Posts Tagged ‘ TSA ’

Disband and defund the Touchy, Stealy Administration

January 8, 2016
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"After 13 years of operation, with an annual budget of nearly $7.5 billion, the TSA has yet to demonstrate its usefulness in stopping terrorism aboard airplanes. It routinely fails tests in which inspectors smuggle weapons past its security checkpoints. So far there's been not a single verifiable instance of TSA foiling a terror plot. And it's invariably local law enforcement, not TSA, which effectually responds to security incidents at airports (as in the 2013 LAX attack, in which a TSA agent was killed before local airport police shot the gunman, and the 2014 New Orleans incident in which a deputy sheriff shot a man who was chasing a TSA agent with a machete). The only thing the organization appears to be any good at is empowering its employees to ogle and feel up travelers and steal goodies from travelers' luggage." (01/07/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4019  

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Why isn’t this TSA agent who groped a 10-year-old being charged with sexual battery?

January 7, 2016
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Reason Reason
by Robby Soave  

"Vendela Payne, a 10-year-old from San Diego, California, inadvertently smuggled a Capri sun juice box into her luggage at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The TSA caught her, which triggered a mandatory pat down. Vendela's father, Kevin Payne, recorded the incident: watch it here. This was no perfunctory pat down. Over the course of two full minutes, a female TSA agent touched nearly every inch of Vendela's body. She firmly ran her hands over the girl's arms, legs, chest, back, and waistline. When the agent tugged up on Vendela's shirt -- seemingly in order to untuck and get under it -- the girl instinctively pulled it back down." (01/06/16)

https://reason.com/blog/2016/01/06/why-isnt-this-tsa-agent-who-groped-a-10  

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Get your ass in that body scanner, Santa!

December 23, 2015
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Scott Shackford Reason
by Scott Shackford  

"Prepare to be body-scanned, holiday travelers. Oh, you think you're going to opt out in favor of a less-intrusive pat-down? Think again. Quietly, on December 18, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a change of the rules for the use of body scanning technology at airport security systems across the country. Now, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can opt out of letting you opt out of using the body scanners. That is to say, they can decide -- for reasons! -- that you must go through the body scanners. Julia Angwin, an investigative reporter from ProPublica, made note of the rule change last night on Twitter." (12/23/15)

https://reason.com/blog/2015/12/23/ho-ho-ho-get-your-ass-in-that-body-scann  

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The Libertarian Angle, 12/08/15: TSA tyranny

December 8, 2015
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
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"Each week, FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard M. Ebeling discuss the hot topics of the day. This week, Jacob, Richard, and special guest James Bovard discuss the the tyranny that is the Transportation Security Administration." [various formats] (12/08/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-tsa-tyranny/  

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TSA bombs the holidays

December 4, 2015
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James Bovard JimBovard.com
by James Bovard  

"I was surprised when the agent claimed his glove showed a positive alert for explosives. 'What type of explosive was it?' I asked. 'I don't know -- it's a code,' he replied. I asked how often the detection machine generated false positives. He said that was classified information. It was not like I had been hanging out at shooting ranges or missile launch sites in Oregon. TSA's explosive detection tests are routinely triggered by the glycerin in soaps and hand sanitizers (which I used that morning). TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein admitted in 2013 that 'commonly used items can render a false positive alarm during screening.' TSA's explosive test is akin to a police radar gun that exaggerates the number of speeders by a thousandfold. But regardless of the stratospheric error rate, the TSA claims absolute power over anyone who triggers the alert." (12/02/15)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2015/12/02/wash-times-tsa-bombs-the-holidays/  

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Transgender travelers collide with TSA’s security theater

September 30, 2015
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Scott Shackford Reason
by Scott Shackford  

"TSA agents are not well-trained to deal with transgender travelers, leaving these flyers uncertain of what to expect when going through airports. Furthermore, the screening technology used for scanning bodies passing through the airport has no real mechanism for recognizing the biology of transgender travelers, prompting confusion to trigger completely unfounded security fears. Many travelers may not even realize it, but as they're forced in to spread eagle for body scanners in security lines at the airport, a TSA agent is pressing a button telling the machine whether the person inside is a male or female. They don't ask -- they just look and decide. In Petosky's case, the TSA employee saw a woman and pressed the appropriate button. And then the employee declared there was an 'anomaly,' which Petosky bluntly explains to Reason, is her penis." (09/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o7uy2ds  

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The real problem with the TSA can’t be fixed with Yelp reviews

August 25, 2015
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Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Marc Scribner, Harper Jean Tobin and John Whitehead  

"With summer travel in full swing, nearly two million Americans every day are subject to airport security that's invasive and dubiously effective. Travelers may now be able to post one-star reviews of their poor treatment on Yelp, but that doesn't address the real problem with airport security: current screening methods are illegal." (08/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ohfvpq7  

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TSA failures expose security theater

June 8, 2015
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Darryl W Perry Free Press Publication
by Darryl W. Perry  

