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Thread: TSA Groping Out Of Control

  1. #151

    TSA Policing Media’s Use of Scanner Images

    Lauren Smiley
    SF Weekly
    Dec 4, 2010

    Comment: The picture above is the TSA-approved scanner image that the agency says is an accurate representation of what is produced by the naked scanners. Note that it shows intricate details of genitalia and more invasive content than the images that the TSA says are not representative of their body scanners.

    We knew the TSA was sensitive about this whole scanner thing, but not this sensitive: This morning, SF Weekly got a phone call and a wrist-slap from the Transportation Security Administration’s press department. It turns out the TSA doesn’t like the image of body scans we used with our piece last week about how the scanners do not bombard people with an unhealthy dose of radiation.

    The call was a bit odd coming from a government agency being widely accused of acting like Big Brother run amok. Especially when the story quoted U.C. San Francisco radiation experts defending the scanners as safe. But I guess we could say the agency’s true feelings about this public relations debacle have now been laid bare.

    The woman on the phone told SF Weekly that they were not accurate images of the scanner, and urged us to either indicate to readers that those aren’t accurate pictures or use the officially approved scanner images.

    We called TSA regional spokesman Nico Melendez for clarification, and he told us the agency is simply trying to keep the information given to the public about the scanner images accurate. “We’re not monitoring, but when we come across [an inaccurate image] we try to let them know it might be misleading.”

    Full story here.


  2. #152

    TSA-Style Pat Downs Hit The Streets

    In Philly, You Don’t Have To Go To The Airport To Have the Government Molest You

    Paul Joseph Watson
    Prison Planet.com
    Monday, December 6, 2010

    In Philadelphia, you don’t have to visit the airport to have the government molest you, TSA-style “stop, question and frisk” pat downs are already being conducted by police on the streets targeting people who act suspicious, by doing things like putting their hands in their coat pocket.

    As we have repeatedly warned, everything unfolding in the airports, from naked radiation body scanners to pat downs, is now being implemented on mass transit as well as every major street corner in America. Constitutional protections of privacy and immunity from unreasonable search and seizure have been abolished, replaced with guilty until proven innocent.

    As Judge Napolitano reports, residents in the “city of brotherly love” are being patted down by police officers on the streets as part of an aggressive “stop, question and frisk” policy instituted by Mayor Nutter. The program is now the subject of a class-action lawsuit filed by the ACLU which accuses police of routinely violating civil rights, including those of Rep. Jewell Williams, a former Temple University police officer, who was handcuffed and bundled into a squad car after enquiring about the safety of two elderly men police had detained and then threatened to beat up.

    In the video, Philadelphia radio host Dom Giordano attempts to defend the unconstitutional policy by claiming residents were “happy” with being treated like criminals by “specially trained squads” who target people for “holding their hands in their coat on a street corner.”

    Confronted with the fact that such policies are right out of North Korea or East Germany and have no place in a free country, Giordano invoked the non-existent “constitutional right to not have your kid shot,” which could also be enforced if authorities simply placed the entire population under house arrest and prevented them from ever going outside.

    Much to Giordano’s chagrin, Napolitano responded by paraphrasing the most famous Philadelphian of all, founding father Benjamin Franklin, who said, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    The stops have increased from 102,319 in 2005 to 253,333 in 2009 – an increase of 148 percent – with just 8 per cent of all stops leading to arrests. An alarming one in six residents of the entire city of Philadelphia has been stopped and frisked under the program, far more than would ever be subjected to a TSA groping at an airport.

    “These unconstitutional actions have had and continue to have a devastating effect on the lives of many Philadelphians,” attorney Paul Messing said. “Beyond that, these police practices have had no real impact on stemming criminal conduct in our city. They just subject innocent people to humiliating and degrading treatment.”

    “Most of those arrests had nothing to do with the reason they were stopped,” Messing said. “The charges were often for disorderly conduct because they complained they were stopped for no reason.”

