The TSA is a multibillion dollar agency with nearly zero redeemable qualities. It can only act in hindsight, does almost nothing to make traveling safer, and seemingly devotes most of its screening efforts to toddlers, cancer patients, and ensuring carry-on liquids do not exceed three ounces.
What it lacks in competency, it makes up in misconduct. Lines at security checkpoints have slowed to a crawl. Making it through the tedious, invasive process sometimes means inadvertently “donating” expensive electronics to sticky-fingered agents. The TSA’s morale is generally on par with Congress’ approval rates. And, when it’s all said and done, the people hired to protect travelers just plain suck at their job. Continue reading »
Hannah Cohen, 18, was on her way home from St Jude’s Hospital when a scanner went off and led to incident that left her ‘physically and emotionally’ injured
A disabled teenage cancer patient was injured during a violent arrest by security agents at Memphis international airport, her family has alleged in a lawsuit filed against the Transport Security Administration.
Hannah Cohen, 18, at the time of her arrest on 30 June 2015, and her mother had been on their way home to Chattanooga from St Jude’s hospital in Memphis, where Hannah underwent her final treatment for a brain tumor. Continue reading »
The TSA and Homeland must have known that wait times would soar if more rigorous screening was implemented. They did it anyway. As AP reports, in the past three years, the TSA and Congress cut the number of front-line screeners by 4,622 — or about 10 percent — on expectations that an expedited screening program called PreCheck would speed up the lines. However, not enough people enrolled for TSA to realize the anticipated efficiencies. In other words, PreCheck has been in a failure. Not enough Americans have been willing to make themselves “known” to FedGov and Homeland Security. The way to fix it is to make people so miserable that they join.…
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TSA agents don’t get enough credit. They aren’t just experts at sexually molesting airport passengers, although they are very good at that. They have also become well known for outright theft.
Here’s the latest from the New York Post:
A TSA agent at JFK Airport was busted when he was caught stealing money out of a passenger’s wallet at a security checkpoint, authorities said.
Joe Bangay, 37, was processing passengers at Terminal 1 around 10:30 p.m. Saturday when he swiped $61 in cash out of the passenger’s wallet, according to police. Continue reading »
– The Biggest Crooks In America Are Now The Cops (ZeroHedge, June 13, 2015):
The TSA Is a Complete Waste of Time
Today, we continue our series “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” As you’ll recall, our premise is that in a world where everyone is a lawbreaker, it’s hard to spot the real criminals.
Below, we turn to the bad … Continue reading »
H/t reader M.G.:
“From the Intercept…..TSA’s list of how to spot a terrorist..
I have known many who show some of these symptoms due to fear of flying…..evidently, anyone can be labeled a terrorist.
This is so absurd, I had to show it to you…..”
– Exclusive: TSA’s Secret Behavior Checklist to Spot Terrorists (The Intercept, March 27, 2015):
Fidgeting, whistling, sweaty palms. Add one point each. Arrogance, a cold penetrating stare, and rigid posture, two points.
These are just a few of the suspicious signs that the Transportation Security Administration directs its officers to look out for — and score — in airport travelers, according to a confidential TSA document obtained exclusively by The Intercept.
The checklist is part of TSA’s controversial program to identify potential terrorists based on behaviors that it thinks indicate stress or deception — known as the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT. The program employs specially trained officers, known as Behavior Detection Officers, to watch and interact with passengers going through screening. Continue reading »
– Video: TSA Demands to Conduct Full Body Pat Down on Man After His Plane Already Landed (Propaganda Matrix, Sep 11, 2014):
TSA agents demanded to conduct a full body pat down on a man after he had already landed and was set to leave Denver Airport in a security mix up that was caught on camera.
Kahler Nygard flew from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Denver last Saturday but was told to exit the plane before all other passengers before being met by TSA agents at the gate. Continue reading »
– Independence Day? 79 Percent Of Americans Are Completely Okay With The Current Level Of Tyranny (Economic Collapse, July 2, 2014):
On July 4th, the United States will celebrate Independence Day once again. But who in the world are we trying to kid? Our founders intended to create a society where freedom and liberty would be maximized, but that is not what America looks like today. Instead, we live in a country that literally has millions of laws, rules and regulations. We have a government that is obsessed with spying on the entire planet and that tries to watch, monitor, track and record as much information about all of us as it possibly can. A “Big Brother” surveillance grid is being constructed all around us, and our militarized police are becoming more brutal with each passing day. Sadly, most Americans don’t seem too alarmed by any of this. In fact, a new Gallup survey has found that 79 percent of Americans are “satisfied” with the level of freedom in this nation. That is a very alarming statistic.
If most people believe that everything is “just fine”, then our leaders are going to feel free to keep doing the same things that they have been doing. Continue reading »
– 30 Survey Results That Sound False But That Are Actually True (Economic Colllapse, March 23, 2014):
You will be shocked at what some Americans actually believe. For example, close to 90 percent of us believe that we are eating a healthy diet, and yet more than third of the population is officially obese. 65 percent of all Americans say that they are dissatisfied with the government, and yet nearly a third of us would be willing to submit to a “TSA body cavity search” in order to get on an airplane. As you will see below, Americans are angrier and more frustrated with government and with their lives than ever before, but we also exhibit almost unbelievable levels of sloth and apathy. Some of the numbers below are quite funny, and others are absolutely stunning. But they all say something about who we have become as a nation.
