Another day, another TSA outrage. This week we learned that he TSA strip-searched a woman with a feeding tube in Dallas and started fiddling with the tube itself. There is something pathological about the TSA’s obsession with the weakest members of our society: children, the elderly, the sick, the disabled.
Continue reading “It’s time for Pistole to go”
There’s been so much abuse by the TSA over the past several days it’s hard to keep up. From the deaf man who was mocked to the Make-A-Wish child who was hassled to the woman who was strip-searched and whose feeding tube was contaminated to the whole host of disabled people who’ve been abused, we now add the story of an elderly disabled man traveling with an oxygen machine who was detained, grilled, scanned three times, and made to miss his flight. Oh, and his daughter was threatened for good measure. Continue reading “Disabled elderly man detained by TSA, misses flight”
If you’ve waited in an airport security line, you know that the TSA is not what anyone would consider “prompt.” Still, even the longest airport delay is shorter than the amount of time it’s taking the TSA to respond to a court order that it demonstrate it even needs the things holding up the line in the first place: the advanced imaging technology (AIT), a.k.a. strip-search, scanners.
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TSA agents have, yet again, strip-searched another woman. But that wasn’t enough. They also endangered her life by handling her feeding tube.
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John E. Brennan, the passenger who took off his clothes in response to TSA’s announcement that their machine detected nitrates and they would be searching him, was acquitted of public indecency. Encouragingly, the ruling was based on Brennan’s First Amendment right to free speech:
Continue reading “John Brennan, stripped naked to protest TSA, found Not Guilty”
If you thought the TSA’s reputation as America’s worst federal agency couldn’t get any worse — and after its recent PR disasters, I wouldn’t blame you — you might want to think again.
Continue reading “For disabled fliers, TSA adds insult to injury”
Carol Jean Price, one of the few people in this country who has fought back against the TSA at the airport, has been convicted of battery against a TSA agent. The jury took only 20 minutes to reach a verdict.
So many of us who’ve been ringing alarm bells about the TSA have been wondering what would happen if a case such as hers ever reached a jury. Many said no jury in America would convict.
I guess this case put the lie to that.
I wrote in a comment just a few minutes ago, in answer to a reader’s question, that I believe we in this country are nowhere near a critical mass of people outraged enough at TSA abuse to do something about it. I’d say we’ve just seen evidence for that belief.
Just over a year ago, a woman did something that, in any normal society, would be considered good: she tried to protect her child.
Continue reading “Anniversary: Andrea Abbott and the TSA”
This photo was posted on Reddit and has been picked up by other discussion boards on the web. Its caption reads:
This is my friend’s son being searched by the TSA, note he has cancer and he is on his way to make a wish trip to Disneyland.
Continue reading “Make-A-Wish kid hassled by TSA”