Just THREE kids in Camden, N.J. scored college-ready

Just THREE kids in Camden, N.J. scored college-ready

Posted By Eric Owens On 2:26 PM  12/20/2013

The new superintendent of public schools in Camden, N.J. announced this week that only three — THREE! — students in the entire district who took the SAT during the 2011-12 academic year scored high enough to qualify as college-ready.

Paymon Rouhanifard learned this incredibly depressing tidbit of knowledge on the “listening tour” he commenced when he took the job in August, reports ABC News. Speaking to the school board and members of the community, he described finding out about the low number as a “kick-in-the-stomach moment.” Continue reading “Just THREE kids in Camden, N.J. scored college-ready”

Obama boycott: Major US news outlets refuse to use White House photos

 Published time: November 27, 2013 21:03                                                                            

US President Barack Obama is surrounded by photographers while he eats breakfast. (AFP Photo / Scott Olson)US President Barack Obama is surrounded by photographers while he eats breakfast. (AFP Photo / Scott Olson)

The coalition of major news outlets protesting the White House’s photo policy continues to grow, with McClatchy newspapers adding their name on Wednesday to the list of publications that will no longer print official administration images.

McClatchy’s announcement that it will not be running official  White House images in its papers except in extreme circumstances  follows a similar promise made over the weekend by USA Today amid  growing complaints waged by photojournalists and those in the  news industry who oppose this administration’s tendency to  exclude independent reporters from official events.

Last week, the Associated Press, ABC News, the Washington Post  and Reuters all signed a letter to White House press secretary  Jay Carney imploring the administration of President Barack Obama  to provide photographers with increased access to the  commander-in-chief. According to those outlets, this White House  has more than any other administration prevented credentialed  photographers from shooting images of the president, and instead  has relied on Mr. Obama’s official photography team on a routine  basis to exclusively take pictures to be disseminated among the  press.

The selective nature of the White House’s process of hand-picking  which images to release — as well as its shuttering of a free  press — has raised numerous complaints as of late by news outlets  and media experts. “Journalists are routinely being denied the  right to photograph or videotape the president while he is  performing his official duties,” last week’s letter reads.   “As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist’s  camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the  public from having an independent view of important functions of  the Executive Branch of government.”

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Possessed baby monitor shouts obscenities at Texas tot

 

‘Somewhat of a blessing’ the child is deaf, say parents

By   Iain Thomson

Posted in Security,        14th August 2013 23:26 GMT

A Texas father ripped out the baby video monitor he’d installed to watch over his two year-old daughter after he heard a British or European man using the device to address the child by name.

Father of two Marc Gilbert told ABC News that he heard a male voice coming from inside his daughter’s bedroom, calling out her name and making lewd comments to the child, calling her a “little slut.”

When Marc and his wife entered the room the voice began cussing them out, calling him a moron and his wife a “bitch,” before Gilbert forcibly disconnected the device. The couple’s other child was not disturbed by the incident.

“[I] Couldn’t see the guy. All you could do was hear his voice and [that] he was controlling the camera,” Gilbert said, adding that his daughter wasn’t woken by the hacker because she’s deaf. “It’s somewhat of a blessing,” he added. “If she had heard it it would have been a big problem.”

He said that both the camera and the family’s wireless network are firewalled and password protected, but that this hadn’t stopped the European miscreant from gaining control of the device.

“It’s quite possible that this had been going on more than one day,” he said. “Security vulnerabilities exist.”

Gilbert didn’t contact the police but did call his internet service provider, who recommended changing the passwords on the device as a way of locking it down. But Gilbert says it’s a case of once bitten twice shy and he won’t be turning the monitor back on.

“I don’t think it ever will be connected again,” he said. “I think we are going to go without the baby monitor now.”

Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/14/eurohacker_shouts_obscenities_at_texas_tot_via_hijacked_baby_monitor/

 

The Obama administration’s State Department had a direct hand in revising the official story on the 2012 Benghazi terror attack, new documents show

  • State  Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland objected to the CIA’s summary, which  concluded that terrorists killed four Americans
  • Attack came  in the weeks before the 2012 election, as President Obama was campaigning on the  strength of having defeated al Qaeda
  • White House  Press Secretary Jay Carney has denied that the administration had a substantial  hand in changing the official story
  • ABC News  reports that the administration’s line was edited 12  times

By  David Martosko In Washington

PUBLISHED: 12:04 EST, 10 May  2013 |  UPDATED: 12:37  EST, 10 May 2013

The Obama administration rewrote the CIA’s  official story about the Dept. 11, 2012 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in  Benghazi, Libya, judging from 12 different versions of a summary that emerged  Friday.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has  claimed that the intelligence community was solely responsible for drafting and  revising the document – known now as the Benghazi ‘talking points – and that  editing by political appointees in the administration was limited to changing no  more than two words.

