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TSA assaults & traumatizes three-year-old girl in wheelchair, by Deborah Newell Tornello

 

I wish I could say that this is a new low for the contemptible thugs in blue for whose equipment and “services” taxpayers pay billions of dollars every year.

Sadly, it isn't. It’s just par for the course; another Day in Despotism here in the Land of the Meek, Home of the Afraid.

Kansas joins list of states trying to rein in the TSA

Kansas is joining a list of states that are trying to curb the abuses and crimes of the TSA, since it’s apparent that Congress isn’t going to do it.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Northern Ireland nixes scanners because they don’t work

The millimeter wave scanners are no better at detecting contraband than their radiation-emitting counterparts, the backscatter scanners. But then, we’ve only been telling you that for years.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA wrecks $20,000 cello bow

 

German cellist Alban Gerhardt says the TSA damaged his $20,000 bow (at Dulles International Airport or O’Hare International, depending on which press account you read).

Read the rest at TSA News.

3 reasons you’ll shut up after you’ve been humiliated by the TSA, by Christopher Elliott

Like most infrequent air travelers, Vicki Burton just wants to get through security without causing a scene. So on a recent flight from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Miami, she obediently stepped into the airport’s full-body scanner, held her arms up, and waited for the agent to wave her through.

He didn't.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA: they may steal from your bags but at least they also put stuff in

 

We’ve only said it a hundred times, so what’s one more?

If the TSA can take something out of your bag, they can also put something in.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA on the lookout for Christopher Dorner

 

Friends, Americans, countrymen, never fear! Your crack security agency is on the case.

The TSA has issued a special alert to its employees to be on the lookout for ex-cop Christopher Jordan Dorner, who’s the subject of a multi-state manhunt.

Frank Hannibal sues TSA for $5 million

 

Good for him.

Though most of us can’t afford to bring suit against this worthless agency, some people can.

Air travel security data? TSA has no idea

 The Salt Lake Tribune has done a comprehensive, detailed analysis of TSA data, such as it is, and has concluded that . . . there isn’t much.

Over two years ago, the Salt Lake Tribune made a FOIA request that the TSA release data on the number and type of prohibited items confiscated at checkpoints — you know, those items the TSA is always bragging about in its weekly show-and-tells?

TSA in Atlanta: theft, theft, and more theft

We’ve written umpteen times about the prevalence of theft by TSA agents. TSA agents themselves have come forward to say that TSA theft is rampant.

A gift to TSA headquarters

Our buddy at Taking Sense Away has a new post up, which he’s given us permission to cross-post here:

Read the rest at TSA News.

Man harassed, detained by TSA at Boston Logan

A young man who goes by the name Sai — yes, that’s his full name — was abused by TSA agents at Boston Logan International Airport on January 21st. And he’s not about to take it lying down.

Dogs and the TSA: no panacea

 

Personally, I love dogs. I think they’re everything fans claim and more. I think they do amazing things for their human companions, up to and including saving lives. But when it comes to “security,” they’re not all they’re cracked up to be.

For years people have been claiming that bomb-sniffing dogs will solve all our problems at the airport. And for years I've been gainsaying that claim.

Look out! 4 things that get damaged at the airport, by Christopher Elliott

"The real answer is better training and more sensible rules."

No, the real answer is to disband this gang of criminals and thugs, starting with the one at the top, John Pistole.

Pistole calls TSA “gold standard” for aviation security

In what is surely the howler of the week, TSA Administrator John Pistole has declared the TSA “the gold standard of aviation security.”

It gets better:

Aaron Tobey wins battle in lawsuit against the TSA

 

Aaron Tobey, the 1st and 4th Amendment hero who got arrested for speech — silent speech, as you can see in the photograph — has won a battle in his lawsuit against the TSA.

Those of you who remember Aaron Tobey know that he was unlawfully detained by the TSA at Richmond International Airport in 2010 because when he declined to go through the strip-search scanner and opted for a pat-down, he stripped down to his skivvies, thus showing that he had nothing to hide.

