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Thread: TSA Groping Out Of Control

  1. #141

    Avatar Star: TSA Got Up In My Business

    Dec 1, 2010

    James Pitt (Star Of Avatar) & Julia Melim talk about TSA and full body scans.


  2. #142

    Exclusive: TSA frisks groom children to cooperate with sex predators, abuse expert says

    Daniel Tencer
    Raw Story
    Dec 1, 2010

    An expert in the fight against child sexual abuse is raising the alarm about a technique the TSA is reportedly using to get children to co-operate with airport pat-downs: calling it a “game”.

    Ken Wooden, founder of Child Lures Prevention, says the TSA’s recommendation that children be told the pat-down is a “game” is potentially putting children in danger.

    Telling a child that they are engaging in a game is “one of the most common ways” that sexual predators use to convince children to engage in inappropriate contact, Wooden told Raw Story.

    Children “don’t have the sophistication” to distinguish between a pat-down carried out by an airport security officer and an assault by a sexual predator, he said.

    The TSA policy could “desensitize children to inappropriate touch and ultimately make it easier for sexual offenders to prey on our children,” Wooden added.

    Full article here


  3. #143

    Bob Barr Investigates TSA Stand Down On National Opt Out Day

    Body scanners out of use, invasive pat downs curtailed in political ploy as TSA mocked critics, exposing fact that security is nothing more than theatre

    Steve Watson
    Wednesday, Dec 1st, 2010

    A civil liberties watchdog group has filed a Freedom of Information Act request in an attempt to shed more light on the TSA’s efforts to disrupt a day of protest aimed at full body scanners and invasive pat-downs by largely curtailing their use for one day only last week.

    The FOIA request also seeks to determine whether the TSA regards the leaders of the protest movement as “domestic extremists”, following the leak of a TSA memo indicating that to be the case.

    The non-partisan, non-profit organization Liberty Guard, led by former Congressman Bob Barr, is demanding internal TSA directives and communication pertaining to the “opt -out” grass roots protest day that took place on November 24th.

    While it was expected that the protests on the eve of Thanksgiving would be widespread, causing delays and extensive queues at airport security lines, in reality the majority of travelers experienced no problems.

    The TSA and the corporate media immediately implied that this was proof positive that the public were not concerned about the new TSA procedures, and that, contrary to numerous opinion polls, the majority supported them.

    The TSA even mockingly suggested that “What some protesters threatened as an opt out day has turned into a TSA appreciation day.”

    However, it soon became apparent that the reason there was so little protesting taking place was because the TSA had roped off most of its naked body scanners and apparently instructed its agents to tone down the level and severity of pat-downs.

    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.”

    Liberty Guard is attempting to uncover documentation that will prove the TSA was forced to alter its policy for fear of a huge public relations embarrassment in the form of thousands of passengers refusing to submit to its invasive methods.

    “Considering recent hardline statements made by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and TSA Administrator John Pistole, this apparent sudden reversal in the TSA’s direction warrants additional scrutiny,” said Joe Seehussen, President of Liberty Guard. “We’d like to know if we can expect a policy shift from the TSA or if they were merely attempting to shut down the public outcry regarding their search procedures.”

    If Liberty Guard can produce the internal TSA documents proving this was the case, then it will serve as concrete proof that 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 would the TSA turn them off, as well as reining in pat downs, in a vain effort to score political points?

    Liberty Guard’s Chairman Bob Barr points out that any evidence suggesting deliberate manipulation of security procedures for political purposes must be investigated further.

    “We’d like to think that the TSA has been listening to citizens concerned about being given a choice between naked imaging or pat down searches of people’s private parts. If this is the indeed the case, we’d like to commend the TSA for applying a bit of common sense to the controversial situation. However, it’s far more likely the reason was political and we think the public should be made aware of the motivations of our country’s security chiefs.” Barr said.

    In addition, Liberty Guard has requested all internal TSA material that mentions the terms Matt Drudge”, “Drudgereport.com”, “Alex Jones”, “PrisonPlanet.com”, “John Tyner”, “national opt-out day”, “Opt-Out Alliance” and “domestic extremists”.