But ABC  News reported that the State  Department had direct influence on the edits, and specifically requested the  removal of references to the al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group Ansar al-Sharia,  and the deletion of references to CIA warnings in the months before the attack  that terror attacks in the eastern Libyan city were expected.

 

ABC News uncovered 12 versions of the infamous Benghazi talking points, suggesting that the Obama administration - specifically the State Department - was more involved with editing them than it has admittedABC News uncovered 12 versions of the infamous Benghazi  talking points, suggesting that the Obama administration – specifically the  State Department – was more involved with editing them than it has  admitted

The last version of the talking points, with all references to terrorism removed, shows a final edit - changing 'Consulate' to 'diplomatic outpost - the only edit that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has linked to administration appointeesThe last version of the talking points, with all  references to terrorism removed, shows a final edit – changing ‘Consulate’ to  ‘diplomatic outpost – the only edit that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney  has linked to administration appointees

In one email leaked to ABC, State Department  spokeswoman Victoria Nuland raised a red flag about the CIA-written portion  which warned that ‘The Agency has produced numerous pieces on the threat of  extremists linked to al-Qa’ida in Benghazi and eastern Libya.’

‘Since April,’ the CIA assessment continued,  ‘there have been at least five other attacks against foreign interests in  Benghazi by unidentified assailants, including the June attack against the  British Ambassador’s convoy. We cannot rule out the individuals has previously  surveilled the U.S. facilities, also contributing to the efficacy of the  attacks.’

Nuland emailed White House and intelligence  officials, warning that the sentences ‘could be abused by members [of Congress]  to beat up the State Department for not paying attention to warnings, so why  would we want to feed that either?’

The words in question did not appear in the  final version that was distributed to members of Congress.

In subsequent emails, the CIA stuck to its  guns, retaining language that said, ‘we do know that Islamic extremists with  ties to al-Qa’ida participated in the attack,’ naming Ansar al-Sharia. The draft  went on to specifically name the al Qaeda-affiliated group named Ansar  al-Sharia.

After Nuland objected again, saying that  terrorist groups should not be named because the administration did not ‘want to  prejudice the investigation,’ a member of the National Security Council staff  noted that ‘The FBI did not have major concerns with the points and offered only  a couple minor suggestions.’

But Nuland wrote that ‘my building’ – likely  referring to the State Department’s top leadership – was still  unhappy.

Ultimately, according to the emails ABC News  unearthed, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes conceded that the State  Department’s concerns should be considered.

White House press secretary Jay Carney told the press that the administration had a 'nonsubstantive' role in editing the talking points, but new emails suggest otherwiseWhite House press secretary Jay Carney told the press  that the administration had a ‘nonsubstantive’ role in editing the talking  points, but new emails suggest otherwise

UN Ambassador Susan Rice told five different TV audiences one day after the talking points were finalized that the Benghazi attack was the product of a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islam YouTube videoUN Ambassador Susan Rice told five different TV  audiences one day after the talking points were finalized that the Benghazi  attack was the product of a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islam YouTube  video. The CIA had already determined, days before, that Islamic terrorists were  to blame

Carney has briefed the press and insisted  that ‘the CIA drafted these talking points and redrafted these talking points.’

‘The fact that there are inputs is always the  case in a process like this, but the only edits made by anyone here at the White  House were stylistic and nonsubstantive. They corrected the description of the  building or the facility in Benghazi from consulate to diplomatic facility and  the like.’

Any input the White House did have likely  came at a meeting of White House deputies four days after the attack. ‘The  significant edits – deleting references to al Qaeda and the CIA’s warnings –  came [that] White House meeting,’ ABC News reported on its blog.

On the day following that meeting, UN  Ambassador Susan Rice appeared on five television talk shows and kept to the  resulting line that a spontaneous protest – not a terror attack –  was behind the destruction of the consulate and the loss of life.

