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Major Fail: TSA Agents Don’t Know What ‘DC’ Stands For

More embarrassment for the TSA this week ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

Recent reports have surfaced on multiple occasions in which residents of Washington, DC, have been disallowed to board their flights until their IDs were double-checked.

The culprit? Officials in Washington recently replaced ‘Washington, DC’ on driver’s licenses with ‘District of Columbia’.

That now has TSA agents thoroughly confused because they’ve “never heard of the District of Columbia before.”

No, we’re not kidding.

This comes on the heels of a bombshell audit after the agency failed screening test by as much as 95% of the time.

Insert double-facepalm.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Transportation Security Administration officers continue to be confused about their nation’s capital.

District of Columbia Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton sent a letter Tuesday to TSA Administrator David Pekoske Wednesday about a Washington, D.C. resident who had issues at the Newark International Airport with her driver’s license.

Holmes Norton said that a TSA officer denied that the I.D. was valid and had to consult with colleagues before allowing the D.C. resident to catch her flight.

“As I am sure you can imagine, it can be humiliating for a U.S. citizen to be delayed because a federal government does not recognize the name of the District of Columbia,” Del. Holmes Norton wrote in her letter.

A Washington journalist tweeted in 2014 that a TSA agent in Orlando “never heard of ‘District of Columbia.’ Demanded passport because he didn’t believe my driver’s license was from US!?”

D.C. officials replaced “Washington D.C.” with “the District of Columbia” in 2014, which Del. Holmes Norton credited with the TSA’s troubles. This year, officials decided to return to the “Washington D.C.” labeling.


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Border Patrol Losing Agents Faster Than It Can Hire Them

The lack of a border wall may soon be a lesser problem in curbing illegal immigration.

According to a recent audit of the US Border Patrol, the agency is losing nearly a thousand agents per year.

Yet the number of new hires per year is just over half as many.

Among the problems are desperate working conditions and the fact that better jobs are available in other departments.

That means that President Trump’s goal of hiring 5,000 new agents is both extremely aggressive and, even if possible, will only plug the hole for five years.

The drain of agents means an even more porous southern border.

And news of that reality is certain to make its way southward and encourage even more incursions where coverage is the weakest.

Here’s more from Washington Times…

The U.S. Border Patrol is losing agents faster than it can hire them, according to a new audit released Wednesday that said competition with other federal law enforcement and the difficulty of passing a polygraph test have sapped the agency of nearly 2,000 agents it’s supposed to have.

More than 900 agents leave each year on average but the Border Patrol only hires an average of 523 a year, the Government Accountability Office said in a broad survey of staffing and deployment challenges at the key border law enforcement agency.

The law requires the agency to have a minimum of 21,370 agents on board, but it had just 19,500 agents as of May.

That’s an even bigger problem when stacked up against President Trump’s call for hiring 5,000 more agents, to reach a workforce of 26,370.

Managers blamed everything from remote working conditions to competition with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the interior immigration agency that’s also staffing up, for difficulty in filling out ranks.

Problems span the southwest border, with eastern California and western Texas suffering particular shortages.


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TSA Fails Nearly 80% of Latest Undercover Tests in US Airports

If you’re like most Americans who fly even just once per year, you know how frustrating the experience has become in the post-9/11 world in which passengers are presumed to be guilty until — after an aggressive pat-down — they’re proven otherwise.

What’s worse is the indiscriminate nature of the searches which include octogenarian, wheelchair-bound ladies and children.

But the argument by big government officials is that all this is necessary to protect against terror attacks. Except, apparently it’s not.

Accordingly officials with knowledge of recent undercover tests of TSA effectiveness, the draconian security screening is failing, at a minimum, three out of four times.

This begs the obvious question: is it all worth it?

We wager not.

Here’s more from ABC News…

In recent undercover tests of multiple airport security checkpoints by the Department of Homeland Security, inspectors said screeners, their equipment or their procedures failed more than half of the time, according to a source familiar with the classified report.

When ABC News asked the source familiar with the report if the failure rate was 80 percent, the response was, “You are in the ballpark.”

In a public hearing following a private, classified briefing to the House Committee on Homeland Security, members of Congress called the failures by the Transportation Security Administration “disturbing.”

Rep. Mike Rogers went as far as to tell TSA Administrator David Pekoske, “This agency that you run is broken badly and it needs your attention.”

Pekoske was confirmed by the Senate this summer.

Inspectors “identified vulnerabilities with TSA’s screener performance, screening equipment, and associated procedures,” according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security.