TSA: False Premise Theater

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Arguments made in support of the TSA are invariably a toxic stew of strawmen, question-begging, and self-refuting premises. This week's winning pile of gibberish is from the American Federation of Government Employees, which warns on its website that the Atlanta airport may return to "Pre-9/11 Era Airport Security" by dumping smurfs and hiring private security staff. Pull on ...read more »


TSA finally issues “rule” on body scanners, ignores public

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On the righthand side of this blog, you'll see this paragraph: *2015 *and now 2016* UPDATE: Still no word from TSA on public comments*The public comment period on the TSA's electronic strip-search scanners and "pat-downs" closed on June 25, 2013. That public comment period had been ordered by the courts, an order the TSA ignored for ...read more »


TSA goons steal woman’s shoes, bracelet at BWI

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In the never-ending saga of TSA theft and stupidity -- and did I say theft? -- we have the latest episode (that we know of): at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, the goons spied yet another tasty treat they wanted to sample. So they pretended that said items were dangerous and confiscated them -- er, sorry, encouraged ...read more »


Frederick Douglass wouldn’t have put up with the TSA

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Great American orator, scholar, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass was born sometime in February of 1818 and died on this date, February 20th, in 1895. Among the many brilliant, fiery speeches he gave and essays he wrote, no lines have been more often excerpted and quoted than these, which apply today every bit as much as ...read more »


Ask TSA

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As TSA News readers know, the Transportation Security Administration has a nifty new "training academy" in Glynco, Georgia. Supposedly all new TSA hires from across the country, including Hawaii and Alaska, will attend this academy for two weeks of training (replacing the current four weeks of in-house local airport training), and all current TSA employees will ...read more »


The TSA “Academy”

All analysis about the TSA eventually becomes the very same analysis, because the core of what the agency does never changes. Nor does the news media's relentlessly credulous approach to covering the agency. After a while, you can just put new names into the template: 2016 is 2014 is 2012, and TSA Director Peter Neffenger is ...read more »


TSA abuse/idiocy compendium, thanks to FTTUSA

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Because the same stories of TSA abuse, corruption, and stupidity keep accumulating, and because it seems increasingly pointless to highlight them one by one, here's a round-up of such stories from the past week or so, courtesy of Freedom to Travel USA. From FTTUSA's weekly newsletter, quote: The TSA is at the airports, the football field ...read more »


Update on Sai’s TSA lawsuits

Our friend Sai sent me an update on his case this morning. If you're not already familiar with his story, read this post to get caught up. Here's Sai's update in his own words: The BDOs selected me because I was mute and wearing a satirical shirt; they screened me for 40 minutes looking almost exclusively at ...read more »


Thanks to blizzard, TSA molesting fewer people

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We've had a rare bit of good news on the TSA front this weekend. Because of the record blizzard on the East Coast, airports closed, flights were canceled, and travelers didn't travel. The cancellations caused a cascade effect all over the country. Therefore, the TSA didn't bully, harass, rob, and sexually assault as many people as ...read more »


Yelp censors comments critical of TSA

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A few weeks ago fellow TSA crusader Jim Bovard told me that there were all these TSA reviews on Yelp. I was surprised, given that I think of Yelp only in terms of hotel, restaurant, and other business reviews. He gave me a link to reviews of the TSA at Chicago O'Hare (ORD), but I ...read more »