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Woman, 85, claims she was strip-searched at JFK airport December 4, 2011

An 85-year-old woman said she was injured and humiliated when she was strip-searched at an airport after she asked to be patted down instead of going through a body scanner.

Transport security officials have denied allegations by Lenore Zimmerman, who said she was taken to a private room and made to take off her clothes after she asked to forgo the screening because she was worried it would interfere with her defibrillator. She missed her flight and had to take one two-and-a-half hours later, she said.

“I’m hunched over. I’m in a wheelchair. I weigh under 110lb (50kg),” she said. “Do I look like a terrorist?”

But in a statement the Transportation Security Administration said no strip search had been carried out.

“While we regret that the passenger feels she had an unpleasant screening experience, TSA does not include strip searches as part of our security protocols and one was not conducted in this case,” the statement read.

Zimmerman was dropped off by her son at JFK airport in New York for a 1pm flight on Tuesday to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on JetBlue, she said. She arrived at the ticket counter at about 12.20pm and headed for security in a wheelchair, her metal walker in her lap.

She said she had been traveling to Florida for at least a decade and had never had a problem being patted down until now. “I worry about my heart, so I don’t want to go through those things,” she said, referring to the advanced image technology screening machines at the airport.

As a result, she said, she was taken into the private screening room by a female agent and made to strip.

“Private screening was requested by the passenger, it was granted and lasted approximately 11 minutes,” the TSA said. “TSA screening procedures are conducted in a manner designed to treat all passengers with dignity, respect and courtesy and that occurred in this instance.”

The private screening was not recorded.

Jonathan Allen, a TSA spokesman, said a review of closed-circuit television at the airport had showed that proper procedures before and after the screening had been followed.

Zimmerman said she banged her shin during the process and it bled “like a pig,”, partly because she is on blood-thinning medication. She said an emergency medical technician patched her up, but she was told to see a doctor when she arrived in Florida to make sure the wound did not get infected. There are no records indicating medical attention was called on her behalf.

“I don’t know what triggered this. I don’t know why they singled me out,” she said.

Her son, Bruce Zimmerman, said: “My mother is a little old woman. She’s not disruptive or unco-operative. I don’t understand how this happened.”

He said she had had an increasingly difficult time travelling, especially since her husband died a few years ago. She has two grandchildren and her older son, a doctor, died in 2007.

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TSA officer charged with sexual assault November 22, 2011


November 22, 2011

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TSA officer charged with sexual assault 22 Nov 2011 A federal airport screener has been charged with sexual assault after he allegedly assaulted a woman near his home in Manassas, Virginia, police said Tuesday. Police said Harold Glenn Rodman was wearing a uniform and displayed a badge at the time of the attack. Rodman is a Transportation Security Administration officer at Dulles International Airport, the TSA confirmed. He has been removed from security operations pending the investigation.

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House GOP pair bashes TSA on its 10th anniversary November 17, 2011

Washington (CNN) — Ten years after its formation, the Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday got the type of birthday card no one wants to receive — a blistering report from Republican lawmakers who said the agency is “bloated” and “inefficient” and has done little, if anything, to improve aviation security.

Rep. John Mica, R-Florida, a longtime critic who has fought to privatize TSA screening jobs, said Congress never intended the agency it created in November 2001 to “mushroom” into a workforce of 65,000 employees, “top heavy” with bureaucrats.

“I can tell you, in our wildest dreams … no one ever envisioned 4,000 administrative personnel in Washington, D.C., making on average … almost $104,000, and then nearly another 10,000 out in the field,” Mica said.

But the most scathing comment came from Rep. Paul Broun, R-Georgia.

“Americans have spent nearly $60 billion funding TSA and they are no safer today than they were before 9/11,” Broun said.

Pressed on the accuracy of that statement, Broun and Mica said the TSA has never stopped a terrorist attack, and gave credit to private citizens or others for terrorist plots disrupted thus far.

“Unfortunately, the focus has been diverted from security … into managing a huge bureaucracy,” Mica said.

