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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.

Former Newark TSA screener: “a lot of what we do is make-believe,” by Lisa Simeone

A former TSA screener at Newark International Airport concurs with other screeners and with rational observers and actual security experts: “A lot of what we do is make-believe.”

Read the rest at TSA News.

The Washington Post “addresses” a few TSA matters, by Deborah Newell Tornello

In a post today by the normally clear-eyed Jonathan Capehart — and in The Washington Post, no less — you will see plenty of admiration for the way the TSA handles children and the elderly (they get to keep their shoes and jackets on!) as well as cheery support for the some-animals-are-more-equal-than-others 

TSA’s Blogger Bob: bombs too hard to spot unless they look like Road Runner cartoon, by Amy Alkon

Indeed, bombs are too hard to detect by the TSA’s force of unskilled workers who take money for violating American’s dignity, genitals, and Fourth Amendment rights.

The LAX Millennium Bomber plot was discovered, over the phone, by a guy in Seattle — a highly trained FBI agent who heard a guy who had a passport saying he was born in Montreal but speaking with a French-Algerian accent.

TSA: hostile work environment in Syracuse, by Lisa Simeone

Perhaps this would be better titled "Poetic Justice."

In another case of whistleblowing, a TSA administrator in Syracuse, New York has accused his supervisor of creating a hostile work environment.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Sen. Claire McCaskill gets groped by TSA

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has finally gotten a taste of the medicine she and her fellow Congresspeople have shoved down the throats of the rest of us.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA thugs miss another one — undercover agent with fake bomb in his pants, by Amy Alkon

They’re always there to cup your genitals — because the TSA’s unskilled workers violating your body and your rights aren’t about security. They’re about jobs for people who’d otherwise be out of work, money for the connected Chertoffs of the world, and training you to be obedient when your rights are yanked from you.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Napolitano called out on lie about TSA lines, by Bill Fisher

The New York Post has taken aim at DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano over her tall tale about fictitious delays at LAX and O’Hare supposedly brought on by 

A Fourth Amendment legal challenge to the TSA scanners, by Wendy Thomson

Flying under the mainstream media radar is a case headed for oral argument in the federal First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston this coming April 3rd. It may be off everyone’s radar, but that doesn’t mean it should be.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA botches background checks, by Lisa Simeone

Last May, TSA News writer Bill Fisher reported on the TSA’s backlog of background checks at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Eric Clapton also can’t stand the TSA, by Lisa Simeone

The great blues guitarist and singer Eric Clapton is also fed up with the TSA.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Best thing about sequestration? TSA takes a dive, by Lisa Simeone

 

The intertubes are full of wailing about the automatic, across-the-board cuts called sequestration that are set to take effect in 30 days if Congress doesn’t get its act together.

Read the rest at TSA News.

No, TSA, we do not all have the same parts, by Sommer Gentry

 

Tristan Higgins details in the Huffington Post how she was made to suffer for failing to conform to a TSA screener’s gender stereotypes. Tristan says, “I stepped out and waited in that spot where we all wait while some anonymous stranger decides whether we are a threat, whether our body scan matches up with expectations. Well, it turned out that mine did not.”

The TSA’s machine told Tristan Higgins that her body was unacceptable, therefore she was unacceptable.

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