST by Rakkasan1 ((Illegal immigrants are just undocumented friends you haven't met yet!))
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To: bd476

The screeners do not wear blue shirts. So, the ebay uniforms are probably from a private company.


33 posted on 02/05/2007 2:13:06 PM PST by sasha123
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To: Retired Chemist
Retired Chemist wrote: "As we drove by the big LAX letters at the entrance to the airport my son said they referred to the security there."

Your son made a brilliant observation. ;-)

34 posted on 02/05/2007 2:15:39 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

These people cant even secure their badges and uniforms and they are security for air flights??

Its enough to make me stay on the ground.


35 posted on 02/05/2007 2:16:03 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (I will forgive Jane Fonda, when the Jews forgive Hitler.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Since November of 2002, 789 uniforms and id badges are missing from LAX

We got a discrepancy....on the Feb 2 CBS Report....??????

36 posted on 02/05/2007 2:16:56 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The DemonicRATS believe ....that the best decisions are always made after the fact.)
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To: Cicero
As the destination of 911 terrorists, the name is a welcome mat to a soft target.

37 posted on 02/05/2007 2:17:29 PM PST by bd476
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To: Rakkasan1

http://13gb.com/media.php?media_id=1163


38 posted on 02/05/2007 2:17:36 PM PST by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: bd476

I meant post #36 for you....


39 posted on 02/05/2007 2:19:57 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The DemonicRATS believe ....that the best decisions are always made after the fact.)
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To: AU72
AU72 wrote: "Jihadists in Iraq have started attacks wearing Iraqi police/security uniforms."

That's true and what is keeping anyone from doing the same here?

Absolutely nothing.

40 posted on 02/05/2007 2:20:00 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

The people in charge of protecting us from death are incompetent.


41 posted on 02/05/2007 2:20:29 PM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: mdittmar; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Cindy
mdittmar wrote: "Could you provide an exact link to this story please,I can't locate it from the link you provided. Thanks"

This story was not in print on the KCAL 9 television site when I posted this. The story was typed as I heard it on the news.

KCAL 9 had billed the on-air report as an exclusive story with an attached undercover investigation.

However, if you will read Post #3 here and Post #7 here you will have confirmation that there have been similar reports of missing TSA security badges and uniforms at airports throughout the USA.


42 posted on 02/05/2007 2:28:11 PM PST by bd476
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks for the link.

I'm going to forward it to DHS just for fun;)

43 posted on 02/05/2007 2:31:59 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Ernest. For some reason the video doesn't play on my computer.

44 posted on 02/05/2007 2:52:38 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476
KCAL 9 interviewed one LAX official who said that it is to be expected that there will be missing TSA uniforms and TSA badges because there are so many TSA employees employed at LAX.

Nice attitude. "Pfft. This is minor stuff. If we'd found some Lite Brites with menacing illuminated cartoon characters, that'd be a different matter."

45 posted on 02/05/2007 2:52:51 PM PST by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged
Leftism is Mentally Deranged wrote: "The people in charge of protecting us from death are incompetent."

That sure seems to be the case.

46 posted on 02/05/2007 2:55:11 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476
There are over 500 badges and uniforms missing from Los Angeles International Airport's TSA division. According to the KCAL 9 report, no one knows what happened to the badges and uniforms.

I'll tell you what happened. Some TSA goon just sold them to parties unknown. Check the accounts of the TSA folks, check for a murder of a TSA agent recently.

TSA = Union Autoworker dedication for airline safety.

47 posted on 02/05/2007 2:56:05 PM PST by Centurion2000 (If you're not being shot at, it's not a high stress job.)
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To: John Jorsett
John Jorsett wrote: "Nice attitude. 'Pfft. This is minor stuff. If we'd found some Lite Brites with menacing illuminated cartoon characters, that'd be a different matter.' "

LOL!

48 posted on 02/05/2007 2:57:34 PM PST by bd476
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To: Publius Valerius
I'll give you a for instance: as recently as 10 years ago (and probably long before that), everyone knew that you could use liquid explosives to blow up an airplane. In fact, the US foiled a terrorist plot to blow up an airplane using explosives disguised as ordinary liquids. But there wasn't a need to ban liquids from airplanes because they weren't perceived as dangerous.

If that's the case they shouldn't let any powders on the planes either. I can think of a few that will take an airliner down.

49 posted on 02/05/2007 2:58:13 PM PST by Centurion2000 (If you're not being shot at, it's not a high stress job.)
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To: bd476
Are there any of the original TSA type badges around?

Federal Aviation Transportation Administrative Services (FATAS)

50 posted on 02/05/2007 3:02:01 PM PST by Deguello
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