Jon Corbett loses latest round in legal battle against TSA

Our comrade-in-arms Jon Corbett has just lost the latest round in his legal battle against the TSA. Regular readers know who Corbett is. New ones can take a gander at the many stories we've done about and with him (he's also written for TSA News). Here's the latest update from his blog, called TSA Out of Our more »

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Hate to say we told you so, but . . . .

I am co-founder of an oganization dedicated to regaining freedoms taken away by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). We're fighting against the illegal, warrantless strip-searches of travelers and the coerced, inappropriate physical touching of their bodies.  The organization is called Freedom to Travel USA (FTTUSA). At FTTUSA, we have a long-standing relationship with activist Jonathan Corbett, who was the first more »

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Junked Rapiscan scanners get second life

Since the radiation-emitting, independently untested Rapiscan strip-search scanners were removed from airports last year -- at the cost of millions of dollars to taxpayers -- what's happened to them?  Well, surprise, surprise, they're being forced on yet another vulnerable part of the population, one with no power to object: prisoners. So far, 154 of the machines have more »


DHS TSA corruption – so what else is new?

A report came out last week exposing corruption at the Department of Homeland Security, with the DHS inspector general in cahoots with other officials high up in the administration.   According to a Senate investigation, the acting DHS IG (inspector general), Charles K. Edwards, was a little too buddy-buddy with senior political operatives, even going so more »

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Scott Rickard: TSA’s “horrific civil rights violations”

Being a civil liberties watchdog can be a lonely slog. Though we know that there are millions of people around the country who get it -- meaning they understand that the TSA is security theater -- they don't have the powerful voice that the mainstream press has. Nor, of course, that the TSA itself has. So more »

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TSA’s new All Surround Security

Today marks a milestone. Another year has passed since we reported on the TSA's 50-million-dollar new uniform budget. You'll recall that it was the source of some controversy, though in the end, $50 million is a drop in the bucket of this agency's $8 billion annual budget. Still, a penny saved is a penny earned. And the TSA, more »

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OSI loses TSA contract

I don't care whether the things are made in Malaysia or Minnesota. It's irrelevant. The strip-search scanners are fraudulent. They don't work, they're a waste of money, and they're a violation of the 4th Amendment. Even TSA employees admit they don't work. So news that OSI, maker of the infamous Rapiscan machines, has lost money is music more »


Leaked TSA document causing trouble for Jon Corbett

Our buddy Jon Corbett is back in the news again. You may recall that Corbett, who has written for us here at TSA News, was the first person in the country to sue the TSA on the grounds that its strip-search scanners and body groping are violations of the 4th Amendment. Corbett also demonstrated, in a more »


Dry Runs and Dry Ice: the United States of Paranoia

Two stories have come to light in the past few days that have some people on edge and others suspicious. First is the story of a so-called "dry run" (or two, depending on who you read) aboard an airplane from Washington, D.C. to Orlando, Florida in September. Supposedly one "Middle-Eastern-looking" man got up to use the bathroom (God more »


20 pages of objections to the TSA’s body scanners submitted

Apologies for the length of this post, but there are so many good reasons to oppose the TSA's nude body scanner program, and we here at TSA News would not want to neglect outlining any of them! Here's a preview: 1. TSA’s body scanners are easily circumvented 2. TSA’s body scanners are less effective at finding weapons than more »