The following are 30 survey results that sound false but that are actually true: Continue reading »
Explosive takes down airplane (top image) – Flight 11 debris covers a field, 1962. Investigators determined that one of the passengers brought down the airplane for the life insurance proceeds to his family
– TSA Orders Over Half-Ton Of High Powered Explosive (Activist Post, March 8, 2014):
Put this in the “What in the hell are they thinking?” category, but the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) protectors of the friendly skies, the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) has submitted another request for high explosives via the Federal Business Online website today, and has issued a Limited Source Justification for three businesses to provide the material: Hallowell Manufacturing LLC, Omni Explosives Inc, and Tripwire Operations Group.
While this is not new, the explosive they are requesting has not been ordered/solicited in the past 10 years.
– Meanwhile In Hawaii… Your Taxpayer Dollars Hard At Work (ZeroHedge, Feb 17, 2014):
Presented with no comment…
Those curious how the TSA “trains” are encouraged to read Politico’s, “Dear America, I Saw You Naked – And yes, we were laughing. Confessions of an ex-TSA agent.” It uncovers more or less everything.
And in case you thought it was Sundays… here is today’s taxpayer dollars hard at work…
Because nothing says “efficiency” like this…
– TSA Spent $900 Million on Behavior Detection Officers Who Detected 0 Terrorists (CNS News, Nov 25, 2013):
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spent approximately $900 million over the last 5 years for behavior detection officers to identify high-risk passengers but, so far, according to the General Accountability Office (GAO), only 0.59% of the passengers flagged were arrested and among those not one was charged with terrorism – zero.
In 2003, the TSA started testing its Screening of Passengers by Observation Technique (SPOT) program, which was then fully deployed in 2007. About 3,000 behavior detection officers (BDO) “had been deployed to 176 of the more than 450 TSA-regulated airports in the United States” by fiscal year 2012 (Oct. 1, 2011 – Sept. 30, 2012), according to the GAO.
– TSA agent confiscates sock monkey’s pistol (King5, Dec8, 2013)
“Rooster Monkburn” the cowboy sock monkey is without his pistol, thanks to a diligent TSA agent in St. Louis.
Phyllis May of Redmond, Wash. says she is “appalled and shocked and embarrassed all at the same time” about the incident that happened on Dec. 3.
May has a small business selling unique sock monkey dolls. She says she and her husband were on their way from St. Louis to Sea-Tac and she had a couple of monkeys and sewing supplies with her in a carry-on bag.
– Selena Gomez Loves TSA Groping (Infowars, Nov 12, 2013):
In her recent hit song “Slow Down,” pop princess Selena Gomez attempts to make TSA molestation sound sexy and trendy.
Now that I have captured your attention.
I wanna steal you for a rhythm intervention.
Mr. TSA*, I’m ready for inspection.
Show me how you make a first impression.
What kind of sick deviant would think that being groped by a blue-gloved TSA goon could in any way be sexy? What’s next? Is Selena going to regale us with tales of how alluring it is to be molested by a rapist?
This is all part of the degenerate entertainment industry’s bid to make tyranny trendy.
– Security Check Now Starts Long Before You Fly (New York Times, Oct 21, 2013):
The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its screening of passengers before they arrive at the airport by searching a wide array of government and private databases that can include records like car registrations and employment information.
While the agency says that the goal is to streamline the security procedures for millions of passengers who pose no risk, the new measures give the government greater authority to use travelers’ data for domestic airport screenings. Previously that level of scrutiny applied only to individuals entering the United States.
– TSA Air Marshal Arrested for Taking Photos Up Passengers’ Skirts (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Oct 17, 2013):
Let’s look at the latest scorecard in the so-called “war on terror.” We recently discovered that contrary to earlier estimates of 54 thwarted terror attacks, the NSA has actually only stopped “one or perhaps two” attacks. Furthermore, while it somehow couldn’t prevent the Boston attack, the FBI had no qualms with assassinating a friend of one of the suspects under highly suspicious circumstances. A bizarre situation to which we still have no answers.
It’s not just the NSA though. The kind folks at the TSA, you know the people who pat you down at the airport, apparently have a pervert employee problem (shocker). Specifically, a federal air marshal was arrested today in Nashville for taking photos up women’s skirts. While on duty.
From WKRN-TV in Nashville:
A federal air marshal was arrested on Thursday after he allegedly took cell phone photographs up passengers’ skirts.
According to a police affidavit, a witness grabbed Adam Bartsch’s cell phone after seeing him take the inappropriate photos and notified a flight attendant.
Bartsch, who was on duty at the time, was removed from Southwest flight number 3132 and taken into police custody after admitting to taking 10 to 12 pictures underneath women’s skirts.