    Any material that surfaces containing such terms may prove that not only did the TSA act in backing down because of the efforts of the leaders of the Opt Out movement, but that it also considers those organizations and individuals a potential threat.

    Liberty Guard’s FOIA request can be viewed here (PDF).


    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.


  4. #144

    In bra, panties and wheelchair, woman goes through Oklahoma City airport screening

    News OK
    Dec 1, 2010*

    A woman who passed through security at Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport in a wheelchair and her underwear missed her flight Tuesday, and she said TSA denied her boarding. A TSA spokeswoman wouldn’t say if the woman was denied by TSA employees.

    Tammy Banovac, clad in undergarments and sitting in a wheelchair, failed to pass the Transportation Security Administration screening process Tuesday when security officers detected traces of nitrates on her wheelchair.

    Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney said the issue was resolved this morning and Banovac, 52, caught her flight out of the city at 7 a.m. after going through screening without incident.


  5. #145

    Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie gets the TSA treatment at LAX

    UK Daily Mail
    Dec 1, 2010

    Being a celebrity gets you a lot of free stuff and extra privileges – but not when going through airport security.

    Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie had to experience the new stricter TSA security rules yesterday at Los Angeles International Airport as she headed to board a flight to New York.

    The 35-year-old star had to de-layer and go through the new full body scanners just like everybody else.

    The singer was spotted putting her bags through the hand-luggage scanner before taking off her many layers of scarves and other accessories so she could step into the scanner.

    She was watched by a bodyguard and accompanied by several friends as she boarded the flight bound for JFK airport in New York.

    Full article here


  6. #146

    Harvard pair sue TSA over screenings

    Donna Goodison
    Boston Herald
    Dec 2, 2010

    Two Harvard Law School students are suing the Transportation Security Administration, claiming the so-called “nude body scanners” and intrusive pat-downs used to screen airline passengers are unconstitutional.

    Jeffrey Redfern and Anant Pradhan claim use of the scanners and pat-downs as primary screening methods violates their Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures. The frequent air travelers want to stop the TSA from using either without “reasonable suspicion or probable cause.”

    “The abstract risk of terrorism without a credible, specific threat … does not justify the (searches),” states the suit, filed in Boston federal court.

    “The enhance pat-down procedure, if done non-consensually, would amount to a sexual assault in most jurisdictions, and the intrusion of peering under his clothes would be similarly illegal,” the lawsuit states.

    Full article here


  7. #147

    The Secret The TSA Doesn’t Want You To Know

    Paul Joseph Watson
    Prison Planet.com
    Thursday, December 2, 2010

    While many Americans think they can skip being sexually molested at the hands of the TSA by avoiding airports, Big Sis has been quietly preparing the groundwork for the total takeover of all public transport and highways by federal government goon squads.

    Local police, TSA and Homeland Security agents are already implementing airport-style security measures at bus and train stations, including earlier this year in Tampa, where bomb-sniffing dogs and grope downs were used to check passengers.

    As we reported earlier this year, as the national outrage surrounding the TSA’s use of naked body scanners at airports simmered, the feds had already purchased hundreds of x-ray scanners mounted in vans that were being used to randomly scan vehicles, passengers and homes in complete violation of the 4th amendment and with wanton disregard for any health consequences.

    In addition, as was announced way back in 2005, VIPR teams now patrol Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor and Los Angeles rail lines; ferries in Washington state; bus stations in Houston; and mass transit systems in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore, “expanding their work beyond airplanes, launching counterterror surveillance at train stations and other mass transit facilities.”

    Homeland Security is also implementing technology to be enforced at “security events” which purportedly reads “malintent” on behalf of an individual who passes through a checkpoint. The video below explains how “Future Attribute Screening Technology” (FAST) checkpoints will conduct “physiological” and “behavioral” tests in order to weed out suspected terrorists and criminals.

    The clip shows individuals who attend “security events” being led into trailers before they are interrogated as to whether they are terrorists while lie detector-style computer programs analyze their physiological responses. The subjects are asked about their whereabouts, and if they are attempting to smuggle bombs or recording devices into the “expo,” proving that the technology is intended to be used at public events and not just airports. Individuals who do not satisfy the first lie detector-style test are then asked “additional questions”.

