Leaked document details CIA circumvention of Israeli airport’s security

Security at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Credit: 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.

Posted on December 23, 2014 .