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Thread: TSA Groping Out Of Control

  1. #131

    TSA worker accused of assault did jail time for stalking, harassment

    David Edwards
    Raw Story
    Nov 27, 2010

    A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Georgia has also spent time in jail for stalking and harassment, an investigation by WTSB-TV has found.

    Randall Scott King, 49, was left in critical condition when he attempted suicide Tuesday evening after allegedly abducting, and sexually assaulting a woman, then giving her a suicide note to deliver.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that King, who worked at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, kidnapped the woman from the Lakewood MARTA station Wednesday night.

    King allegedly retrained the woman in the parking lot and drove her to his home where the sexual assault is said to have taken place.

    The woman said that she was then released and given a suicide note, with instructions for delivery. When a relative took the woman to the Police Department, she was still wearing the “leopard print, novelty handcuffs.”

    Full article here


  2. #132

    Why the TSA pat-downs and body scans are unconstitutional

    Jeffrey Rosen
    Washington Post
    Nov 27, 2010

    The protest on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was called National Opt-Out Day, and its organizers urged air travelers to refuse the Transportation Security Administration’s full-body scanning machines.

    But many appeared to have opted out of opting out. The TSA reported that few of the 2 million people flying Wednesday chose pat-downs over the scanners, with few resulting delays.

    There have been high-profile acts of civil disobedience in response to the two controversial procedures recently deployed by the TSA for primary screening – the body-scanning machines and the intrusive full-body pat-downs – including software programmer John Tyner’s unforgettable warning to a TSA official: “If you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested.” But the public seems less opposed to the scanners than civil libertarians had hoped. In a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, only 32 percent of respondents said they objected to the full-body scans, although 50 percent were opposed to the pat-downs offered as an alternative.

    That means opponents of the new measures will have to shift their efforts from the airports to the courts. One advocacy group, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, has already filed a lawsuit, calling the body scanners unconstitutional. Could this challenge succeed?

    Full article here


  3. #133

    TSA pat-down rules ‘handing terrorists a victory,’ says privacy expert

    Nov 28, 2010

    The time spent in the overaggressive pat-downs are a waste of valuable resources and could better be used attempting to identify likely terrorists, says privacy expert.

    Fred H. Cate, privacy expert in the Indiana University sent a letter, applauding leaders of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for their close scrutiny of the new policies enforced by the Transportation Security Administration.

    “As you know, the new TSA policy requires full-body pat-downs of travelers picked at random and of any traveler who refuses to be X-rayed or presents anything ‘anomalous,’ such as a knee brace, a pacemaker, or a prosthetic limb,” wrote Cate in the letter.

    Cate has argued that intrusive searches often don’t work and they have repeatedly missed potential explosives and other contraband.

    He also said that the new search policies violate long-held social and legal norms about personal privacy. Even though searches might detect wrongdoing, we reject them on the basis that the “solution” is worse than the “problem.”

    Full article here


  4. #134

    Colorado Lawyer Files Injunction Against Janet Napolitano and TSA

    Information Liberation
    Nov 28, 2010

    Colorado lawyer, Gary Fielder, has filed for a Permanent Restraining Order in federal district court against Janet Napolitano, John Pistole, the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA. Attorney Fielder made headlines earlier this year . He has now filed a Complaint for Injunctive Relief to stop the naked body scanners and enhanced pat downs at our nation’s airports.

    In his complaint, he details his personal story of how he and his daughters were treated during an “enhanced pat down” by the TSA on a recent trip to San Diego, describing the TSA agents’ behavior as “disgusting, unconscionable, sexual in nature, unnecessary and a complete violation of his and his children’s constitutional rights.”

    The complaint is quite compelling, it’s presented below in full.

    Gary D. Fielder, in his individual capacity, brings this action under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America to enjoin certain agencies of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, namely, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY and TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, and its chief executive officers, respectively, from continuing to unreasonably search the people of the United States of America through the use of whole body imaging scanners and enhanced “pat down” procedures before boarding a commercial aircraft.

    Currently, there are over 330 million citizens of the United States, none of whom have ever engaged in any terrorist activity onboard a commercial airliner, at any time or place on the planet Earth. Despite that fact, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY and TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION have turned their effort to “keep us safe,” not on terrorists (who from time-to-time threaten the security of the nation), but on its people—who throughout history have shown and established a collective spirit to care for itself and specifically not terrorize others in or outside of the country.

