CBS Pittsburgh is reporting:
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Dozens of local Transportation Security Administration workers have been fired or suspended after they were caught in an illegal gambling ring at Pittsburgh International Airport.
TSA sources tell the KDKA Investigators that the officers were fired or suspended Thursday morning.
The investigation took a few months. TSA took a look at more than 300 of its employees who work at Pittsburgh International Airport.
Sources confirm TSA employees on the job set up an office betting pool of sorts, employees betting year-round on all of the big sporting events, the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, the World Series, the Stanley Cup and more.
Meet Miguel Quinones.
He was just indicted on 20 child pornography charges after items were seized from his locker at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
The Eagle-Tribune (MA) reports:
Miguel Quinones, 38, of 67 Whittemore Ave. in Manchester was recently indicted by a grand jury in Rockingham County Superior Court on 10 counts of possession of child pornography and 10 counts of attempted possession of child pornography.
A video and more than 1,000 images of child pornography were found on Quinones’ personal laptop computer and three thumb drives stored in his airport locker, Londonderry police Lt. Timothy Jones said.
Quinones was arrested in June following an investigation that lasted more than a year, according to Sgt. Thomas Grella, commander of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Who’s patting down your chlidren at the airport? It’s not like this is an isolated incident. This happens all the time.
The TSA doesn’t only smuggle drugs, now they smuggle people, too!
Fox News reports
A Transportation Security Administration agent is in hot water for allegedly smuggling illegal aliens into the country.
The Washington Free Beacon reports David Alexander Diaz-Torres was arrested in Orlando, Fla. Friday for participating in a scheme with five others to smuggle a group of Brazilian nationals into the United States.
Orlando TV News WFTV picked up the story, too
Diaz-Torres is accused of helping at least eight people unlawfully get into the U.S. when he worked in San Juan.
Court papers tell how a group of people smuggled undocumented immigrants into the United States.
Diaz-Torres was one of them and was employed at Orlando International Airport until this week when he was fired.
The papers said Diaz-Torres and five others would knowingly bring the immigrants into the United States at a place other than a designated port of entry.
The group smuggled the people from Puerto Rico from February to July of last year.
The suspects were rounded up over the past month.
The TSA is running amok with no oversight. Our Federal Government shouldn’t be human trafficking. The TSA constantly proves it does more harm than good.
Thanks to the Atlantic and The Conservative Treehouse for bringing this to our attention.
The Treehouse describes the situation well:
A Department of Homeland Security employee who works on, among other things, the procurement of guns and ammunition for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, spends his nights and weekends preparing for a coming race war and advocating for anti-gay causes, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Meet Ayo Kimathi, a.k.a. “the Irritated Genie,” who told his bosses at the DHS that his anti-white, anti-gay site, “War is on the Horizon,” was just an entertainment site that sells concert and lecture videos.
You see, DHS employees, even those with office jobs like Kimathi’s, have to get outside activities approved by their supervisors, according to the SPLC. Kimathi’s former supervisor told the watchdog group, which tracks hate speech and groups in the U.S., that despite her former employee’s banal description of his extracurricular activities, the actual content of the site left her “stunned.” She continued: “To see the hate, to know that he is a federal employee, it bothered me.” She added that had Kimathi’s site been accurately described to the agency, there’s no way the DHS would have signed off on it. Possibly to keep his bosses from looking up his work, Kimathi used only the site’s acronym, WOH, in his permission request. In addition to his involvement in the purchase of ICE supplies, Kimathi also had a public profile for the agency, speaking at vendor events. As “Irritated Genie,” Kimathi also has a public profile as a black supremacist advocate.
So when the TSA attacks citizens and passengers, it may not be just to steal their money or take their iPads, it could be a way for radical DHS and TSA employees to raise money for their plans to overthrow our government.
You’d think this was just some right-wing fear mongering, but these reports come from the left-leaning Atlantic, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report yesterday about what a terrible job the TSA is doing.
Titled “TSA Could Strengthen Monitoring of Allegations of Employee Misconduct” the report says:
According to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee misconduct data that GAO analyzed, TSA investigated and adjudicated approximately 9,600 cases of employee misconduct from fiscal years 2010 through 2012. From fiscal years 2010 through 2012, the annual number of TSA misconduct cases increased from 2,691 to 3,408. In that same period, TSA’s workforce of Office of Security Operations employees at the airport level grew by about 3,200 employees. Two offense categories accounted for about half of all cases–(1) attendance and leave, which accounted for 32 percent, and (2) screening and security, which accounted for 20 percent. Charges for screening and security related incidents pertain to violating standard operating procedures, including not conducting security or equipment checks, and allowing patrons or baggage to bypass screening. TSA’s guidance delineates common employee charges, along with a suggested range of penalties. Forty-seven percent of the cases that GAO analyzed resulted in letters of reprimand, which describe unacceptable conduct that is the basis for a disciplinary action; 31 percent resulted in suspensions of a definite duration; and 17 percent resulted in the employee’s removal from TSA. The remaining cases covered a variety of outcomes, including indefinite suspensions.
So when they’re not stealing our iPads, TSA employees simply don’t do their jobs. And we keep paying for them.
CNN Travel Reports:
[S]o it shouldn’t come as any surprise that a new Government Accountability Office report, citing a 26% increase in misconduct among TSA employees between 2010 and 2012, is striking a nerve with some travelers who’ve had to endure the shoeless, beltless shuffle on the trip through security.
“Whenever you get an organization that has to be there, sometimes it just starts to take on a weight of its own,” traveler Chris Simon said Wednesday at San Francisco International Airport. “So maybe it’s just not being managed.”
Former TSA employee Larry Kobielnik apparently used his shiny badge to lure an unsuspecting woman into his trap. Then he proceeded to rape her as he held her hostage.
FOX Tampa Bay reports:
“On Friday morning at approximately 2:30 in the morning the victim was walking in the area of Gulf to Bay and Highland Ave. in Clearwater,” said Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Cristen Rensel. “The suspect approached her in his vehicle asked her if she needed a ride.”
Investigators say the victim got in the car but asked Kobielnik to stop so she could get out.
They say he refused and then took it a step further.
“He then showed her a badge and a gun and advised that she was under arrest,” said Rensel. “He continued driving to a house in Dunedin where he sexually battered her.
Read more at Fox Tampa Bay‘s Website.
In addition to working at the TSA, Mr. Kobielnik is a former police officer. The TSA gladly hires the police’s rejects.
In reponse, the TSA released a statement, saying
“TSA holds its employees to the highest standards of conduct. This alleged violent crime is egregious and intolerable. TSA is cooperating fully with investigating authorities.