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  • Perimeter breaches at US airports

    People get onto tarmacs and even planes at major airports far more often than the general public or elected officials realize; more than 250 times in recent years. Until AP’s story, the breaches had been largely secret. The public had no idea that, for example, one mentally ill man had hopped the fence at LAX eight times, twice reaching stairs that led to jets. Associated Press reporters painstakingly filed public records requests and legal actions to produce the most comprehensive public accounting of perimeter security breaches at top U.S. airports. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2YeqYfYB0s
  • Privacy on the Line

    “Privacy on the Line” documented security breaches and fraud in the implementation of a $2 billion federal phone subsidy for low-income families. We found tens of thousands of applicants to Lifeline, were put at heightened risk for identity theft when more than 170,000 sensitive records were posted publicly online. While researching companies participating in the Lifeline program, Scripps investigative reporter Isaac Wolf discovered a data breach touching residents of 26 states.
  • Biodefense Security Failures in Texas

    "Following a watchdog's report that a Texas A&M researcher had been infected with the bioterror agent Brucella in a lab, The Dallas Morning News used state and federal open records laws to pursue dozens of additional security breaches and disease exposures at other state universities."
  • Airport-security system in U.S. riddled with errors

    This is the first part of a three part series which explores the short comings of airport security. In this part, blatant security breaches, such as unscreened bags and weapons in checked luggage, are reported.
  • FAA Seldom Punished Assualts on U.S. Flights

    An investigation by USA Today reveals that "federal regulators failed to take action to address many of the weaknesses terrorists exploited during the Sept. 11 attacks... depsite warnings and security breaches aboard hundreds of flights each year."
  • Guns, 'bombs' get through Hancock

    After the terrorist hijacking of airplanes from major U.S. airports on Sept. 11, the Post-Standard began it's own investigation of the security and screening measures taking place at Syracuse's Hancock International Airport. Their investigation found that since 1988 Hancock's screeners have failed to detect real or simulated weapons being brought through the airport, totaling 64 security breaches. The Post-Standard found that Hancock's screeners are paid less than the airport's parking lot cashier and bathroom custodian. They also discovered that the Federal Aviation Administration does not notify the airport's commissioner when it cites an airline for a security violation.