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Some federal air marshals in supervisory roles cultivated a
culture of bigotry, sexism and racism, according to former air
marshals interviewed by ABC Television.
Former air marshal Steve Theodoropoulos told the network that
the culture is "hate African Americans, hate females, go after gays
and lesbians" because they are different. Theodoropoulos said there
had been a "distorted air marshal Jeopardy game board," which
defined several categories using racial and ethnic slurs. It was
removed from the office in 2009. The former marshals appearing in
the interview also told of supervisors taking personal trips using
departmental funds, and shirking their flight duties.
Florida Senator Bill Nelson, who had called for an investigation
of the allegations as long as two years ago, said his concern is
that people not operating at their peak make it more likely that a
terrorist will "get away with his dirty deed." He called the
behaviour "way over the line ... it should have been corrected two
years ago" when it was first reported to the IG.
That IG report is expected to be released publicly Thursday.
Sources who have viewed advanced copies at ABC News say that, while
its findings "posed a difficult challenge for the agency," it does
not appear that its mission has been compromised.