tsaDid the people in charge of detecting potential terrorists okay-ed hiring 73 potential terrorists?

The federal agency in charge of screening Americans for terrorists failed to identify terrorist links among 73 commercial airport workers for whom it conducted background checks.

“The people in question were working for major airlines, airport vendors and other employers,” Fox News reports.

An inspector general (IG) report reveals the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) approved hiring those that are security threats because it, for some reason, does not have access to a list of individuals linked to terrorist groups.

“The National Counterterrorism Center was asked to match more than 900,000 records of active aviation workers against its Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment database,” Fox News reports.  “According to the report, the TSA had been unable to find 73 individuals ‘linked to terrorism’ because the information the TSA received from the Department of Homeland Security Watchlist Service and used for vetting did not contain the terrorism ‘codes’ associated with the 73 individuals. In other words, TSA did not have the entire terror watch list.”

The revelation comes just days after the TSA failed to find 95 percent of the weapons and fake explosives that undercover agents tried to bring through its checkpoints.

“Homeland Security officials confirmed to Fox News earlier Monday that TSA screeners failed 67 out of 70 tests — or 96 percent — carried out by special Department of Homeland Security investigators known as “red teams,” as part of a DHS inspector general review,” Fox News reports.

According to Fox News, “in one case, an undercover agent with a fake bomb strapped to his back set off a magnetometer — but the screener still failed to find it.”

While the TSA has failed to detect a single terrorist at airports, or among 73 of its own employees, the federal agency has managed to sexually assault numerous Americans and steal property from thousands of others.

Since 2003 the TSA has denied only 58 applications to work at airports due to identified terrorist links.  The 73 workers spotted in one check by National Counterterrorism Center surpassed that number.

The public has only seen a redacted, partial, IG report.

Those who have read the entire report are shocked by the TSA’s failure.

“The publicly available facts are disturbing, but the classified details are even worse,” Sen. Ben Sasse wrote in USA Today. “Millions of families will soon fly to summer vacations, but if moms knew what members of Congress have learned behind closed doors, they would march on Washington demanding an urgent, top-to-bottom reevaluation of airport security.”

“Until last week, Americans were led to believe that jihadi terrorists could never again weaponize commercial airliners. After last week, it is time to rethink that,” writes Sasse.

Do we need a Transportation Security Agency Security Agency to screen for terrorists the people who are screening for terrorists?