TSA shows up at Austin Amtrak station, by Wendy Thomson

We’ve written about the TSA’s so-called VIPR teams many times, but most Americans still don’t know about them. These teams conduct warrantless searches on all modes of transportation all over the country — buses, trains, subways, ferries. Even highways. Yes, that means the TSA isn’t only at the airport.

4th Amendment vs. 2nd Amendment — meekness vs. rage, by Karen Cummings

 

As I listen to or read about the hue and cry over our Second Amendment rights if any new laws or restrictions on “bearing arms” are instituted, I wonder about the relative lack of concern over our Fourth Amendment rights.

On one hand, citizens rail against losing one Constitutional right — to bear arms —and on the other, they meekly submit to actions that abrogate another, unreasonable search and seizure.

Shoshana Hebshi suing the TSA and Frontier Airlines

American citizen Shoshana Hebshi, who was hauled off a plane in handcuffs, taken to a jail cell, and strip-searched, is finally suing the TSA.

Read the rest at TSA News.

A TSA Timeline

Kick-ass new post by Bill Fisher. Full of pertinent information and links to supporting evidence.

The TSA sh*ts on the 4th Amendment daily. Its agents also bully, harass, rob, and assault people. That includes sexual assault. And if you think I'm exaggerating, you've obviously been asleep for the past several years.

Read the rest at TSA News.

The TSA and people of privilege, by Sommer Gentry

It’s become a cliché among those who support the TSA’s unprecedented intrusions into and under the clothing of innocent travelers: “Flying is a privilege, not a right.”

Sorry, but the TSA still wants to scan you

Media outlets keep pushing misleading headlines and people keep repeating false reports that "the scanners are being removed from airports." No, they're not. As I wrote last Friday, only the scanners manufactured by Rapiscan are being removed from U.S. airports (they were never used in the EU, where they are banned).

TSA News Blog on HuffPost Live

I was a guest on Alyona Minkovski’s program on Huffington Post Live last night, along with Declan McCullagh of CNET and a frequent flyer named Marc Marrero.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA finally junks Rapiscan scanners

As we reported here on September 3, 2012, the TSA last year started quietly removing the radiation-emitting backscatter (x-ray) scanners from airports and replacing them with millimeter wave scanners.

Flying while female? 5 things to remember at the airport, by Christopher Elliott

On her last four trips through U.S. airport security, Anita Nagelis says she’s been pulled aside and subjected to a more thorough search by TSA agents, including an aggressive pat-down.

Nagelis, who works for a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., doesn’t know why. She never set off a metal detector, isn’t on a no-fly list, and no suspicious items are ever discovered in her luggage.

Read the rest at TSA News.

ACLU: TSA profiling and other shenanigans

The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) has a new blog post up about various aspects of the TSA, including Pre-Check, about which we’ve written so many times, racial/ethnic/whim-based profiling (

Taking Sense Away (TSA) keeps on trucking

Friend of the blog NJR, about whom I wrote on December 18th, is on a roll. This guy is hilarious (in a good way, not in the way that the TSA is hilarious). And because he’s a former screener, he has more authority when it comes to telling you what we critics have been telling you for years, which is fine by me. Whatever it takes to get through to the masses.

How to stop the TSA from stealing your stuff

Mike Adams of Natural News has posted a video of an ingenious method to prevent the TSA from stealing your valuables.

Read the rest at TSA News.

The New York Times’s little censorship problem

The New York Times has a travel blog called “In Transit.” On Thursday, January 3, 2013 the blog published a post called ”Keep Your Shoes On, T.S.A. Tells Some Fliers.” It was written by Emily Brennan.

“Applesauce woman” Nadine Hays still fighting the TSA


Nadine Kay Hays is back in court. Hays is the woman who was arrested, handcuffed, strip-searched, and jailed after the TSA decided she was too uppity. Hays had been escorting her ill, 93-year-old mother through security at the Burbank airport in 2009 when the TSA decided to confiscate the applesauce and yogurt the elderly woman needed to eat during the journey. In trying to retrieve her stolen items, Hays was accused by the TSA of hitting an agent. Prosecutors later charged her with battery.

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