By Keith Laing - 11/02/11 07:11 PM EDT
The Transportation Security Administration has had its share of struggles that stem from messages on Twitter, but Wednesday, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) used the social networking site to defend the agency.
After a meeting of his committee Wednesday to examine aviation security a decade after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Lieberman sent a series of tweets saying TSA’s often-criticized procedures are necessary to keep the aviation system safe.
“TSA’s complex and layered security is still very necessary,” he said in a follow-up post.
Lieberman continued by saying, “TSA needs to focus its limited resources to target high risk passengers and also needs more advanced screening technology.”
In the hearing before Lieberman’s committee Thursday, TSA defended its new known-traveler and behavior-detection procedures, which are designed to improve airport wait times for frequent fliers and use interviews to identify patterns among travelers.
“Since I became TSA administrator, I have listened to ideas from people all over this country, including our key stakeholders and security professionals, and I have heard from our dedicated workforce and our counterparts abroad about how TSA can work better and smarter,” John Pistole said Wednesday. “Based on this feedback, last fall, I directed the agency to begin developing a strategy for enhanced risk-based security, which is based on the simple premise of focusing our limited resources on the passengers we know least about.
“I am pleased to report to the committee today that in the past few months we have taken concrete steps to implement key components of the agency’s intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to security, advancing the agency toward the ultimate goal of providing the most effective security in the most efficient way possible.”
TSA recently came under fire again after a woman tweeted a picture of a sexually themed note a TSA inspector had left in her bag after searching the bag and finding a sex toy.
The agency launched an investigation and subsequently fired the employee who was responsible for the note.