Nuland, ABC News adds, was not at the  deputies’ meeting and did not prepare Rice for her interviews.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland's emails show that the agency, then headed by Hillary Clinton, had a direct hand in altering the official story on the Benghazi terror attackState Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland’s emails  show that the agency, then headed by Hillary Clinton, had a direct hand in  altering the official story on the Benghazi terror attack

Inside the White House press briefing room (at right), Jay Carney will brief the press today and is expected to face spiraling allegations that the Obama administration had a hand in editing the now-infamous Benghazi talking pointsInside the White House press briefing room (at right),  Jay Carney will brief the press today and is expected to face spiraling  allegations that the Obama administration had a hand in editing the now-infamous  Benghazi talking points that obscured the cause of a 2012 raid on the U.S.  Consulate in that eastern Libyan city

‘We must make sure that the talking points  reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we  don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation,’ Rhodes emailed the group  reviewing the talking points. ‘We thus will work through the talking points  tomorrow morning at the Deputies Committee meeting.’

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has  become the focus of post-Benghazi political wrangling, with Republicans on  Capitol Hill accusing her of stonewalling a congressional investigation and  adding accusations of an administration cover-up.

Clinton is likely to run for president in  2016, Democratic political analysts predict, making the performance of her  agency a political football.

The State Department did not respond to  requests for comment.

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens (L) and three other American personnel died in the Benghazi attack, now understood to have been carried out by Ansar al-Sharia and other al-Qaeda-linked groupsU.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens (L) and  three other American personnel died in the Benghazi attack, now understood to  have been carried out by Ansar al-Sharia and other al-Qaeda-linked  groups

The U.S. Consulate was left in ruins after terrorists' pre-set mortars rained down and rocket-propelled grenades caused fires and explosions on Sept. 11, 2012The U.S. Consulate was left in ruins after terrorists’  pre-set mortars rained down and rocket-propelled grenades caused fires and  explosions on Sept. 11, 2012

But Clinton’s tenure at State will continue  to be a source of controversy. A career diplomat who was second-in-command in  Libya on the night of the Benghazi attack testified before Congress on Wednesday  that a commando team was turned back from flying from Tripoli to Benghazi after  the State Department intervened.

Gregory Hicks quoted an Army colonel telling  him over the phone that ‘this is the first time in my career that a diplomat has  more balls than somebody in the military.’

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US Media continues to Ignore Role of Psychiatric Medications in School shooting

Tuesday, 08 January 2013
Since last month’s horrifying and heartbreaking school massacre in Newtown, Conn., politicians and the press have, as everyone knows, been bizarrely obsessed with firearms. Indeed, President Obama has vowed to impose strong new gun-control measures on the nation – very soon, with or without the approval of US Congress.
Other possible factors – from violent video games to the “failure of our mental-health system” to the unintended consequences of making schools “gun-free zones” – have taken a back seat to guns. Within hours of the gruesome mega-crime, the media had provided extensive, round-the-clock coverage of precisely which firearms, manufacturers and calibers the perpetrator had used, how he had obtained them from his mother, where they were originally purchased, and so on.

But where, I’d like to ask my colleagues in the media, is the reporting about the psychiatric medications the perpetrator – who had been under treatment for mental-health problems – may have been taking? After all, Mark and Louise Tambascio, family friends of the shooter and his mother, were interviewed on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” during which Louise Tambascio told correspondent Scott Pelley: “I know he was on medication and everything, but she homeschooled him at home cause he couldn’t deal with the school classes sometimes, so she just homeschooled Adam at home. And that was her life.” And here, Tambascio tells ABC News, “I knew he was on medication, but that’s all I know.”
It has been more than three weeks since the shooting. We know all about the guns he used, but what “medication” may he have used? (One brief mini-hoax emerged when the New York Daily News published a story claiming the shooter, according to his uncle, had been on the controversial antipsychotic drug Fanapt. That story was quickly withdrawn after the “uncle” turned out to be a fraudster with no relation to the murderer.)
So, what is the truth? Where is the journalistic curiosity? Where is the follow-up? Where is the police report, the medical examiner’s report, the interviews with his doctor and others?

None of that seems to matter as the real and obvious goal appears to be disarming Americans…

http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/22490/61/

 

Ammo supplier Brownells sells 3 1/2 years of AR-15 magazines in 72 hours

Ammo supplier Brownells says sales of 3 1/2 years of magazines in 72 hours a response to stricter gun control.

