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The wheels of justice are frozen, by Wendy Thomson

While lawsuits continue to be filed against the TSA on a variety of fronts, generally the TSA has been successful in foiling any and all efforts to make it accountable or to even reveal its statistics. Also, generally, the TSA does this by sheer obfuscation and technicality. I must admit, that is a strategy. However, without the antagonist tiring and simply going away, that strategy usually eventually fails.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA addresses harassment of sick girl in wheelchair

The TSA has once again been forced to respond to an instance of abuse because a video went viral. Not apologize, mind you, just respond.

Read the rest at TSA News.

The Insider’s TSA Dictionary

 

This blogger has worked for the TSA for many years. So he has the inside scoop.

He’s decided to share his insider knowledge with the general public at his blog called Taking Sense Away.

3 reasons the terrorists are laughing at us now (thanks, TSA), by Christopher Elliott

Nothing will wipe a grin off your face faster than a squad of Navy SEALs rappelling into your anonymous compound from a Black Hawk. But while Osama Bin Laden is dead and gone, and unable to mock America’s clumsy efforts to protect its planes from our Homeland-fueled fantasies, his disciples are more than capable of laughing at us.

And laugh they do.

TSA detains yet another child

As we’ve reported many times, the TSA’s so-called explosive detection devices routinely alarm on ordinary, everyday things. Have you been working in your garden? Oops. You might have specks of fertilizer on you. Do you use hand or body lotions? Oops. There’s glycerin in them thar things. All those can get you hauled aside as a potential terrorist. Because fertilizer and glycerin show up as “bomb-making residue.”

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA: confiscating your property and passing it on for sale elsewhere, by Amy Alkon

As we’ve written at TSA News before, when your property is confiscated at TSA checkpoints, that property ends up being sold at state-run surplus stores.

But it bears repeating, because so many people still don’t know about it. At a more recent story about this practice on CNN.com, commenter Dev said:

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.

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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: 

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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.

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