    By harassing people for putting their hands in their pockets, US authorities are mimicking the British stop and search policy, which by no coincidence has become notorious for its failure to catch any real criminals.

    Indeed, in 2008 our own writer Steve Watson was stopped by goons in yellow jackets who proceeded to bark orders at him while standing at a bus stop in Trafalgar Square, London. His crime? He adjusted his clothing and put his hand in his pocket, an action that put him into the category of a potential terrorist, according to section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

    In Britain, stop and search powers have been routinely abused to intimidate political protesters and break up demonstrations. Out of the hundreds of thousands of stop and search incidents, not one has led to the arrest or apprehension of a terrorist, and the powers have recently been ruled illegal by the European Court of Human Rights.

    Americans who believe they can avoid being molested by the authorities by simply not flying are going to be in for a rude awakening when they find that body scanners and pat downs have become mandatory to enter shopping malls, sports events, or to simply walk down the street.

    Unless we stand up in unison and revolt against such unconstitutional intrusions no matter where they take place, America will increasingly resemble the former Soviet Union, where agents of the state ceaselessly demand to see our papers and feel us up as part of the process of humiliation that trains the slaves to fawn over and acquiesce to the orders of their masters.


    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.


  3. #153

    Surrendering our civil liberties

    Cindy Sheehan
    Online Journal
    Dec 6, 2010

    As a very frequent flyer, I have wanted to write about the abuses of the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) for years now. To tell the truth, since I am such a frequent flyer and often recognised by individual TSA employees, I was a little timid about this because I did not want flying to become an even*bigger hassle and more invasive than it already is. But the recent brouhaha over the Chertoff-O-Scanners has given me the courage in numbers to be able to write about my experiences.

    The first thing that bugs me is how complacent my fellow travellers are about the civil rights abuses we endure to be able to take the airplane seats we pay hundreds of dollars for. The second we click ‘purchase’ on the airline’s website, we are treated as though we are guilty just for wanting to go from point A to B by plane. This goes against our constitutional right of being presumed innocent until proven guilty.

    Every time a TSA operative asks me if he or she can “take a look in my bag,” I say: “Sure, if you can show me a warrant.” I cannot say how many times a fellow traveller has proclaimed: “It’s for your own safety!”

    Speaking of “it’s for your own safety,” who can forget Richard Reid, the “shoe bomber” who allegedly tried to detonate explosives on a flight from Paris to Miami in 2002? That incident is the reason why in the US we have to take our shoes off and put them through the X-ray machine. But did you know that the US is the only country that forces flyers to do this? Reid is a citizen of the UK and was flying from France, but if one flies in either of these countries, or anywhere else for that matter, it is not common practice to remove your shoes. So why are planes not dropping from the skies all over the world? Well, because this has nothing to do with our “safety.” Shoe removal and shoe throwing are the same act of disrespect and intimidation unless one is entering a Japanese home or walking on holy ground.

    I think the next opportunity for abuse that came from on high to us already weary and grouchy flyers, was when some nebulous plot was discovered in the UK to blow up planes by carrying explosive liquids on board. We were never shown any hardcore proof that our shampoo would blow up an airplane if it was in a four-ounce bottle, but that the offending liquid in a 3.5 ounce bottle, safely ensconced in a Ziploc bag, would be okay. I was actually on my way to the airport with a backpack full of naughty liquids when I heard about this one on the radio. I had to throw away about $80 worth of toiletries and make-up and wait in excessively long lines since the glorified minimum wage workers of the TSA were not too sure how to handle this latest threat to our “freedom and safety” — except, of course, to do what they always do and take away more of our freedoms to “protect” us from “threats.”

    Shortly after the liquids scare, we could not even take liquids on airplanes that we had purchased after passing through security. There were huge bins at every gate to take away our coffee, water, lotions. I was sitting at the gate in*one airport (I do not*remember which one) drinking a cup of coffee when a TSA supervisor told me that I would have to finish the coffee before I boarded.

