TSA Santa and the Night Before Christmas

A Merry Christmas to our readers, writers, and lovers of civil liberties everywhere! Thanks to you, TSA News is growing and gaining new readers daily. Thanks to you, more people are learning about the behavior of this criminal agency and how they can fight it. Thanks to you, we’re in a long line of crusaders in this country for social justice. So here’s hoping you have a happy day during this festive season, a season of light. Continue reading “TSA Santa and the Night Before Christmas”

TSA can find the genitals in your pants just fine (it’s the gun they’ll have trouble locating)

Matthew Mosk, Angela Hill, and Timothy Fleming write for ABC about gaping holes in airport “security,” thanks to the hamburger clerks working there, with test bombs and guns being missed by screeners 20 out of 22 times at Newark. We know about these failures thanks to the “Red Teams,” about which we’ve written at TSA News before. From the ABC article: Continue reading “TSA can find the genitals in your pants just fine (it’s the gun they’ll have trouble locating)”

7 things you’ll love about the TSA

It’s been almost three years to the day since Special Agent Robert Flaherty knocked on my front door and handed me a subpoena.

The Department of Homeland Security order — which would have forced me to reveal the name of a source who had sent me a “secret” TSA security directive — was dropped a few days later after I told the feds I’d see them in court. It also turned me from an aviation security skeptic into one of the TSA’s most vocal critics. Every week I take the agency to task on my consumer advocacy site.

So you’d think that when it comes to the subject of airport safety, I wouldn’t have one nice thing to say. But that would be wrong.
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TSA’s exemption shell game

In a recent interview, TSA Administrator John Pistole acknowledged that his agency has been less than embraced by the public, and he again promised, as he has for two years now, to focus on improving passengers’ experience with TSA screening. In that interview Pistole said that it has become an adversarial relationship, “so what we’re trying to do through all these initiatives is change that paradigm and make this a partnership.” Continue reading “TSA’s exemption shell game”

The wheels of justice are frozen

While lawsuits continue to be filed against the TSA on a variety of fronts, generally the TSA has been successful in foiling any and all efforts to make it accountable or to even reveal its statistics. Also, generally, the TSA does this by sheer obfuscation and technicality. I must admit, that is a strategy. However, without the antagonist tiring and simply going away, that strategy usually eventually fails. Continue reading “The wheels of justice are frozen”