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PostSubject: TSA caught red-handed stealing iPad from ABC News investigative journalists   Thu 04 Oct 2012, 12:57

TSA caught red-handed stealing iPad from ABC News investigative journalist

(NaturalNews) Does the Transportation Security Administration have any
hiring standards whatsoever, other than "breathing human being?" The
answer to that question has become glaringly obvious, as the list of bad
behavior committed by these paragons of ineptitude continues to expand.

In response to a rising number of stories about theft by TSA officers of passenger belongings, ABC News decided to launch an investigation of its own to determine the validity of the charges.

news crew purposely left an iPad behind at a checkpoint at the airport
in Orlando, Fla. "The iPad was one of ten purposely left behind at TSA
checkpoints at major airports with a history of theft by government
screeners," ABC News reported.

Barely two hours later, the
device was tracked to the home of a TSA screener who went on to blame
his wife for the theft when he was eventually confronted (see a video of the theft here). That confrontation did not come for a couple of weeks; ABC News waited a full 15 days before going to the home of the officer, Andy Ramirez, to ask for the iPad back.

'My wife did it'

to the report, Ramirez denied knowing anything about the iPad at first,
telling the news crew to instead contact the airport's lost and found
department. Keep in mind the crew knew full well Ramirez was being
dishonest because it had activated a tracking app that had been
previously installed on the device.

Following Ramirez's denial,
the news crew activated the app's audio alarm; when they did, Ramirez
went to get the device - but took off his TSA uniform before returning to hand it over.

wife says she got the iPad and brought it home," he told the crew. The
report says his wife then appeared at the door, saying she had found the
device but that she had "not told my husband."

Ramirez couldn't even man up and admit his crime; he blamed his wife instead.

Well, enter damning evidence here.

The news crew obtained security camera footage from the airport checkpoint area showing Ramirez taking the iPad. When the crew informed him of the footage, he shut the door and, of course, wouldn't answer any more questions.

is the tip of the iceberg," says Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., head of the
House Transportation Committee. "It is an outrage to the public, and
actually to our aviation system."

Pattern of criminality

The TSA has since fired Ramirez, but the arrogant agency refused to even respond to interview requests from ABC News. Since then, the network put out what it calls a Rogue's Gallery
of TSA agents and screeners who have been busted for lifting items from
passenger luggage. Here are the details on some of the most notable

-- Alexandra Schmid was fired from her job as a TSA
screener at John F. Kennedy International Airport for allegedly swiping
$5,000 in cash from a passenger's jacket at a security checkpoint. She
has been charged with larceny but pleaded not guilty.

-- Speaking of the Orlando airport, Elliot Iglesias pleaded guilty to stealing four computers from passenger baggage there. He's serving two years of probation.

Michael Pujol gets the creativity award. He was fired from his job as a
TSA officer at Miami International Airport after he was charged with
grand theft for allegedly stealing items from passenger bags and hiding
them in a special pocket he'd added to his TSA jacket. He, too, stole an
iPad that was tracked to Craigslist.

"According to the TSA, 381
TSA officers have been fired for theft between 2003 and 2012, including
11 so far in this year," says ABC News.

Don't you feel safer now?

solution is perhaps the most realistic: He is pushing airports to ditch
the TSA and hire private screeners; some, like the international
airport in Kansas City, Mo., have done that.

As always, TSA bureaucrats deny the agency has a widespread problem. But as Natural News has consistently reported, the TSA is rife with law breakers, miscreants, thieves, pedophiles and other shady types.

As the cost of air travel continues to rise, so, too, does the abuse heaped on travelers by the TSA.

It's past time for this useless, criminal agency to go away.

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