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December 23, 2014 10:10 am

Leaked Document Details CIA Circumvention of Israeli Airport’s Security

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Security at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Photo: Mattes via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – A secret Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) document released Sunday by WikiLeaks includes a manual for American agents on how to avert suspicion while going through airport security, singling out Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport as one of the toughest to navigate.

“With the exception of Israel’s Ben-Gurion airport and a few others, immigration inspectors conducting primary screenings generally lack the time and tools to conduct in-depth examination of travelers,” the 15-page document says.

Specifically, the manual guides agents how to circumvent “secondary screening”—which it called “a potentially lengthy and detailed look by airport officials at passengers not passing initial scrutiny”—at Ben-Gurion.

“At Ben-Gurion airport in Israel, the secondary screening room contains trace-detection equipment for explosive residue; tools for dismantling passengers’ personal items for inspection, particularly items unfamiliar to security officers; and a disrobing area, divided by privacy curtains, to conduct strip searches of individuals, if necessary. … Consistent, well-rehearsed, and plausible cover is important for avoiding secondary selection and critical for surviving it,” the document says.

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