Nonprofit watchdog organization Judicial Watch says they have documents that prove the Department of Homeland Security gave Somali groups “security briefings and access to secured areas in ‘community engagement tours’ at major U.S. airports,” according to a report from The Daily Caller.
The tours, three at major airports in the last year, were so sensitive that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol asked that portions of the documents be redacted before Judicial Watch received them through a Freedom on Information Act request. Border Patrol redacted the 31-page document “on the basis that releasing the information could risk law enforcement operations.”
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“Logically, information that is too sensitive to provide to Judicial Watch and the public should not have been given to a ‘community engagement tour,’” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a news release. “The U.S. government has been aware for years that Minnesota is a hotbed of Somali terrorist-cell activity. The behind-the-scenes tours and security briefings of the Minneapolis airport very well could have created a threat to public safety.”
The tours took place at airports in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Columbus, Ohio. The Somali groups reportedly heard information regarding the airport’s global entry system, automated passport control system, secondary screening procedures and baggage-screening procedures.
The redacted portions were related to the type of Transportation Security Administration processing procedures they were shown.