A former British Airways call center employee has pleaded guilty to agreeing to take part in terrorist training/insurgent operations overseas. He also pleaded guilty to transferring funds for terrorist purposes.
The key part of this story, however, is what Rajib Karim denies: that he got a job at BA in order to pass on information on how to attack the airline’s computer systems.
Once again, we see that a determined terrorist does not have to sneak through airport checkpoints to compromise security. The TSA’s Orwellian mission statement is to "protect the Nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce." Perhaps they’d be more useful checking airline call centers than groping senior citizens and children.
Credit must be given to British Intelligence for tracking and apprehending Mr. Karim. Good intel is how we can best stop terrorism in the sky and that should be the focus of the United States Department of Homeland Security, not theatrics geared toward making Americans feeling safer while really doing little to make the skies safer.