(Newark, N.J.-WABC, May 29, 2005) - It is a loophole in airline security so big, you could fly a plane through it.
Senator Charles Schumer lashed out at the Department of Homeland Security which he feels has ignored a law put in place to keep terrorist from boarding airplanes and repeating what we saw here September 11th.
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But Schumer says there's a gaping hole in security at both airports, a way for terrorists to slip through the cracks.
Senator Schumer: "If they know their names will be checked on domestic flights but not on foreign, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to get on a foreign flight and come here."
A new law requires airlines to transmit flight manifests to U.S. officials within 15 minutes of takeoff. Homeland security had until February 14th to come up with a game plan, but Schumer points out that deadline has come and gone and that those lists aren't being checked until the plane is airborne. [my emphasis]
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While we're fighting the 'War on Terra' in Iraq, the people we should be worried about have unfettered access. So what exactly did the Patriot Act do besides abrogate our civil rights? It sure as hell hasn't made us any safer.