TSA Is a “Complete Joke,” Says Former Airport Screener
the new American ^ | Mar. 11, 2013 | Michael Tennant
Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013 11:21:00 AM by EXCH54FE
“Anyone boarding an aircraft should feel maybe only a teeny tiny bit safer than if there were no TSA at all.”
An article by this anonymous former screener in the New York Post paints a devastating portrait of an agency that employs incompetents, enforces arbitrary regulations, and engages in what security expert Bruce Schneier calls “security theater”: public actions taken in the name of security that actually do nothing to make people safer.
TSA agents at the Louisville, Kentucky airport laughed at a deaf man, called him “f***ing deafie,” and then stole his candy – another perfect example of why this loathsome federal agency needs to be abolished immediately.
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Blogger ‘Tea and Theater’ was traveling back home having attended a week-long conference for deaf people in Louisville. His t-shirt, part of promotional material for the conference, clearly identified him as being deaf.
As soon as he approached airport security, the TSA officers began laughing at the man.
“They went through my bag (for no reason), and found a couple bags of candy I brought. I was told I wasn’t allowed to fly with that (wtf? I’ve flown with food before — these were even sealed still because I brought them right in the airport).
The TSA has failed to respond to the now confirmed fact that the federal agency has introduced a bizarre new policy in which travelers are ordered to “freeze” on command by TSA screeners while passing through security, a policy described as “obedience training” by critics.
(“Bizarre power trip behavior of federal agency reaches new level of craziness”) Prison Planet.com » New TSA Policy: Ordering Travelers To “Freeze” On Command?
Bizarre power trip behavior of federal agency reaches new level of craziness
If you thought the bizarre power trip behavior of the TSA couldn’t get any crazier – think again. According to a friend of political commentator Lew Rockwell, the federal agency is now ordering travelers passing through security to “freeze” on command.
Agency claims it is attempting to be “unpredictable”
TSA Explains Bizarre New Policy Of Testing Drinks Purchased In Airports airport water
The TSA has attempted to explain away a bizarre expansion of its powers inside airports as part of a move to employ “unpredictable measure(s)” to snare would be criminals and terrorists.
In a bizarre and insufficiently explained expansion of the TSA’s power, the federal agency is now demanding the right to test drinks purchased by passengers after they have already passed through airport security.
TSA agents have once again been accused of conducting a strip-search on an elderly traveler after airport screeners carried out an “obscene” pat down on a 73-year-old grandmother during which they touched her breasts.
(“Although reports today suggest that the TSA is looking to move away from physical pat downs, owing to public backlash, TSA head John Pistole admitted recently that screeners are being trained to pay specific attention to the crotches of travelers…”) Prison Planet.com » Pistole: TSA Gropers Being Trained To Feel For Crotch Bombs
Although reports today suggest that the TSA is looking to move away from physical pat downs, owing to public backlash, TSA head John Pistole admitted recently that screeners are being trained to pay specific attention to the crotches of travelers moving through airport security.
In comments to Bloomberg News columnist Jeffrey Goldberg, Pistole noted that the TSA is responding to the recent crotch bomber double agent panic.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is rallying once more to end the TSA, and this time he is attacking the federal government’s grabby airport screeners for encroaching on the liberty of American passengers.In a statement released this week, the Republican senator and son of a presidential hopeful,
The TSA Is Coming To a Highway Near You
Forbes ^ | 2/29/2012 | Marsha BlackburnPosted on Thursday, March 01, 2012 2:00:10 AM by george76
At the time, their title and on the job appearance consisted of a white shirt and black pants. This was fitting because airport security screening is exactly what’s required of the position.
Following House approval of the measure on Friday, the Senate is set to vote today on legislation that would allow U.S. airports to replace TSA workers with screeners from private companies, a move that could spell the beginning of the end for the highly unpopular federal agency’s role in airport security.
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“The U.S. agency must allow airports to switch to private companies for screeners unless it can show the move wouldn’t be cost-effective and would be detrimental to security, according to the legislation, which if passed will go to President Barack Obama for his signature,” reports Businessweek.
