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Is your 15-year-old son a terrorist?

Is your 15-year-old son a terrorist? Of course, according to the TSA. Heck, we're all terrorists.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA postpones new knife rule

 

Proving once again that a bumbling bureaucracy is responsive as long as The Right People are squawking, the TSA has decided to delay implementation of the new rule about knives.

Have no fear, though. You, the Little People, still don’t mean anything.

TSA’s Pistole on invasive patdowns and nude scanners

An admirably persistent reporter from WeAreChange.org (not mainstream media, of course) questioned TSA Administrator John Pistole the other day about the strip-search scanners and his euphemistically termed “enhanced patdowns.” Pistole is his usual weaselly self, dancing around questions, faux-caring, and lying. Here's the video.

Marla Murasko: Did the TSA harrass us because of our special needs son?

Columnist Marla Murasko has finally discovered what the rest of us have been saying for years: the TSA is an exercise in abuse. Its agents are on a power trip. They bully, harass, rob, and assault people, every day, all across the country. It just took her a while to figure that out:

Read the rest at TSA News.

Disappearing TSA Blog post reappears — kinda sorta

The case of the disappearing TSA Blog post continues.

Read about it at TSA News and stand up for civil liberties.

This sandwich is the bomb! Oops. TSA agents are on the case!

Jason Michael Cruz learned the hard way about the brainiacs populating the TSA.

Read about it at TSA News.

Tell TSA clerks to keep their hands to themselves, by Sommer Gentry

Sommer Gentry is a (highly distinguished) Professor of Mathematics at the U.S. Naval Academy. She was sexually assaulted by the TSA. Since then, she has refused to allow the TSA to further victimize her. For a long time she didn't fly at all, going the boycott route (as I have done), since the airlines are complicit in the TSA's abuse. Now, however, she has other ways of fighting back. Read about them at TSA News.

Saga of the disappearing TSA Blog post continues

Why is the TSA trying to withhold information from the public?

Read about it at TSA News.

TSA worker: “But Hawaii is a foreign country!”

Luckily (or unluckily) for us, the TSA is just a security puppet show, not real security. We took care of actual security by reinforcing cockpit doors and by coming to understand that passengers will no longer silently submit to would-be attackers.

Read about the brilliance of TSA workers as they eviscerate our rights at TSA News.

TSA brags — again — about nabbing innocuous stuff, by Lisa Simeone

Got a belt buckle? A lighter? A watch? A purse? Breath mints? Congratulations! You, too, could be a terrorist!

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA detains, harasses another disabled woman, by Lisa Simeone

Following is an account from a reader who has experience with TSA Pre-Check— as you’ll see, she confirms what we’ve been telling you for over a year now — that it’s a boondoggle and an extortion racket — and who also has experience with being abused by the TSA. She was temporarily disabled when she flew. The TSA first bullied her, then went against their own procedures and forced her to remove her leg cast. Still that wasn’t enough. They then bullied her some more and almost caused her to miss her flight. Read on:

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA allows man on plane without security check, by Amy Alkon

 

The best thing is, after he was turned away for a lack of ID and boarding pass, they watched him slip through the airport’s secure area with his badge (he’s a Delta employee) yet waited 45 minutes to call Port Authority Cops.

This isn’t to say I think we’re necessarily in danger from behavior like this or that the TSA’s job is anything more than a security puppet show.

TSA Blog’s disappearing act, by Susan Richart

Blogger Bob has become a magician!

TSA’s Pre-Check is a bust, by Bill Fisher

The TSA recently announced that its Pre-Check program has expanded to five additional airports, bringing the total participation locations to 40 airports.While the TSA is celebrati

Confessions of a guy who peeps at women getting groped by the TSA, by Amy Alkon

 

He didn’t want to be identified by name. He says he’s just a guy who travels who reads my site.

I saw that you care about privacy and probably want to know that this happens. I travel a lot and it is boring to just wait at the gate.

Sai, still being harassed by the TSA

 

In February, we wrote about a young man named Sai who was bullied, harassed, and unlawfully detained by the TSA at Boston Logan Airport. Well, Sai is back.

And the TSA is still harassing him.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Redfern & Pradhan vs. DHS & TSA tomorrow in Boston, by Lisa Simeone

Very important case challenging the TSA's strip-search scanners and gropes coming up in Boston tomorrow. Read about it at TSA News.

$50 million for TSA uniforms, by Lisa Simeone

 

You may have already read about the $50 million set-aside for new TSA uniforms. Some people, including on Capitol Hill, are objecting to this expense a time when the nation is facing budget cuts through the sequester.

To placate lawmakers, the agency has just announced that it will not use that money on TSA uniforms, but rather on passenger uniforms.

TSA fires 4, suspends more at Newark, by Lisa Simeone


Ah, yes, our old friend Newark Liberty Airport, site of so many colorful TSA hijinks.

Honolulu TSA manager fired, rehired, twice, by Lisa Simeone

As we’ve reported many times, while you’re being separated from your belongings and getting your private parts groped, because you’re obviously too dangerous to be let onto a plane otherwise, much of the luggage and cargo are still going into the hold unscreened.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA brainiac pepper-sprays self, colleagues; 6 hospitalized

Ah, yes, the Brain Trust in Blue, as our writer Deborah Newell Tornello calls them — every time you think they’ve topped themselves, they prove you wrong.

In the latest episode of The Adventures of Darwin Award Candidates, a TSA agent at JFK (source of so many shenanigans) was “playing around” with a canister of pepper spray he found on the floor. Oops!

Look who’s shilling for the TSA, by Christopher Elliott

Wanna insult a reporter? There’s no easier way than accusing him or her of being a shill for the other side, of churning out propaganda instead of covering a subject.

And that’s especially true when it comes to the TSA.

Read the rest at TSA News.

How did this man escape the TSA’s vaunted layers? by Lisa Simeone

As you’ve probably read by now, a man apparently trying to impersonate a pilot on a US Airways flight in Philadelphia now faces federal and state charges.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA finally holding long-overdue public comment period on scanners, by Lisa Simeone

A full five years after the TSA began installing airport scanners and forcing people through them, and almost two years after it was ordered by Congress and the courts to hold a public comment period on them, the agency is finally complying.

Never mind that logic and common sense dictate that an agency would take public comments before implementing a new, invasive procedure.

The people we should be searching are the criminals hired by the TSA, by Amy Alkon

If they scanned and groped the unskilled workers (hired with cursory vetting by the TSA) before they left the airports, think of all the crimes they’d discover. In yet another of so many TSA-worker-perpetrated crimes, an Orlando TSA agent was arrested after he took home the computer that some honest traveler turned in to him.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA disrespects paraplegic Marine — again, by Bill Fisher

As we reported here the other day, a wounded Marine wrote to his Congressman after being humiliated by the TSA at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

The road to hell is paved with the good intentions of the TSA, by Sommer Gentry

Another kick-ass post by our resident mathematician, Sommer Gentry.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Wounded Marine humiliated by TSA, by Wendy Thomson

Phoenix’s Sky Harbor has had its fair share of TSA complaints.

TSA’s VIPR at it again — fear mongering in Chicago, by Lisa Simeone

 

The TSA's VIPR teams, about which we’ve written countless times, have been at it again — this time in Chicago.

According to this CBS report (presented in an embarrassingly credulous, golly-gee-whiz fashion), a VIPR team slithered onto the Metra system and started manhandling bags and questioning people. Why? Because they had detected a nuclear isotope.

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