    I responded: “Why? Can you show me the store where I can purchase bomb-making material past security?” He replied: “You never know ma’am.” And, me being me, I said: “Really? What kind of airport do you run where anyone can purchase explosives past security?” At which point, the big-TSA-man gave me a look that said: “Lady, you better shut up if you don’t want a body-cavity search.” The other passengers were giving me surreptitious thumbs’ up, but I do not think many people would go as far as I did in my conversation with the TSA-man, who looked very confused that someone was challenging him.

    Over a barrel

    Even before the dreaded “underwear bomber” made all of this additional screening possible, I used to kid with the audiences that I spoke to that it was a good thing that the “shoe bomber” was not a “bra bomber,” as we ladies who wear those undergarments would then have to disrobe at the security line and put our brassieres through the x-ray machine. But my “joke” has now come into being in an even more horrid way than even I could have predicted. We do not have to take our underwear off to go through airport checkpoints, but, in many airports, we are forced to go through the Chertoff-O-Scanners which show a fully nude image to the TSA operatives and have been proven not to thwart the chemical agents that the “underwear bomber” hid in his Fruit-of-the-Looms.

    Saturday, I saw a CNN poll that said 58 percent of Americans do not like the new procedure. However, in all of the corporate media discussions about the scanners, no one talks about how Michael Chertoff, the former national security advisor, represents a company called Rapiscan that is profiting from every machine that is installed in airports. There is even talk about Janet Napolitano, the secretary of Homeland Security, putting them in malls, schools, subways, train stations — and I am waiting to be told that we have to put a home version at our front doors.

    I always refuse to go through the scanners and am then subjected to the “feel up.” We have heard that toddlers, elderly people and*those with medical problems have been violated by the TSA voyeurs. Each fresh incident produces a brief flash of outrage, but many people do not even know about the scanner/feel up.

    A couple of weeks ago, I was running very late for a flight that was leaving out of SFO, my home airport. I was literally running for my gate and dreading the dance that I do every time with the TSA there:

    Me: “I refuse to go through that machine.”

    TSA: “Why?”

    Me: “It is my right to opt-out.”

    TSA: “It is also our right to ask you why you are opting-out.”

    Me: “Because it is a violation of my human dignity and civil rights and I don’t want you all to see me naked.”

    TSA: “Female screening!” (As they yell for someone to come and grope me with gusto, and “someone” always happily obliges).

    I do not*like the groping any more than I like the molestation of the scanners — one feels dirty and violated and super-wary of future travel. However, the police state knows it has us over a barrel, so the least we can do is to protest loudly while it is happening.

    Anyway, on this day, I noticed that the TSA was waving some passengers though the lane with the scanner and sending some*through the normal metal detector. I was relieved to be waved through the lane without the scanner, but the woman behind me, upon noticing that her boyfriend was sent to the lane with the scanner, asked: “Why didn’t I have to go through that?” I told her: “You’re lucky, they can see you naked when you go through it.” Unbelievably, she responded: “Why didn’t they want to see me naked?” She was not kidding, but I just shook my head, gathered my stuff and ran to my gate.

    The point to these stories is that we can only have our rights taken away from us with our consent. There is a famous Benjamin Franklin saying that was often quoted when Bush was president that rings ever truer during the Obama regime: “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” We are becoming a nation of lemmings running to the sea with the abandon of those that would rather plunge to our deaths than think for ourselves.

    While I was writing this, the FBI “uncovered” another “terrorist” plot where a Somali-American allegedly tried to detonate a bomb at a “Christmas event” in Portland, Oregon. Mark my words, the monstrous state will either ban “Christmas events” or institute mandatory travelling Chertoff-O-Scanners to be able to put us into an even deeper state of fear. Where would a “terrorist plot” have the most devastating affect? I cannot think of a more fitting one than a “Christmas event” in very progressive Portland, Oregon.

    This article was originally published by Aljazeera

    Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Specialist Casey A. Sheehan, who was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004. Since then, she has been an activist for peace and human rights. She has published five books, has her own Internet radio show, Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox, and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. You can learn more about Cindy at Peace of the Action.