Unconstitutional American Police State
Armstrong Economics ^ | December 9, 2011 | Martin Armstrong
Posted on Friday, December 09, 2011 11:37:53 PM by Razzz42
I want to deeply apologize for the conduct of the United States. As someone who has suffered the heel of the boot of these vile and uncivilized people, I fully understand and it will be the last international conference I will ever do in this country. This is a sample of the emails I received from non-US readers. Others required a letter from me just to have an invitation to get a visa. Others trying to send a bank
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wire had their money held for weeks. The horror stories of those who attended being fingerprinted at the border and treated like pieces of…..
More than two dozen House Republicans introduced legislation on Thursday that would prevent the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) from calling airport screeners “officer” unless they have gone through federal law enforcement training or are otherwise eligible for federal law enforcement benefits.
The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which oversees the TSA, has asserted that the release of a classified report on TSA security failures will renew calls for the replacement of the agency with private airport security personnel.
Mica also asserted that recorded instances of pat downs failing to detect contraband are “off the charts.” This information is also currently still classified, but is due to be released within weeks as part of an upcoming committee report on the TSA’s first decade…..
“I’m next,” Warren Kelvin, 34, screamed as he pushed to the front of the security line. According to TSA officials, Kelvin had ingested two Viagra and wore sweatpants without boxers for his Southwest flight from Nashville to Phoenix.
“I thought he was carrying a baton in his pants,” said Amanda Watershed, second shift supervisor of the A Terminal at Nashville International Airport. “Nope… That was his penis.”
Even though TSA officials allowed Kelvin to initially pass through security without the controversial pat down, the passenger on more than one occasion got back in line until he felt that he had been thoroughly inspected. Kelvin finally got the invasive pat down by 38-year-old officer Duncan Allbright after 80 minutes and four trips through security.
“Even after we let him pass through he kept walking out of the terminal and getting back in line,” said Watershed. “Finally, Duncan had to bite the bullet for everyone and do a thorough screening of him in a private [security] room.”
Allbright, a 14-year veteran of airport security, announced his retirement shortly after Kelvin boarded the plane. “I’m going home to take a shower and make love to my wife,” said Allbright as he got into his car. “This job isn’t for me. I’ve suddenly lost my passion for touching strangers.”
Mom Arrested After Refusing TSA Molestation of Daughter CFC36363974842613260D2C3B96FF4
Abbott said she did not want her daughter to be “touched inappropriately” or have her “crotch grabbed,” according to a police report.
“(She) told me in a very stern voice with quite a bit of attitude that they were not going through that X-ray,” Sabrina Birge, an airport security officer, told police.
Texas House Bans TSA Grope Downs
Friday, May 13, 2011
The measure would make it illegal for anyone conducting searches to touch “the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person” including through clothing.
It also prohibits searches “that would be offensive to a reasonable person.”
The bill’s chief sponsor is Republican Rep. David Simpson, who said, “this has to do with dignity and travel, and prohibiting indecent, groping searches.”
Full story here.
TSA security looks at people who complain about … TSA security
TSA security looks at people who complain about … TSA security
CNN.com ^ | April 15, 2011 | Mike M. Ahlers and Jeanne Meserve
Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011 3:30:17 PM by E. Pluribus Unum
Washington (CNN) — Don’t like the way airport screeners are doing their job? You might not want to complain too much while standing in line.
Arrogant complaining about airport security is one indicator Transportation Security Administration officers consider when looking for possible criminals and terrorists, CNN has learned exclusively. And, when combined with other behavioral indicators, it could result in a traveler facing additional scrutiny.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com …
YOU’RE UNHAPPY with the choice between having the Transportation Security Administration “porno-scanning” you or touching your junk, this might also freak you out: The TSA is trying to read your mind.
Since June 2003, it’s been monitoring travelers’ facial expressions and body language for signs that they might be hiding something. As of March 2010, the TSA’s Screening Passengers by Observational Techniques SPOT program had 3,000 “behavior detection officers” in more than 150 airports.
job is to strike up conversations with passengers at security checkpoints, checking for what one TSA official describes as “behaviors that show you’re trying to get away with something you shouldn’t be doing.”
