The Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration chief David Stone has tendered his resignation in the wake of a
confidential report which shows that US aircraft remain vulnerable to attack, despite billions of dollars of funding being spent by the
administration. Stone is the third TSA director to resign in as many years. The chairman of the House aviation subcommittee has criticized the TSA's
operations and is advocating for airport security to be privatized, with the TSA being allocated a supervisory role.
But a confidential report compiled by the Homeland Security Department and the FBI earlier this year pointed out that US commercial airliners
remained vulnerable to attack by Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups, despite billions of dollars spent on new security measures that include
meticulous searches of airline passengers and security watch lists.
The report, which has never been publicly released but was described to reporters by administration officials last month, warned that terrorists
could easily target corporate jets, private planes and other small aircraft usually parked at country airports that lack adequate security.
Almost simultaneously, the Coalition of Airline Pilots Association gave the Transportation Security Administration a failing grade, accusing it of
being unable to close what it called some "gaping holes" in aviation security.
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Department secretary Tom Ridge annjounced his resignation in December, and Steve Cooper, Homeland Security's first CIO, will also resign this month
for "personal reasons".
Homeland Security's First CIO Resigns
Cooper is leaving for personal reasons, a departmental spokeswoman said Wednesday. A successor, who will be appointed by President Bush, has yet to
be identified. The spokeswoman said she didn't know who will head Homeland Security IT until a successor is named.
In an interview in December, Cooper said he hadn't decided whether he wanted to remain as CIO after the department's first secretary Tom Ridge
announced his resignation. When named CIO in 2003, Cooper promised Ridge he'd remain on the job at least through the presidential election, or as
long as Ridge headed the department.
Cooper said he wanted to talk with the new secretary before making a decision. The new secretary, Michael Chertoff, is in the midst of conducting a
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I don't follow the issue that closely, but it seems to me that the Homeland Security issue and department has been a bungled mess from day one, with
reports of wasted funds, ineffective program implementation and administration officials resigning left, right and center.
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