Senator Blasts TSA: Fast Food Joints Do Better Employee Background Checks

Thursday, May 1, 2014
By Paul Martin

Agency head blames lack of funding, despite having $7 billion budget

Steve Watson
May 1, 2014

The TSA has an annual budget of over SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS, yet this is not enough to do proper background checks on it’s employees, according to agency head John Pistole.

Appearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation this week, Pistole faced a grilling from Senators over the Administration’s dodgy employee track record, and its ability to keep Americans safe.

“DHS (Department of Homeland Security) officials have told us that job applicants in the fast-food industry typically undergo a more robust background check than applicants for a TWIC card,” said Senator Mark Warner, referring to the TSA-issued Transportation Worker Identity Credential.

Warner, a Virginia Democrat, cited a case involving a truck driver who used his TWIC to gain entry into a Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia last month where he shot a Navy security officer dead. The shooter, Jeffrey T. Savage, has a violent criminal history, including a previous manslaughter conviction.

Astoundingly, he was able to clear the TSA’s screening process. Once a person is initially cleared, the system is only updated if cleared personnel self-report any additional criminal incidents, something violent criminals tend not to do.

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