People who don’t display “normal airport behavior” may be stopped for questioning.SPOT is based largely on the work of Paul Ekman, a behavioral scientist who has spent his career identifying “microexpressions”—twitches lasting between one-fifteenth and one-twenty-fifth of a second that reveal intentionally concealed emotions. Ekman’s methods have been used by the animators ofToy Story and Shrek and celebrated by Malcolm Gladwell, and they inspired the Fox TV series Lie To Me, whose main character is a human lie detector who thrives on confrontations with psychopaths and murderers. That’s a far cry from Ekman himself, an unassuming 77-year-old who makes no claims of infallibility. “I’m never absolutely certain,” he says, sitting in his San Francisco loft.
“I can’t tell you what triggers an emotion. I can only tell you to recognize an emotion even when someone doesn’t want you to recognize it.” Nonetheless, he says that had he been stationed at an airport security checkpoint on the morning of September 11, 2001, he probably could have plucked Mohamed Atta out of a crowd.In the real world, the TSA’s behavior detection officers have yet to make such a dramatic catch. Of the 2 billion passengers who traveled through airports where the behavior-scanning program was deployed between 2004 and 2008, 152,000 were flagged for further examination.
Of those, fewer than 1,110 were arrested. Most were undocumented aliens, had outstanding warrants, or were carrying fake documents or drugs.Full article here
POLICE STATE GROPING Dr. Eugene Narrett, Ph.DNovember 17, 2010NewsWithViews.comAccording to the talking heads and herd of ‘independent minds’ the main problem with the misnamed TSA and its new methodology of full body x-ray scanning and physical assault is a trade-off between privacy ‘concerns’ and ‘security.’
As usual, the alternative sources as well as the accomplices of “the autocratic government” miss the point.The point of this new policy is to accustom Americans to having officials treat them like criminals and chattel.
“Hands-up” or perhaps one should say, “haender hoch!” Get in the machine, get your hands up, at a certain angle no less, spread your legs and get zapped by x-rays. Your bodily structure is reviewed by ostensibly normal and security-minded workers of the nascent police state. Or you can ‘choose’ to be physically molested by uniformed quirks that will do anything for money. This is “the new state, clattering in the finery of divine honors… that presides over the slow suicide of all that is called life.”In the name of “security” the “new idol” subjects citizens to a loss of their humanity and an experience of subjugation.
“At such a price, one pays far too dearly for ‘general security’ and, what is more insane, produces the very opposite of general security,’” it produces a state of humiliation, degradation and fear; it mandates compliance.
Who do you let see you naked?Seriously.Of all the people on earth, which ones do you feel comfortable taking your clothes off in front of?Odds are, the list is pretty short. Odds are, it’s about to get a whole lot longer.
Your spouse, your doctor, and now Homeland Security. In the name of keeping you safe, Uncle Sam needs to see your nasty bits.That’s the bottom line on a new airport security plan that is going to be hard on both budgets and the Fourth Amendment.Here’s the background. The government has developed a scanning device that you walk into and which, by bouncing radio waves off you, is able to take a picture of your body through your clothes.
It is black and white, and a bit grainy, but it is an intimately and anatomically correct.You walk into the device, it scans you, and down the hall on a video monitor, there you stand in all your glory.The government’s claim is that this is necessary in order to make sure that you don’t smuggle a weapon onto a plane. If there’s a gun in your waistband – or an intimate piercing somewhere – it will appear on the scan.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010CNN — Hero pilot Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger on Tuesday joined the opposition to heightened airport security procedures that critics have called invasive and intrusive.Sullenberger, who landed a crippled US Airways jet on the Hudson River last year, said the use of full-body pat-downs and advanced imaging scanners for airline personnel “just isn’t an efficient use of our resources.”
