Video: Famed security agency covered up wasteful spending, misled investigators

posted at 1:21 pm on May 10, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Say, wouldn’t it be ironic if an agency of the federal government wasted hundreds of millions of dollars? Er … no, not really. It’s what federal agencies do, isn’t it?  Well, then, what if this agency was responsible for security and enforced transparency on millions of Americans every day, but then got caught obstructing justice to cover up its waste?  I’m not sure that‘s terribly surprising either, but for the record … here’s your TSA and tax dollars not at work:

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The Transportation Security Administration has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars by buying equipment it doesn’t need and storing it in a North Texas warehouse, according to a congressional report released Wednesday.

The blistering report also accuses the airport security agency of trying to cover up the misspending by misleading investigators. …

The report faults TSA administrators for buying unneeded equipment in bulk — including machines used to detect trace explosives — in order to receive a discount “under an incorrect and baseless assumption that demand would increase.”

The agency “willfully delayed Congressional oversight” in “a failed attempt to hide the disposal of approximately 1,300 pieces of screening equipment from its warehouses in Dallas, Texas, prior to the arrival of Congressional staff,” the report said.

While the report said the warehouse was in Dallas, it is actually located not far from DFW Airport in Grapevine.

TSA also gave investigators a list of equipment that “falsely identified disposal dates and directly contradicted the inventory,” according to the report.

I’m certainly angered over the obstruction of the investigation and the wasteful spending, and heads should be rolling at TSA.  But I’m more angered about the obstruction of the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious and the hundreds of people killed, including at least one Border Patrol agent, as a direct result of the Department of Justice’s actions.  The House Oversight Committee is heading both probes, and it’s beginning to put together a pattern of obfuscation, cover-up, and outright lying in the executive branch.


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The scale of the corruption and incompetence in this administration never ceases to amaze . . . or enrage.

AZCoyote on May 10, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Shut down the entire agency, fire all the employees and administrators, and send back the porno-scanners to Michael Chertoff’s company so he can choke on them…

PatriotRider on May 10, 2012 at 1:28 PM

The Transportation Security Administration has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars by buying equipment it doesn’t need….

Kinda like Solyndra…

Electrongod on May 10, 2012 at 1:28 PM

The airlines should be responsible for security, not the morons in government…

PatriotRider on May 10, 2012 at 1:29 PM

The House Oversight Committee is heading both probes, and it’s beginning to put together a pattern of obfuscation, cover-up, and outright lying in the executive branch.

Which starts from the top.

Don’t forget the GSA junkets too.

rbj on May 10, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Join Rand Paul’s effort to dismantle the TSA.

John the Libertarian on May 10, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Reminds me of the last scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

tommer74 on May 10, 2012 at 1:35 PM

The House Oversight Committee is heading both probes, and it’s beginning to put together a pattern of obfuscation, cover-up, and outright lying in the executive branch.

Chicago on the Potomac. People unfamiliar with Daley Machine style politics the are often surprised at the thoroughly pervasive nature of the corruption. It goes all the way from top to bottom, not even a part-time janitor gets hired who doesn’t have some political sponsor’s hand in his pocket.

Obama’s Chicago crew is showing the amateurs in DC how it is done.

novaculus on May 10, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Imagine what else is being stored in those crates; barbed wire, fence posts, cattle prods, searchlights, brown shirts. Yep, just standard things for homeland security.

Bishop on May 10, 2012 at 1:36 PM

They fondle our children, undress the elderly, then waste our money.

newportmike on May 10, 2012 at 1:39 PM

THIS IS A “UNION” OPERATION – NOT A “GOVERNMENT” OPERATION!!!!

Its important to realize – BOOOOOOOOOSH imagined and DESIGNED the TSA to be an organization populated and RUN by PRIVATE Security Firms, but was BLOCKED in his efforts to “creat” this organization by DEMOCRATS and TED KENNEDY.

Bush ONLY got the TSA to be “agreed to” when Ted Kennedy Shoved the Requirements that the TSA be an SEIU UNION OPERATION down his throat – so that Teddy coul “pay off” his UNION BUNDLERS!!

williamg on May 10, 2012 at 1:39 PM

The House Oversight Committee is heading both probes, and it’s beginning to put together a pattern of obfuscation, cover-up, and outright lying in the executive branch.

And your point, Ed? Nothing happens to any of these criminals, it just fades from memory until the next scandal.

See Jon Corzine for further information.

JPeterman on May 10, 2012 at 1:40 PM

and heads should be rolling at TSA

Defrauding the taxpayer should result in jail-time. If taxpayers can and have been sentenced to jail for cheating on taxes, attempts to thwart investigations of government spending result in the same.