    The implementation of ‘Checkpoint USA’, where citizens are routinely stopped, searched and radiated by federal VIPER teams is further evidence of how America is crumbling into a Soviet-style police state where the presumption of innocent until proven guilty is abolished and the 4th amendment eviscerated.

    With the devices already being used at highway checkpoints, DHS chief Janet Napolitano has now publicly outlined the plan for mobile scanners to be used on all forms of transit, from trains and the metro to boats.

    Apathetic Americans who think they can avoid the clutches of Big Sis by merely refusing to fly are going to be in for a rude awakening when they see DHS scanners rolling around their neighborhoods taking naked pictures of their children while firing them up with dangerous radiation, all in the name of safety and security.

    We have been warning for years that everything you saw unfolding in the airports would soon be heading for the streets.

    People who were perfectly happy with their naked body being ogled by TSA thugs scorned those who felt body scanners were a violation of privacy. “Don’t fly,” they said and you won’t have to go through it. Next it will be “don’t take a bus,” “don’t visit the shopping mall,” hey just “don’t leave your house”.

    With authorities in Europe planning to unveil mobile body scanners and naked body scanners attached to lamp posts, and with Big Sis already cruising the highways with mobile radiation scanners, soon we won’t be able to walk down the street without some federal enforcer gawking at our genitalia – all for our own safety of course.

    Is that the kind of society you want to live in? A warped hybrid of Orwell’s 1984 and The Running Man?

    Not content with the fact that one in every 31 U.S. adults is either on probation, in jail or prison, or on parole, the prison is now being built around us, with the population treated as guilty until proven innocent as the invisible bars descend around society and the implosion of private industry forces everyone to get government jobs acting as jackboots to police the rest of the inmates.


    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.


  8. #148

    CNN Reporter Put On Watch List After Criticizing TSA

    Big Sis has a history of pursuing political witch hunts

    Paul Joseph Watson
    Prison Planet.com
    Friday, December 3, 2010

    In light of new reports alleging that the TSA is creating a watch list of individuals who criticized the agency as a form of collective punishment, it’s revealing to note that CNN journalist Drew Griffin was also put on a TSA watch list immediately after he filed reports critical of the organization back in 2008.

    As we highlighted earlier this week, a reported TSA memo was circulated at the height of last month’s opt out controversy which “officially addresses those who are opposed to, or engaged in the disruption of the implementation of the enhanced airport screening procedures as ‘domestic extremists’.”

    In response to the story, former Congressman Bob Barr filed a Freedom of Information Act request which demanded to know if the TSA had categorized those leading the charge against invasive security measures, namely Matt Drudge, Alex Jones, and John Tyner, via the websites drudgereport.com and prisonplanet.com, as “domestic extremists”.

    There can be no doubt whatsoever that Homeland Security has engaged in political witch hunts against Americans critical of big government. Earlier this year, as well as State Representative Daryl Metcalfe.

    The TSA itself has also listed journalists critical of its policies as potential terrorists, ostensibly as a punishment and a warning to other reporters that if they broadcast anything negative about the agency then they will be bracketed together with Al-Qaeda members and be forced to endure copious amounts of hassle and harassment every time they wish to fly.

    Shortly after he began a series of investigative reports that were critical of the TSA in May 2008, CNN journalist Drew Griffin was placed on a watch list that at the time had swelled to over a million names. TSA claimed that he was unfortunate enough to share the name with another Drew Griffin who had been legitimately placed on the list, but then denied that he was on the list altogether and blamed the airlines. The airlines responded by saying they were merely following a list provided to them by the TSA.

    “Coincidentally, this all began in May, shortly after I began a series of investigative reports critical of the TSA,” said Griffin. “Eleven flights now since May 19. On different airlines, my name pops up forcing me to go to the counter, show my identification, sometimes the agent has to make a call before I get my ticket,” Griffin reported. “What does the TSA say? Nothing, at least nothing on camera. Over the phone a public affairs worker told me again I’m not on the watch list, and don’t even think that someone in the TSA or anyone else is trying to get even.”