Federal transport authorities say the machines are both safe and a necessary security precaution, especially following recent airline terrorism attempts.ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOWHero Hudson Pilot Joins Resistance To Body Scanners 150709banner2Sullenberger argued that transport authorities should trust pilots and flight attendants because “we’re trusted partners” who are already “thoroughly screened.”“We’re among the most scrutinized professional groups in the country, even more than doctors,” Sullenberger said on CNN’s “American Morning.”
“It’s really not an efficient use of our resources to put us through this,” he added, suggesting that flight crews should be allowed to bypass much of the pre-boarding security screening that is required of passengers.
Full story here.
By making air travel more and more uncomfortable, authorities are killing two birds with one stone – training people to submit to tyranny while also restricting air travel, something the climate change lobby is aggressively pushing for.
With a new Reuters poll showing that some 96 per cent of Americans are now less likely to fly because of full body scans and pat downs, the agenda to reduce living standards by restricting CO2 output in the name of global warming is being achieved through the back door.
Comments on the poll suggest that Americans are taking trains or choosing to drive thousands of miles in some cases in order to avoid naked body scanners and invasive groping techniques at airports which have caused a massive backlash against the TSA.
Others reveal how they have cancelled thousands of dollars worth of airline tickets and holidays as a response to the huge controversy generated by the new TSA measures over the last few weeks.
For the past few years there has been a creeping effort to create a system within which people will have their travel restricted by government decree.
Indeed, as of last year Homeland Security bestowed upon the TSA the power to force Americans to obtain government permission before they could travel.Under the Secure Flight program, the TSA demands that passengers submit personal information 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 travelers could find themselves on a watch list and barred from flying.
ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW
It looks like the government’s decision to force children through dangerous naked body scanners and molest millions of travelers who “opt-out” of the scan in deference to genitalia-groping patdowns will have a direct impact on the airlines this holiday season.
“With the busiest holiday travel season nearing, fliers face long security lines and new rigorous patdown checks aimed at discovering hidden explosives,” reports Reuters. “As a result, some travelers are questioning whether to fly at all,” especially if they have children.
If this keeps up, the big corporate and unionized airlines will be looking at a drastic reduction in business. It may even lead to congressional hearings.Reuters has posted a poll online asking if the porno-scanners and fondling have affected your decision to fly. As of 7:30 PM CST, 97% respondents said the increased Gestapo-like behavior at airports around the country has people thinking about alternate travel plans in order to avoid intrusive security scans and patdowns.“I accept the need to make a plane secure to fly, but I do not accept my God given rights being abused.
I do not accept having my body exposed to dangerous radiation. I do not accept going through a virtual strip. I do not accept being thoroughly groped and squeezed,” said Mike from the UK in the article comments. ‘I urge anyone who values their rights and freedom to discontinue flying.”Thanks to coverage by The Drudge Report, Infowars.com, and Prison Planet.com, the corporate media is now obliged to seriously cover this story.Keep up the pressure. If enough people refuse to accept airport Gestapo zones and the airlines begin to go bankrupt, the government will back off — or face another bailout like the one bestowed on Government Motors.
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Big Sis Forced To Respond To Nationwide Revolt Against TSA
Pilot association heads and travel industry executives to meet with Napolitano over groping outrage
Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones
Prison Planet.com 
Friday, November 12, 2010
The federal government has been forced to respond to the accelerating backlash against new TSA measures which have outraged the nation, with TSA Administrator John Pistole and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano set to meet today with executives from the travel industry and heads of pilot associations.
Following intense and sustained focus on the issue by the Drudge Report, Infowars and Prison Planet, Reuters reports  that, “Executives from the travel industry, including online travel sites, theme parks and hotels, were set to meet Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Pistole on Friday to discuss their concerns that security is crimping travel.”
The feds were forced into action after five prominent pilot and travel associations, along with a flight attendants union, vowed to boycott naked body scanners as well as the new invasive pat down procedure, threatening travel chaos. The backlash has also been characterized by new cases of individuals being abused at the hands of the TSA, stories which continue to pour in  on a daily basis.
