Friday, May 23, 2014

New passenger discovers TSA grope policy

ADDENDUM March 1, 2016: Since I originally wrote this post, two years ago, the weasely, lying, criminal TSA has, of course, eliminated several of the pages to which I linked. If you click on those links today, you'll get an error message: "Page Not Found." Why is it not found? Who knows? Because the TSA is incompetent? Because it doesn't want people to learn what its policies are, we the people who pay every stinking salary at that stinking agency? I don't know. But I do know that I've gone through hundreds of past posts I've done at TSA News and corrected, repeatedly, broken links, only to find, later, that they become broken once again. I give up. The TSA is trying to hide its policies because its policies are abusive. And when it doesn't outright hide them, it tries to obfuscate them with weasely language. So take what you will from this post. Everything I wrote here is accurate and true and was backed up with empirical evidence. The TSA's hiding or removing of that evidence is par for the course.
Charlotte Ann Kimbrough is a 57-year-old retired law enforcement professional. She worked for 32 years in an administrative capacity with the U.S. Attorney's Office, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and other federal law enforcement agencies. She has two metal hip replacements.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Summer air travel predicted to increase, despite TSA

As if on cue after yesterday's post about train travel in the U.S., the largest airline trade association in the country has just come out with a prediction about summer air travel. And to anyone who thinks the TSA has put a damper on that travel, the stats appear to indicate otherwise. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Stony Brook Survey

Stony Brook University has an on-line survey they'd like you to take. You may have seen bits of it in a New York Times article a few weeks ago. It's entirely anonymous, and results of the survey will be posted publicly on the university website when it's all done. Here's the link and the blurb:  
Their Eyes are the Window to Your Soul:  Researchers Seek Participants in Online Study 

Monday, May 12, 2014

TSA supervisor arrested for sexual misconduct, assault on minors

From New York, we have word of yet another TSA agent — in this case a supervisor — being charged with sex crimes. Sex crimes with minors, no less.  

Friday, May 9, 2014

Americans: TSA abuse is fine, just don't make me pay for my bags!

Yet another article in the mainstream press with people whingeing about the fact that they have to -- gasp! -- pay a few extra bucks to carry on and/or check their luggage.  

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

UPDATE to Cecily McMillan Case

A couple of updates to the case of the injustice carried out against Cecily McMillan, which I wrote about earlier today

The updates are from the UK paper the Guardian, which has given this story comprehensive coverage throughout, unlike the American mainstream press, which, if it covers it at all, usually buries it -- in the case of the New York Times, in the NY Region section, even though it's a case with national implications. 

(Oh, and I'm still looking for it at NPR, whose website shows nothing about the case. Surprise, surprise.)  

Cecily McMillan, Victim of Police Assault, Found Guilty, In Jail

In the continuing cavalcade of innocent people put in prison in this country -- the vast majority of whom are poor and/or people of color -- we now add Cecily McMillan, an Occupy activist who was assaulted by a New York City cop and who is now in jail for it.

You read that right. She was assaulted by him. Yet she is in jail. And he -- with a history of committing abuse -- is walking free.  

Monday, May 5, 2014

TSA Pinches Pot Purveyor on Plane

Danger! Danger! Pot on a plane! TSA to the rescue!

I'm so glad the brave men and women of the TSA rifle through our luggage, leave cheeky notes, and in general stick their noses in our business. Because otherwise, we would all be in danger of being blown out of the sky due to concealed greenery.  

Friday, May 2, 2014

DHS and Corporate Honchos Punked by Yes Men

From my pal and indefatigable comrade-in-arms Kevin Zeese comes this account of a brilliant stunt by The Yes Men. (When you see "RuPaul's wig designer" as a photo caption, you know you're in for a good time):

Thursday, May 1, 2014

New GAO report again finds TSA waste; Congress clueless

One of our esteemed members of Congress has once again opened his mouth and revealed how out of touch he is with not only his constituents, but reality in general. He's also only too happy to spend more of their -- and our -- money on the TSA, believing that the $8 billion a year we already pay to be bullied, harassed, robbed, and assaulted isn't enough.