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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 05:06 PM
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TSA screws up, publishes 'redacted' security procedures that can easily be read
Edited on Sun Dec-06-09 05:07 PM by Newsjock
Source: Wandering Aramean

When the TSA make mistakes this egregious it really isnt all that hard to pick on them.

The latest is that their Screening Management Standard Operating Procedure is published on the internet. ... They chose to publish a redacted version of the document, hiding all the super-important stuff from the public. But they apparently dont understand how redaction works in the electronic document world. See, rather than actually removing the offending text from the document they just drew a black box on top of it. Turns out that PDF documents dont really care about the black box like that and the actual content of the document is still in the file.

Yup, their crack legal staff managed to screw this one up pretty badly. Want to know which twelve passports will instantly get you shunted over for secondary screening, simply by showing them to the ID-checking agent? Check out Section 2A-2 (C) (1) (b) (iv). Want to know the procedure for CIA-escorted passengers to be processed through the checkpoint? Thats in the document, too. Details on the calibration process of the metal detectors is in there. So is the procedure for screening foreign dignitaries.


... Want to read it for yourself? Grab a copy here. Who knows how long theyll keep it online.

Read more: http://www.wanderingaramean.com/2009/12/tsa-makes-anoth...
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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 05:10 PM
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1. saved a copy (nt)
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Hoopla Phil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 07:29 PM
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10. I just did. Unfortunately it is now properly redacted.
I'm bummed.
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DRoseDARs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 07:56 PM
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18. No, no it's not. Read below and bask in the continuing dumbosity. n/t
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 05:13 PM
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2. Self delete...
Edited on Sun Dec-06-09 05:23 PM by Junkdrawer
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no limit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 05:16 PM
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3. Wow, even tells you what kind of gauge of wire to use to avoid detection.
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Hoopla Phil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 07:29 PM
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11. Not anymore.
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kirby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 05:17 PM
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4. Responsible person must be fired...
This has happened so many times over the past several years by different organizations... The fact that it happened to TSA highlights their incompetence.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 05:51 PM
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5. Jeesh!
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 05:52 PM
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6. I want to know why little old ladies have such a hard time getting
past the security screening... I saw them wiping the bottoms of their feet and doing all sorts of seemingly unnecessary things.. my guess would be that their husbands hunt and possibly reload their own shells. I mean, these women were elderly and definitely appeared to be locals... what a shame. I myself had to pitch a small jar of "gourmet" mustard cuz it was in my carry on, and more than three ounces... sealed, labeled, I've lived here for more than 5 decades... what a nuthouse security screening is.
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 06:04 PM
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7. Wonder if this will get slashdotted?
:shrug:
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 06:05 PM
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21. It made it to Wired...
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 07:13 PM
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8. Dumbasses...nt
Sid
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Hoopla Phil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 07:28 PM
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9. Bummer. Seems to be properly redacted now.
:(
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 07:38 PM
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13. Wasn't a few minutes ago...
Edited on Sun Dec-06-09 07:43 PM by SidDithers
just drag-select the text from before the redacted section to the text after the redacted section, copy it, then paste it into your word processor.

Sid

Edit: typo
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Subdivisions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 07:43 PM
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14. I've got Bluebeam. I can see through the redactions. Interesting. I'll have to take
some time later to look this over.
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 07:45 PM
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15. Nice...
the free Adobe Reader shows the boxes, but the test is still is under them.

Sid
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Hoopla Phil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 07:48 PM
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16. Gotcha. Thanks!
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Hoopla Phil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 07:37 PM
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12. Anyone know how to look for a cached file?
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DRoseDARs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 07:54 PM
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17. Nope, still not redacted properly... lol
Just right-click on the block boxes and the context menu will come up. One of the options in the list is to "Look up..." whatever word happens to be there at the point you clicked on... "hidden" under the black box.

For example, Section B. of 3.4.1 ETD Contamination Control begins thusly:
"If the ETD device alarms the TSO, TSO must change his or her gloves..." blah blah blah.

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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 08:30 PM
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19. Hell, they even have graphics showing what several
IDs look like, including CIA and Senate Member ID.

You can select them and cut and paste into any graphics program.

Someone's a moron.
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HillbillyBob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 09:01 AM
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20. Goner

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