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2008 Archives

TSA Responds to Parade Magazine's Article on Airport Security

Press Release
Parade Magazine's September 7th "Intelligence Report" oversimplifies the reality of U.S. airport security today and it falls into the trap of evaluating the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) only based on what is seen at the checkpoint. The American public is somewhat complacent today about the risk of terror compared to seven years ago immediately after 9/11. Their comfort level is afforded, thanks in part, to many tireless people who are focused on the ongoing threat. Among these public servants are TSA's workforce, men and women who report to their posts each day motivated by the motto, "not on my watch."

Federal Port Security Credential Now Available Nationwide

Press Release

All TWIC Enrollment Sites Are Now Open and Ready for Business

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced that all Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) fixed enrollment sites are open and ready for worker registration. Port and longshore workers, truckers and others nationwide are now able to enroll in the Department of Homeland Security's TWIC program at any one of the nearly 150 sites.

TSA Names Federal Security Director for LaGuardia Airport

Press Release
NEW YORK – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the selection of Mike Scott as federal security director (FSD) for LaGuardia Airport (LGA). As FSD, he will oversee all TSA operations at LaGuardia Airport and operations at Long Island MacArthur (ISP) and Westchester County (HPN) airports, and Manhattan Heliports, all in New York.

TSA Prepared for Ike

Press Release

Photo of food suppliesTwo weeks after the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) prepared for evacuations of the Gulf Coast ahead of Hurricane Gustav, TSA officers and staff have mobilized to respond to Hurricane Ike. Currently, more than 370 Transportation Security Officers and TSA staff have deployed to coastal airports including Houston Hobby and George Bush Intercontinental Airport..

Transportation Security Officers Have Renewed Focus & New Look on Seventh Anniversary of 9/11

Press Release
WASHINGTON – Starting Sept. 11, 2008, transportation security officers at airport checkpoints nationwide will begin wearing new uniforms and badges, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today. The new uniforms and badges are another step in the ongoing evolution of TSA, an agency that was created in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001 to federalize airport security.

Officer Publicly Recognized for Helping Troops

Lead TSO Bowen receives an award from N.Y. State Assemblyman Will BarclaySyracuse Lead TSO Leroy Bowen was recently recognized by the state of New York for his military service and commitment to his community during a ceremony recognizing local veterans for their years of service.

TSA Meets Secure Flight Milestone

Airplane taking off from runwayThe Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced in Congressional testimony before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection that it has successfully met the 10-point certification requirement for Secure Flight outlined in the 2005 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act.

UK 2006 Liquid Explosives Plot Trial Overview

"...the men planned to inflict heavy casualties, 'all in the name of Islam'. 'These men were, we say, indifferent to the carnage that was likely to ensue. Some of the men you see in the dock are those who were prepared to sacrifice their own lives.'"

Peter Wright, QC