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Super Bowl anti-terrorism documents were found on a plane seat

Most of us have left something on a plane before, but this one takes the cake.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is in an embarrassing situation after its classified anti-terrorism documents turned up in a plane seat’s back pocket.

It’s further proof that all the security tech in the world is no match for a dumbass human.

The documents were found by a CNN employee, but CNN says that it decided to wait till after the Super Bowl to publish the story due to security concerns.

BioWatch, a DHS program that conducts anti-terrorist drills, was the originator of the documents which critique a response to a simulated anthrax attack on Super Bowl Sunday.

The documents are marked “For Official Use Only” and “important for national security.”

Classified documents

The people in possession of the documents were told to keep them in a locked place after business hours and to destroy them before throwing them away.

Luckily, the documents did not get into the wrong hands or affected the training exercise.

“This exercise was a resounding success and was not conducted in response to any specific, credible threat of a bioterrorism attack,” a spokesman for the DHS told CNN.

Although CNN was unable to verify who left the documents on the plane, the boarding pass found with them belonged to Michael V. Walter, the program manager at BioWatch. Hmmmm.

Walter did not respond to a request for comment. Poor guy probably downed a mini bottle of Red and fell asleep watching Avatar for the third time. Who hasn’t done that on a plane?

No one was hurt and the leak has not caused any immediate danger. But the PR is not good, especially considering that BioWatch has faced criticism for being expensive and ineffective. Whoops.


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Stefan is an Adelaide-based freelance writer. In his spare time, he plays tennis badly, collects vinyl and brushes up on his Mandarin. Follow Stefan on Twitter

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