Aviation Security Challenges: Is TSA Ready for the Threats of Today? Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, July 29, 2015   [open pdf - 283KB]

This is the July 29, 2015 hearing on "Aviation Security Challenges: Is TSA Ready for the Threats of Today?" held before the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Michael T. McCaul: "Two weeks ago, a terrorist struck in America's heartland-inspired by a hateful ideology-and killed 5 American soldiers on U.S. soil. Fourteen years after 9/11, not only are we still under threat from Islamist terrorists, but they have gone on the offensive globally and expanded their footprint. Radicalism is on the rise, and the war is being brought to our doorsteps at terrifying speed. We have long known that our aviation sector is the crown jewel of terrorist targets, so as we stare down these real and growing threats, Congress and the American people need confidence in our defenses. In the past few months, TSA has given us concern rather than confidence. Terrorists have to be right only once, and we have to be right 100% of the time. As millions of travelers from all over the world pass through our Nation's airports, the American people must know and trust that the procedures and policies put in place make us safer. In June, we learned through leaked reports from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General, that TSA's passenger screening was wrong 96% of the time, and that 73 aviation workers had potential ties to terrorism. These findings shatter public confidence. A reported 96% failure rate to detect explosives is completely unacceptable." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Peter V. Neffenger.

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