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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.”

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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. 

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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.” 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sandy vs. Terrorism – which is the bigger threat?

 

Superstorm Sandy vs. “terrorism.” I know which risk I’d rather take. 

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Another theft: passenger says TSA stole jewelry at Boston Logan

A TSA agent stole a woman’s jewelry? Nah, impossible. Never happens! 

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TSA propagandist meltdown at Forbes

 

by Bill Fisher

Ted Reed of Forbes has written a column titled "Remember 9/11?” In it, he defends the TSA’s actions and uses as evidence another column written by the TSA’s Lisa Farbstein.

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Andrea Abbott found guilty

Andrea Abbott, the mother who tried to protect her daughter from being molested by the TSA, has been found guilty of “disorderly conduct.” Even though, as you can see in this video, Abbott wasn’t being disorderly — on the contrary, multiple TSA agents and an airport cop bullied her — st

TSA – “image problem” is the least of it

The Washington Post seems to have taken up the TSA’s cause.

In a report headlined "TSA fights major image problem,” WaPo lists some of the TSA’s recent troubles, including incompetence and criminal behavior. It then quotes “a federal employee expert” who tells us that everything’s hunky-dory. The TSA is so rigorous and adept, you see, that it weeds out its problematic employees. It’s more “vigilant” than other federal agencies.

TSA’s history of double standards

by Bill Fisher

 

Last week we had headlines about the TSA firing 25 workers and suspending 19 others at Newark airport for not confiscating 4-ounce containers of liquid or sufficiently delaying travelers. In addition, NBC 7 San Diego reported that Federal Security Director Michael Aguilar was retiring amidst reports of misconduct.

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How to kill the TSA’s full-body scanners — once and for all

By Christopher Elliott

It started like it always does, just a few moments before I checked in for my flight.

The sweating. The heart thumping uncontrollably inside my chest. The weak knees.

TSA continues to trumpet Pre-Check boondoggle


Feel-good articles about the TSA’s Pre-Check program continue to proliferate. Even as passengers report experiencing what we’ve been warning about for a year.

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TSA – America’s Maginot Line by Bill Fisher

 

After being invaded by Germany in World War I, France embarked on an ambitious and expensive project intended to prevent a future attack on its northern border. The series of fortifications was termed the Maginot Line in honor of French Minister of War André Maginot.

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What’s the problem with the TSA’s pat-downs? by Christopher Elliott

Michelle Dunaj, the terminally ill passenger who claims TSA agents in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport botched her pat-down, drew a visceral reaction from travelers with the humiliating details of her screening.

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