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Senate committee votes to help TSA spend more money to abuse you

Apparently, $8 billion a year isn’t enough for the TSA. They’ve run into a budget shortfall.

Hey, have some sympathy — the skills required to bully, harass, rob, strip, and grope people don’t come cheap. 

TSA: Failure by the numbers

I just got back from a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill organized by Freedom to Travel USA – specifically Wendy Thomson, Renee Beeker, and Jeff Pierce — and other TSA activists including Sommer Gentry and Jon Corbett. 

READ THE REST HERE.

Warmonger and Fearmonger Dianne Feinstein Lives to Spout Another Day

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. She voted for the Patriot Act and has voted for it again every time its reauthorization has come up. Likewise, she has consistently voted against requiring FISA court warrants before the government wiretaps Americans at home or abroad.

So it should come as no surprise that she favors TSA procedures.

Letter to JetBlue about baby “terrorist suspect” by Deborah Newell Tornello

To: corpcomm@jetblue.com

. . . I do not accept the phrase “computer glitch,” which is “the dog ate my homework” of our age . . . .

READ THE WHOLE LETTER HERE.

Did TSA lie to Congress?

There are several reports out about the fact that the TSA may have deliberately hidden millions of dollars’ worth of unused equipment and lied about it to Congress. Such lying could make TSA officials subject to criminal prosecution.

READ THE REST HERE.

Another day, another TSA screw-up

TSA incompetence at nation’s busiest airport
by Bill Fisher

In the wake of (yet another) recent barrage of news stories reporting the TSA groping children and elderly couples, smuggling drugs, assaulting Congressmen, and causing their own security breaches, a related story on TSA background checks — or lack thereof — went relatively unnoticed.

READ THE REST HERE.

What kind of children are we (is TSA) raising? by Charles Leocha

Recently, I have been watching passengers moving through TSA lines. They shuffle along, don’t make eye contact, obey all instructions, submit to full-body scanners, have their luggage pawed through, and watch others get called out for additional screening. All the while, most hope that they can move through TSA inspections quickly and quietly, without being noticed.

UPDATE: TSA stripper John Brennan wants trial

John Brennan, the man who stripped naked at a TSA checkpoint in Portland last month to prove he had no contraband, is declining to admit guilt for anything and wants a trial to plead his case.

Another passenger charged after being assaulted by TSA

Yesterday I wrote about two cases where passengers who had been assaulted by the TSA were themselves charged with assault. Today comes news of yet another woman who, in trying to protect herself, has been charged with assault and battery.

History repeats itself with TSA strip-search tactics

“The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it.”

That infamous statement, by an infamous monster, encapsulates perfectly the human capacity for denial. Indeed not just capacity, but eagerness.

READ THE REST HERE.

TSA targets disabled 7-year-old, causes family to miss flight

The hits just keep on coming. Not content to abuse a few children here and there, the TSA continues its winning streak by singling out a 7-year-old girl in leg braces, a girl who's developmentally disabled, to boot. And not only do they scream at her family and terrify her at the checkpoint, they confront her again the gate, and demand that she return to the checkpoint for further humiliation.

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