Private Contractor Posted Secret TSA Screening Manual Online

DHS Secretary Napolitano Says Action Has Already Been Taken Against Those Involved

By JASON RYAN and MARK SCHONE
ABC News
Dec. 9, 2009

While insisting the security of the public was never placed at risk, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that her department is conducting a review to determine how the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) air passenger screening manual ended up online.

Napolitano also confirmed that a private contractor had posted the manual online. The most sensitive parts of the Standard Operating Procedures manual were redacted in a way that computer-savvy individuals easily overcame, revealing sample CIA, Congressional and law enforcement credentials, and that only 20 percent of checked bags at airports are to be hand searched for explosives.

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