Can an administration that doesn’t even acknowledge the existence of the terrorists’ motivating ideology really vet these people, or anyone else?
“Airport employees thought to have possible terrorist ties have now been vetted,” by George Colli, Action News Jax, April 6, 2016:
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is setting the record straight on our series of reports from last month about dozens of private airline employees having possible terrorist ties.
At a press conference with Senate Democrats announcing three new proposed amendments to the FAA Re-authorization Act of 2016, Johnson told Washington Bureau reporter George Colli that none of the employees flagged in last year’s Homeland Security Inspector General Report are a threat.
“It’s not that they’re suspected terrorists. It’s that they hadn’t been vetted through all available databases,” said Johnson. “We have since corrected that problem and the cases have been resolved.”
When asked in a follow-up by Colli if there is anything the department is doing now to strengthen the vetting of airline employees, Johnson said “we’re doing a better job of consulting all of the right databases when it comes to airport security and a host of other things.”
Our Washington Bureau reported exclusively last month which airports the 73 employees worked after receiving documents through a Freedom of Information Act request. It included six employees at the Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle, four at Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, two at Logan Airport in Boston and one each at Orlando International, Orlando-Sanford and Memphis International airports….