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TSA Wasting $$$$ on Some Security

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration has thrown around gobbs of cash for airport security since Sept. 11, but lawmakers, auditors and national security experts are questioning the wisdom behind some purchases, according to the Washington Post.

Reporter Dana Hedgpeth reports that TSA spent about $30 million alone just on devices that puffed air on travelers to detect explosives, only to warehouse the machines later on.

“We always want the best, the latest and greatest technology against terrorists, but that’s not necessarily the smartest way to spend your money and your efforts,” Kip Hawley, who served as the head of the TSA from 2005 until last year told the Post. “We see a technology that looks promising, and the temptation is to run to deploy it before we fully understand how it integrates with the multiple layers we already have in place like using a watch list, training officers at every checkpoint to look for suspicious behavior and using some pat-downs.”

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