December 26, 2012 12:04

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An AR-15 Dec. 18, 2012 in Miami, FA. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Amid fears of stricter US gun control laws, the world’s largest supplier of firearms accessories claims it has sold 3 1/2 years of ammunition magazines for the AR-15 assault rifle in just three days.

Brownells Inc. made the claim in a statement attributed to company President Pete Brownell on gun owner forum AR15.com.

 

Gunman Adam Lanza is said to have used an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle when he went on a shooting spree Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, killing 20 first-graders and six adults before turning the gun on himself. He also killed his mother.

In the gun owner forum post, Brownell said he and his staff “absolutely apologize” for an order backlog on the company’s website, adding “we’re working like crazy to get these orders to you as quickly as possible.”

 

“The demand for magazines actually exceeded the ability for the system to keep up with the volume that was being ordered,” he wrote, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Brownell didn’t speculate on what’s causing the spike in demand.

However, some U.S. gun sellers report an uptick in sales following calls by President Barack Obama and other Democrats to renew a ban on assault weapons, the New York Daily News reported.

“They’ve been off the charts. Absolutely skyrocketing,” Chuck Nesby, a firearms instructor in Falls Church, Virginia, told ABC News. “If I could give an award to President Obama and Sen. Feinstein, (they) would be salesperson of the year.”

 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121226/brownells-sells-3-half-years-ar-15-magazines-3-days

Top Republican lawmaker: ‘Obamacare is law of the land’ ???

Fri, 9 Nov 2012 02:49 GMT

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Top Republican lawmaker John Boehner said on Thursday he would not make it his mission to repeal the Obama administration’s healthcare reform law following the re-election of President Barack Obama.

“The election changes that,” Boehner, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, told ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer when asked if repealing the law was “still your mission.”

“It’s pretty clear that the president was re-elected ,” B oehner added. “Obamacare is the law of the land.”

Under Boehner’s leadership, the House tried repeatedly to repeal the healthcare law, the signature domestic measure of Obama’s first term. While a few provisions were eliminated or changed, Senate Democrats blocked outright termination of the law.

Boehner added that parts of the law were going to be difficult to implement and that everything had to be on the table as lawmakers try to create a path to a balanced budget.

A spokesman for Boehner said later the speaker and House Republicans “remain committed to repealing the law, and he said in the interview it would be on the table.”

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the biggest overhaul of the $2.8 trillion U.S. healthcare system since the 1960s, aims to extend health coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans beginning in January 2014.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the reforms in a landmark June ruling.

Defeated Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had vowed to repeal the law if he were elected.

In Tuesday’s election, Republicans kept their majority in the House and Democrats maintained control of the Senate.

In the ABC interview, Boehner also said a comprehensive approach to immigration reform was needed and he was confident that Republicans could find common ground with Obama on the issue.

 

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/top-republican-lawmaker-obamacare-is-law-of-the-land/

New Jersey kicks out Sandy volunteers because they aren’t unionized

Published: 2 November, 2012, 19:07 Edited: 2 November, 2012, 19:07

 

Utility workers from across the US are descending on the Northeastern states left ravaged by Superstorm Sandy, but some volunteers making the trek are being told they can’t pitch in since they don’t belong to a union.

According to a report published late Thursday by WAFF News out of Seaside Heights, crews coming to assist all the way from Alabama’s Decatur Utilities were turned away because they aren’t unionized, despite making the 800-mile jaunt to lend a hand.

WAFF quotes Decatur worker Derrick Moore, who tells the network that him and his colleagues “are frustrated being told, in essence, ‘thanks, but no thanks.’”

Left with nothing to do in New Jersey, Moore and other members of the Decatur team are reportedly waiting in Roanaoke, Virginia to see if Seaside Heights authorities will change their mind. Meanwhile, though, millions of residents up and down the East Coast remain without power after a powerful tropical storm downed power lines and flooded streets from North Carolina to New England.

According to the latest figures available early Friday, the death toll from the frankenstorm may already be close to hitting 100, and recovery efforts are expected to continue for weeks, if not months. At the same time, though, things may be off to a slower start in New Jersey if nonunionized volunteers are refused any further.

Bill Yell, a spokesman for Alabama’s Huntsville Utilities, tells AL.com that nine of his employees are currently helping with recovery from the storm, but not in New Jersey where he claims they were told they weren’t needed. Instead, his crew of unionized workers has been volunteering their services with Long Island Power Authority in New York.

