Attack of the killer mushrooms

Since mushrooms kill more people in this country than does terrorism, perhaps we should have TSA types guarding forests and woodlands, and scanning and groping us all before we enter our kitchens. Maybe they could have specially designed uniforms with a nifty logo. Whaddya think?

(Photo: Bob Jenkins/Flickr Creative Commons)

TSA Opt Out and Film Week

Sunday I set foot in an airport for the first time since 2010. I was taking my son to the airport after Thanksgiving and decided to film the TSA in action. Armed with a printed page from the airport website that explained that it was legal to film, carrying my mini-camcorder, and wearing my protest “Flying While Handicapped – the new Driving While Black” T-shirt, I headed into the North Terminal at Detroit Metro.  Continue reading “TSA Opt Out and Film Week”

Bruce Schneier explains why the TSA is a $1 trillion failure

(This is a reprint of a post that was originally published at TSA News on December 22, 2011.)

Those of us who’ve been writing about the TSA for a few years are well familiar with security expert Bruce Schneier. He and others like him, people who actually study actual security, using data, risk assessment, statistical analysis, and empirical evidence, are a balm to our weary psyches, frayed and exhausted as they are from trying to correct the steady flow of misinformation, disinformation, and specious arguments put forth by the TSA and its apologists.  Continue reading “Bruce Schneier explains why the TSA is a $1 trillion failure”

TSA’s fave contractor Rapiscan accused of falsifying scanner info

Remember how we’ve been told for the past two years that the whole body imaging scanners are safe, effective, and can’t record and store graphic nude images? And remember how many of us never believed it? Maybe because they’ve never been independently tested for safety, have been proven to be ineffective — repeatedly — and because 35,000 images were already leaked two years ago?  Continue reading “TSA’s fave contractor Rapiscan accused of falsifying scanner info”