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DHS Faces Pressure from Republican Representatives

TSALetterDepartment of Homeland Security is facing pressure from three Republican Congressmen over the leaked TSA documents.

Representatives Peter King (R-NY), Charles Dent (R-PA), and Gus Nillrakis (R-FL) authored a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano asking how her department has “addressed the repeated reposting of this security manual to other websites” and asked about legal action to compel its removal.

The leaked document, a TSA manual, was grabbed and republished on websites such as Cryptome and Wikileaks.

This document, a 93 page manual, gave details about which airline passengers are more likely to be targeted for additional screenings at airports, as well as who is exempt from screenings.

This information in the public sector could be potentially dangerous for airline travel.

In the letter, the representatives also voiced concerns since TSA screeners and equipment are utilized by the secret service during presidential election periods and continue to be used by the Secret Service during national events.

The representatives ask  “has the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration addressed the repeated reposting of this security manual to other websites and what legal action, if any, can be taken to compel its removal?”

And then the repersentitves ask for the department to consider future laws.

“How has the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration addressed the repeated reposting of this security manual to other websites and what legal action, if any, can be taken to compel its removal?” asked the representatives in their letter.

The purpose of the letter to DHS is to find ways to prosecute and stop websites that reposted the manual and prevent this from happening in the future.

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