According to ABC News, more than 40,000 workers from utility companies across 49 states have been dispatched to the East Coast to aid in recovery efforts, with the US Air Force now assisting by moving dozens of utility vehicles onboard cargo planes.

On Thursday, forecasting firm Eqecat estimated the damage from the storm to be close to $50 billion.

http://rt.com/usa/news/new-jersey-sandy-union-849/

 

Oregon Meth House Owners Deliver Petition to Freddie Mac: after becoming sick from methamphetamine residues

Oct. 23, 2012

An Oregon family who unknowingly bought a house that had been used as a meth lab is delivering a petition to Freddie Mac to require that the government-sponsored housing organization’s homes be tested for methamphetamine residue before being sold on the market.

The Hankins family thought they had a good deal when they bought a foreclosed home in Klamath Falls, less than 20 miles north of the California border. A realtor showed them the home, which was sold through HomeSteps, a listing service for Freddie Mac. They purchased it for $36,500.

Jonathan Hankins, 32, and his wife, Beth, 29, started renovating the home in early June and moved into the two-bedroom 850-square-foot home before the end of the month.

After three weeks of living in their home, however, they started having severe headaches. Their 2-year old son also became sick, past the point of being just a moody toddler.

PHOTO: Jonathan and Beth Hankins found out their new home is a former meth lab.

Courtesy Hankins family
Jonathan and Beth Hankins found out their new home is a former meth lab.

“We mostly experienced extreme dry mouth and had mouth sores, making it extremely painful to even drink water,” Hankins said.

The family moved out of their home and stayed with Beth’s parents for six weeks before renting a property 10 blocks away from their home.

“We like to keep an eye out on it,” Beth, a nurse, said of their home.

The Hankins were not sure why they were sick until neighbors told them they suspected the home may have been a former illegal methamphetamine drug lab.

The couple said they contacted contractors who advised them to have the home tested for meth residue. They bought a kit for $50 and swabbed their home. After submitting their results to a lab, they learned that they had 38 micrograms of methamphetamine residue. The Oregon Health Authority’s minimum to require a homeowner to clean up their home is 0.5 micrograms per square foot.

The family contacted Freddie Mac, trying to get answers about why they were not informed about the home’s history. The problem is the local authorities did not contact the Oregon Health Authority, as is customary, because there were no recent drug-related enforcement actions related to the home.

“It’s kind of sad,” Hankins said. “It’s a great block. It’s one of those neighborhoods that went through a rough stage and it’s on the upward swing. People are taking care of their yards and homes. Now it’s another abandoned property.”

The couple started a petition on Change.org to “stop selling former meth labs to unsuspecting buyers,” garnering over 200,000 signatures.

They have also been on a national media circuit since earlier this month, trying to spread awareness about an issue that homes across the country have experienced.

A spokesman for Freddie Mac provided a statement to ABC News, saying they bought the home in an “as-is” condition.

“We empathize with the Hankins but neither we nor the listing agent had prior information about the home’s history,” the statement read. “If we had, such information absolutely would have been disclosed. We strongly encourage buyers to inspect homes and to conduct any tests they want to before making a purchase decision.”

Freddie Mac said it encourages “home shoppers to see if the addresses of homes that interest them are on the registries state and federal agencies keep of known clandestine meth labs.”

The federal registry can be found on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Clandestine Laboratory Register website.

Freddie Mac also said “concerned home shoppers can also check an address with local law enforcement.”

The Hankins deny that Freddie Mac encouraged them to test their home besides testing the structural integrity of the property. Their home is not on registries because there was no enforcement on the property.

After learning that thousands of homes across the country may also have been used for illegal drug production or the settings of heavy drug-use, the Hankins are planning to deliver a petition to Freddie Mac’s New York headquarters to ask the organization to require testing of homes before they are sold.

The couple is also considering legal action.

The Hankins also reached out to lawmakers, including Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who have expressed interest in Freddie Mac’s response to the petition.

“This is one of those cases where common sense should prevail,” said Tom Caiazza, a spokesman for Sen. Wyden. “It shouldn’t take an act of Congress for Freddie Mac to figure out that it’s not a good idea to sell homes that have been used to manufacture meth.”

Brett Sherry, program coordinator for Oregon Health Authority’s Clandestine Drug Lab program, said the number of homes that local authorities refer to him have fallen dramatically since the program started in 1990.

