TSA Manager Claims He Was Told to Profile Somali Visitors
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A senior Transportation Security Administration manager at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has testified that he received pressure to profile Somali imams and community members visiting his office.
In a testimony Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Andrew Rhoades, assistant federal security director for TSA, claims his supervisor had advised him to check the names of potential visitors with the agency's field intelligence officer. Rhoades said he would not betray the community's trust by doing that.
The allegation sparked a call by Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., for an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security.
A TSA spokesperson has in a statement that his agency doesn't tolerate racial profiling and is reviewing the complaint.