Broun concurred. “We must focus on identifying terrorists and stopping them instead of patting down grandma and children. And we must stop worrying about political correctness,” he said. “TSA needs to put their resources into intelligence and technologies that can be more effective when it comes to catching highly elusive and dangerous terrorists.”

The lawmakers said they are preparing legislation to reform the TSA.

A TSA spokesman called the GOP report “an unfortunate disservice to the dedicated men and women of TSA who are on the front lines every day protecting the traveling public.”

The country’s aviation system is “safer, stronger, and more secure than it was 10 years ago,” spokesman Greg Soule said. The agency has screened more than 5 billion passengers over the past decade, he said, and has prevented more than 1,100 guns from being brought onto passenger planes this year alone.

Mica and Braun released the GOP report at a news conference held in the main concourse of Reagan-Washington National Airport. Their remarks criticizing the state of aviation security were amplified over a loudspeaker, and drew sidelong glances from passengers headed to airport checkpoints.

One day earlier, TSA Administrator John Pistole stood in the same location to discuss holiday travel preparations, touting advancements in screening technology and saying passengers are happy with changes that have reduced the number of pat downs of children.

The report released Wednesday was prepared by Republican staffers on House Transportation and Oversight committees. It is largely a compendium of earlier critical reports of the TSA, looking at its deployment of failed technology, such as puffer machines; the failure to interdict terrorists, such as 2001 “shoe bomber” Richard Reid and 2009 “underwear bomber” Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab”; and the lack of card readers for the 1.8 million ID cards issued to transportation workers.

The report says the agency has grown nearly four-fold since its inception, from 16,500 workers to more than 65,000, while commercial passenger traffic has increased less than 12 percent.

But a TSA spokesman said the agency had approximately 56,000 security officers in 2002, the year it started screening, and has approximately 52,000 today.

The report by the Republicans contains 11 recommendations, saying the TSA must act with greater independence from the Department of Homeland Security, and the administrator’s stature must be elevated. The TSA has become “lost” in the Homeland Security bureaucracy, Mica said.

It also calls on the agency to contract out more screening jobs to private industry. Currently, 16 airports, including San Francisco International, have “opted out” of federal airport screening and use private screeners under what is known as the Screening Partnership Program. The screeners wear the same uniforms, use the same technology and follow the same procedures.

Mica advocates the continued privatization of airport screening jobs, but administrator Pistole has been less supportive, at one point saying he would expand the program only if there was a clear advantage to doing so.

In other TSA news, a travel industry group Wednesday said the agency’s screening procedures remain “inefficient and frustrating” for travelers.

The U.S. Travel Association released the results of an online survey it conducted last month of about 600 people.

According to the survey, “four of the top five air traveler frustrations relate to the checkpoint process,” including the top frustration: “People who bring too many carry-on bags through the security checkpoint.” But five of the 11 options on the survey pertained directly to TSA checkpoints, and the remaining options did not include some common irritants, such as excess baggage fees.

The survey says 66.2 percent of air travelers are “somewhat or very satisfied” with the TSA’s overall performance as it relates to security, 21.2 percent are neutral, and 12.5 percent are “somewhat or very dissatisfied.”

But frequent air travelers are less happy, with 54.6 percent “somewhat or very satisfied.”

The group said that despite the TSA’s new initiatives to improve passenger screening, an “overwhelming majority” have not recognized any improvements in checkpoint efficiency when compared to the previous year. It said 81.8 percent plan to arrive at the airport the same amount of time before a flight as they did last year.

The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

The TSA said it was pleased to see the vast majority of travelers polled believe the agency is moving in the right direction, and said checkpoint screening has gotten speedier, taking less than 20 minutes for more than 99 percent of passengers last year.

“The increased number of carry-on bags impacts our ability to further reduce wait times, but not the level of security we provide, which remains our priority,” the agency said.


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Newest threat: TSA warns terrorists could be targeting buses for holiday travel season November 13, 2011


November 12, 2011

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Newest threat: TSA warns terrorists could be targeting buses for holiday travel season.12 Nov 2011. Al Qaeda [Al CIA-duh] and other terrorist groups could be targeting buses around the nation because they are easier to attack than airplanes, according to the Transportation Security Administration. Just before the beginning of the holiday travel season, the TSA warned police departments in Washington, D.C., to be wary of potential attacks on city buses as terrorists seek to attack the country’s transportation infrastructure.