Police refer homes that were illegal labs for any number of drugs, though most — Sherry says “99 percent” — are producing methamphetamine.

Sherry said he does not have record of the Hankins’ home.

“It’s very possible the property was used for manufacture or meth use,” he said. “If someone smokes methamphetamine, that can contaminate the surface with meth residue.”

The busiest year was 2001, when the program saw tested 324 labs.

In the past three years, only 10 labs have been referred to the program per year.

So far this year, the program has been referred to 10 illegal labs, the most recent of which was noted on Monday. That lab was for dimethyltryptamine, another illegal drug that is growing in popularity.

There is no single common symptom if someone is sick from methamphetamine residue, Sherry said, but it is wise to get a home tested, if you suspect it is contaminated. Otherwise, a family could be exposed to any number of toxic chemicals, like sodium hydroxide, which is normally used in drain cleaners to dissolve materials.

“The example we typically use is a child crawling on floor,” he said. “It’s very easy for them to absorb methamphetamine residues.”

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/oregon-meth-house-owners-delivers-petition-freddie-mac/story?id=17534927&singlePage=true

 

 

‘I was addicted to stealing… and everyone else did it too’: Ex-TSA agent reveals epidemic of thefts from passengers as he admits he took almost $1MILLION in possessions

By Laura Cox

PUBLISHED:20:13 EST, 28  September 2012| UPDATED:01:12 EST, 29 September 2012

It was a scandal that rocked the nation – a  New York Transport Security Agency security officer found guilty of stealing  close to $1million worth of belongings from passenger luggage.

But according to the convicted officer, the  problem was even more widespread than ever feared and is still going on  today.

In a candid tell-all interview Pythias Brown  told ABC  News thefts from aircraft baggage  were ‘commonplace’, allowed to prevail by a ‘culture’ of  indifference.

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'Too easy': Pythias Brown said thefts from aircraft baggage were 'commonplace', allowed to prevail by a 'culture' of indifference‘Too easy’: Pythias Brown said thefts from aircraft  baggage were ‘commonplace’, allowed to prevail by a ‘culture’ of  indifference

The former Newark Airport employee confessed  to stealing more than $800,000 worth of items over a four-year-period, ending  only when he tried to sell on Ebay a camera pinched from the bag of a CNN  producer and failing to remove all of the network’s identifying stickers.

It was game over for Brown and he was convicted in 2009, sentenced to three years in prison, at the time  offering 80  cameras, video games and computers on the auction site.

Tempting?: A TSA security officer goes through a passenger's bag suitcase (Stock image)Tempting?: A TSA security officer goes through a  passenger’s bag suitcase (Stock image)

Up until then it had been ‘very convenient to  steal’ he said. ‘It became so easy, I got complacent.

‘It was like being on drugs, it was. I was  like, “What am I doing?’ but the next day I was right back at it”.’

Shocking though his actions were, Brown was  not alone.

381 TSA officers have been fired for stealing  from passengers in the last nine years, including 11 so far this  year.

Brown told ABC how he would frequently work  alone, assigned to screening luggage behind ticket counters, and be told when  overhead surveillance cameras, preventing theft, were not working.

He was never asked about suspicious behaviour  and was given a heads-up by a former colleague when bosses started to get wise  to his misdemeanors.

Learning how to read X-ray scans,  Brown  was able to pick and chose which bags to target for his loot, based on content,  and he figured out how to pick TSA luggage locks without being  detected.

Speaking for the first time since being  released from prison earlier this year, Brown told ABC he is going public about  his crimes in an attempt to warn passengers what goes on behind the  scenes.

Poor morale and low pay put temptation in the  way of many of his fellow officers, he said.

Shocking: Almost 400 TSA security officers have been fired over luggage theft in less than a decade (stock image)Shocking: Almost 400 TSA security officers have been  fired over luggage theft in less than a decade (stock image)

‘They didn’t think it was okay, but they did  it and said, “I don’t care. They ain’t paying me. They’re treating me wrong”,’  he said. ‘But then when people started seeing they could profit off of it, then  it became massive,’

In a statement, TSA insisted that it has ‘a  zero-tolerance policy for theft and terminates any employee who is determined to  have stolen from a passenger.’

The agency added that the number of officers  fired ‘represents less than one-half of one percent of officers that have been  employed’, denying that theft is a widespread problem among  employees.

Watch the video  here:

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