  4. #154

    Intelligence Contractor Floats Body Cavity Bomb Propaganda

    Kurt Nimmo
    December 6, 2010

    Get ready for the government to add body cavity searches to its intrusive airport repertoire. The intelligence disinformation operation known as the SITE Intelligence Group has scoured the internet and found jihadis on a forum used by supposed al-Qaeda affiliates discussing “Frankenbombers” on a forum, according to the New York Daily News.

    Full body cavity searches are the logical extension of the intrusive pat downs now conducted on grandmothers and nuns.An individual described as a doctor posted his thoughts about a “new kind of terrorism” – surgically implanted bombs. ”

    The scheming comes amid controversy over body scanners and pat-downs in airports that some Americans complain are too invasive. The ideas for a ‘surgically booby-trapped martyrdom seeker’ were chillingly concise for the doctor of death monitored by SITE,” writes James Gordon Meek in a Daily News exclusive.

    TSA boss John Pistole said last month that his agency would not conduct body cavity searches. He said secondary screening procedures and technology can find fuses and detonators, which must be outside the body.

    According to SITE, the would-be terrorists concluded that the best method would be to stitch a bomb into the abdominal cavity made of plastic or liquid explosives such as Semtex or PETN. “It must be planted near the surface of the body, because the human body absorbs shocks,” instructed the doctor in a post.

    Body cavity bombs worry security agents, although “no one has figured out how to actually do it,” a counterterror official told the New York Daily News.

    SITE’s founders, Rita Katz and Josh Devon, have collaborated with the National Security Agency, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. SITE, MEMRI, and the IntelCenter operate as propaganda outlets for the government as it carries out its contrived war on global terrorism. SITE has claimed to discover a number of al-Qaeda tapes, including the 2007 Osama bin Laden video.

    Rita Katz “personally briefed government officials, including former terrorism czar Richard Clarke and his staff in the White House, as well as investigators in the Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Homeland Security on the financing and recruitment networks of the terrorist movement,” the SITE website states.

    “In the short-term, there will not be any changes, but what I’m looking at is how can we best use the information we have, both the intelligence from overseas such as what we saw this weekend from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula about how they design and conceal the toner cartridge bombs in cargo flights out of Yemen that coupled with the thoroughness that we believe is appropriate,” said Pistole after the ludicrous printer toner bomb fiasco last month.

    “We’re not going to get in the business of body cavities, that’s not where we are,” said TSA boss John Pistole.

    Now that the NSA, FBI, and DHS contractor SITE has floated propaganda about the possibility of al-CIA-duh using surgically implanted bombs to kill apostates during the Christmas season, we can expect another absurd event like the one staged by the underwear non-bomber last year. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s stunt was exploited in order to excuse intrusive pat downs and rush dangerous naked body scanners into airports with the help of the former DHS boss, Michael Chertoff.

    The Stasi-like searches of Americans at airports has nothing to do with al-Qaeda and Islamic terrorism. The searches are designed to humiliate, intimidate, and control the American people and acclimate them to the militarization of society and prepare citzens to obey guards, as Lew Rockwell notes.


  5. #155

    Schumer To Introduce Legislation On Misuse of TSA Body Scans

    WKBW News
    Dec 6, 2010

    While Federal Laws Restrict Disclosure of Private Information Obtained by I.R.S., Social Security, and Other Agencies, No Laws Exist Prohibiting Dissemination of Information Obtained from New Full Body Scanners.

    United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that he is introducing legislation that would make it a federal crime to misuse images recorded from Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) full body scanners used at airports across the country. Specifically, the law would make it illegal to unlawfully record a body scan image or distribute a body scan image to persons not permitted to have the images by law. Schumer’s legislation would prohibit any person with access to the scanned body images, whether security personnel or members of the public, from photographing or disseminating those images and would impose a penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000 per violation for any person convicted of doing so.

