TSA ex­pands ‘se­cret’ ac­cess

Los Angeles Times - - The Nation -

The Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion is ex­pand­ing the num­ber of em­ploy­ees with “se­cret” clear­ances to 10,000, one-sixth of the agency’s work­force.

TSA Ad­min­is­tra­tor John Pis­tole said he be­lieves that giv­ing front-line work­ers greater ac­cess to in­tel­li­gence will help stop ter­ror­ist attacks and make the pub­lic safer.

The clear­ances give agency em­ploy­ees ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion that has been clas­si­fied as “se­cret,” ma­te­rial that is not put out for gen­eral dis­tri­bu­tion in the agency.

Speak­ing be­fore a House Home­land Se­cu­rity sub­com­mit­tee, Pis­tole said, “One of the best tools we pos­sess in our ef­fort to com­bat ter­ror­ism is ac­cu­rate and timely in­tel­li­gence.”

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