Homeland Security Watch

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April 11, 2006

Trouble down under over airport worker background checks

Filed under: Aviation Security,International HLS — by Christian Beckner on April 11, 2006

Evidently DHS isn’t the only homeland security entity under fire right now for problematic background checks. From the Australian media:

A convicted cocaine dealer has worked as a Qantas baggage handler at Sydney airport for the past four years, according to media reports.

The Daily Telegraph claimed Easton Barrington James was given full security clearance by state and federal agencies and has had access to all airport areas since 2002.

James reportedly served six months in jail in 2000 for supplying drugs.

The Telegraph’s report came after revelations security cameras in the baggage-handling area at the airport were tampered with at the same time a cocaine syndicate was operating through the international terminal.

Qantas confirmed James was convicted of another drug charge in Western Australia after he received his Aviation Security ID Card and began working at the airline in 2002.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

April 11, 2006 @ 12:45 am

Airport theft and smuggling was almost written off as a cost of doing business before 9/11. Now it still remains the soft-underbelly of the nation.

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