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Whistle blower investigated by TSA for releasing too much information

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One of the whistle blowers who helped the Channel 4 I-Team expose security lapses at the Nashville International Airport is now under investigation by the Transportation Security Administration, accused of revealing too much information.

Former TSA supervisor Gerald Smith was featured in a Channel 4 I-Team investigation that exposed how airport screeners bypass security and never have their bags checked as well as TSA employees repeatedly failing tests that gauge how well they can spot dangerous items in luggage.

The Channel 4 I-Team tracked down Smith through another employee, and he agreed to do an interview on camera because he was concerned about what he considers security lapses at the airport.

After our investigative series aired, Smith received a letter from TSA that stated he is under investigation for disclosing information about security screenings, security training materials and identifying information on transportation security personnel.

"I guess if you're the government and have unlimited resources, you can go after whoever you want to, but that doesn't make it right," Smith said.

The letter stated that Smith could face an $11,000 fine for every violation.

The TSA's letter clearly states concern over sensitive information about security being exposed.

But Smith argues that if whistle blowers see something they think is wrong or unsafe, it's their obligation as a citizen to come forward.

"When I was contacted about coming forward, I did it for one sole purpose. The question I was asked was, 'Do you have any security concerns at the airport?' And my answer was yes," Smith said.

The letter also makes it clear TSA investigators want to know if Smith provided the Channel 4 I-Team with the documents showing the TSA employees failing the screening tests.

The Channel 4 I-Team has not identified our source for the documents.

The other employee whose identity we hid for her protection has not been contacted by the TSA.

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