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TSA officer faces dismissal over ‘get your freak on, girl’ note October 29, 2011

(CNN) — An airplane baggage screener faces dismissal for leaving a note in a passenger’s bag that said “Get Your Freak On, Girl” after discovering a vibrator.

The Transportation Security Administration “has initiated action to remove the individual from federal service,” an agency spokesperson said. “Like all federal employees, this individual is entitled to due process and protected by the Privacy Act. During the removal action process, the employee will not perform any screening duties.”

The agency randomly selects checked baggage for screening on flights originating in the United States. Lawyer and writer Jill Filipovic tweeted a picture of the note Monday and later blogged about it on Feministe.

“This is what TSA will do when they inspect a bag you checked and find a, um, ‘personal item,’ ” she wrote. “Total violation of privacy, wildly inappropriate and clearly not OK, but I also just died laughing in my hotel room.”

The TSA identified and removed the employee from screening operations, the TSA said Wednesday on its blog. After completing an investigation, action was initiated to remove the individual from federal service.

“TSA views the handwritten note to be highly inappropriate and unprofessional and apologizes for this unfortunate incident,” the spokesperson said. “TSA has zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior by our employees as occurred in this instance. When this is brought to our attention TSA takes swift and appropriate action.”

An agency official reached out to Filipovic to apologize personally, the agency said. At this point, though, she said she wishes the story would go away.

“It’s easy to scapegoat one individual here, but the problem with the note is that it’s representative of the bigger privacy intrusions that the U.S. government, through the TSA and other sources, levels every day,” she wrote Wednesday after learning of the employee’s suspension.

“As much as this is a funny and titillating story, when I put the note on Twitter for what I thought was a relatively limited audience, I was hoping it would open up a bigger conversation about privacy rights (or lack thereof) in post-9/11 America. It unfortunately hasn’t done that, and instead has turned into a media circus,” she said.

“The note was inappropriate, the agent in question acted unprofessionally when s/he put in my bag, there should be consequences and I’m glad the TSA takes these things seriously. But I get no satisfaction in hearing that someone may be in danger of losing their job over this. I would much prefer a look at why ‘security’ has been used to justify so many intrusions on our civil liberties, rather than fire a person who made a mistake.”


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TSA Launches Program for Fast-Track Airport Screenings October 5, 2011


October 4, 2011

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TSA Launches Program for Fast-Track Airport Screenings –If ‘TSA PreCheck’ initiative works well at four trial airports, TSA plans to expand program 04 Oct 2011 Some frequent fliers can now move through airport security without having to take off their shoes or remove their computers, liquids and gels from carryon bags. It’s part of a pilot program that the Transportation Security Administration launched today at airports in Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit and Miami. The initial trial is being rolled out to some U.S. citizens enrolled in Delta and American Airlines frequent flier programs, as well as some government “Trusted Traveler” programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS.

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A figleaf in the face of TSA intrusion | Jennifer Abel September 21, 2011

Today’s lesson in vulgar Americanisms is “camel toe”, a slang term meaning “the front half of a woman’s genitalia, or the shape thereof”. To properly use it in a sentence, you can say, “Those tight trousers give her such camel toe, when you talk to her, you hear echoes” or “the Transportation Security Administration demands to see or feel the camel toe of every female airline passenger in America, in case she’s smuggling weapons there.” (Male passengers don’t get camel toe, so the TSA focuses on their sausage and meatballs instead.)

Thus, I’m not optimistic about the financial viability of companies like Scannershirts.com, though I agree completely with their business philosophy:

“Airport security screenings now include the use of x-ray machines called ‘body scanners’. These are highly sophisticated devices which can see through your clothing. They are capable of creating a ‘nude’ image of your private body parts, in revealing detail. At ScannerShirts.com, we are sensitive to your desire to maintain your personal dignity consistent with safe air travel. As such, we have designed the products below as privacy wear for family travel. Our garments have been imprinted with a special ink, which tests have shown will create an opaque blur to help keep the details of your private body parts private.