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|Backlash grows over TSA’s ‘naked strip searches‘
Estimated 24 million travelers expected to fly over Thanksgiving holiday
Supporters say it enhances security aboard passenger jets, but critics say it is little more than government-sponsored voyeurism for Transportation Security Administration workers.The dispute is over the new enhanced airport security screening procedures that offer a choice of either a nude, full-body image X-ray scan or a hands-on-all-parts pat-down by a federal agent.
And the controversy could be coming to a head.The Air Transport Association of America says it expects 24 million people to fly during the Thanksgiving holiday period, and an online campaign is urging everyone who flies the day before Thanksgiving – usually one of the busiest air travel days of the year – to opt out of the new full-body, nude-image scanners.”The goal of National Opt-Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change,” states the website. “No naked body scanners, no government-approved groping. We have a right to privacy and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we’re guilty until proven innocent.
“While the government doesn’t always like to advertise this, you have the ability to opt-out of the naked body scanner machines,” the organizers said.The move was praised by some as a needed spotlight on the invasive images derived from the security screenings – so graphic that WND cannot post them online – and the aggressive nature of the alternative “pat-downs” conducted by federal agents.
One woman described how agents grabbed and twisted her breasts.But the campaign also drew some alarmed reactions because of the potential it has to clog or shut down the travel system.
Excerpt Read more at wnd.com …
Thousands of pilots who fly jetliners are angry about those changes.There are two issues; two major pilots’ unions say the full-body scanners are untested and potentially unsafe because of the radiation they expose travelers to.
And the second issue is the new procedure for hand searches by Transportation Security Administration officers at airport checkpoints. Both have produced scathing memos about the TSA from the pilots’ unions.
Excerpt Read more at abclocal.go.com …
Everything you need to know about the security takeover and why airport oppression is already being rolled out on the streetsTSA Groping Out Of Control 081110top3Paul Joseph Watson & Alex JonesPrison Planet.comMonday, November 8, 2010
TSA abuse in airports is completely out of control with more and more cases of security workers groping women, fondling children, abusing naked body scanners, and interrogating passengers emerging every week, and yet the government’s answer to the epidemic of oppression is to hand TSA thugs more power with which to harass American citizens.
The story of Infowars employee Michelle, who along with her child was sexually assaulted by TSA staff after refusing to go through a naked body scanner, has gone viral on the Internet after it was picked up by the Drudge Report, a website leading the charge in the backlash against airport oppression at the hands of the TSA that has now led to the world’s largest pilot’s association boycotting the use of naked body scanners.Michelle’s traumatic experience represents just the tip of the iceberg.The launch of naked body scanners, which were hastily installed in the wake of the Christmas Day bombing attempt despite the fact that they would not have stopped the attack, has only worsened the levels of abuse dished out to passengers.The body scanners were vigorously promoted by people like former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff and others who stood to reap a financial windfall from their implementation, despite the fact that scientists at Columbia University and the Inter-Agency Committee on Radiation Safety, along with other scientific bodies, have all warned that the devices increase the risk of developing cancer.
Stories about TSA officials abusing the use of the scanners have become commonplace.
Everything you need to know about the security takeover and why airport oppression is already being rolled out on the streetsTSA Groping Out Of Control 081110top3Paul Joseph Watson & Alex JonesPrison Planet.comMonday, November 8, 2010TSA abuse in airports is completely out of control with more and more cases of security workers groping women, fondling children, abusing naked body scanners, and interrogating passengers emerging every week, and yet the government’s answer to the epidemic of oppression is to hand TSA thugs more power with which to harass American citizens.The story of Infowars employee Michelle, who along with her child was sexually assaulted by TSA staff after refusing to go through a naked body scanner, has gone viral on the Internet after it was picked up by the Drudge Report, a website leading the charge in the backlash against airport oppression at the hands of the TSA that has now led to the world’s largest pilot’s association boycotting the use of naked body scanners.Michelle’s traumatic experience represents just the tip of the iceberg.The launch of naked body scanners, which were hastily installed in the wake of the Christmas Day bombing attempt despite the fact that they would not have stopped the attack, has only worsened the levels of abuse dished out to passengers.The body scanners were vigorously promoted by people like former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff and others who stood to reap a financial windfall from their implementation, despite the fact that scientists at Columbia University and the Inter-Agency Committee on Radiation Safety, along with other scientific bodies, have all warned that the devices increase the risk of developing cancer.Stories about TSA officials abusing the use of the scanners have become commonplace.
