Monday, October 1, 2012
Let’s begin October with yet another TSA outrage.
Four months after being defrocked by the Diocese of Camden, NJ in 2002, Thomas Harkins had a new job as a TSA security officer, performing passenger patdowns at Philadelphia International Airport.
The TSA, with their stellar judgment, hired the former priest without completing a background check, the agency recently confirmed. According to a church document, the diocese revealed to the TSA in 2003 as part of the background check Harkins had been removed from ministry because of allegations he had molested two grade-school girls. Harkins was never criminally prosecuted, but the diocese settled civil lawsuits for $195,000.
The TSA took no action as a result of the disclosure. But here’s the kicker. The TSA’s spokeswoman Ann Davis actually said and I quote:
“An allegation alone does not warrant dismissal or automatically disqualify [of potential] applicants from employment with the TSA.”
Over the years, Harkins, 65, who lives in Collingswood, is not an employee of the TSA but was within the agency! He now oversees screening operations for checked baggage and earns $75,600.
Only in America, folks.