The Daily Populous

Tuesday February 25th, 2020 evening edition

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The series of tests were conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams who pose as passengers, setting out to beat the system.

According to officials briefed on the results of a recent Homeland Security Inspector General’s report, TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests, with Red Team members repeatedly able to get potential weapons through checkpoints.

In one test an undercover agent was stopped after setting off an alarm at a magnetometer, but TSA screeners failed to detect a fake explosive device that was taped to his back during a follow-on pat down.

Officials would not divulge the exact time period of the testing other than to say it concluded recently.

This is not the first time the TSA has had trouble spotting Red Team agents.

In a 2013 hearing on Capitol Hill, then-TSA administrator John Pistole, described the Red Team as “super terrorists,” who know precisely which weaknesses to exploit.

More recently, the DHS inspector general’s office concluded a series of undercover tests targeting checked baggage screening at airports across the country. »

‘Russia wants to watch us tear ourselves apart,’ FBI official says ahead of elections

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WASHINGTON — Russia wants to watch Americans “tear ourselves apart” as the United States heads toward elections, an FBI official warned Monday.

That briefing focused attention on the possibility that Russia could work to aid President Donald Trump’s reelection.

Democratic rival Sen. Bernie Sanders has said intelligence officials told him that Russia was looking to boost his candidacy, too. »

Letters to the Editor: I escaped communism. Bernie Sanders’ democratic socialism isn’t communism

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To the editor: I lived under socialism in the 1950s and escaped from it during the bloody Hungarian Revolution in 1956.

After the Nevada caucuses, Sen. Bernie Sanders is looking more like the inevitable Democratic Party presidential nominee, but he has no chance against President Trump if his message is perceived as “socialism.”.

If the self-described democratic socialist secures the nomination, he should do everything he can to distance himself from the concept of “socialism” as opposed to “democratic socialism.” »