Security Personnel at Dulles Seen as Risk
Drummond, Daniel F., The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Byline: Daniel F. Drummond
More than 80 percent of the departure-gate screeners and baggage handlers at Washington Dulles International Airport are not U.S. citizens, which makes completing full background checks on them difficult, according to Kenneth M. Meade, inspector general of the Department of Transportation.
At recent congressional hearings, Mr. Meade also testified that "non-U.S. citizens without proper" immigration status by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) "were authorized to enter secured areas of Dulles."
"Say someone is from Somalia, and they may be a wonderful person, but they have just been through a war and they don't have records," said Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican. "How am I going to do the background check? …
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Publication information: Article title: Security Personnel at Dulles Seen as Risk. Contributors: Drummond, Daniel F. - Author. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: October 16, 2001. Page number: 1. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2001 Gale Group.
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