December 19, 2009
More on CIA’s WOMAP
The unintentional release of a confidential Transportation Security Administration (TSA) document by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “outed” a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) program known as Worldwide Operations Meet and Assist Program (WOMAP) less than two weeks ago.1
WOMAP is an interesting program, as it was not publicly known before the release. For example, Google showed no CIA related hits for WOMAP prior to the unintentional release.
Naturally over the past two weeks a large number of amateur and professional “investigators” have attempted to figure out what WOMAP really means.2 As would be expected in the era of Google searching, without Internet leads little new information has been forthcoming.Roblox HackBigo Live Beans HackYUGIOH DUEL LINKS HACKPokemon Duel HackRoblox HackPixel Gun 3d HackGrowtopia HackClash Royale Hackmy cafe recipes stories hackMobile Legends HackMobile Strike Hack
While the CIA has not acknowledged WOMAP, and obviously is not responding to any inquiries, here are a few known facts and theories:
Q: What is WOMAP?
The program description in the TSA document includes terminology such as “foreign dignitaries” and their families.
It stands to reason that since this program allows bypassing of security by CIA personnel and whoever they may be with, it is a method for moving individuals by commercial transport in and out of the country without leaving an ordinary trace of the event when completing immigration and customs formalities. This also allows WOMAP participants to carry articles with them that might otherwise be prohibited.
Since the CIA also needs to accomplish the same goals when using private aircraft, it’s plausible that immigration and customs agencies have similar WOMAP-exception instructions, both for arrivals and departures.
A tongue in cheek interpretation of the WOMAP program is that it’s designed to allow US visits for Afghan warlords who might otherwise refuse to do so, as they ordinarily could not bring their favorite AK47 to sleep with at night.
Q: How long has WOMAP been in existence?
The apparent nature of the program doesn’t seem to dictate any particular time when it was created, however the tightening of border security after September 11 encourages the interpretation that it was launched to provide an official framework for bypassing security after September 11. Assuming WOMAP was not in place until September 11, it would mean that prior to that time an informal WOMAP-like program was utilized.
Q: What agency is involved with WOMAP?
A: According to the TSA documents, only CIA personnel is authorized for WOMAP transactions with the TSA.
Q: How does WOMAP work?
A: The TSA document states that CIA must notify TSA by email prior to a screening event, unless there’s less than 24 hours notice, in which case “verbal” (presumably this means “oral”) permission is acceptable. TSA is required to check the CIA badge and driver’s license (or other government issued ID) of the CIA escort.
We’ll provide additional details as they become available.
- Our original story was published December 8, 2009 ↩
- For example, the article “Did The TSA Compromise An Intelligence Program?” ↩
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