Feds cut airport security as terror cases decline

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Rep. Harold Rogers of Kentucky is glad the Transportation Security Administration plans to cut 3,000 more airport screening jobs by the end of September,after cutting 3,000 cuts, the Associated Press reports. TSA “over-hired,” says the chair of the House Appropriations homeland security subcommittee.

The cuts amount to about 11 percent of the 55,600 screeners. The moves will save an estimated $280 million. Some big airports will lose hundreds of workers. Pittsburgh International Airport and Salt Lake City International Airport, for example, will each lose about 40 percent of their screeners. The Air Travelers Association objects to the cutbacks.

Meanwhile AP reports that the number of international terrorist attacks fell in 2002 and so did anti-American attacks. The State Department said yesterday that there were 199 terror attacks worldwide last year, a drop of 44 percent from the 355 attacks recorded in 2001. A total of 725 people were killed last year, far below the 3,295 – including thousands in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania – who died in 2001. Attacks on the United States declined from 219 to 77.

Link: http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AIRPORT_SECURITY?SITE=MABOC&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DE

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