2013-09-20 / Letters

Might Follow Its Own Rules

Dear Editor:

You're an airline company opening up a ramp operation at JFK/LGA airports. The Government mandates identifying and screening your employees. It’s a very costly but sensible mandate. Indeed, at JFK/LGA the employee is fingerprinted and if he has a criminal record he may lose his job. If YOU fail to comply with THEIR regulations, you will be fined and/or closed down. Not a viable option in business.

Fast forward to the Washington Navy Yard; it houses a building responsible for operations of surface and submarine vessels in the US Navy. A mad man is granted a security clearance to the facility in spite of a "general discharge" from the Navy, in spite of prior felony arrests, in spite of hearing voices, in spite of being described as an "angry person". No access screening was performed and indeed no identifying process occurred since he used a stolen ID card (by the way, was the card reported stolen and if not, are there any repercussions?).

This is another example of the Government telling us what is necessary to function but ignoring the very same standards for themselves. It’s very troubling due to it being preventable.

THOMAS SULLIVAN

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