Excerpt Read more at drudgereport.com …
The Atlantic Monthly‘s Jeffrey Goldberg, no fan of the TSA himself, got his hands on a letter from Captain Dave Bates, president of the Allied Pilots Association, which represents 11,000 American Airlines pilots.Goldberg wonders:”It is a source of continual astonishment to me that pilots – many of whom, it should be pointed out, are military veterans who possess security clearances – are not allowed to carry onboard their airplanes pocket knives and bottles of shampoo, but then they’re allowed to fly enormous, fuel-laden, missile-like objects over American cities.
“Anyway, here’s the note sent to APA members by Captain Bates: Fellow Pilots, In response to increased threats to civil aviation around the world, the Transportation Security Administration TSA has implemented the use of Advanced Imaging Technology AIT body scanners at some airport locations. While I’m sure that each of us recognizes that the threats to our lives are real, the practice of airport security screening of airline pilots has spun out of control and does nothing to improve national security.
It’s long past time that policymakers take the steps necessary to exempt commercial pilots from airport security screening and grant designated pilot access to SIDA utilizing either Crew Pass or biometric identification. As I recently wrote to the TSA Administrator:
If You Want To Board An Airplane In America You Now Have Two Options: Let Airport Security Gawk At Your Exposed Body Or Let Airport Security Feel You Up…
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The American Dream 
Oct 30, 2010
In America today, we have become so spooked by “terror threats” that now we will submit to just about anything in the name of security. At this point, we are allowing ourselves to be treated as little more than cattle. Procedures that would once be considered an affront to human dignity are now accepted as “the new normal”. If you want to get on an airplane in America today, you must either go through one of the incredibly intrusive full body scanners that are going into all U.S. airports and let airport security gawk at your exposed body, or you must allow airport security to feel you up using the new “enhanced pat-down” techniques they are being instructed to employ. As you will see below, these new pat-down procedures are incredibly intrusive. If anyone tried to touch us like that out on the street they would be put in prison. But this is the new America where all of us must give up all of our privacy and all of our dignity just so that everyone can feel a little bit safer.
Up until this week, many Americans were not that concerned about the new full body security scanners going into airports across the nation because they still had the alternative of opting for a minimally intrusive pat-down. But now that has all changed. It turns out that too many Americans were opting for the pat-down, so now the TSA is rolling out their new “enhanced pat-down” procedures.
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Now Mobile Devices Will Scan Your Naked Body On The Streets
Airport tyranny comes to your door, as predicted
Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com 
Friday, January 8, 2009
Naked body scanners are being readied to go mobile and scan you on the street, at football games and any other event where masses of people are congregated, according to a leaked paper written by Dutch authorities.
As we have been warning all along, the tyranny now being metered out at airports was always intended to be rolled out onto the streets, with mobile metal detectors already being stationed at various transport hubs in the UK in the name of stopping knife crime.
Now Dutch police have announced that they are developing a mobile scanner that will “see through people’s clothing and look for concealed weapons”.
According to a confidential document, “The scanner could first be used as an alternative to random body searches in high risk areas. The mobile detector would enable the search to be carried out more quickly and would only be used on people suspected of carrying concealed weapons,” reports Dutch News.nl .
The device would also be used from a distance on groups of people “and mass scans on crowds at events such as football matches.”
“The biggest challenge is making it portable and ensuring it can carry out a scan in seconds,” Giampiero Gerini, a professor at Eindhoven University, told the paper.
The aim is to develop and deploy the device within three years. With police in major American and British cities already carrying out random searches of innocent people under routinely abused terrorism laws, mobile scanners are likely to be added to their arsenal, especially if people have been trained to accept their use as routine in airports.