COUNTY, IOWA – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate
Judiciary Committee, is grilling the Transportation Security Administration
(TSA) and the FBI about each agency’s work with the Commerce Department’s
Investigations and Threat Management Service (ITMS)—which has operated as a
federal law enforcement and intelligence unit without legal authority.
is asking each agency to explain their collaborative or advisory relationship
with ITMS in light of its “brazen use of false authority to conduct law
enforcement and intelligence activity.” He is specifically seeking answers from
the FBI about its “investigative and analytical” assistance to ITMS as well as
its receipt of criminal referrals from the rogue entity. The senator is also asking
why ITMS personnel were permitted by TSA to fly armed without a “flying-armed
policy” and in violation of TSA regulations.
text of Grassley’s letter to the FBI can be found HERE
text of Grassley’s letter to the TSA can be found HERE