Except the TSA won’t let you. Other companies have already tried selling similar privacy garments, so last January, Curtis Robert Burns (the TSA propagandist who writes under the name Blogger Bob) warned travellers against “the products folks have created that are designed to shield private areas of passengers going through our Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT). […] If there is something shielding an area and we don’t know what’s under it, we have to conduct a pat-down.”

“Patdown”, uttered by a TSA apologist, is another vulgar Americanism meaning “a form of government-mandated sexual humiliation requiring people to adopt submissive-criminal poses while latex-gloved flunkies feel them up.” The ACLU database of passenger complaints about patdowns makes for sickening reading:

Joe in New Mexico reported, “The method used to search my body was on par with a sexual massage by a stranger of the same sex. My penis was touched by a man. My anus and groin were rubbed by a man. My scalp was rubbed by the same person. How can this be acceptable?”

Janet from Maryland said, “The patdown was so invasive that the woman doing it stuck her thumb through my jeans into my vagina, significantly more than simple resistance. She cupped each of my breasts, and ran her hand inside the waistband of my jeans … I am upset, humilated, degraded and feel abused and criminal, when I am guilty of nothing.”

Actually, Janet was guilty of not letting TSA see her camel toe. Last November, when the scan-or-be-groped policy was still new, a TSA agent openly admitted that the whole point of the patdowns is to be so humiliating and unpleasant, passengers will opt for the scanners instead.

Though even submitting to a scan is no guarantee you’ll avoid a patdown. In February, Alaska state representative Sharon Cissna was barred from flying for refusing one after the scanner showed her mastectomy scars. Two months later, six-year-old Anna Drexel had already gone through the scanner when a TSA agent decided to feel her because … well, theTSA never did explain why the little girl registered on their threat radar.

The explanation is simple: TSA policy is to focus on genitalia at the expense of the security checks they should be doing. Last week, the House subcommittee on homeland security said the TSA was to blame in the death of a teenage stowaway who hid in the wheel-well of a parked airplane. (If a thoughtless teenager can do it, a terrorist with a bomb can, too.) TSA also fired or suspended 28 baggage screeners in Honolulu who weren’t screening checked bags for explosives. Checking the cargo hold’s contents, checking the plane itself – all take a back seat to checking what’s in our underwear, because only the latter lets the TSA live up to the motto that was posted in its training center shortly after its founding: “Dominate. Intimidate. Control.”

Today’s last Americanism is “land of the free and home of the brave”, which is how we say “a once-great nation now so imprisoned by its own cowardice, it thinks ‘obscured camel toe’ is a national security threat”. It’s not fear of terrorists that keeps me off planes, these days; it’s fear of mistreatment at the hands of the TSA.

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TSA scanners give cancer? June 30, 2011

If you were opposed to TSA body scanners before, new studies show that you might have more to worry about than just employees taking a peek at what’s beneath your blouse.

After what Electronic Privacy Information Center Executive (EPIC) Director Marc Rotenberg calls a “cluster” of cases of cancer among TSA workers at Boston’s Logan airport, his agency is going against the government and their high-tech body scanners. According to Rotenberg, officials have “not been forthcoming with the public about the true extent of radiation risk” associated with the devices.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center says that the records they obtained connect TSA workers to “cancer clusters allegedly linked to radiation exposure while operating body scanners and other screening technology.” The TSA on the other hand says to 9NEWS NOW that they implement “stringent safety protocols” to make sure their scanners are safe for property, passengers and employees alike.

To the Daily Mail, Rotenberg says that the TSA has dismissed the concerns that there might be a link between cancer cases and the scanners.

“In addition to regular maintenance, each individual machine that uses X-ray technology is regularly tested to ensure the radiation emitted falls within the national safety standards,” the TSA claims. They also say they have the technology to prove that the machines are indeed nothing to worry about.

