Did TSA lie to Congress?

by Lisa Simeone on May 10, 2012

There are several reports out about the fact that the TSA may have deliberately hidden millions of dollars’ worth of unused equipment and lied about it to Congress. Such lying could make TSA officials subject to criminal prosecution.

Federal News Radio details the findings of a Congressional report that looked into the TSA’s storage of $184 million of airport screening equipment in a Texas warehouse. Apparently there is a disparity between the inventory TSA provided to Congress about the equipment and the actual equipment found on-site when Congressional investigators went to the warehouse.

In short, there appears to have been a cover-up:

According to investigators, warehouse managers admitted that they had disposed of roughly 1,300 pieces of equipment in the two days between the time when TSA gave Congress its inventory and when Congressional investigators arrived in Dallas in order to make the actual contents of the warehouse match the previously-provided records. Warehouse workers were brought in at 6 a.m., ahead of their usual shifts, in order to remove the equipment before congressional investigators arrived, the report suggested.

The TSA says it has “no knowledge” of misleading Congress.

“No knowledge”? Does that sound like a ringing endorsement to you?

As we have seen, the TSA has a solid track record in obfuscating, misleading, and dancing around questions, beginning with the man at the top, John Pistole.

Speaking of John Pistole, he’s been curiously quiet lately, ever since U.S. Rep. Paul Broun called for his resignation and since a new crop of TSA abuses and assaults have appeared in the news, everything from Congressman Francisco Canseco charging that the TSA assaulted him, to video that bears that out, to yet more children being molested, to still further evidence that the strip-search scanners are a boondoggle, to the TSA’s breaking a teenager’s $10,000 insulin pump.

Where is TSA Administrator John Pistole, and what does he have to say for himself and his agency?

(Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Andrew Magill)

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