    Given the fact that the TSA has made a habit out of deceiving the American people and spinning the truth about airport security, the notion that Griffin was deliberately targeted by the TSA as a punishment for his critical reports about the agency is almost a given.

    The fact that the TSA curtailed its so-called ‘imperative’ security measures for several days around Thanksgiving as a political ploy to deflate the opt out day protest shows that the agency will go to any lengths to deflect criticism.

    The TSA has now announced that it will check the name of every traveler against a government watch list 72 hours before they fly, greasing the skids for “domestic extremists” who exercise their first amendment right to speak out against the TSA to be harassed and hindered.

    Former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff was later confronted on the Griffin case by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Chertoff parroted the TSA line in claiming that Griffin merely had the same name as another suspected terrorist.

    The outcome of Bob Barr’s FOIA request is eagerly awaited as it will give an insight into how the TSA responded internally to the national outrage surrounding body scanners and pat downs, while also giving an indication as to whether people like Matt Drudge and Alex Jones were placed on a watch list for having the temerity to stand up to children being sexually molested by low-paid thugs in uniforms.


    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.


  9. #149

    ACLU: Flying Americans Fear Being Put On Government Watch List

    TSA complaints continue to flood in, travelers afraid of government “retaliation” if they complain

    Steve Watson
    Friday, Dec 3rd, 2010

    The American Civil Liberties Union announced today that it is still receiving high volumes of complaints about the new airport screening procedures, and that some travelers say they have not filed official complaints with the TSA because they are fearful of being placed on a government watch list.

    Last week the ACLU revealed that it had received over 900 complaints about the naked body scanners and the new pat down measures being implemented by the TSA.

    That number swelled to over 1000 before November was through, according to the privacy watchdog.

    “These complaints came from men, women and children who reported feeling humiliated and traumatized by these searches, and, in some cases, comparing their psychological impact to sexual assaults.” the ACLU website noted.

    Meanwhile, TSA head John Pistole says there were only 49 complaints from travelers over the Thanksgiving weekend, a figure that prompted the TSA to suggest that Americans were largely unconcerned with the new procedures, and were even appreciative of them.

    The ACLU disputes this notion, however:

    “The low number of complaints received by the TSA is not an endorsement of the security procedures, but rather a result of real or perceived problems with the TSA’s complaint system.” notes Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst with the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.

    “As the abundant complaints received by the ACLU illustrate, Americans do not want to be forced to choose between letting government agents touch their bodies or take naked pictures of them.” Stanley added.

    The ACLU press release notes that the real reasons people have not filed official complaints with the government is because they believed they would either be totally ignored, or worse still, that their act of defiance would land them on a terror watch list.

    “Some complainants reported that they had not filed a complaint with the TSA because they were afraid of being put on a watch list or otherwise retaliated against by the government. ” the ACLU press release notes.

    “Large numbers of innocent Americans have been caught up by the government’s out-of-control watch list system.” it continues.

    The concern is completely vindicated, following the leaking of a reported TSA memo that was circulated at the height of last month’s opt out controversy which “officially addresses those who are opposed to, or engaged in the disruption of the implementation of the enhanced airport screening procedures as ‘domestic extremists’.”

    In response to the story, former Congressman Bob Barr filed a Freedom of Information Act request which demanded to know if the TSA had categorized those leading the charge against invasive security measures, namely Matt Drudge, Alex Jones, and John Tyner, via the websites drudgereport.com and prisonplanet.com, as “domestic extremists”.

    The Department of Homeland Security has a history of engaging in such activity, and of course, it is well documented that there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of entirely innocent Americans on the so called “no fly” list.

    “The government should heed the very real complaints of countless Americans who object to the invasive new procedures and develop security measures that are safe, effective and respect civil liberties.” the ACLU’s Jay Stanley said.

    “We must strive to be safe without abandoning our most sacred freedoms.” the senior analyst added.

