TSA: The dangerous stranger

In this article the girl had just seen a movie about “stranger danger” before she got molested at the airport by TSA thugs. So now I have a cool title (or headline) and just need to write the article. When I was a kid, we had the dangerous stranger, but no TSA. It hadn’t been institutionalized yet.

http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/TSA-defends-pat-down-of-4-year-old-at-Kan-airport-3510587.php

I also enjoyed the fact that TSA has agents helping to boost the drug supply in America. Thanks guys!

TSA screeners charged in LA drug trafficking probe

http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/TSA-screeners-charged-in-LA-drug-trafficking-probe-3509683.php

And in a story becoming increasingly typical in Texas (accolades to Texas for that), The TSA has gotten itself exposed for the power perverts they are by grabbing a legislator’s “junk.” I guess he had to call it junk; he couldn’t say, “He grabbed my dick.”

I would have though, which is why I quit flying. I know I would get into trouble with TSA eventually because, aside from all the funny tricks you could pull, it’s just normal reactions to what they’re doing that would get me arrested. So I just quit dealing with them.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/04/tsa-agent-claims-assault-after-tx-lawmaker-slaps-him-during-airport-groping/

Texas Republican rebukes TSA; Lt. Governor sides with feds

As some of you know, I quit flying and announced the fact on Tom Sullivan’s national radio show. Channel 10 covered the “protest.” There were only three of us at the Sacramento International Airport, and I was not posturing. I’m completely serious.

I’ve already looked into booking passage on ocean freighters as an alternative to flying internationally: http://www.seatravelltd.co.uk/

The following piece from Brasscheck offers that the sexual humiliation TSA routinely inflicts on the public is similar to what Nazis did to Jews as they were being loaded onto trains. Mark G says that’s not true. I can see how that might be exaggerated, but I don’t think it’s surprising that the Nazis would check people for guns, and when drunk men get too close to women, weird things can happen. I’ll solicit a response from Mark G, whose opinions I respect. I kind of like to think the Nasties did it because if they didn’t, that would make TSA more debased than them.

In any case, I disdain the practices of TSA whether or not any of that is true.

The Texas legislature is apparently the only lawmaking body that has even tried to stand up to TSA in some meaningful way. We can only hope that the other wimpy states follow:

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas
California Colorado Connecticut Delaware
Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho
Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas
Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland
Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada
New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York
North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee See below Utah
Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia
Wisconsin Wyoming

Shawn Hamilton

Texas Republican Dan Patrick had the brass balls to propose legislation that would make it a crime for TSA agents to sexually molest pasengers. Unfortunately, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst intervened and saved the molesters from harm.

Jennifer Chou: TSA screening: no logic, no freedom, just fear, hatred and molestation

Jennifer Chou

The Swill Bucket is pleased to present another column by Jennifer Chou. Jenn received her B.A. in communications studies from UCLA and her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. She enjoys beer, jogging, the beach and music in her spare time.

 

“TSA screening: no logic, no freedom, just fear, hatred and molestation”

There is seriously something wrong when the government demands its citizens be molested or to undergo x-raying and be viewed naked, in order to travel.

It’s hard for me to believe people are serious when they ask what the big deal is about being viewed naked on these porno scanners. Clearly, if people are generally comfortable being naked in front of complete strangers, it would not be illegal to be naked in almost all public places. And is it that hard to imagine that victims of rape or sexual assault might be extremely uncomfortable with strangers seeing them naked or groping them?

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Jesse Ventura Sues TSA, Cites 4th Amendment Violations, Sexual Harassment

Jesse Ventura

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura sued the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration on Monday, alleging full-body scans and pat-downs at airport checkpoints violate his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.Ventura is asking a federal judge in Minnesota to issue an injunction ordering officials to stop subjecting him to “warrantless and suspicionless” scans and body searches.

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U.S Senator Diane Feinstein responds to The Swill Bucket, applauds TSA’s efforts

Dear Mr. Hamilton:

 Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) use of whole-body imaging scanners and pat-downs.  I appreciate the time you took to write and welcome the opportunity to respond.

 As you may know, the TSA began using advanced imaging technology (AIT) in February of 2007.  These scanners produce a three-dimensional image of passengers, allowing TSA officials to quickly and efficiently search for prohibited carry-on items.  Following the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253 over the United States on December 25, 2009, the TSA has accelerated scanner installation, placing 450 whole-body imaging scanners across the country.

 I understand you have concerns that full-body scanners and pat-downs may pose privacy concerns.  You may be interested to know that the TSA has taken steps to ensure every passenger’s privacy.  Specifically, images from AIT machines are viewed in a remote location, away from the screening process.  Once the TSA official has viewed the image, that image is then permanently erased.  In addition, only passengers who alarm a walk-through metal detector or a whole body image scanner or opt out of the AIT machines are subject to a pat-down. These pat-downs are performed by same-gender TSA officers and all passengers have the right to a private screening with a witness at any time.

 I believe the failed Christmas Day bombing plot is a reminder that it is important to meet our critical national security needs.  I understand these procedures have caused inconvenience and discomfort for passengers; however, critics of these security screenings must consider the possible consequences of relaxing our security measures.  Protecting American lives from terrorist attacks is, and must be, the nation’s highest priority.  Please know that I value your opinion and will keep your concerns in mind as I work to strengthen airport security, while continuing to protect individual privacy.

 If you have general concerns about TSA policies, I would encourage you to visit http://www.tsa.gov to view current policies for travelers. Additionally, if you have not already done so, I would encourage you to contact the TSA directly to share feedback about current policies. This may be done either by phone at (866) 289-9673 or by email at TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov.

Once again, thank you for writing.  Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841.  Best regards.

Sincerely yours,

 Dianne Feinstein

 United States Senator

Further information about my position on issues of concern to California and the Nation are available at my website http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/.  You can also receive electronic e-mail updates by subscribing to my e-mail list at http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ENewsletterSignup.Signup. Feel free to checkout my YouTube page http://www.youtube.com/Senatorfeinstein

Homeland Security troll busted spamming We Won’t Fly

“Fuck you, Fuck all you cocksuckers, you wont change anything. ride the bus, TSA is here to stay there [sic] doing a great job keeping americia [sic] safe.”

The message was clear enough. It’s a typical hate message one gets for saying anything controversial about anything in this Land of the Free. But someone traced the source and found it had come to We Won’t Fly from someone at the Department of Homeland Security:

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TSA terrorizes 4-year-old disabled boy in Philadelphia

Jack Cafferty asks: Is the TSA going too far when it makes a 4-year-old disabled boy remove his leg braces?
Shawn Hamilton answers: “Yes, Jack. We’re glad you finally noticed.”

Hear more on this ridiculous TSA exploit here:

Note: This isn’t a recent story but from February 2010. It shows that the new TSA policies, reprehensible and misguided as they are currently, are not a new phenomenon. TSA has been focusing its laser eyes and giving “freedom pats” to infants, disabled people, and our elders for a long time.

Why the TSA pat-downs and body scans are unconstitutional

Thanks to René Hamilton and Donald Sage Mackay  for submitting this to Swill! 

By Jeffrey Rosen,  Sunday, November 28, 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.

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