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Ex-CIA Chief Woolsey: Profiling Airport Workers Critical to Effective Security

Ex-CIA Chief Woolsey: Profiling Airport Workers Critical to Effective Security
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By    |   Friday, 20 May 2016 11:28 PM

Federal authorities need to intensify their screening of airport workers — even if it means using profiling — as a way to curb attacks similar to 9/11 and the EgyptAir that killed 66 people, former CIA Director James Woolsey said Friday.

"If we don't profile, we lose a really important tool," Woolsey told Trish Regan on Fox News.

He is now chairman of the Leadership Council at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and chancellor of the Institute of World Politics. Both organizations are in Washington.

"In New York City, there was a period of time in which — in organized crime, you wanted to check first in Jewish neighborhoods," Woolsey said. "Later, it was Sicilian neighborhoods.

"People who commit crimes, including terror, often come from similar backgrounds. They work together. They know one another. Sometimes, they are even family members.

"We need to understand that and get on top of that and get on top of it," Woolsey said.

Regarding EgyptAir, the focus should be on making airports safer, not the jet that plunged into the Mediterranean Sea early Tuesday.

"Whether or not this particular event was terrorism, there is a lot of terrorism in that part of the world — and people are focusing on aircraft," Woolsey said.

"They have since the beginning of this crazy business and 9/11," he added. "We need to figure out how to make our airports and facilities that aircraft use safer for people to use."

This is of special concern as the federal government contracts out responsibilities to smaller companies that hire foreign-born workers.

"We have to vet them very, very carefully," Woolsey said. "Vetting people from that part of the word is really hard because you have passports going for $100 that are really extremely good copies."

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Federal authorities need to intensify their screening of airport workers - even if it means using profiling - as a way to curb attacks similar to 9/11 and the EgyptAir that killed 66 people, former CIA Director James Woolsey said Friday.
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2016-28-20
Friday, 20 May 2016 11:28 PM
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