    According to the ACLU, recurring themes in the hundreds of reports they have received include:

    • The searches are extremely invasive
    • Many travelers are reporting intense feelings of violation and humiliation
    • Some report being physically hurt by the searches
    • Some feel their searches are punitive
    • Reports of gawking by agents
    • Reports of seemingly unnecessary repeated touching of intimate areas
    • Many vow not to fly any more
    • Any traveler may be forced to undergo one of these searches

    This is the new America. The public fearing that they will be placed on a government database of subversives if they dare speak out over being zapped with ionizing radiation, photographed naked and aggressively groped by government agents, all in the name of protecting their liberties.

    The only way such outright abuse of power will be halted is if the majority of Americans say no. A government watch list comprised of hundreds of million people is useless anyway. If the American people continue to hold their tongues, this tyranny will quickly expand beyond the airports and into everyday life.

    If you have been on the receiving end of a TSA groping or have been forced through a naked body scanner, we implore you to file a complaint both with the ACLU here or here and with the TSA here.

    Other ways to complain

    Survey on the Spot is a third-party survey company that conducts feedback surveys for the TSA. Access the survey online or through an iPhone app. To submit a complaint, search for “TSA” in the text block. You will then select the TSA location closest to you. You will be asked, among other things, to:

    • Rate the thoroughness of the passenger screening you received.
    • Rate your confidence in the TSA’s ability to keep air travel secure.
    • Be asked whether body-scan technology be used in passenger screening.

    At the end of the survey, you will have a chance to submit a free text complaint. Note: It is unclear whether these responses are compiled with other complaints, so it is important that you fill out the TSA-designed complaint as well.

    My TSA is an iPhone app produced by the Transportation Security Administration. Select “About” in the upper right-hand corner, then select “Provide Feedback to TSA.” You’ll be able to submit a free text complaint of up to 4,000 characters.

    When you are at the airport, you have a right to complain to a supervisor at the security screening area. If you don’t want to speak to someone while going through security, you may also complain to one of the airport’s Customer Service Managers.

    You can also submit a written complaint to:
    Email: TSA.OCR-ExternalCompliance@dhs.gov

    Postal mail:
    Transportation Security Administration
    Office of Civil Rights and Liberties (TSA-6)
    External Compliance Division
    601 S. 12th Street
    Arlington, VA 20598

    You may also submit a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
    Email: civil.liberties@dhs.gov

    Postal mail:
    Department of Homeland Security
    Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
    Review and Compliance
    245 Murray Lane, SW
    Building 410, Mail Stop #0190
    Washington, DC 20528

    Toll Free: 1-866-644-8360
    Toll Free TTY: 1-866-644-8361
    Fax: 202-401-4708

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center is collecting incident reports about passenger experiences during airport security screening through an online form.

    Let EFF Know
    If you submitted a complaint to the TSA, the EFF asks that you forward a copy to to TSAComplaints@eff.org.

    When you submit complaints to EFF, its lawyers will compare them to complaints EFF receives through Freedom of Information Act requests. The EFF states that it will not use a copy of your complaint for any other purpose without your prior permission. However, if you wish to allow the EFF to use your complaint for advocacy and public discussion purposes, you can give them permission when you submit the complaint.


    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. #150

    “Rebellion”: State Lawmakers Prepare To Kick Out TSA Goons

    State, local lawmakers seek alternatives to TSA airport screenings

    Valerie Richardson
    Washington Times
    Friday, December 3, 2010

    A coach-class rebellion against the Transportation Security Administration is brewing as state and local lawmakers challenge the agency’s right to implement its invasive airport-safety protocols.

    “I’d like to send Washington a clear signal that these aggressive pat-downs and body scanners may have crossed the line,” said Sean Paige, a member of the Colorado Springs City Council. “We want to maintain airport security, but need to speak up for the passengers who come through our city.”

    He has asked the Colorado Springs airport’s aviation commission and director to prepare a briefing on a proposal to replace the TSA with a private security firm. The council is expected to hear the results in January, Mr. Paige said.

    Similar discussions are under way in Dallas and in Orlando, Fla., as local officials attempt to gain a measure of control over the safety-screening process. The TSA’s decision to intensify its airport screenings in early November has passengers balking about having their rights violated in the name of security.

    Full story here.


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