Target: Transportation Security Agency Administrator John Pistole
Goal: Investigate the problem of theft by Transportation Security Agency (TSA) agents
Recently, an investigation by ABC News showed that an iPad had been stolen by a Transportation Security Agency employee. This investigation came after many airline passengers lost valuable items on trips and claimed they had been stolen by TSA employees. The investigation proved that TSA employees have the ability to steal these valuable items and at least some do. While the employee from the investigation was fired, this incident, along with the many claims of theft, calls for a more in-depth investigation within the TSA.
The TSA refuses to acknowledge a problem. In a recent statement, the Agency said only ‘less than one-half of one percent of officers that have been employed’ have been fired for theft. However, the statistic given is only officers who have been fired as a result of theft, not those who actually commit theft. The actual amount may be much higher, yet the TSA refuses to investigate. A former TSA employee, Pythias Brown, publicly admitted to widespread theft within the agency. TSA employees are given access to valuable property and means to steal it every day. With the many reported cases of theft, the Agency has a duty to the public to investigate it.
The TSA is an agency with a duty to protect the country from danger. There is undoubtedly danger in traveling, and the security at airports, although controversial, does help prevent some of this danger. However, if people are trusting the TSA with their lives, they should also be able to trust the Agency with their property. Theft in airports is a problem, and the TSA has a duty to passengers to investigate this problem.
Dear Administrator Pistole:
Recently, an investigation proved that there are TSA employees guilty of theft, as an employee was able to take a passenger’s iPad. Although this employee was fired, the investigation has led many to be worried about TSA employees stealing their property. This investigation was not the only report of theft, and the Agency has fired over 200 employees in the past year for theft.
I ask you to investigate Agency employees for theft. There are claims of theft being a widespread problem, and this does worry many people. The Agency has a duty to make sure the public is protected from harm, and this includes their property. There is undoubtedly theft at airports, and an investigation of the TSA may help stop this.
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