– TSA loudspeakers threaten travelers with arrest for joking about security (Police State USA, Oct 10, 2013):
HOUSTON, TX — Travelers are reporting threatening messages coming from the loudspeakers of the Travel Security Administration. The TSA has been broadcasting warnings that people will be arrested for making jokes in the presence of the infamous federal checkpoint agents. Policestateusa.com has obtained exclusive audio of the threats.
Matt Miller said on the morning of September 20th, during his return trip from Colorado to Florida, he spent a few hours in Houston waiting for a connecting flight. Sitting at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, he repeatedly heard a TSA audio message on the intercom that disturbed him.
“…You are also reminded that any inappropriate remarks or jokes concerning security may result in your arrest.”
Miller documented the message with an audio recording via his cell phone and sent it to us.
– What are my rights at various “checkpoints”? (Flex Your Rights):
There are four general types of checkpoints you might encounter: DUI checkpoints, US border checkpoints, drug checkpoints, and TSA checkpoints. In a legal sense, they are not all created equal. So depending on which one you encounter, you’ll want to be prepared to flex your rights appropriately. Continue reading »
– Homeland Security training TSA workers to save themselves in shooting (PressTV, Jan 27, 2013):
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint screeners are receiving training to prepare them for the possibility of a mass shooting at one of the agency’s airport checkpoints, and those TSA personnel are being instructed to “save themselves” should a shooting occur.
It is unclear whether the TSA is conducting the reported mass shooting scenario training at airports around the nation or only at the airport where our source, a veteran of the TSA, is assigned. The TSA source claims with obvious concern that his own life, along with the lives of other unarmed TSA personnel, would be in grave danger were an airport checkpoint shooting to unfold.
– 50 Shocking Questions That You Should Ask To Anyone That Is Not A Prepper Yet (Economic Collapse, Jan 16, 2013):
Share this list of shocking questions with everyone you know that needs to wake up. Sometimes asking good questions is the best way to get someone that you care about to understand something. When I attended law school, I became very familiar with something called “the Socratic method”. It is a method that has been traditionally used in law schools all over the United States. Law professors will bombard their students with questions, and the goal is to stimulate critical thinking and allow students to discover the answers for themselves. Many times those of us that can see what is happening to this country get frustrated when we try to get others to see what is so apparent to us. But instead of preaching to them, perhaps asking questions would be more helpful. When you ask someone a question, they are almost forced to think about what you just said and come up with a response. And without a doubt, the fact that America is in decline is undeniable. Those that would choose to blindly have faith in the system are foolish, because it is glaringly obvious that the system is failing. Our economy is heading for collapse and the world around us is becoming more unstable with each passing day. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the number of preppers in the United States is absolutely exploding. Some estimates put the number of preppers in the U.S. as high as 3 million, and the movement continues to explode.
So exactly what is a “prepper”? Well, the truth is that there is a tremendous amount of diversity among the people that fall under that label. Continue reading »
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– ALEX JONES: Gaza Descends into Absolute Bedlam (Veterans Today, Nov 18, 2012):
New World Order Using Palestinians As Pawns for Global Game
Alex Jones reports on the Middle East’s descent into absolute bedlam as the conflict between Gaza and Israel intensifies and spreads into what some economists are saying could be the beginnings of a new World War. Alex will also review highlights from Ron Paul’s historic farewell speech as well as reiterate his call to secede from the banks, corporate oligarchs and globalists who long ago hijacked the country.
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– Major Airports to Remove Invasive X-ray, Body Scanners (CNBC, Oct 23, 2012):
TSA introduced the so-called Backscatter scanners, sometimes referred to as the “naked” X-ray machines, at U.S. airports in 2009. Many travelers were not happy that naked images of themselves were displayed to TSA officers in a nearby room. In addition to privacy concerns, travelers were concerned about radiation exposure.
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TSA screener Andrew Smeal, 39, was arrested on 25 counts of possessing child pornography, the Broward Sheriff s Office said. BSO Det. Giuseppe Weller discussed the case.
– TSA Screener Busted for Child Pornography: Authorities (NBC, Sep 13, 2012):
Andrew Smeal, 39, faces 25 counts of possessing child pornography
TSA screener Andrew Smeal, 39, was being held at the Broward County Main Jail on $50,000 bond Thursday night, according to online BSO records.
– White House Pulls Down TSA Petition (Epic, Aug 9, 2012):
At approximately 11:30 am EDT, the White House removed a petition about the TSA airport screening procedures from the White House “We the People” website. About 22,500 of the 25,000 signatures necessary for a response from the Administration were obtained when the White House unexpectedly cut short the time period for the petition. The site also went down for “maintenance” following an article in Wired that sought support for the campaign.
– TSA to purchase 1,400 pounds of explosives for canine training program (Government Security News, Aug 8, 2012):
TSA has put an invitation to bid on the street for 700 pounds of A-5 Flake RDX explosives and 700 pounds of high density ammonium nitrate explosives, which will be used as training aids by explosive-sniffing dogs participating in the National Canine Program (NCP).
“The [Canine Explosives Section] has selected to use High Density Ammonium Nitrate and A-5 Flake RDX as it will provide NCP participants with a more realistic training aid and complement the current aids provided,” explains a statement of work released by TSA on August 7.