The risk in not understanding risk

A recent article at Wired comments on the 17-year-old string of missteps taken by the federal government in assessing the risks to federal buildings, at a multi-million-dollar cost to taxpayers. Neither part of that sentence — misunderstanding risk/probability or wasting taxpayer money — is new.   Continue reading The risk in not understanding risk

TSA harasses two disabled children in Philadelphia

Reader LeeAnne Clark has given us permission to reprint her account of watching the TSA harass two disabled children at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). As we’ve reported at TSA News many times, the TSA seems to have a penchant for singling out children, the elderly, the disabled, the sick, the weak, those least able to fight back — though they also heap plenty of abuse on other people, as well.

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TSA: Search your iPhone? Yes we can!

The TSA has been tasked with finding “weapons, exposives, and incendiaries” (WEI) and preventing them from making their way onto airplanes. See 49 CFR § 1540.5 (“Screening function means the inspection of individuals and property for weapons, explosives, and incendiaries”). To that extent, the TSA can lawfully conduct an “administrative search” for that purpose and that purpose only.   Continue reading TSA: Search your iPhone? Yes we can!

The TSA and the First Amendment

There was a lot of cheering last week when a Portland, Oregon judge found 50-year-old John Brennan not guilty of public indecency. Brennan is the software engineer who stripped naked to demonstrate that he was no threat when TSA agents started questioning him at a checkpoint last April.   Continue reading The TSA and the First Amendment

Does the TSA have a little penis problem?

We could be talking about meaningful things today, like the “not guilty” verdict for TSA protester John Brennan. We could be discussing the latest screening outrage, which involves a passenger’s feeding tube. We might even debate why the agency assigned to protect America’s transportation systems won’t follow its laws.
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