    The terrorist’s job is to terrorize the people—to interfere with freedom in such a way that disrupts ordinary life and commerce. With due respect, it is clear that the above referenced governmental agencies are aiding the terrorists’ objective to: fear monger, disrupt travel, cause great expense, pit the people against one another, restrict commerce, destroy our freedom, and (through the photographing and touching of our private areas) infuse the people with negative, and quite literally, radioactive energy.

    Accordingly, it is with great sadness and much reservation that one citizen stand-up to the most powerful country in the world to ask that it be enjoined by this Honorable Court from unreasonably searching one of its own, when no reasonable and articulable basis exist to go beyond the use of conventional and time-tested methods of metal and contraband detection.
    You can view the entire Complaint for Injunctive Relief below:

    Fielder Complaint PDF


  5. #135

    Drudge Fought The TSA….And Drudge Won

    Big Sis forced to mothball invasive security measures, as Drudge once again confounds establishment media doubters who belittled his influence

    Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones
    Prison Planet.com
    Monday, November 29, 2010

    Despite the establishment media presiding over another mass hoax in claiming that Americans were completely happy with invasive airport security measures, contrary to polls showing a majority in opposition, and that the national opt out day was a failure, the fact that the TSA was forced to change its policy by mothballing naked body scanners and curtailing aggressive pat downs clearly goes to show that the man who almost single-handedly drove the issue, Matt Drudge, fought the TSA and he won.

    The big networks and the so-called progressive borg hive, who instantly tried to spin the lack of delays at airports over Thanksgiving as proof that the opt-out protest had failed, conveniently failed to mention the fact that major airports across the country had deliberately mothballed their naked body scanners in a crass PR ploy aimed at deflating the momentum behind the demonstration.

    Early reports began to pour in from Twitter users who said that body scanner machines were roped off and out of use in airports such as LAX, Seattle, San Jose and Columbus, Ohio. They also said that pat downs had reverted back to the standard procedure and were not the new grope downs that the TSA had announced a couple of weeks before.

    The New Jersey Star-Ledger subsequently reported that, “The majority of Newark’s full-body scanners were idle throughout much of the day, depriving most passengers of the chance to opt out of the controversial screening procedure even if they had wanted to.”

    At the nation’s busiest airport, Atlanta-Hartsfield, there was,”limited, if any, use of the controversial full-body scanners,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

    Later reports confirmed that, the TSA had “backed down and resorted to using the old screening procedures — metal detectors and less-intrusive pat-downs.”

    In addition, many people took part in the protest by avoiding airports altogether. Traffic was jammed on the highways, with the Massachusetts Turnpike playing host to a 30-mile hold-up.

    The establishment media echo chamber attempted to pull a hoax by claiming that the vast majority of Americans were completely happy with having their genitals groped by federal goons and naked pictures taken of their children. In reality, after Drudge relentlessly drove the issue, polls of Americans that were previously in support of body scanners had reversed dramatically and the ACLU received an avalanche of new complaints.

    The nationwide scanner shut down proved two things.

    1) Big Sis’s security talk is nothing more than hot air. If the scanners were so imperative to keep us safe from terrorists then why did the TSA turn them off in a vain effort to score political points?

    2) Drudge won. The DHS and TSA were forced to change their policies on both naked body scanners and invasive pat downs – both of which were curtailed over Thanksgiving. Whether such a change stays in place remains to be seen – the war will undoubtedly rage on, but there can be little doubt that Drudge won the battle.

    As Politico’s Ben Smith highlighted, “There’s no doubt about who won on this issue: Matt Drudge chose it and drove it, illustrating both his continued power and his great sense of the public mood, and it now seems a matter of time until he gets results.”

    Indeed, the whole issue underscores once again why the establishment media is so petrified of Drudge’s power to direct the nationwide rebellion against big government. One man with a website was able to take on the might of the multi-billion dollar corporate media industry and the federal government for whom they act as apologists, and in doing so stir the next great wave of resistance against tyranny.

    The establishment continually berates Drudge and attempts to assert that he has lost the power to influence the national discourse, even as the Drudge Report continues to smash its traffic record year after year.

    As Matt Lewis writes, Drudge has helped to spark a new movement, confounding establishment media pundits who have repeatedly belittled his influence.

    Not long ago, of course, there was great debate as to whether or not Drudge even still had it. As Barack Obama was besting John McCain in 2008, many observers wondered whether or not The Drudge Report — which a decade earlier had pushed the Monica Lewinsky scandal into the headlines — had lost a step.