    “This law sends a loud and clear message to the flying public, not only will we do everything we can to protect your safety, we will also do everything we can to protect your privacy,” said Schumer. “As we put in place new technologies to detect and capture those who wish to do us harm, we need to do everything we can to protect the privacy rights of the air travelers.”

    Full article here


  6. #156

    Will My Breasts Blow Up this Airplane?

    Naomi Wolf
    Guatamala Times
    Dec 6, 2010

    OXFORD – Just when it seemed that America’s Homeland Security state could not get more surreal, the United States Transportation Security Administration has rolled out a costly Scylla and Charybdis at major airports: either you accept dangerous doses of radiation and high-resolution imaging of your naked body, or, worried about the health risks of cumulative radiation, you opt out of the new full-body x-ray machines (rapidly dubbed porno-scanners).

    But if you opt out, you are now subjected, as I was last week, to an extraordinarily sexualized and invasive pat-down by TSA officials.

    “I will now touch your private parts,” a very uncomfortable female TSA official said to me when I flew out of New York’s Kennedy Airport. And, sure enough, I experienced the invasive touching of genitals and breasts that is now standard policy for US travelers.

    Men report handling of their testicles and penises, TSA officials are instructed to open and peer down waistbands, and YouTube is now rife with videos of frightened children being – to describe it accurately – sexually molested, though this is the last thing most TSA officials wish to do.

    Are we free not to be radiated or groped? We are not. Passengers who have refused to be patted down on their genitals have been handcuffed to chairs. Each new terror alert or high-tech innovation, it seems, makes new demands on our liberty in the name of security. But travelers’ recent experiences in the US should give security officials elsewhere good reason to avoid implementing similar policies.

    Full article here


  7. #157

    Big Sis Invades Walmart: ‘If You See Something, Say Something’

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    Monday, December 6, 2010

    Feel free to let Big Sis know how you feel about this by leaving a comment on the You Tube video at

    WASHINGTON — Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the expansion of the Department’s national “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign to hundreds of Walmart stores across the country—launching a new partnership between DHS and Walmart to help the American public play an active role in ensuring the safety and security of our nation.

    “Homeland security starts with hometown security, and each of us plays a critical role in keeping our country and communities safe,” said Secretary Napolitano. “I applaud Walmart for joining the ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ campaign. This partnership will help millions of shoppers across the nation identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to law enforcement authorities.”

    The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign—originally implemented by New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and funded, in part, by $13 million from DHS’ Transit Security Grant Program—is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.

    More than 230 Walmart stores nationwide launched the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign today, with a total of 588 Walmart stores in 27 states joining in the coming weeks. A short video message, available here, will play at select checkout locations to remind shoppers to contact local law enforcement to report suspicious activity.

    Over the past five months, DHS has worked with its federal, state, local and private sector partners, as well as the Department of Justice, to expand the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign and Nationwide SAR Initiative to communities throughout the country—including the recent state-wide expansions of the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign across Minnesota and New Jersey. Partners include the Mall of America, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Amtrak, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, sports and general aviation industries, and state and local fusion centers across the country.

    In the coming months, the Department will continue to expand the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign nationally with public education materials and outreach tools designed to help America’s businesses, communities and citizens remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping the county safe.


  8. #158

    Trial to begin December 7th in TSA checkpoint case

    Papers, Please!
    Dec 7, 2010

    “Opting out” of TSA demands or questioning and photographing the TSA is not a crime!

    We’ve reported before on the arrest of Phillip Mocek just over a year ago at a TSA checkpoint at the airport in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and his prosecution by local authorities on trumped-up criminal charges.

    Now, after several postponements, Phil Mocek’s trial is scheduled to begin with jury selection on Tuesday morning, December 7th, 2010, in Albuquerque. *The trial is expected to last 2-3 days. There’s more information here.

    (The trial has been postponed several times, and might be postponed again, but this date appears to be for real, and Mr. Mocek is making firm travel plans — by land, not by air — to be in Albuquerque.)

