Apparently the TSA in Newark airport is devoting its energies to looking for drug traffickers. That’s all well and good, but does anyone care to devote any attention to looking for Islamic jihadists? “U.S. Homeland Security Committee demands TSA explain reports of racial profiling at Newark airport,” by Steve Strunsky for The Star-Ledger, June 17:
WASHINGTON “” The Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee said they want the head of the Transportation Security Administration to explain how racial profiling became a common practice among TSA screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss) are both seeking answers from TSA Administrator John Pistole, after a federal report found several behavior detection officers, or BDOs, had singled out Mexican and Dominican passengers for special scrutiny, bag searches, questioning and document reviews in 2008 and 2009.
“We have been in contact with TSA. We are looking forward to hearing Administrator Pistole’s analysis,” King, who is from Long Island, said in a statement[.] “After that, we will determine our course of action.”…
The group of managers and BDOs who engaged in racial profiling were dubbed “the Great Mexican Hunters” by other TSA employees at the airport….