Archive for November, 2010

Why the TSA pat-downs and body scans are unconstitutional

November 28th, 2010

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.

Read entire story here:

News media, Travel, TSA

Bomb-sniffing dogs a better choice for airport security

November 28th, 2010

Dogs are cheaper and work much better than radiating machines according to the US Army, FBI, etc.

General, Travel, TSA

KPFA Story on ‘We Won’t Fly’ Opt Out Day Protest

November 25th, 2010

I just filed this story on KPFA Radio about the ‘We Won’t Fly’ campaign. The story treats it more fairly than mainstream McMedia that all read from the same AP script and said the event “fizzled” too early in the day for there to have been time to accurately assess it. That reminded me of the story about John Tyner, the man of “don’t touch my junk” fame. Immediately after that story broke, the media was reporting that “8 out of 10” Americans supported the TSA’s actions in the case when clearly there had been insufficient time to have conducted a valid poll. It was an example of media not reporting news but manufacturing it. That’s what we saw yesterday in coverage of Opt Out Day.

It didn’t fizzle. TSA backed off for the day and fewer people were flying due to We Won’t Fly’s efforts. Accolades to those who protested despite the lack of support by others.

“National ‘We Won’t Fly’ Opt Out Day Protest”  Audio Here

Source: (

17 minutes, 45 seconds into broadcast (about 4 minutes long)

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Channel 10 covers Opt Out Protest at Sacramento Airport

November 25th, 2010

As most media did around the country, Sacramento’s News 10 focused on the perceived failure of this event rather than the underlying issues. This, of course, is no surprise.

Print version here:


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Ron Paul Talks sensibly to Congress about TSA abuses: Congress perplexed

November 24th, 2010

Speedo Protestor in Salt Lake City

November 24th, 2010

This guy walks through TSA “security” in a Speedo with the message on his back, “Screw Big Sis.”

Watch!   Announcement: This video has been flagged! Why? Because the person involved takes his shirt off! Oh my god! Cover the kids’ eyes!

It’s okay if TSA touches their junk, however.


Conservative Talk Show Host Tom Sullivan Treats Left-Winger With Respect on TSA Abuse Issue

November 22nd, 2010

Nationally-syndicated conservative talk show host Tom Sullivan reads on air a letter I had written to him about TSA abuses. So, I phoned in to the show.

On Air with Tom Sullivan:


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TSA Incident Report

November 20th, 2010

If you have a problem with TSA, use this form to file a complaint:

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TSA Policies May Be A Michael Chertoff Wet Dream

November 20th, 2010

What’s happening now with the TSA may be largely a product of Michael Chertoff, former “Homeland Security” chief who has business ties to the people who make the scanners:

Source needs to edit “Airpot”

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C4 explosives found in Manhattan cemetery

November 18th, 2010

A cemetery caretaker found several pounds of military-grade plastic explosives buried in a historic East Village boneyard, cops announced Monday.

They were looking into a possible connection to a bizarre note left with cops that was signed “Jesus,” and a chalked note on the sidewalk in front of the cemetery.

There was no blasting cap or detonator found with the lethal munitions – formally known as Composition 4 – meaning there was no way to detonate the explosives, which had likely been there for years.

Read more here:

General, News media

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