"At the beginning of the month, Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson announced that acting-TSA chief Melvin Carraway would be reassigned after a report was released showing that the TSA failed 95% of their own tests to detect mock explosives and weapons. These results are dismal but not unexpected, at least to those who have paid attention to previous reports of TSA failures." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (06/07/15)

http://fpp.cc/tsa-failures-expose-security-theater/  

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TSA has no excuse to continue the groping

June 8, 2015
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James Bovard JimBovard.com
by James Bovard  

"Last August, Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole attacked an article I wrote, stating that it was 'Misleading, inaccurate and unfairly disparages the dedicated (TSA) workforce. ... We will not sit back and allow misinformation and conjecture to malign our employees.' Pistole resigned last December -- in time to miss the uproar this week about TSA agents failing to detect 95% of the weapons and bombs smuggled past them by Inspector General testers." (06/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pu6wdh3  

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Dear TSA: Give up already

June 4, 2015
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David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"According to multiple news stories, tests of TSA airport inspection by Department of Homeland Security red team agents found that 95% of simulated bombs and weapons were missed by the inspectors. That suggests that the considerable costs and hassles imposed by TSA on passengers over the past thirteen years accomplished almost nothing. The response by both government spokesmen and the media is that they just need to try harder, do a better job. It does not seem to have occurred to anyone that if, after thirteen years, TSA is still unable to keep people from getting bombs and weapons onto airplanes, perhaps it should give up." (06/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2gzlxd  

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The TSA doesn’t work — and never has

June 3, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by David A Graham  

"It's customary among critics to deride the Transportation Security Administration as 'security theater.' One has to wonder what kind of theater this is, though. A period drama, satirizing the 2000s? Vaudeville farce?" (06/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ntg5y6e  

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Acting TSA head reassigned after watchdog report reveals airport security failings

June 2, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"The acting head of the Transportation Security Administration was reassigned late Monday after an inspector general's report revealed that undercover agents were able to sneak fake explosives and banned weapons through checkpoints as part of an investigation that revealed a massive, system-wide security failure at America's airports. ... Homeland Security officials confirmed to Fox News earlier Monday that TSA screeners failed 67 out of 70 tests -- or 96 percent -- carried out by special Department of Homeland Security investigators known as "red teams."

http://tinyurl.com/p8mdjep  

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TSA demands internal passport for domestic travel

February 11, 2015
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Wendy Mcelroy The Dollar Vigilante
by Wendy McElroy  

"Precedents exist for requiring citizens to produce special ID for domestic travel; they include Nazi Germany, apartheid South Africa and Russia (both Imperial and Soviet). Over the Christmas season, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) quietly announced that America was walking down that path. By 2016, all domestic air travel will require either a traditional passport or a federally-compliant ID card called 'Real ID.' State driver's licenses will no longer allow Americans access to domestic flights, as they do now. Real ID will constitute an internal passport." (02/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ps5wkzm  

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The TSA: A brief tale

December 30, 2014
posted by

Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"This Christmas I flew out of town with my fiance to see his family. Since we'd be out of town for several days, I checked a bag with the airline. We arrived to our destination without any fuss and drove to see his family. As I went to my bag to retrieve some things before bed, I was greeted by a note from the TSA. The paper stated that my bag had been searched as a part of necessary 'security' precautions. Aside from looking like a five-year-old had packed my bag, everything seemed fine (I'm a careful packer -- so the fact my folded clothes were left in wads was particularly irritating). Upon further inspection, however, I realized some things were missing from my luggage." (12/30/14)

http://blog.independent.org/2014/12/30/the-tsa-a-brief-tale/  

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TSA shakedown hike takes effect

July 21, 2014
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Newark Star-Ledger    

"The Transportation Security Administration fee that gets added to the cost of an airline ticket more than doubles today, with passengers now paying $5.60 each way to finance X-rays, pat-downs and other forms of airport screening. The increase in the fee, from $2.50 each way, will generate an estimated $4 billion in additional funds over the next 10 years to pay for airport security [theater]. Connecting flights of four hours or more will be treated as separate flights, at a cost of $5 each." (07/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l2fj5by  

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TSA to more than double security theater taxes on airline tickets beginning July 21

July 6, 2014
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ABC 7 News    

"Airline passengers are about to pay more for security [sic] screening. Following orders from Congress, on July 21, the Transportation Security Administration will raise the [tax] to $5.60 each way. That's up from $2.50 each way for a nonstop flight and $5 for a trip including connections. Trips with long stopovers -- more than four hours on most domestic travel -- will have bigger increases because each leg will trigger a new [tax]." (07/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lcwj4su  

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Our pathological fear of cutting federal budgets and agencies

May 29, 2014
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Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald  

"The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is the Platonic Ideal of a government entity, at least in these United States. TSA is oppressive, it subjects people to indignities, and its paranoid goal of keeping us safe from terrorists is being done -- by most accounts -- very poorly indeed. Okay, perhaps it’s not unique. Still, in spite of what feels like a general air of dislike and disrespect towards those gropers and scanners -- and in spite of suggestions to abolish it coming from such diverse entities as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) and Ezra Klein’s mostly painfully-progressive Vox outlet -- the TSA will inexplicably continue to exist. Why? Well, because it provides scores of thousands of jobs, because of lingering fears of terrorism, and simply because existence bias demands it." (05/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o9m9r7g  

