TSA profiling? It’s been happening for a decade

The following commentary was written by Wendy Thomson of the advocacy group Freedom to Travel USA. The TSA is reportedly being taken to task by Rep. Bennie Thompson for the possibility of profiling by the TSA within the TSA’s recently piloted SPOT program. News flash: The TSA has been profiling since its inception. What, you …

John Pistole’s Thanksgiving song and dance

TSA Administrator John Pistole has been busy giving interviews this week to trumpet his agency’s supposedly improved procedures and to tell us heartwarming stories about how he views his mission. The first interview appeared on CNN the day before Thanksgiving and has since been reprinted in other newspapers. The second was published yesterday in the …

As TSA turns 10, agency critics call for reform — and more

On the eve of the TSA’s 10th birthday, and the official launch of TSA News Blog, critics of the beleaguered agency are lining up to call for the agency to be reformed — or eliminated. The loudest cries are coming from Congress, where a new report (PDF) earlier this week concluded the agency was bloated, …

New body scanner controversy erupts before the holidays

With only a few days before the American Thanksgiving holiday week — one of the busiest of the year for air travel — the TSA is facing two new body-scanner controversies. TSA Administrator John Pistole appears to have backed off a public commitment to conduct a new independent study of X-ray body scanners used at …