The Transportation Security Administration at one point had a “Suicide Bombers” presentation on file that included people and characters (both fictional and real) like Harry Potter, Jay Leno, Mr. Rogers and Daffy Duck, according to recently released FOIA documents.
It is not clear how the TSA came to possess this information, but it was discovered in TSA’s files after The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) issued a lawsuit for the once-secret information.
The ACLU writes in its report that not only is the “‘test” factually incorrect, but that it “wrongly implies that only male Muslims carry out terrorist attacks.”
The powerpoint presentation, which actually belongs to the Long Beach Police Department, includes an informal history of suicide bombing, dating all the way back to ancient times, as well as the professed reasoning behind the fatal tactic.
On pages 23 to 27 of the 88 page presentation, there is a “Profile Pre-Test” with questions to purportedly help officials understand specific examples of terrorist attacks.
“1. In 1968, Bobby Kennedy was shot by: A. Superman B. Jay Leno C. Harry Potter D. Male Muslim extremist between the ages of 17 and 40,” the quiz reads.
In fact, for every one of the 10 questions, answer choice “D” is “Male Muslim extremist between the ages of 17 and 40.”
Some of the other rather absurd options for the remaining questions include: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elvis Presley, “a tour bus full of 80-year-old women,” The Smurfs, The Little Mermaid, Mother Theresa, Richard Simmons, Michael Jordan, Hillary Clinton, The World Wrestling Federation, Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Mr. Bean, Enron, the NFL, and “The Boy Scouts of Canada.”
It is not quite clear in what regard, if at all, the TSA was using this powerpoint to educate its staff, but the ACLU argues “the fact it possesses them begs these questions.”
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