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Leaked TSA Document Shows Even They Think They’re Not Needed [Report]

Do you think that the TSA is successful at stopping terrorists from blowing up airplanes? Yeah, them neither.

A long, tl;dr report over at the almost completely unreliable Infowars actually contains a pretty interesting allegation. A lawsuit against TSA’s full-body scanners has seen a lot of official documents being redacted, sealed and passed back and forth between various legal officials, and one particularly damning report was allegedly filed without an official seal by happy accident.

Said document apparently reveals that not even the TSA take themselves very seriously. Here’s a quote from it:

“As of mid-2011, terrorist threat groups present in the Homeland are not known to be actively plotting against civil aviation targets or airports; instead, their focus is on fundraising, recruiting, and propagandizing.”

Also in the report, the TSA seems to admit that tougher cockpit doors and aggressive passengers who don’t want to plummet to their deaths in a flaming airplane seem to be enough of a deterrent to terrorists.

There’s also an initially-redacted portion that reads: “there have been no attempted domestic hijackings of any kind in the 12 years since 9/11.”

As noted by Mike Masnick of TechDirt, the fed apparently stepped in to force a redaction of the revelation that TSA’s in-house threat assessments show “literally zero evidence that anyone is plotting to blow up an airline leaving from a domestic airport.”

Jonathan Corbett, the man who filed the lawsuit (and not the actor), used this as a point in his argument about why unnecessary search and seizure (4th amendment) is unreasonable. He noted that the full-body scanners are really only any good at picking up illegal drugs, but said that’s “irrelevant to aviation security.”

You can read a.pdf of the TSA lawsuit here. Do you think that the Transportation Security Administration is unnecessary?

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