    We encourage everyone who opposes the TSA’s lawless assault on our liberties to support Mr. Mocek. Spread the word about this case, especially to people you know in New Mexico. Contribute to Mr. Mocek’s legal defense. (He had to hire private lawyers to defend himself.) *Come to the trial in Albuquerque if you can. Pass out a leaflet. *Speak out and stand up to the TSA yourself.

    This is the first TSA checkpoint resistance case to come to trial, and this trial comes during an unprecedented and spontaneous explosion of grassroots resistance to the TSA’s claim to unlimited authority. The outcome of Mr. Mocek’s trial will be critical to whether that resistance continues to snowball, or whether the TSA and its allies in authoritarianism can terrorize and intimidate law-abiding travelers into submission to their illegitimate authority.

    There are no laws or published regulations defining what the TSA is allowed to do. In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from Mr. Mocek, the TSA has refused to release its secret procedures and directives for airport checkpoints. *And the DHS Privacy office has ordered the TSA not respond to our request for these documents without approval from the DHS “front office”, which apparently has never been given.

    In these circumstances, only the courts can define the limits of TSA authority to search, interrogate, x-ray, and grope innocent travelers who are not suspected of any crime. So far as we know, Mr. Mocek’s case is the first time someone in the USA has been brought to trial on criminal charges for attempting to exercise their right to travel by air without showing ID or answering questions about themselves or their trip, or for photography or audio or video recording at a TSA checkpoint.

    Very few TSA employees are sworn law enforcement officers or have police powers. At some airports including San Francisco (SFO) and Kansas City (MCI), the people with the “TSA” badges on their epaulets are really just rent-a-cops contractors. At any airport, TSA employees or contractors who threaten, touch, detain, or force travelers to move risk personal liability for crimes and torts including assault, sexual assault, battery, sexual battery, false arrest, and kidnapping. *And the last thing the TSA wants is to have the Federal courts review its sweeping claims to limitless administrative discretion and extra-judicial authority.

    TSA policy is to call the local police if they want someone detained, arrested, or forced to comply with their (often illegal) demands. *So any challenges to the TSA’s practices at airport checkpoints are likely to end up in cases like Mr. Moceks’s, in local courts under state and local law. *The TSA isn’t officially a party to this case, and the TSA’s practices aren’t officially at issue. *But the TSA is the “real party in interest” in Mr. Mocek’s prosecution, if not in the strict legal sense of that phrase. What happens to Mr. Mocek will be critical to whether the TSA can terrorize and intimidate law-abiding travelers into submission to its illegal orders.

    If you’ve had problems at a checkpoint yourself, the ACLU and EPIC are both collecting reports and complaints about what happens at TSA checkpoints, and EFF has information on how to complain to the TSA and DHS. You may also want to talk to a lawyer about bringing a criminal complaint or civil lawsuit against TSA employees or contractors who act illegally against you. *We have more suggestions for action in our recent article on, “What is to be done about TSA?”

    None of the charges against Mr. Mocek are supported by any of the evidence we’ve seen, including the checkpoint videos and police radio recordings released to Mr. Mocek in response to his requests under New Mexico’s public records laws.

    So far as we can tell, the only reason for the local prosecutor to continue to press these charges would be to provide an excuse for the improper actions of the TSA and local police in arresting Mr. Mocek, and/or to retaliate against him for exercising his right to decline to consent to search or other TSA demands, to remain silent or ask his own questions in response to TSA interrogation, and to photograph and record his interactions with the TSA and police.

    Of course, the seriousness of the bogus charges being pressed against Mr. Mocek shows why it’s so important for travelers to be able, for their own protection, to photograph and record exactly what happens at TSA checkpoints.

    To be clear, we don’t represent or speak for Mr. Mocek or his attorneys. As of now, while serious if entirely unfounded criminal charges are pending, neither Mr. Mocek (on his attorneys’* advice) nor his lawyers are commenting publicly on the case. But we fully support Mr. Mocek’s actions in standing up to the TSA, and his right to opt out of providing ID or “consent” to search, to ask his own questions at the checkpoint, and to photograph and record what the TSA and police said and did to him.