In the documents obtained by EPIC, however, the National Institute of Standards and Technology voiced concerns after they revealed that they did not test full body scanners for safety. Scientists at the University of California have written US President Barack Obama with the message that “There is still no rigorous, hard, data for the safety of X-ray airport passenger scanners.” Other findings from EPIC show that the NIST warned workers to avoid standing next to the devices, and that a study conducted by John Hopkins University shows that radiation zones in the vicinity of the scanners could exceed safety limits.

EPIC has long fought against the installment of scanners across America. The group, who bills itself as a public interest center aimed at protecting privacy, first filed a suit against the TSA in July 2009 to suspend the program.

Last month, Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt’s (R-AL) proposed legislation that would deny the $76 million that President Obama requested to be used toward new scanners. In March 2010, the TSA purchased and installed 450 units thanks to funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. President Obama was hoping to add an additional 300 or so scanners, as well as employ a staff of half a thousand to operate them.

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TSA Changes Child Pat-Down Policy June 23, 2011

The Transportation Security Administration has changed its policy regarding child pat-downs to prevent airport security screeners from conducting invasive pat-downs on children, the head of TSA said Wednesday, reports USA Today.

TSA Administrator John Pistole announced the change in policy at a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing.

The policy amendment follows on the heels of the public’s horror over a video illustrating a pat-down of a 6-year-old girl at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

“As part of our ongoing effort to get smarter about security, Administrator Pistole has made a policy decision to give security officers more options for resolving screening anomalies with young children,” Nicholas Kimball, a TSA spokesman said.

TSA will instruct airport screeners on how to conduct multiple screenings on young children to avoid pat-downs.

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Schumer Targets Rental Car Recalls May 31, 2011

ALBANY, N.Y. — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York said he will introduce a bill to stop car rental agencies from renting automobiles that are under recalls for problems that aren’t yet fixed.

The industry this month proposed a two-tiered system in which cars would be kept off the road if the recall involved serious safety issues. Recalls considered less serious would be fixed as soon as possible, but the cars wouldn’t be “grounded” until then, under the proposal by the American Car Rental Association.

“Rental car agencies appear more interested in reaping profit by keeping recalled vehicles on the road then they do with ensuring the safety of the individuals and families who are driving their cars,” Schumer said before his announcement Monday.

Schumer said the law is needed because of serious crashes in recent years involving rental cars under recalls. He said car rental agencies must be held to the same standard as automobile dealerships that don’t lease cars for longer terms until a problem identified in a recall is fixed.

The American Car Rental Association said its two-tiered system would make sure unsafe cars aren’t rented but also wouldn’t keep cars off the road unnecessarily. The association said neither manufacturers nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives clear direction on which recalls pose a serious risk that must be fixed before a car can be operated.

“Currently all vehicle owners, including rental companies, must decide whether to continue to operate vehicles subject to a recall based on the information provided by the manufacturer and NHTSA in the recall notice,” the association said on its website.

Schumer said all recalled vehicles should be off the road until they’re fixed.

“The latest proposal by car rental companies to create a vague double-standard that defines some recalled cars as safe and others as dangerous allows these companies to shirk their responsibility to consumers’ safety,” Schumer said.

Schumer said a consumer who rents a car, unlike a private owner, won’t be notified that the car is under recall.

An association spokesman didn’t respond to a request for comment Sunday.

“We can’t determine the significance of a recall and whether a vehicle is no longer safe to operate or whether it can continue to operate and then should simply be brought in for service at some point in time,” the association’s Bob Barton told The New York times in April in lobbying for a two-tier system.

“We simply want the manufacturers to instruct us when a vehicle needs to be grounded and we will absolutely comply,” Barton said.

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It is Just Wrong and the TSA needs to go… May 23, 2011

Empire-Building TSA Gropocrats

Posted by Thomas DiLorenzo on May 23, 2011 06:10 AM

All government bureaucrats are incessant propagandists and empire builders.  They are constantly attempting to expand their “domains” in order to justify their jobs, perks, and promotions.  A recent example of this is how TSA bureaucrats have imposed themselves on high school proms, groping young teenage girls all dressed up in their prom gowns…

Americans are becoming worthless, scared and government bottle fed babies…

Coffee Talk!

Source: http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/88544.html

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