Death by a thousand cuts – reprise

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”

Reporter looking for people whose cars have been searched at airport

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.

TSA: Search your iPhone? Yes we can!

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!”

What the TSA does best

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”