    Standing up to the TSA is not a crime. Phil Mocek is not a criminal. Drop the charges!

    We’ll be in Albuquerque ourselves to observe and report on Mr. Mocek’s trial, to help explain the issues it raises, and to support Mr. Mocek’s rights (1) to travel without showing ID credentials or answering questions from the TSA or police and (2) to photograph and record his interactions with TSA and police officers. Contact us for more information or if you’d like to arrange for an interview or speaker from the Identity Project.


  9. #159

    TSA: No more overseas airmail packages over one pound allowed

    Jonathan Benson
    Natural News
    Dec 7, 2010

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to tighten the noose of tyranny around the collective neck of America with a recent announcement from the Japan Post Services Co. (JPSC), the Japanese postal service, that no more airmail packages over one pound will be permitted for shipment into the U.S. Coming at the request of U.S. aviation authorities, the rule applies to everyone except for large corporate mailers which are exempt.

    According to The Japan Times, the ruling affects 15 percent of the mail processed by JPSC, or roughly 200,000 packages a month. The company press release also indicates that the Japanese equivalents of FedEx and UPS have also followed suit, which means that the only way left to send packages over one pound in weight from Japan to the U.S. is via ship freight.

    “Following a terrorist incident at the end of October in which bombs were planted in packages bound by air for Chicago, the U.S. government has notified airlines that it would be strengthening its requirements for shipment of packages by air,” says a report in the Japanese newspaper Mainichi. “Due to a strong fear that shipments of packages would be limited, Japan Post Holdings’ JP Post announced on November 12 that it would suspend acceptance of some airmail packages bound for the United States.”

    But the rules do not apply only to Japan. Apparently, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has requested that no foreign country be permitted to send air packages weighing over a pound into the U.S. because of perceived security threats, unless the postal carriers follow strict and tedious new screening rules to verify sender and receiver.

    But such rules are so cumbersome and difficult to abide by that many carriers are simply suspending shipments of all such packages. And some commentators believe this is precisely what the TSA had in mind when it created the new rules, since it adds even further to the “security theater” and terror-scare currently taking place in the U.S.

    Sources for this story include:




  10. #160

    Fourth Amendment underwear tries to combat TSA scanning

    Ashley Seering
    The Alestle
    Dec 7, 2010

    New and arguably intrusive Transportation Security Administration scans at airport security stations have caused quite the controversy. In response, citizens are speaking out with elastic and lingerie by voicing their concerns via their unmentionables.

    The special underwear features the Fourth Amendment printed in metallic ink, which makes the words visible on TSA scanners.

    The purpose of the Fourth Amendment is to prevent unwarranted search and seizure, but is the federal TSA overstepping boundaries with the implication of these scanners? The answer is arguable.

    After Sept. 11, many new security measures were put in place at airport security stops. I have been in airports many times since these new restrictions began, and it is safe to say that even though they may be an inconvenience, taking a few more minutes to remove my shoes and open my laptop case is worth feeling safe while flying.

    The Transportation Security Administration has developed new and improved airport security measures with the scanners being their most recent creation. These scanners provide a full body X-ray image that security officers can view and quickly spot any weapons or explosive devices that the passenger might be hiding.

    Many false assumptions have been made about the scan, including that the images shown are of the individual’s nude body or that anyone can easily view this intrusive image.

    These rumors are simply not true. Immediately after the scan is taken, the images are reviewed and then permanently deleted. The only person who ever sees the scan is one security officer located in a separate room whose job is simple to review each of the scans. These measures keep the scans very private and the scan itself only takes a mere 2.5 seconds to complete.

    The scans also do not show a picture of the person’s nude body. The image that appears on the screen looks like an X-ray image and, although it does show outlines of the body, the images are not detailed enough to reveal anything that might be deemed embarrassing.

    Full article here


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