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The TSA is looking for Bitcoin

February 25, 2014
posted by

Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Davi Barker  

"It seems like every time I fly I have an interesting interaction with the TSA. I make it a point to always opt out, and if possible always strike up a conversation with the man molesting me. But yesterday was by far the most frightening, as well as cautionary for Bitcoin users. I’m going to begin simply by relaying the facts as observed, including some that will seem insignificant at first. Then I will provide some analysis, as well as speculation what’s going on here. What’s absolutely clear is that the TSA is looking for Bitcoin, and Bitcoin users need to be conscious when they travel, especially internationally." (02/24/14)

http://dailyanarchist.com/2014/02/24/the-tsa-is-looking-for-bitcoin/  

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My excellent TSA adventure

October 14, 2013
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Lori Heine  

"Sky Harbor is a huge airport. Tens of thousands of people pass through it daily, and everybody is too busy to hassle a vaguely Nordic-looking middle-aged lady. Nobody in his right mind would mistake me for a terrorist, but in any facility of such size, I would expect to encounter big government at its most oppressive. Santa Barbara’s airport, on the other hand, is small and rather quaint. Its sole terminal looks something like a high school building. I anticipated that my pass through security, on the way home, would be equally uneventful. I could not have been more wrong." (10/11/13)

http://www.libertyunbound.com/node/1141  

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TSA fires five, suspends 38 for failure to molest

June 5, 2012
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CBS News
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"In one of the largest disciplinary actions taken in its ten years, the Transportation Security Administration fired five screeners and put 38 on suspension last Friday after a large airport security lapse in Fort Myers, Fla. Dozens of TSA workers at Southwest Florida International Airport are accused of cutting corners and violating screening procedures. An internal investigation revealed that over a two-month period, 43 workers didn't perform secondary checks on as many as 400 people after the passengers went through security." (06/05/12)

http://cbsn.ws/Llicgm  

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The terrible truth about the TSA

May 20, 2012
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JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Most head-shaking coverage of the TSA focuses on headline-worthy feel-ups of children and senior citizens, humiliating treatment of travelers, theft of or damage to valuables by federal agents, and the like. ... the inevitable comeback from the Feinsteins of the world is that these are relatively minor and unavoidable tradeoffs for saved lives and property. When you dig a little deeper, though, it's clear that year after year, the Transportation Security Administration not only engaged in these abuses, it has proven itself to be spectacularly bad at implementing programs it rarely makes any effort to demonstrate actually accomplish a damned thing." (05/17/12)

http://bit.ly/Ljju7R  

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TSA vandalism

May 17, 2012
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David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"When we picked up our luggage in the Denver airport, one of the two checked suitcases was partly open, with a broken latch. Fortunately it also had a luggage strap on it which kept it from opening very far. It was a Zero Halliburton metal suitcase, the luggage equivalent of a tank, purchased long ago for transporting a personal computer in the days before laptops. Breaking it is not easy. I do not know whether TSA or the baggage handlers were responsible. When we unpacked the other suitcase, we discovered a second problem. It contained a note from TSA saying that they had searched it." (05/16/12)

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2012/05/tsa-vandalism.html  

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More TSA travesties

May 8, 2012
posted by

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"The TSA is a typical government agency. It has no incentive to please the customers. If airline security was completely privatized, airlines would compete with each other to provide not only safety, but also a dignified process and a pleasurable trip. Customer satisfaction would be their priority. Don't 'fix' or 'reform' the TSA. Abolish it." (05/07/12)

http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/more-tsa-travesties  

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TSA abuses another disabled child “terrorist” suspect

April 29, 2012
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"The latest incident last Monday involves the unreasonably aggressive screening of Dina Frank, a 7-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, at the hands of TSA thugs at JFK International Airport which caused her family to miss their flight to Florida. This little child is unable to pass through airport metal detectors without setting off alarms because she walks with metal leg braces and crutches. The condition puts her at the mercy of the TSA thugs who insist without reason or exception that she must undergo their patented pat-down assault and battery on a baby procedure." (04/29/12)

http://bit.ly/INBvwE  

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CA: TSA pair accused of accepting bribes from drug smugglers at LAX

April 26, 2012
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Guardian [UK]    

"Two airport security employees have been arrested on drug trafficking and corruption charges, accused of taking bribes to allow large shipments of drugs to pass through the screening process at Los Angeles airport. The pair were arrested along with two former airport screeners. Authorities said on Wednesday the screeners allowed drugs to pass through X-ray machine checkpoints in five incidents in exchange for payments of as much as $2,400." [editor's note: Silly bureaurats! Don't they know that's what happens when top management doesn't get its cut of the take? - TLK] (04/26/12)

http://bit.ly/JsyBwz  

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