The US Department of Justice has issued a press release detailing the arrest of TSA Officer David Alexander Díaz-Torres for conspiracy to transport illegal aliens.
Today, David Alexander Díaz-Torres, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officer, was arrested by special agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Orlando, FL, for conspiracy to transport illegal aliens within the United States, announced U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. Díaz-Torres was charged on September 10, 2013, in a 13-count superseding indictment with five other individuals for bringing, transporting, harboring and shielding illegal aliens within the United States.
Naturally, the TSA has said that they are shocked and hold their employees to high standards. You can read the press release below.
Eight TSA employees and an American Eagle employee were arrested for stealing employee parking passes at DFW airport and then selling them on to their fellow employees.
EDIT: The video is a bit finicky and will play for some, but not for others. You can try getting it to play on NBC’s website.
Airport spokesman David Magana says via email that in March, DFW police learned that 129 employee parking placards had been stolen from American Eagle Airlines’ offices inside Terminal B at DFW Airport. Investigators discovered that some of the stolen placards had been sold for $100 each to TSA employees, who used them to park in lots designated solely for airport employees.
According to Magana, TSA non-management employees normally pay DFW Airport $34 per month — or $400 annually — for the placards. That money funds a shuttle-bus service that links the lots and the terminals.
The American Eagle employee who originally stole the placards has been arrested and charged with one Class A count of misdemeanor theft; a TSA worker faces the same charge. Six other TSA employees arrested — “so far,” says the airport’s release — will be charged with the Class B misdemeanor of theft of service, stemming from their purchase and use of the illegally obtained placards.
TSA employees are supposed to be trustworthy and protecting airline passengers. The only thing they seem to be doing is finding ways to make money by stealing.
The TSA has expanded its PreCheck program to 100 airports in the United States, allowing for more passengers to join the program and return to a time when personal items weren’t checked so carefully.
“As TSA continues to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, we are looking for more opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way possible,” said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole.
Later this year, the TSA said it will allow other U.S. citizens to apply for 5-year enrollment online after submitting fingerprints and paying an $85 fee.
A TSA Precheck emblem embedded on the barcode of passengers’ boarding passes indicates if a flier is eligible for expedited screening under the program.
While the TSA says that this is a great thing for passengers, the consequences of joining such a program should be considered first. As a member of PreCheck, a passenger would be trading the inconvenience of taking off their shoes for allowing the government to store their fingerprints. The terms of storing those fingerprints can, and most likely will, change. This is the tradeoff that passengers are being given for not having committed any crime to begin with.
Would $85 really prevent a terrorist from doing anything at the airport? It isn’t a required fee and anyone who flies can still wait in the regular line.
Just how many terrorists has the TSA actually caught? Can you count to zero? This is why these programs are being scaled back. The government gets your fingerprints, they scale back screenings to reasonable levels if you go through PreCheck, and they get to pat themselves on the back for doing “something” while continuing on their mission of security theater.
Kerene Helen Kimberly Mohammed of 108 Bright Shade Court in Holly Springs was charged with one count of larceny, Holly Springs Police Chief John Herring said Tuesday.
Herring said Mohammed was detained Thursday at a Walmart where perfume, a paring knife, three bottles of Naked fruit juice and a bandana were found in her possession.
Mohammed was taken into custody after admitting she had taken the items, Herring said. She told officers she was a TSA employee at the time of her arrest.
The TSA, as usual, released a statement condemning the misconduct of its, now former, employee.
John Allen, a public affairs manager with TSA in Atlanta, described Mohammed as a “former employee” of the agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. Allen declined to say when Mohammed stopped working with the agency, but he said that she had been a “supervisory transportation security officer.”
TSA officials released a statement Tuesday that read in part: “TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards and expects all employees to conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism.”
It seems that even the highest ethical standards are not enough to prevent the numerous thieves that the TSA has in its ranks. If its supervisors can be compromised and corrupted with as little as $95, they should not be allowed to work in an area that has the enormous responsibility of being a trustworthy and upstanding citizen.