    At the Washington Post, Howard Kurtz debated whether or not Drudge still had the clout to drive media coverage. And TPM’s Greg Sargent also argued that Drudge’s influence was over-stated. He was not alone.

    Of course, as the TSA rebellion illustrates, Drudge remains incredibly powerful and uniquely important.
    The wider issue now becomes not just what Big Sis is subjecting Americans to at airports, but how this same invasive and unconstitutional technology is now being increasingly used on the streets.

    As Homeland Security extends its tentacles more and more into our private lives, the rebellion against Big Sis will only accelerate, and Drudge as ever will be at the forefront of that charge, much to the chagrin and embarrassment of the castrated, corrupted, distrusted, and increasingly irrelevant establishment media.


    Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show. Watson has been interviewed by many publications and radio shows, including Vanity Fair and Coast to Coast AM, America’s most listened to late night talk show.


  6. #136

    TSA Tyranny: And the Next Step…

    Phil Brennan
    Nov 29, 2010

    When a would-be dictator wants to rein in the rights of the citizenry one of the first steps he needs to take is restricting the public’s right to travel. The ability to move around freely within your nation’s borders is the ability to congregate with like-minded individuals all across your country who share you views, one of which may be opposition to the ruling powers.*

    The right to travel is a fundamental right in any nation that is free and wants to remain free. Restrict that right and you restrict one of the fundamental rights of* the citizens of a constitutional republic.

    Columnist Devvy Kidd has noted the court findings in the case ofUnited States v. Guest, 383 U.S. 745, 757, 86 S.Ct. 1170, 1178 (1966) which held that “The right to travel is a part of the ‘liberty’ of which the citizen cannot be deprived without the due process of law under the Fifth Amendment …The constitutional right to travel from one State to another, and necessarily to use the highways and other instrumentalities of interstate commerce in doing so, occupies a position fundamental to the concept of our Federal Union.”

    Thanks to such rulings, a president who desires to prevent citizens from moving freely within their nation’s borders and thus free to provoke and spread opposition to his policies, has something of a problem.

    If he wants to stop the people who are free to go where and when they choose to go, he needs to do it in small steps. Like the frog placed in water which is gradually heated toward the boiling point and death the people’s rights must be restricted step-by-step.**

    Looked at from this perspective the new thuggish pre-boarding procedures which under any circumstances must be seen as an assault on the fundamental rights of privacy enshrined in Roe v. Wade are* just a first step in restricting the right to travel.

    What’s next? How about a requirement that the traveling citizen explain where he or she is going and why they are going there?

    Sound outlandish? As outlandish, say, as the federal government asserting the right to subject the citizenry to what amounts to unreasonable search and seizure, something specifically prohibited by the U.S. Constitution?

    Just where in the world did the president find a right to authorize his government’s minions to perform intimate searches* that among other things involves what we youngsters used to call “feeling up” an unwilling female, and moreover doing to male and female alike in public for all to see?

    Of course it is all explained to us dupes that such extreme measures are needed to prevent would-be terrorists from sneaking explosive devices aboard designed to bring down a plane in mid-flight.

    Prevent it? Do they really think that terrorists highly trained to do their work are dumb enough to try to sneak explosives through an airport pre-boarding procedure? Look, if they can’t do it one way, they can finds a dozen other ways to do it. And they will.*

    I’m sorry, but I simply can’t believe that these new scan and search procedures are really meant to prevent terrorists from* bringing explosives aboard. They are not that stupid and the people carrying out the newest anti-terrorism programs damn well know they aren’t.

    That being the case the administration’s newest anti-terrorist project must have motives other than simply the prevention of terrorists carrying explosives from boarding a plane.*

    So what we are left with is a solid suspicion that the whole shebang has been instituted for another reason – discouraging the most popular form of long and short distance travel – flight aboard an airline plane.

    It really doesn’t matter if it is intentional or not, the effect is the same. The right to travel freely by air within our borders is* being made conditional upon our willingness to submit to an unlawful form of search and seizure.

    You have to wonder – what’s next?
    Published originally at EtherZone.com : republication allowed with this notice and hyperlink intact.”


  7. #137

    Frequent travelers oppose new TSA security screenings

    Gary Stoller
    Nov 30, 2010

    Many of the nation’s most frequent fliers — those who travel on business and who the airlines depend on for higher-priced fares — say they oppose new security screening methods at airports, and some are so disturbed that they are cutting back on air travel.

    “I am eliminating as many flights as I can,” says John Steinberg, a doctor and healthcare consultant who’s taken about 50 round-trip flights this year.