And I wish that every single GOP candidate would repeatedly point out that the more money spent by the government, the more fraud, waste, and corruption we get.

chimney sweep on May 10, 2012 at 1:41 PM

* “could

williamg on May 10, 2012 at 1:41 PM

* “create

williamg on May 10, 2012 at 1:42 PM

In other news, Pope admits he’s Catholic. Dogs admit they don’t like cats. Bears don’t use public restrooms.

nico on May 10, 2012 at 1:43 PM

The scale of the corruption and incompetence in this administration never ceases to amaze . . . or enrage.

AZCoyote on May 10, 2012 at 1:25 PM

…PLUS!…it IS the most transparent administration… EVAH!

KOOLAID2 on May 10, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Well, this confirms it….we have been taking a fisting both physically and fiscally. TSA should be renamed The Bureau of BOHICA.

search4truth on May 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM

yes, but they have manfully kept the sky free from delicious frosted cupcakes and disabled toddler suicide bombers.

mittens on May 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Lots of people wondering about Janet’s real agenda. In all fairness, this requires a large degree of aluminum foil hattery, but, considering what we’ve seen so far,…..

a capella on May 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM

..I’m thinkin’ a**hole+microscope here.

The War Planner on May 10, 2012 at 1:51 PM

The blistering report also accuses the airport security agency of trying to cover up the misspending by misleading investigators

.

That ought to be a crime. Wait a minute, it is!

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

The Congress, from both sides of the political isle, are derelict in their oversight duties.

This, the parties in Las Vegas scandal and so much waste all over s/b identified on-going by the investigators, alas…most in congress just look for their fat wallets to bloat even more. I hate all of them and they most all s/b thrown out in Nov.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

And I wish that every single GOP candidate would repeatedly point out that the more money spent by the government, the more fraud, waste, and corruption we get.

chimney sweep on May 10, 2012 at 1:41 PM

..they had this guy on the Gerri Willis show last night — Jason Chaffetz, the (R) rep from Utah — who wants to pass a law that says any gummint employee who falls in arrears with his or her federal taxes should be fired on the spot.

The War Planner on May 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM

..they had this guy on the Gerri Willis show last night — Jason Chaffetz, the (R) rep from Utah — who wants to pass a law that says any gummint employee who falls in arrears with his or her federal taxes should be fired on the spot.

The War Planner on May 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM

You know, there are legitimate reasons why any person may be “in arrears” without it being their fault. A nasty divorce, for example. I’d be very careful about carving out a single group for punishment. That is what socialists like Obama does.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I don’t know… the TSA “quick disposal” of “surplus assets” sounds kinda of like Stimulus to me.

Think about it! The TSA purchases all sorts of goodies, that they then sell – presumably at a discount, to citizens. Office supplies, furniture, snacks and G-d only sees what else. All Bargains!

Maybe some of the investigation will follow the money to see how much of these “surplus assets” just walked out of the warehouse?

CiLH1 on May 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I’d be very careful about carving out a single group for punishment. That is what socialists like Obama does.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

..point taken. This could become a cudgel in the wrong hands. That said, I believe the term used by Chaffetz and Willis was “delinquent” — and the intent was to get folks who were willfully sliding on their obligations.

The War Planner on May 10, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Follow the money.

Of course it’s always possible for well-meaning and honest people to be incompetant. But only crooks get RICH from these kinds of “mistakes.”

For every one Solyndra that’s made the news, there are still dozens more out there funnelling federal money to Obama supporters by the truckload.

logis on May 10, 2012 at 2:47 PM

The House Oversight Committee is heading both probes, and it’s beginning to put together a pattern of obfuscation, cover-up, and outright lying in the executive branch.

Nothing to see here, citizen – move along.

jackal40 on May 10, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Let’s see you bought in volume to save money. But, doh, you have spent the savings difference and more on renting storage space for the surplus items (not including spares) to sit around and do nothing. What kind of donks are hired to do this????

jake49 on May 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Lawless and incompetent are the words that best describe all aspects of the Obama administration.

Axion on May 10, 2012 at 3:41 PM

The House Oversight Committee is heading both probes, and it’s beginning to put together a pattern of obfuscation, cover-up, and outright lying in the executive branch.

Gasp! This can’t be! This is “the most honest, most open, most transparent administration, evah!”

Barry told us so!

GarandFan on May 10, 2012 at 3:51 PM

The airlines should be responsible for security, not the morons in government…

PatriotRider on May 10, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Exactly. Every commercial already has its own police whether they’re state, county or municipal. The only place federal should be needed is in the air, i.e. the air marshals or armed pilots.

Nutstuyu on May 10, 2012 at 5:45 PM