Convicted terrorist allowed to use TSA's 'Pre-Check' system at major airport
Convicted domestic terrorist Sara Jane Olson, 68, of St. Paul, was allowed to go through TSA's expedited security screening known as TSA Pre Check last year, despite her criminal background. And when a TSA Agent at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport recognized Olson, and alerted a supervisor, his concerns were ignored.
The part about ignoring his concerns is the kicker for me. The on-the-ball agent protested to no avail:
Because of the supervisors actions, the report says, there was no incident report for the event. A whistleblower reported it to TSA's Office of Special Counsel.
In case you do not remember:
Sara Jane Olson aka Kathleen Ann Soliah was a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). For 25 years she lived in hiding in St. Paul before she was arrested in 1999, pleading guilty in 2001 to planting explosive devices underneath police squad cars in 1975. She was released on parole in 2009 after serving 7 years in prison.
When she was arrested after many years as a fugitive, Soliah/Olson received much sympathy from the left for leading an exemplary (in their view) life, and got off with a mere 7 years after being a member of a lethal terrorist band.
The TSA Pre Check program has been very erratic in the way it treats me. Sometimes my boarding pass has it, sometimes not. I have no idea why. And it appears that the program is a bit erratic:
TSA Pre Check allows verified passengers to skip taking off their shoes and removing liquids from their bags. However, there are 28 types of criminal convictions that preclude an individual from TSA Pre Check.
The report says Olson did not receive TSA Pre Check through its application program whereby she would have been issued an ineligibility letter because of her criminal conviction. She also wasn't allowed in through what's known as “managed inclusion” which allows passengers through the TSA Pre Check line in order to regulate passenger wait times during peak hours at security checkpoints.
Instead, it appears Olson received her TSA Pre Check through what's known as the Secure Flight program. That program compares passenger information from the airlines to the Terrorist Screening Database (TDSB) and the “No Fly” and “Selectee List” of passengers warranting additional scrutiny. Data from the Secure Flight program is purged within 7 days of travel, so it is unclear how Olson was allowed to get on the TSA Pre Check, and the portion of the report that describes the break down is almost completely redacted.