    Steinberg of Randsallstown, Md., says that for 10 other trips, he purposely didn’t take commercial flights so he could avoid having to go through full-body scanning machines or more intrusive pat-downs of his body.

    Other members of USA TODAY’s panel of Road Warriors, battle-tested travel veterans who log millions of miles a year on business trips and voluntarily provide information to USA TODAY, view the new, controversial screening techniques similarly.

    Full article here


  8. #138

    Breast-feeding passenger claims she was harassed by TSA for not wanting her pumped milk passed through X-ray machine

    UK Daily Mail
    Nov 30, 2010

    A female passenger claims she was made to feel like a terrorist for bringing breast milk she had pumped earlier through security at Phoenix airport.

    Stacey Armato was on her way home to Los Angeles to be re-united with her 7-month-old son after a business trip.

    She had 12 ounces of breast milk with her and as per TSA guidelines, she requested the milk not be passed through the X-ray scanner because of possible radiation.

    Ms Armato, who is a lawyer, had been through Phoenix airport multiple times in the past and had previously filed a complaint about the TSA staff’s handling of her breast milk.

    Full article here


  9. #139

    Mother Kept In “Glass Cage” For Almost An Hour By TSA For Resisting Over Breast Milk

    Following their own guidelines will not get you anywhere because they make the rules up as they go along

    The latest case of TSA tyranny to hit the headlines comes in the form of a young mother who was subjected to enhanced groping and then shut inside a screening box for almost an hour by agents after she refused to allow them to put her breast milk through an x-ray device, a legitimate request that is even written into the TSA’s own guidelines.

    The ordeal, which took place at Phoenix airport earlier this year, was captured on security cameras, which Stacey Armato, who is also a lawyer, gained access to, but only after repeated requests and careful editing by the TSA had taken place.

    After being told that her breast milk might have to be put through an x-ray scanner, Ms Armato attempted to show the TSA agents a print out of their own guidelines allowing non x-ray screening for breast milk. This act of serious disobedience resulted in the agent pushing Ms Armato into a glass cage, telling her “to be quiet if you know what’s good for you”, while calling for “back up”.

    “Standing 50 ft away are the same manager and supervisor I had dealt with the previous week.” Ms Armato writes in her description of events, referring to a previous 30 minute delay at the security gate for the exact same reason.

    After being shut in the box for some 20 minutes, in full public view of other passengers, Ms Armato began to cry and remonstrate with TSA agents. She was then approached by a police officer who told her that she had been singled out by TSA agents who recognized her because she had filed a complaint against them regarding the handling of her breast milk the previous week.

    Ms Armato writes:
    About 10 minutes into all this, a Phoenix PD comes to calm me down. I explain to him that there is no reason I should be treated this way and I have every right to be upset.

    He then says “they” (aka TSA) saw me coming, have it out for me (from my complaint against TSA the week before when they didn’t know the breast milk rules then either), and I should travel out of a different gate in future weeks.

    He said TSA wants me to play along with their horse and pony show and if I don’t then TSA can have the Phoenix PD arrest me! Well, I wanted to get home to my baby and my flight was 30 minutes from departure so I ‘played along.’ Three Phoenix PD watched in the background…I could tell they all knew this was a waste of their time but I was happy to have them standing by in case TSA continued to act out of line.
    Eventually Ms Armato was released from the box, and subjected to a full groping from another TSA agent.

    A TSA manager then approached her and told her that the milk had to go through the x-ray scanner because the containers it was in were “too full” and it was “not a clear liquid”. These are both made up rules that are not mentioned anywhere in TSA guidelines, proving that even the TSA manager had no regard for the official laws in this instance.

    The guidelines allow “Mothers flying with, and now without, their child be permitted to bring breast milk in quantities greater than three ounces as long as it is declared for inspection at the security checkpoint.”

    According to TSA rules breast milk is to be treated as a medical liquid, which should not be subjected to x-ray radiation.

    Ms Armato writes:
    He read the first form which stated that medical liquids can have alternate screening (no x-ray). He was quick to say “well this isn’t a medical liquid!” So I had him read the second form which says breast milk is to be treated like a medical liquid. He then says, “well, not today.” I started balling all over again once he said that.
    Again this is clear evidence of a TSA supervisor acting like a supreme authority and simply making up the rules as he goes along.

    Ms Armato was then forced to pour out the milk into 8 different containers, only half filling each, as per the TSA’s new completely made up rule.

    Because of all this, she missed her flight home to feed her hungry baby in Los Angeles.

