Court rules against Prof. Ruskai in TSA case

We have an update on a court challenge against the TSA.  On December 23, 2014, the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against plaintiff Professor Mary Beth Ruskai. We've covered this case before, but for ease of reading here's a brief synopsis: Prof. Ruskai has metal implanted replacement hips. She is a frequent traveler and a "Trusted Traveler, more »

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Women strip-searched by TSA three years ago finally file suit

Three elderly women who were strip-searched by the TSA back in 2011 have finally come forward to file suit. Not against the agency, unfortunately, but against the three (publicly unidentified) screeners who performed the abusive searches.  The women are Leonore Zimmerman, 75; Linda Kallish, 69; and Ruth Sherman, 91. We've written about all of these women before, more »

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Head of TSA John Pistole stepping down in December

John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration for the past four years, announced today that he will retire at the end of 2014.  Mainstream media have long fallen over themselves helping Pistole disseminate half-truths, spin, and baldfaced lies about the TSA. Nothing is different today. Indeed, the press is being totally consistent, praising Pistole to more »

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Judicial Watch sues TSA/DHS over sexual abuse complaints

This is what it takes to get answers from the TSA and DHS: you have to sue them. And even then you'll be stonewalled.  Just ask Jonathan Corbett, Aaron Tobey, John Brennan, Jamelynn Steenhoek, Lynsie Murley, Stacey Armato, Tim Rasmussen, Wendy Thomson, Sai, Steve Bierfeldt, or any of the thousands of other people who've been abused at more »

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TSA: Thousands Standing Around – really

Because I decline to avoid air travel, I still get to encounter the TSA at the airport from time to time. I just caught a flight with my wife and daughter, and was struck by how desultory the Testicle Security Administration has become.  It seems to me that TSA officers have internalized the widespread sense that more »

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Perennial Post: TSA

This is what we call in the news business an "evergreen." It's a post that can be published anytime, without regard to particular events and without a so-called news hook. Because it's always true. It's a perennial post. To wit:  The TSA molests people. And most Americans don't care. They're willing to put up with anything to more »

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Actor Verne Troyer pawed by TSA

Since I was away for three weeks, I missed a lot of TSA stories. They didn't get reported here at TSA News, either, so forgive me for being late to the party.  Several people sent me this story of American actor Verne Troyer being assaulted by the TSA. Troyer tweeted a photograph that his manager, Ray more »

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Partial kinda sorta victory for Shoshana Hebshi

We've written about Shoshana Hebshi twice here at TSA News and about the hideous, Kafka-esque injustice she suffered at the hands of the United States government, via our friendly abusers at the TSA, Frontier Airlines, and law enforcement, aka the police.  You can read those accounts here and here. In a nutshell, Shoshana Hebshi, an American more »

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TSA and CBP: comrades in arms — and crimes

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are two different agencies operating under the aegis of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Therefore, it shouldn't come as a surprise that they have sensibilities, practices, and impunity in common. The major difference is that the TSA has no law enforcement authority while more »