Occupy Supply State of the Occupation: 65 Encampments on 12/28/2011

By: Wednesday December 28, 2011 2:10 pm

Not much change to our list of full time encampments this week. We go to 65 encampments as Occupy Bellingham faces an 11:30 am PT eviction today and moves to the “threatened with eviction” list, but since the rash of raids on the 23rd, there hasn’t been much action. (Homeland Security must be giving staff the week off for the holidays.) Details follow.

TSA’s Legal Justification for Gate Grope

By: Monday December 27, 2010 7:00 am

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has been suing the Department of Homeland Security because it refused to engage in the public rule-making process before it adopted RapeAScan machines as part of the primary screening at airports. DHS responded to EPIC’s suit the other day. While I think their response will be largely successful as written, [...]

Rape Victim Arrested by TSA for Refusing Groping

By: Friday December 24, 2010 2:00 pm

A 59-year-old rape survivor with a pacemaker refused a groping by TSA agents at Austin Bergstrom airport, and was subsequently arrested, pushed to the floor, dragged, and banned from flying from the airport. While the TSA’s pornoscanners weren’t involved in this incident, it shows the newfound prevalence of TSA’s aggressive new groping strategy for anyone who doesn’t clear the first round of security checks.

Know your rights this travel season - download our “Know Your Rights” flier, and visit our TSA coverage page for more on pornoscanners and groping.

Airport Porno-Scanners Thwarted by Pancakes

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 2:30 pm

The new expensive backscatter x-ray scanners installed at airports are fairly worthless because they can’t stop a determined individual from smuggling contraband onto an airplane in a body cavity. But that’s not all; it appears the scanners can easily be defeated by a kitchen rolling pin and a roll of tape.

Holiday Travelers: Protect Yourself From TSA’s ‘Porno Scanners’, ‘Enhanced’ Patdowns

By: Monday December 20, 2010 7:15 pm

As we enter the busiest travel season of the year, there is no question that the TSA will be stepping up security measures across the country — including the use of the infamous ‘porno scanners’ and ‘enhanced’ patdowns.

Many of you will be enduring security checkpoints at airports over the next couple of weeks, so we wanted to remind everyone to download a free copy of our Know Your Passenger Rights flier before you travel.

Sunday Late Night: TSA’s Blogger Bob Strikes a Blow for Truthiness

By: Sunday December 5, 2010 8:01 pm

As TSA’s Blogger Bob says, “Don’t Believe It!” Except about your salary, Blogger Bob. That we’re gonna freeze.

Did TSA Turn Off Porno-Scanners to Manipulate Opt-Out Day?

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 10:15 am

Don’t touch my what now? In the week since the biggest travel day of the year, the public attention paid to the TSA’s porno scanners and aggressive groping has plummeted.

The basic story line appears to be that since airports functioned without hiccups from porno scanner opt-outs during the Thanksgiving travel season, the media “overblew” a “false alarm” story. Yet we’re no longer talking about porno scanners and groping because the Thanksgiving holiday passed without incident; no major delays, and even more importantly, no new “don’t touch my junk” videos or similar incidents.

But it was almost too quiet over Thanksgiving…

Terrorists Don’t Hate Us for Our Air Travel: Security Theater Gets Another Bad Review

By: Monday November 29, 2010 7:25 pm

The driving force behind Al-Qaeda and related groups acts of terrorism is not a profound hatred of air travel. They don’t deeply despise the Boeing 747. They aren’t driven by the belief that the ability to travel from New York to San Francisco in under 7 hours is affront to God.

They hate America and want to perform acts of terrorism to terrorize the country, regardless the venue. Even if we could magically make domestic air travel 100 percent terrorist proof, something that would not be possible without full body CAT scans or colonoscopies to check every body cavities, it would not make us any safer in the aggregate.

Tribalism Fuels Outrage Outrage and Backlash Backlash over TSA Gate-Gate

By: Wednesday November 24, 2010 1:45 pm

Ignoring the anger and demonizing the angry does not service liberty or security, and it doesn’t do much for the causes of progressives or the Democratic Party, either.

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