    The following video, which shows some of the lengthy screening process, was edited together by Ms Armato with the help of her family. The full unedited set of videos can be viewed at the foot of this article:

    According to Ms Armato, the TSA edited out almost 30 minutes of footage, including a section where a TSA manager demanded and took down her personal information, took pictures of her breast milk and shouted at her for not watching closely as the agents tested it for explosive residue.

    Ms Armato has vowed to fight the TSA on the issue.

    “Southwest put me on the next flight home and, as luck would have it, I was standing in line right behind my Constitutional Law professor from my law school days. At that point I knew I needed to stand up for my rights and help myself and other mothers against the uninformed, retaliatory, and harassing TSA employees that help ‘keep us safe.’” she writes.

    Last week we detailed reports of a woman being forced to remove her sanitary towel following TSA screening. These are the type of dangerous terrorists America must now be protected from.

    Here is the full set of videos of the incident:


    Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor at Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and regular contributor to Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.


  10. #140

    TSA Caves On Pat Downs But Mandates Government Permission For All Fliers

    Pistole says airport security measures will be refined, but all fliers to be checked against dubious government watch list

    Paul Joseph Watson
    Prison Planet.com
    Wednesday, December 1, 2010

    In response to the national outcry surrounding invasive pat down measures, the TSA has been forced to refine its airport security procedures, but has simultaneously entrenched its policy that requires government permission for all Americans who wish to fly, creating what critics have labeled a Communist-style system of internal checkpoints.

    After a public revolt against naked body scanners and TSA groping that was primarily spearheaded by the Drudge Report website, TSA chief John Pistole announced yesterday was looking at refining pat down procedures to make them “less intrusive.”

    “Pistole said that the TSA will work “quickly” to determine whether there is a viable alternative but that he has no timetable,” reports the Washington Post today.

    However, until such a time that the policy is changed, cases of rampant TSA abuse continue to occur, including a recent example where a young mother who was subjected to enhanced groping was subsequently locked inside a screening box for almost an hour by agents after she refused to allow them to put her breast milk through an x-ray device, a legitimate request that is even written into the TSA’s own guidelines.

    Despite appearing to back down on hugely unpopular pat down measures, Pistole confirmed that every single passenger who flies in American skies is now checked against a government watch list before they are allowed to board a plane, meaning that every US citizen now requires de facto government permission to travel.

    “The TSA began matching passengers against a watch list maintained by the FBI last year. By June, all passengers on domestic flights were being prescreened, and with Tuesday’s announcement, all international passengers headed to or from the United States are as well,” reports the Post.

    Under the Secure Flight program, the TSA demands that passengers submit personal information 72 hours before being cleared to fly. While on the surface, this is justified by invoking the threat of terror, as we have seen from the MIAC report and others, the federal government now considers politically active Americans as potential terrorists, meaning that innocent travelers could find themselves on a watch list and barred from flying.

    “By combining the requirement for government photo IDs in order to fly with checking government watchlists including potentially every passenger, “Secure Flight” puts the federal government into the business of licensing travel,” warns Michael Ostrolenk.

    “What the government can allow one day, it can forbid the next. All things considered, isn’t this a higher-tech and later-day version of South African domestic passports or eastern European checkpoints? In fact, because of the high technological capacity of the U.S. version, aren’t its implications for travel control of plane, train, bus and subway travel much more far reaching? It’s incredible that something like this is happening relatively unrecognized in America.”
    Indeed, the 9/11 Commission demanded that the dubious “no fly list” be extended to trains, boats and basically every form of travel, handing the feds the power to control the mobility of millions of Americans. Rahm Emanuel and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have also demanded that people on the no fly list be prevented from purchasing firearms.

    The no fly list is merely one component of a 500,000-750,000 strong government “watch list” that has ensnared people like the late former Senator Ted Kennedy, former presidential candidate John Anderson, and many others including a Vermont college student, a retired Presbyterian minister and an ACLU employee. People with similar names to aliases used by alleged terrorists are automatically put on no fly lists and federal watch lists.

    Unfortunately, government watchlists seem to have been more successful at causing problems for innocent people than they are at catching terrorists. Despite the fact that underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was on a watch list, the US State Department refused to revoke his visa and allowed him to board Delta Flight 253, with the aid of a well-dressed Indian man who convinced airline officials to let Abdulmutallab on the Christmas Day flight.


    Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show. Watson has been interviewed by many publications and radio shows, including Vanity Fair and Coast to Coast AM, America’s most listened to late night talk show.


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