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DHS/TSA blink: Real ID is a bust

As I wrote in this post on January 7, 2016, Edward Hasbrouck is a consistently reliable source of information on all things security -- and faux security. His excellent website, PapersPlease, is a breath of fresh air in the hothouse atmosphere of the travel blabbosphere. So it's no surprise that he has been predicting from ...read more »

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Sai tests legality of TSA’s new scanner policy

TSA activist and friend of the blog Sai, about whom we've written many times (plug "Sai" into the search box to get caught up), has already done so much to try to fight the abuses of the Transportation Security Administration. And here he is doing more. This guy, like Jon Corbett, is indefatigable. Because I'm a ...read more »

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TSA to force people through scanners

As many people have discovered from the latest news, the Department of Homeland Security has suddenly decreed publicly what anyone with reasonable observational skills knows they've been planning from the get-go:  that the TSA will, at whim, force passengers through the strip-search scanners. I repeat that this has been the plan from the beginning. I said ...read more »

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Ft. Myers TV station airs accidentally accurate TSA logo

Gotta love this! WBBH in Ft. Myers, Florida, apparently aired a report with a tweaked DHS/TSA logo behind the speaker. Instead of the letters "TSA" for, of course, "Transportation Security Administration," only the letters "TA" appear. They represent, in case it has to be explained, "Tits and Ass"; and depicted on each side, if you look ...read more »

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TSA blows it again, terrorizes passengers in Miami

On Monday, November 9, 2015 -- in other words, well before the attacks in Paris -- the TSA, combined with the paramilitary forces of its parent agency DHS (Department of Homeland Security) did again what it does best: overreact, in an almost certifiably insane way, to a security "breach" at an airport, and then terrorize ...read more »

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Re TSA, WillCAD from FlyerTalk tells it like it is

I wish I knew this person's real name to give him/her credit for this comment he/she posted at the chat forum FlyerTalk (FT). In it, he hits every nail on the head in a discussion with another FT member about the TSA. All I know is that he goes by "WillCAD" and says he hails ...read more »

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Yet another report of TSA incompetence, Carraway re-assigned

In another repetitive story about the TSA's failings, a "confidential" DHS report shows what many previous DHS and GAO reports have already shown, have been showing for years: the TSA misses prohibited items all the time. As a matter of course. From the Chicago Tribune: ABC News first reported Monday that undercover agents were able to ...read more »

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Shoshana Hebshi settles lawsuit against TSA, Frontier Airlines

Shoshana Hebshi, the Ohio woman who was handcuffed, hauled off a plane at gunpoint, and strip-searched in a jail cell -- all without probable cause -- has settled her lawsuit against the TSA, Frontier Airlines, and other government agencies. We've written about Shoshana Hebshi several times, in 2012, 2013, and 2014. It's taken all these years ...read more »

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Another year, another “terror” “crisis”

Yeah, I have to keep using scare quotes, because they're a reflection of this country and its insistence on finding a terrorist around every corner.  The latest "crisis" is that, like last year, the Department of Homeland Security is in faux-danger of not being funded. Congress, as usual, is fighting. The whole brouhaha is fake, of ...read more »

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Another cremation debacle thanks to TSA

Actually, debacle is too tame a word. Crime is more like it.  Not for the first time, the TSA has desecrated someone's remains. From the New York Daily News, we have this report: When a Cleveland man boarded a flight bound for Puerto Rico with his mother's ashes secured in his luggage, he planned to fulfill her dying ...read more »

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