What the TSA does best

Gene Healy, a columnist for the Washington Examiner recently wrote about TSA's specialty: hassling. Healy makes a couple of cogent points that, while familiar, weave together very nicely. That the TSA specializes in harassing innocent travelers isn't news. Healy notes, however, that apparently President Obama is tired of opposition -- can't we all just act like ...read more »

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La Guardia TSA “forgets” about possible pipe bombs

Apparently they were so busy confiscating scary cupcakes, dangerous shampoo, and sticking their hands down people's pants that TSA agents at La Guardia neglected to tell police that they found two things they thought might be pipe bombs. Instead, they just deposited the "bombs" in a nearby bin, and went about their business. For six hours. While ...read more »

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Mess with the taxpayer-paid stupids at DHS

There's a sidebar to the Daily Mail piece I linked on the catatonically stupid drooling morons at the Department of Homeland Security who deported British tourists for supposedly dangerous tweets (one of which is ripped from Family Guy). On that sidebar, there's a list of all the words that get your tweets flagged by DHS, ...read more »

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DHS deports tourists for Twitter jokes

Unreal. Unreal! Rob Beschizza blogs at BoingBoing that two tourists from the UK were detained and deported because of tweets joking about "diggin' up" Marilyn Monroe and "destroying" America. This is not the America I want to be living in. We all need to stand up to every incursion into our civil liberties (and basic common sense) ...read more »

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The nature of incentives

When I was a young girl I shared a large bedroom with a sister four years younger. We were over a garage that was dug into a hill, and there was an outside door in our room. I remember I was a terrorist. Really. I remember lying there, before we were both asleep, and talking: "Suppose ...read more »

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TSA improperly identifies medical equipment

A screener mistaking an insulin pump for a handgun caused quite a ruckus in Los Angeles yesterday. Apparently a woman passenger went towards her flight before the TSA realized they didn't know what they were seeing on her body. By the time they chased her down and figured it out, they had delayed other, unrelated ...read more »

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DHS scanning people everywhere, even without their knowledge

Two weeks ago I noticed a story by Declan McCullagh at CNET, a technology publication. The title was "DHS's x-ray scanners could be cancer risk to border crossers." It turns out, though, that not only border crossers are at risk. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has obtained a heavily redacted 63-page document that shows that ...read more »

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Proposed bill in Congress to test xray scanners

In another attempt to get the TSA to comply with a promise to test the backscatter (x-ray) scanners for safety, Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine is planning to introduce a new bill in Congress. It would require the TSA to conduct an independent study. This isn't the first time Collins has pushed for such a study. ...read more »

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Airport releases video of Sen. Rand Paul’s detention

Nashville airport has released security footage of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's detention by the TSA at that airport. According to this account in The Tennessean, Sen. Paul appears in the video to be calm and collected, a demeanor at odds with what the airport police claimed: A security video of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at a Nashville ...read more »

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