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NSA and TSA: a match made in heaven (or hell, depending on your point of view)

 

Jeffrey Goldberg, who writes for The Atlantic and Bloomberg News, has a new column wherein he relates the recently revealed mass surveillance of the NSA to the ongoing abuses of the TSA.

He’s right. They are related. All of the practices of the National Security State are related, as some of us have been saying for years.

TSA agent pulls woman’s breast prosthesis out of her bra

I get tired of writing these posts. These abuses are so common (no, they’re not “outliers”) and the reaction of the public so apathetic, it just becomes wearying.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Another day, another abusive TSA experience


Another day, another abusive TSA experience. And why not? The government thinks it owns our thoughts, as the Big Brotheresque surveillance proves; why shouldn't it also own our bodies? These issues are all related. Yet the millions of willfully clueless out there refuse to acknoweldge it.


From the No Kidding Dept: auditor rates TSA epic fail

 

We’ve only been telling you this for years. And now the DHS Inspector General is saying it, too.

The TSA’s so-called “behavior detection program” is an expensive, risible failure. Or as we like to call it, voodoo.

Another TSA employee spills the beans, by Lisa Simeone

Friend of the blog NJR of Taking Sense Away has allowed us to cross-post his entries for some time now. He gave me a heads-up last week that the following would hit his pages today. So here it is.

And there's a revelation afoot:

TSA milks scanner story, scanners still in airports, our rights still violated, by Lisa Simeone

 

Of course the TSA is getting PR mileage out of its recent (forced) decision on the strip-search scanners, and the credulous media are only too happy to play along.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Watch this TSA grope and tell me it has anything to do with security, by Amy Alkon

This story has been all over the news recently. (Ashley Jessica’s heart is in the right place, even if her use of anatomical nomenclature isn’t. I’m putting that out there right at the top to head off the inevitable criticism. -Editor)

Read the rest at TSA News.

How to tell the TSA how to do its job – and maybe get it to listen, by Christopher Elliott

If you’re afraid a TSA agent might bungle your screening when you fly somewhere this summer, maybe you should do what John Klapproth did when he was traveling from Seattle to Anchorage recently.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Nathaniel Rich in the NYT on scanners, TSA’s coercive tactics

Novelist Nathaniel Rich has written an op-ed for the New York Times on his refusal to go through the strip-search scanners (although it strikes me as inappropriate that the op-ed appears as part of the “Anxiety” series, as if it’s about some quaint neurosis instead of an important civil liberties concern).

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA’s John Pistole shovels the sh*t yet again

 

If you’re of a literary bent, you may already know the following statement. It was famously said by writer Mary McCarthy of fellow writer Lillian Hellman:

“Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.”

Read the rest at TSA News.

Another woman detained by TSA over false positive

 

I suppose we can say it till we’re blue in the face and it still won’t make a dent.

The so-called explosives trace detection machines, like the strip-search scanners, alarm on false positives all the time. All the time.

TSA-style gropes at Coachella Music Festival, by Lisa Simeone

As some of us have been saying for years, and taking no end of sh*t for it from know-nothing observers, it was only a matter of time before the tactics of the TSA moved from the airport to other venues. And now that day is here.

Read the rest at TSA News.

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.

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