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Many of us today have our attention on the Senate as they vote on repealing Obamcare. But the repeal is actually an amendment to the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act. With that in mind, can someone explain to me why language has been inserted in this bill that will give the FAA access to federal and state criminal databases?
The FAA bill amends the laws that pertain to aviation programs under Title 49 of the US Code. Specifically, Section 505 of today’s FAA bill creates these new powers:
SEC. 505. FAA ACCESS TO CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS OR DATABASE SYSTEMS.
(a) IN GENERAL- Chapter 401 is amended by adding at the end thereof the following:
`Sec. 40130. FAA access to criminal history records or databases systems
`(a) Access to Records or Databases Systems-
`(b) DESIGNATED EMPLOYEES- The Administrator shall, by order, designate those employees of the Administration who shall carry out the authority described in subsection (a). Such designated employees may–
The Federal Aviation Act of 1958 created a FAA to oversee and regulate safety in the airline industry and control civilian and military use of the airspace over the United States. Its authority to regulate safety, I think in most people’s opinions, does not include law enforcement type public safety.
But according to this, the FAA mission is to “protect the security of the National Airspace System.” That’s odd. I always thought that was the job of the military and/or the DOD. Besides, the TSA already has access to these databases to scrutinize passengers.
This law would allow the FAA to access to private information about private citizens, including driver’s license, vehicle, warrants, and wanted-persons information and allow them to communicate with police about it.
Why? Is the FAA now a law enforcement agency?