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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.

Read the rest at TSA News.

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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Woman dying of leukemia abused by TSA

 

The TSA has a lesson to teach you. And by George, you’re going to learn it.

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TSA mocks Breast Cancer Awareness Month by using pink gloves

Really, you can’t make this stuff up:

"According to TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein, during the month of October the 650 TSA officers at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) will be be wearing pink gloves instead of the more familiar blue gloves as a sign of their support in the fight against Breast Cancer."

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DHS: the rot starts at the top by Deborah Pierce

Looking at the Department of Homeland Security’s response last week to a scathing Senate subcommittee report on fusion centers, it’s clear that the rot starts at the top. DHS is the TSA’s parent agency. Its shoddy operating procedures and defensiveness in response to questions and criticism mirror the way the TSA operates.

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Is the TSA punishing us? by Christopher Elliott

Steven deForest is an experienced air traveler, but he says nothing could have prepared him for the confrontation he recently had with a TSA screener in Las Vegas.

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TSA’s disability and multicultural problem by Bill Fisher

In September the TSA website posted an announcement noting that the agency hosted nearly 40 disability and multicultural organizations and federal agencies at its 10th Annual Disability and Multicultural Coalition Conference ”to discuss advances in security screening and issues of concern to coalition members and their constituencies.”

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TSA agent admits to stealing cash from passenger as punishment

As we’ve noted several times, TSA agents often act out of petulance and pique. Because they have absolute power, they can abuse it. And they do.

The latest example of this is the guilty plea from TSA agent John W. Irwin. As Press TV reports, Irwin stole $520 from a passenger because the passenger wasn’t deferential enough to him.

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Loews hotels partner with TSA

As we’ve noted repeatedly about the TSA program called Pre-Check, not only is it the embodiment of “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others,” but it doesn’t guarantee participants expedited screening. Nor scan-free nor grope-free nor hassle-free travel.

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What TSA’s iPad theft problem means for your next flight by Christopher Elliott

TSA agents seem to have a thing for iPads. Apple’s tablet computers are easy to swipe from unwitting airline passengers and can be sold quickly online, as I noted earlier this year. You’d think the TSA would do something about the wave of thefts reported this spring. But instead, it has apparently done nothing.

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TSA: Freeze, or else

We have another not-a-new-story but one that many people still haven’t heard yet and for which there’s a new video that’s making the rounds. And lucky us, we can see the TSA’s foray into Saturday morning cartoon territory.

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TSA thumbs its nose at the law, courts say OK

Over a year ago, the TSA was ordered to hold a public comment period on the use of the strip-search scanners. The agency ignored that order.

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You’re in Good Hands with Happy Hands Homeland Security

Political movements never succeed by one method or strategy alone. It takes many tactics, many plans, many approaches, many disparate–even at times conflicting–actions to get things done. And artists are always an important part of the effort.

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How close are we getting to a “papers, please” society? by Christopher Elliott

America is edging closer to becoming a “papers, please” society, at least when it comes to travel.

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TSA propaganda: sex, lies, and video clips by Bill Fisher

Despite overwhelming Congressional and public criticism of its personnel and policies, the TSA continues undaunted in its public relations program, which many have deemed a propaganda campaign. Instead of addressing the documented shortcomings within the agency, the TSA opts instead to waste effort planting spurious press releases and making false claims.

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Report on the TSA Aviation Security Advisory Committee by Wendy Thomson

Don't let the dry title fool you. Powerful post by Wendy Thomson. Read the whole thing at TSA News.

Frequent flyers rate the TSA: epic fail

Remember that TSA Gallup poll from a few weeks ago?

A few of our writers took it apart here at TSA News, most notably Bill Fisher and Phil Weber. They pointed out that of the people polled who claimed that the TSA is doing a good job, half of them hadn’t flown at all.

John Pistole’s victims are legion – and all are “one-offs”

TSA Administrator John Pistole is frequently heard to minimize the importance of devastating passenger experiences at the checkpoint by referring to them as “one-offs,” as in the quote below:

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A review of recent TSA sex crimes by Bill Fisher

As reported here on September 13th, yet another TSA screener has been arrested for child pornography. While not a crime unique to TSA workers, it does raise the question of why the TSA is attracting a disproportionate number of criminals and pedophiles.

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Yet another TSA agent charged with child porn

This is getting so routine I should keep a template so I can just fill in the blanks.

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Patdown Assault Trauma Syndrome: fear, shaking, sleeplessness, nightmares, and flashbacks by Sommer Gentry

As one reads the letters from victims of TSA patdowns released last week, strong patterns emerge. Nearly every letter uses one of these turns of phrase: demeaning, degrading, dehumanizing, humiliating, violated, traumatized, sexually assaulted.

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Even Congress can’t stop the TSA from assaulting passengers by Sommer Gentry

A FOIA request by governmentattic.org, which the TSA only answered after more than a year’s delay, has shaken loose some 200 pages of complaints about patdown procedures that TSA received between November and December 2010. Among these letters were several from members of Congress and congressional committees. The following excerpts give us a feel for Congressional sentiment towards the TSA.

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