Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Stacey Armato settles lawsuit against TSA


*UPDATE BELOW. Stacey Armato, the lawyer and mother who was bullied, harassed, and made to miss her flight by the TSA in 2010, has reached a settlement in her lawsuit against the TSA. We've written about Armato and her case several times. Information about her case is also in the Master List of TSA Crimes and Abuses.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

TSA still groping children - video proof



The TSA has been saying for years now that they don't give "enhanced pat-downs" to children. Even though we have loads of evidence -- verbal and visual -- to the contrary, the agency and its mouthpieces continue to spout these lies. Here's yet more proof.

This video was published at YouTube on April 18, 2014. The accompanying text reads:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

More Pre-Check propaganda and more TSA fraud


Another bs article about the bs program that is Pre-Check. And, of course, a discussion thread full of comments by the Special People o-woe-is-me-ing their fate. Pardon my impatience, but we've been writing about Pre-Check for over two years now, pointing out its fraud, and I do get sick of having to repeat the same things every time some ill-informed article appears in the mainstream media.  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fuck the Rich


Every time you think the hypocrisy, barbarity, and venality of this country can't be topped, you're proven wrong. It's not enough that states and municipalities have criminalized poverty, all over the country, in all sorts of ways, now they've taken it one step further: they're actually crowing about it, and boo-hoo-ing over their terrible plight in being forced to witness homelessness.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

TSA anticipates matzo transportation spree

The Jewish holiday of Passover is on the way (April 14th-22nd). And rest assured: the crack teams of the TSA are ready for it. Since we all know how respectful the TSA is of people's private belongingsdignity, and integrity, you can count on safe passage for your religious artifacts.

Friday, April 4, 2014

John Brennan ordered to pay $500 for TSA protest


We have an update on the case of John Brennan, the man who stripped naked at a TSA checkpoint in April of 2012. We first wrote about Brennan here. We then provided updates here, where he said he wanted a trial, and here, where he was found Not Guilty of "public indecency."

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Remains of the Day -- Rather, of Our Insanity


As always, click to enlarge.

Political cartoonist Ted Rall once again hits the nail squarely on the head.

He addresses not only the hypocritical posturing of people who claim to "support the troops" while simultaneously baying for bloodlust, ignoring those troops when they come home, and cheering the shredding of the social safety net, but he also skewers the hysteria over the downed Malaysian jet.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Cops out of control -- again

It's becoming the norm in the USA -- heavily militarized police, brutalizing and murdering innocent people. Look at this picture. Look at this picture and tell me this is reasonable for a peaceful, non-violent protest, which supposedly we have the right to engage in in this country (as always, click to enlarge):



I mean, Jesus Christ, he looks something out of a sci-fi film. Or Ancient Rome + 21st Century. Unbelievable.

Hillary, Obama, and Drone Love


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Jason is back: more stories from TSA hell


Our whistleblower buddy Jason Harrington has written another exposé. We were the first site in the blabbosphere to publicize Harrington's TSA tell-all blog, called Taking Sense Away. That was two years ago. And we wrote about him several times thereafter.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Morons on parade: TSA steals “grenade-shaped” perfume bottle


I can't keep up with all these stories. They come too fast and furious, one more idiotic than the next. Although there is sometimes method to the TSA's madness, as in this case where the employees clearly wanted to steal somebody's expensive perfume.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dianne Feinstein the Hypocrite


Ya know what -- fuck Dianne Feinstein. For years she's been one of the worst shills for the NSA, CIA, and the entire national security state apparatus. It was okay when everyone else was being spied on and abused, but now that the shoe is on the other foot, suddenly it's not okay.

Funny how people get religion only when they're personally affected. Similar to Gabby Giffords, I might add, who now is all in favor of gun control. But until she got shot, she didn't give a shit.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

TSA and CBP: comrades in arms -- and crimes


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are two different agencies operating under the aegis of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Therefore, it shouldn't come as a surprise that they have sensibilities, practices, and impunity in common. The major difference is that the TSA has no law enforcement authority while CBP does. That power makes the latter even more dangerous.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

TSA clerks think Bitcoin is metal


Someone who describes himself as an anarchist believes what the TSA is saying? Really??

Davi Barker, I'd check my anarchist credentials if I were you.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Noam Chomsky


"I think what we ought to do is to try to understand the truth about the world. And the truth about the world is usually quite unpleasant. My own concern is primarily the terror and violence carried out by my own state, for two reasons. For one thing, because it happens to be the larger component of international violence. But also for a much more important reason than that; namely, I can do something about it. So even if the U.S. was responsible for 2 percent of the violence in the world instead of the majority of it, it would be that 2 percent I would be primarily responsible for. And that is a simple ethical judgment. That is, the ethical value of one's actions depends on their anticipated and predictable consequences. It is very easy to denounce the atrocities of someone else. That has about as much ethical value as denouncing atrocities that took place in the 18th century."  -Noam Chomsky 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

UK court rules against David Miranda -- another blow to civil liberties

As and is if by magic, the latest news confirms the "Fascism" post I put up just an hour ago. From the Guardian:

High court rules against David Miranda over Heathrow detention – live coverage


The UK is just as bad as the US. Gee, why am I not suprised?

Both countries have been inexorably morphing more and more into fascist states since 9/11. Actually, since the so-called war on drugs. But it's heated up since 2001. "Terrorism" is the new bogeyman du jour, just as "Communism" was during the Cold War. Empire is never happy unless it has an enemy on the horizon. Much easier to control people that way. And guess what? Millions of those people are happy to fall into line.