CIA Trains Agents To Avoid Security Screening At Ben-Gurion Airport, Wikileaks Document Shows


ben-gurionThe U.S. Central Intelligence Agency guides its people how to enter and exit Israel through Ben-Gurion International Airport without blowing their cover during security checks, according to a secret document revealed by WikiLeaks, Haaretz reports.

The CIA document provides further evidence that Israel serves as a target for operations by the spy agency.

The document, titled “CIA Assessment on Surviving Secondary Screening at Airports While Maintaining Cover” and dated September 2011, contains a long list of guidelines for operatives using false identities.

According to the document, it is based on original intelligence reports, opinions and testimonies of CIA operatives collected through May 2010.The document offers instructions to agents who wish to enter Israel through the Lod terminal without having to undergo a “secondary screening process” by security agents.

“Secondary screening – a potentially lengthy and detailed look by airport officials at passengers not passing initial scrutiny – can significantly stress the identities of operational travelers,” the document reads. “Referral to secondary screening can occur if irregularities or questions arise during any stage of airport processing – immigration, customs, or security – and regardless of whether the traveler is arriving, in transit, or departing. Officials may also randomly select travelers.”
“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’ bona fides,” according to the document.

“Israel’s security personnel focus on frequent travel to Islamic countries,” the document explains. “Security personnel at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, commonly refer military-aged males traveling alone with backpacks to secondary screening, regardless of their nationality or skin color.”

The document includes a detailed description of secondary checks 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,” according to the document.

{ Israel News Bureau}