Posts Tagged ‘ TSA ’

TSA thugs brutalize mentally disabled terrified teen

July 21, 2016
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Take a good long look at this picture. See for yourself what TSA airport security goons -- United States government thugs -- did recently to this innocent mentally disabled terrified teenager at Memphis International Airport. They put their menacing hands on her. She panicked and reflexively resisted. So they beat her bloody. That's what they do. They use violence first and ask questions later. ... The thugs weren't finished with their victim just yet. She was arrested and booked into jail. When they finally realized the gravity of their mistake, too late as it were, all charges were dropped and she was eventually released. A lawsuit is pending against the goons. Naturally, their representatives aren't talking. That's because what they did to that girl was indefensible." (07/20/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/07/tsa-thugs-brutalize-mentally-disabled.html  

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Should TSA suffer the death penalty for its crimes?

July 17, 2016
posted by

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by Jim Babka and Perry Willis  

"The Memphis TSA assaulted a young woman named Hannah. She was flying home to celebrate the end of her brain tumor treatment. Hannah is partially deaf and blind in one eye. She didn't understand the commands that were barked at her, so the TSA agents pushed her to the floor, banging her head, leaving her bloody and crying. Her mom could've helped, but was held back, helplessly watching this assault on her daughter. ... How many other TSA assaults, gropings and 'smaller' indignities never make the news, because they've become routine in the police state known as the American airport? All of this is made worse by the fact that the TSA is completely unnecessary." (07/15/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/should-tsa-suffer-the-death-penalty-for-its-crimes  

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Latest TSA outrage should be a call to action

July 5, 2016
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OpEdNews
by Donn Marten  

"The harrowing story of a nineteen-year-old disabled woman who had the hell beaten out of her by uniformed government goons should be the final straw for Americans. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been subjected to a wave of bad publicity as of late. Airport checkpoints -- which more fittingly belong an old Soviet bloc country than the USA -- have led to excessive waiting lines, often causing travelers to miss their flights. The Obama regime offered up a sacrificial lamb by firing Kelly Hoggan, who had served as TSA assistant administrator in what was an effort at public relations but the underlying problem has never been dealt with. Quite simply that an agency so openly fascist doesn't belong in what is still advertised as a 'free' country. Now comes the news of the outrageous attack on poor Hannah Cohen who last year was brutally assaulted by a pack of TSA thugs in Memphis while returning from treatment for a brain tumor." (07/04/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Latest-TSA-Outrage-Should-by-Donn-Marten-Dept-Of-Homeland-Security_Fascism_Fascism-Cant-Happen-Here_Terrorism-160704-895.html  

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TSA official removed after congressional scrutiny over $90K bonuses

May 24, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"A top official at the Transportation Security Administration has been removed after a congressional committee questioned why the official received $90,000 in bonuses even though airport security lines wait times did not improve. Kelly Hoggan, the Transportation Security Administration's assistant administrator for the Office of Security Operations, was removed May 12 following a hearing by the House Oversight Committee. The move was announced Monday evening in a tweet by the House Oversight Committee." (05/24/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/05/24/TSA-official-removed-after-congressional-scrutiny-over-90K-bonuses/4261464076507/  

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Airport lines and the TSA

May 23, 2016
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"This summer, air travel is for people who expect to go to hell and want to know what it will be like. Security lines have reached epic lengths in many airports. Thousands of travelers have missed flights. And the Transportation Security Administration now advises passengers to arrive two hours before departure for domestic flights -- and three in some places. The agency in charge of aviation security has become a major problem. That's odd, because it was supposed to be a solution. Nearly 15 years after it was created, it's a case study of how firm, well-intentioned government intervention can produce an exploding cigar." (05/23/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/05/23/airport-lines-and-the-tsa-your-governmen  

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The only solution to TSA’s problems: Get rid of it

May 10, 2016
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Benjamin W Powell Independent Institute
by Benjamin W Powell  

"There is a ready solution to the TSA's problems: Replace the agency. In large airports with multiple security checkpoints, airlines should be required to hire their own screeners and set their own procedures, bypassing the TSA. Competition among the airlines would help set the proper balance between safety and efficiency, based on passenger preference and demand. This same competitive process would also weed out unnecessary procedures that add little to safety while increasing delays. Hiring private screeners would be a step in the right direction, but we also need to rethink how airport security is provided." (05/09/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8763  

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I’m so fed up, I’m suing the TSA

May 3, 2016
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Iain Murray Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray  

"Earlier this year, I bit the bullet and obtained TSA PreCheck as part of the Global Entry package that the security folks offer frequent international travelers. Global Entry really speeds up re-entry into the United States, and I'm really happy with it. PreCheck is supposed to expedite your travel through the security processes at domestic airports and give you 'a better air travel experience.' Last week, traveling to Dallas for an excellent Institute for Justice conference on occupational licensing, I was randomly selected at Dulles Airport to go through additional screening, which meant I had to go through one of the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) body scanners in any event. I hate those, and avoiding them is one of the reasons I applied for PreCheck in the first place (the alternative is an intrusive pat down)." (05/02/16)

https://cei.org/content/i%E2%80%99m-so-fed-i%E2%80%99m-suing-tsa  

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My too intimate encounter with TSA

March 22, 2016
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James Bovard JimBovard.com
by James Bovard  

"Flying home from Portland, Ore., on Thanksgiving morning, I had a too-close encounter with TSA agents that spurred me to file a Freedom of Information Act request. On March 5, I finally received a bevy of TSA documents and video footage with a grope-by-grope timeline. As a silent assertion of my rights, I opted out that morning from passing through the 'nudie' full-body scanners. A TSA agent instead did a vigorous pat-down and then, after running his glove through an explosive trace detector (ETD), announced that I showed a positive alert for explosives. He did not know what type of explosive was detected and refused to disclose how often that machine spewed false alarms. Regardless, I was told I would have to undergo a an additional special pat-down to resolve the explosive alert. I was marched off by three TSA agents to a closed room. TSA states that 'a companion of his or her choosing may accompany the passenger' but I was never notified of that right. TSA disclosed exhaustive video coverage of my every movement in the Portland airport, even detailing which chair I chose after getting a Starbucks coffee. But there is a tell-tale gap. The video timeline notes '7:50:29 group arrives at Private Security room. 7:50:55. Door Closes. 7:57:28 Door Opens.' The seven-minute gap in the recording is where travelers' rights vanish." (03/21/16)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2016/03/21/usa-today-intimate-encounter-tsa/  

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Porno scanners were illegally installed by the TSA

February 14, 2016
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Downsize DC Downsize DC
by Perry Willis  

"Do you hate the thought of being visually stripped and ogled by strangers watching you on their 'porno scanners?' Do you worry about possible radiation from invasive machines? TOUGH! Step in and raise your arms citizen. The same goes for your spouse ... your kids ... your grandmother. To make matters worse, the process for federal rulemaking was completely ignored in this instance. Federal agencies are required to do things like publish findings and solicit public comment before imposing a rule. We think that's constitutionally insufficient (as we'll explain below). But it is the present law. And even a lawsuit didn't compel the TSA to follow it." (02/12/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/porno-scanners-were-illegally-installed-by-the-tsa  

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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
posted by

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
by  

"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
posted by

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
posted by

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 R. Hall Blanco 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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