This is not directly related to the TSA, but it is about the growing presence of security searches. It’s about my latest stand at demanding autonomy over my physical person. And it has to do with a local district courthouse. Continue reading “Tales from the Resistance”
John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute, about whom we’ve written many times, is indefatigable in his defense of the Bill of Rights. He and I don’t always agree politically, but on civil liberties we do. And his latest newsletter reveals why this battle — the whole raison d’être of TSA News — is a fool’s errand. Continue reading “TSA is the least of it — or why we won’t win”
This past summer, a U.S. judge issued a rare ruling on the side of justice and the rule of law. Then, just as quickly, his ruling was appealed by the Department of Justice (sic) and overturned. Continue reading “DOJ backpedals on claim that Guantanamo searches are like TSA’s”
Last week I posted a letter I’d written to the Oakland County sheriff under the title “Death by a thousand cuts.” Yesterday I received a call from a Lt. Perry, who supervises the errant officer who inappropriately touched me. He started out the conversation with quite the attitude, as in “she did nothing wrong, that’s her job.” When I asked for her to come over and personally apologize, he stated: “That’s not going to happen.” Continue reading “Death by a thousand cuts – reprise”
Last week I posted a story called TSA now searching parked cars at the airport. The incident in question happened at Rochester International Airport. Now a reporter at Mother Jones magazine is looking for other people to whom this has happened, anywhere in the country, for a story she’s working on. If it’s happened to you, or if you know of anyone, please get in touch with Dana Liebelson [email protected]. Thank you.
UPDATE: Here’s Dana Liebelson’s report.
In an excellent ruling that provides rare good news for the prisoners illegally detained at Guantanamo, a U.S. judge reveals that he actually has a sense of justice. The good news for the prisoners, however, doesn’t extend to the rest of us. Continue reading “Guantanamo Prisoners’ Groins Protected; Too Bad Yours Aren’t”
The TSA has been tasked with finding “weapons, exposives, and incendiaries” (WEI) and preventing them from making their way onto airplanes. See 49 CFR § 1540.5 (“Screening function means the inspection of individuals and property for weapons, explosives, and incendiaries”). To that extent, the TSA can lawfully conduct an “administrative search” for that purpose and that purpose only. Continue reading “TSA: Search your iPhone? Yes we can!”
Timing was never the TSA’s thing.
Continue reading “Who’s afraid of the bomb-making barista?”
The TSA is ever busy placing op-eds and articles in the mainstream press under the guise of factual information. This morning brings two such “news” pieces, one about scanners and one about confiscated items. Continue reading “TSA propaganda continues apace”
Gene Healy, a columnist for the Washington Examiner recently wrote about TSA’s specialty: hassling. Healy makes a couple of cogent points that, while familiar, weave together very nicely. That the TSA specializes in harassing innocent travelers isn’t news. Healy notes, however, that apparently President Obama is tired of opposition — can’t we all just act like Seal Team 6? As the president put it in his State of the Union address, “all that mattered that day was the mission.”
Well and good, except that Seal Team 6’s mission, which freed the aid workers in Africa, was well-defined and finite. Such missions end, and in short order. How Mr. Obama translates that into the TSA’s mission escapes me. Continue reading “What the TSA does best”