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Another senior TSA employee who abuses women, by Sommer Gentry

Several months ago, we reported on the firings of two men from the Dulles Airport TSA staff.  These firings came after police charged the TSA employees with various crimes of sexual misconduct.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA violence, by Fill Fisher

A TSA screener was shot and killed at Cleveland International Airport by her husband, who then turned the gun on himself.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Are airlines responsible for America’s TSA disaster? by Christopher Elliott

One of the more interesting reactions to last week’s post arguing that the TSA as we know it is dead came from a publicist for one of the airline trade associations.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Déjà vu: crimes, thefts, and TSA “standards” - by Bill Fisher

Yesterday we reported on the latest TSA theft. If it sounded familiar, in more ways than one, it isn’t just a case of déjà vu. The only thing more consistent than TSA thefts in recent years is the agency’s hollow statements about TSA worker integrity and agency standards.

Read the rest at TSA News.

More TSA theft: old news

Once again, a TSA screener has been caught stealing from passengers’ luggage.

As we’ve written now more times than I can count, this isn't the first time. And it won't be the last.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Some (solicited!) technology and engineering advice for the TSA, by Sommer Gentry

(Editor's Note: Sommer Gentry is a math professor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.)

I was pleased recently to receive an email from Russell Wooten, the IT Strategy Branch Chief of the TSA. His email reached me through my membership in the Maryland chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS). For the uninitiated, operations research is the discipline of applying advanced analytical techniques to help make better decisions. Mr. Wooten was soliciting input on these questions:

TSA gets a holiday surprise: another lapdog in the House, by Bill Fisher

On December 29, 2012 Politico reported that Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas) was chosen to be the next chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, succeeding Peter King (R-N.Y.), who stepped down in November.

Read the rest at TSA News.

The heroic Deputy Sheriff Stan Lenic, by Wendy Thomson

There are those who might believe that anyone opposed to the TSA has a problem with authority. And/or they hate all law enforcement. Well, sorry to tell you, but that is simply untrue. I am here today to laud the actions of one Deputy Sheriff Stan Lenic of Albany, New York. 

Read the rest at TSA News.

The TSA as we know it is dead — here’s why, by Christopher Elliott

If you don’t believe the TSA is doomed after watching yesterday’s House Aviation Subcommittee hearing, then you’ll have to at least agree that the agency as we know can’t continue to exist as it does.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA admin Pistole refuses to testify before Congress

Once again, TSA administrator John Pistole is thumbing his nose at Congress and refusing to testify.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Attack of the killer mushrooms

Attack of the killer mushrooms:

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Bruce Schneier explains why the TSA is a $1 trillion failure

Those of us who’ve been writing about the TSA for a few years are well familiar with security expert Bruce Schneier. He and others like him, people who actually study actual security, using data, risk assessment, statistical analysis, and empirical evidence, are a balm to our weary psyches, frayed and exhausted as they are from trying to correct the steady flow of misinformation, disinformation, and specious arguments put forth by the TSA and its apologists. 

Is this the beginning of the end for the TSA’s full-body scanners? by Christopher Elliott

To absolutely no one’s surprise, the mainstream media last week ignored a legitimate grassroots protest against the TSA’s allegedly invasive full-body scanners.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA’s John Pistole: all propaganda all the time

TSA Administrator John Pistole periodically conducts what are euphemistically called public relations campaigns. 

These PR onslaughts follow a predictable pattern: credulous reporters ask namby-pamby questions, take everything Pistole says at face value, don’t follow up, and gush their thanks when the interview is over.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA’s fave contractor Rapiscan accused of falsifying scanner info

Remember how we’ve been told for the past two years that the whole body imaging scanners are safe, effective, and can’t record and store graphic nude images? And remember how many of us never believed it?

Is the TSA killing us?

A column by Charles Kenny has been reposted all over the web.

TSA’s Blogger Bob responds to Amy Alkon’s post

The TSA’s celebrated (cough, cough) “Blogger Bob” has responded to Amy Alkon's post about her most recent experience at JFK. Here’s the full text, with link below: 

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA agent sentenced in child pornography case

Michael Scott Wilson, who worked for the TSA at Baltimore-Washington International Airport until he was arrested a year ago on child pornography charges, and about whom we wrote here, has just been sentenced. 

Read the rest at TSA News.

Two petitions about the TSA

There are two petitions I’m asking you to sign. First off, I know petitions don’t, by themselves, effect change. I get it. But they still serve a useful purpose. They provide moral support to the person or organization sponsoring the petition. And they let other people know that they’re not alone. They are a way of communicating, a way of telling each other, “we’re all in this together.”

Read the rest at TSA News.

Steampunk art is now terrorism, according to the TSA, by Amy Alkon

Via David Burkhead (who noted that about the steampunk art), the TSA has now taken to arresting people with artsy homemade watches and shoes. The nitwits at the Oakland airport said a man’s artistic watch could be used to make a timing device for a bomb. 

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA News: One-year anniversary

Exactly one year ago, on November 15, 2011, TSA News launched. The first post was by journalist and longtime consumer advocate Christopher Elliott. 

Since then, we’ve assembled a stable of writers from all over the country. We come from diverse personal, professional, and political backgrounds. We’re especially all over the place politically. But one thing we all share is respect for civil liberties. And we’re not about to sit around dumbly and watch as those civil liberties are ripped out from under us.

1/3 of Americans say TSA cavity searches are okay by them

 

Land of the Free. 

Uh-huh.

In what should be a surprising result but, sadly, isn’t, one-third of your fellow Americans say a body cavity search to board an airplane would be fine and dandy.

TSA agent Tiffany Applewhite touched my genitalia by Amy Alkon

. . . And my breasts. She’s a TSA “team leader” at the Delta TSA checkpoint at LAX. I had to ask her for her first name because her nametag only says “Applewhite” and “team leader.” 

Read the rest at TSA News.

John Pistole’s propaganda push Tuesday Nov 13th

You might want to pay TSA administrator John Pistole a visit on Tuesday morning, November 13th, 9:30, at National Airport in Washington, D.C.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Maggie Buckenmayer, another person sexually assaulted by the TSA

 

I don’t know what to say anymore. Take a look at this woman’s video. 

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA – all theft all the time


Sigh. So much crime, so little time. 

More theft: passenger says TSA stole cash at Fairbanks airport

Pete Alexion is a Vietnam vet. He served 20 years in the U.S. Army, where he had a top secret security clearance, and today holds a CDL (commercial driver’s license) with a hazmat endorsement. He lives in North Pole, Alaska. He’s an agricultural copywriter and moonlights as a biology adjunct professor. He wears two knee braces.

Read the rest at TSA News.

L-3 gets two more TSA contracts – your tax money pays for it

In its continuing effort to spend your tax dollars, the TSA has awarded two more multi-million-dollar contracts to a company with which it already has a cozy relationship: L-3 Communications.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Both major party presidential candidates ignore civil liberties

While they crisscross the country mouthing each other’s platitudes, with only the smallest differences between them, neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney is paying the slightest heed to civil liberties. In fact, they’re trying to outdo each other in bragging about how they’re trampling on them.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA agent arrested for rape of a child by Wendy Thomson

 

For those of you who follow this blog, it should come as no surprise that a TSA agent has been arrested for the rape of a boy he was mentoring as a volunteer Big Brother.

Read the rest at TSA News.

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