Head of TSA John Pistole stepping down in December

John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration for the past four years, announced today that he will retire at the end of 2014.  Mainstream media have long fallen over themselves helping Pistole disseminate half-truths, spin, and baldfaced lies about the TSA. Nothing is different today. Indeed, the press is being totally consistent, praising Pistole to ...read more »

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Weeks before Dallas Ebola case, OIG slammed DHS, TSA for ineffective pandemic preparedness

In August 2014, the Office of Inspector General severely criticized the TSA and DHS for lousy preparedness.  OIG issued a 33-page report entitled DHS Has Not Effectively Managed Pandemic Personal Protective Equipment and Antiviral Medical Countermeasures [pdf.] The paper begins by pointing out that in 2006, Congress appropriated $47 million in supplemental funding to DHS so that they ...read more »

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Dear TSA and the flying public: Racial profiling is logically pointless, statistically groundless, and morally wrong

Journalist Max Fisher has a great post up at Vox that focuses on an eyeroll-inducing anti-Muslim tweet followed by a sharp, statistically on-point rejoinder. The TSA would do well to read Fisher's post. As readers will remember, we've written about the TSA's nasty little racial profiling problems before:  The laughable and expensive “behavior detection” or “SPOT” program, which has ...read more »

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Grand jury dismisses charges against fired TSA agent Jeno Mouton

Former TSA agent Jeno Mouton worked for the agency for twelve years, often putting in overtime hours at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.  As TSA News reported in February, Mouton was fired from his job and arrested on charges of making "terroristic threats." A Harris County grand jury recently dismissed the charges against Mouton, finding there ...read more »

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TSA employee fired after missing loaded gun carried by criminal

Just days after demanding that European airports "tighten security" (read: step up the groping of people's bodies) while screening US-bound passengers -- the results of which demands our editor and colleague Lisa Simeone witnessed firsthand, at London's Heathrow airport -- an American-based TSA employee was fired for, among other things, allowing a man with a ...read more »

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TSA crime featured in Netflix series Orange is the New Black

TSA is the new IRS.  Allow me to explain. Throughout history, literature, cinema, television, and even religious texts have employed the archetype of the heartless, obtuse, and abusive government agent; in so doing, writers have frequently turned to some variant of the tax-collector. This character -- a loathsome IRS agent, say -- usually symbolizes an overarching ...read more »

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NYT: TSA’s behavior detection program useless, wasteful

Readers of TSA News know that we've been pointing out the fraud of the TSA's so-called "behavior detection" program for years. Just a few examples: here, here, here, and here. Well, now the New York Times is finally catching on. In a bluntly worded editorial, the NYT excoriated the TSA's  behavior detection program, part of the agency's oft-ballyhooed "multi-layered security ...read more »

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TSA bans carry-on liquids (and more) on Russia-bound flights

Headed to Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympics? Better dump out the carefully calibrated toiletries in your carry-on bag and start over, as the TSA has just banned them -- in any quantity -- thanks to DHS concerns about Terrorist Toothpaste Bombs: The Transportation Security Administration is temporarily banning all liquids from carry-on luggage on nonstop flights ...read more »

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Houston TSA agent arrested after making “terroristic threats”

Another TSA arrest, this time at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport. A long-term TSA agent was arrested on January 25, 2014, after allegedly making several threats involving guns. Jeno Mouton's alleged threats were said to be directed at fellow employees at the security checkpoint at Terminal C, but anyone else in the area could have been endangered, too. Jeno ...read more »

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Planning a No-TSA Summer: Forsaking skies for purple mountain majesties

As long-time readers know, when I say I refuse to submit to (and thus tacitly support) the TSA and its unconstitutional search-and-seizure policies, I really mean it: I refuse. I haven't traveled anywhere by airplane since the summer of 2009; neither have my husband and sons. Now, my family and I -- passionate civil libertarians, all -- ...read more »

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