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James Bovard on the TSA & assorted comments

UPDATED BELOW.   Do go over to Jim Bovard's column at the Washington Times not only to read about his recent TSA experience (he and I have been in touch by email for a few years), but also to read the comment thread, where we have this wondrous gem of Aristotelian logic and Platonic beauty. It's ...read more »

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TSA fails to spot loaded gun, it and owner sail through security

Anybody who thinks the TSA is doing anything to prevent an attack needs his head examined (but hey, that's only about half the population of the U.S.). While they're confiscating breast milk, peanut butter, perfume, and cupcakes, strip-searching Granny, and sticking their hands down your pants, they're letting loaded weapons on planes. This isn't the ...read more »

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BDOs in Motion, TSA back-slapping on display

The Intercept has another article about the lunacies of the TSA. Jana Winter is the reporter covering the TSA over there, and she has an inside track to agency employees who feed her bits of information, including this latest: glossy, bi-monthly newsletters that highlight the yuckety-yuk jokes, clever quips, heartwarming tales, and literary pretensions of ...read more »

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UK “security” just as clueless as US

A recent protest at Heathrow where people who objected to the expansion of the airport blocked a runway caused the cancellation of 13 flights. It took the authorities 7 hours to get the protesters off. How did they get on in the first place? By cutting through a fence and then chaining themselves to said ...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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Terroristy breast milk strikes again! UK & US equal in stupidity

Because, as we've reported before, the UK is just as fearmongering and civil-liberties-violating as the US, and is in many ways the lapdog of the US, it should come as no surprise that our brethren across the pond have adopted the worst practices of the TSA. It used to be that you could fly in/from Europe ...read more »

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TSA clears known felon for pre-check

Ha ha ha ha! Don't you just love it when someone -- or in this case something -- gets hoist on its own petard? Not that it matters, of course; rarely does. People and organizations whose stupidity, hypocrisy, and incompetence are laid bare for all to see rarely change their ways. On the contrary, they ...read more »

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The TSA Losers Stole His Belt Buckle — For “Safety”

TSA News readers will be well familiar with the following scenario. Sean W. Malone writes at Logicology that the TSA at LAX took his favorite belt buckle because they claimed it was a "replica" of a gun.  Photo at link: What kind of a gun, you might ask? A 1950s Flash Gordon-style RAYGUN!! A fictional weapon. A child's ...read more »

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TSA confiscates (i.e., steals) “F Bomb” Paperweight

As I say so often here at TSA News, you can't make this stuff up.  Our crusaders in blue have once again saved us from certain destruction. Ever vigilant, intellectually adept, and multi-talented (seeing as how they can spot stuff to steal even as they have their hands down your pants), they discovered the above pictured ...read more »

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Why is the TSA confiscating people’s medications?

Several stories have been circulating recently about people's medications being confiscated by the TSA. In some cases, these are potentially lifesaving medications, such as nitroglycerin for heart patients or insulin for diabetics.  We've written in the past about TSA screeners messing with people's medicine and medical devices, such as the case of Savannah Barry, whose $10,000 ...read more »

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