Death by a thousand cuts

I am being tortured. Tortured not by coordinated design — tortured by an uncoordinated and independent set of procedures that, taken together and individually, can be described as nothing less than the deliberate infliction of repeated and significant emotional distress. I have come to that distressing reality by pondering exactly why I get so upset when I need to go somewhere with “security.” Continue reading “Death by a thousand cuts”

TSA News HuffPost Live video link

I was on the Alyona Minkovski Show on HuffPost Live last night with former TSA Administrator Kip Hawley and EPIC Administrative Law Counsel Khaliah Barnes to talk about the TSA’s VIPR teams. The show was prompted by an article in the New York Times the other day alerting the public to what some of us have been writing about for years — that it was only a matter of time before the TSA’s unwarranted searches and harassment of passengers would spread from airports to every other transportation hub. I don’t know why it took the NYT so long to catch on. Continue reading “TSA News HuffPost Live video link”

Another GAO report on TSA incompetence and abuse

The recent GAO report on the TSA criticizes the alarming level of misconduct and mismanagement within the agency. The report spawned a series of articles citing the failure of TSA management to reprimand abusive screeners. Many of those articles touched on some of the more publicized thefts while ignoring the depth and breadth of the abuses. Continue reading “Another GAO report on TSA incompetence and abuse”