It has come to this. There is a self-help guides from the ACLU on what to do if you think you are on the U.S. government’s no-fly list. Oh, and the TSA says 99 percent of the people who contact them about no-fly have been denied boarding only because their names are similar to a [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday April 15, 2015 1:00 pm|
The United States government will now inform US citizens placed on the No Fly List whether they have, in fact, been put on the No Fly List and possibly some details related to the basis for the listing. But an attorney for an American challenging the government’s No Fly List authority has suggested that the [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday February 9, 2015 9:00 am|
Whistleblower laws exist because government officials do not always act in the nation’s best interests. The Obama administration, in its war on whistleblowers, just lost a major battle. Major in its venue — the Supreme Court — and major in its implications for future whistleblower cases. The Court’s decision in Department of Homeland Security v. [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Saturday February 7, 2015 12:00 pm|
Here’s a flash in the dark peek at justice in America, all in the name of keeping us safe from terrorism by using the tools of law enforcement to terrorize us. If that’s not the case, then why is Charles Kieser still employed by the TSA? The Terrorist Random American Citizen Roger Vanderklok (aka “Josef [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday January 26, 2015 11:00 am|
Here’s another reason to be even more skeptical when you see those statistics about how the United States has arrested or detained 1,200,761,324 terrorists or whatever. A former college student, Nicholas George, was detained in 2009 for hours at Philadelphia International Airport because he was carrying Arabic flashcards and thus suspected by the TSA of [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 22, 2015 2:00 pm|
A federal air marshal whistleblower won an important Supreme Court victory on January 21 when justices voted 7-2 that his disclosures were covered by the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) and had not been “specifically prohibited by the law,” as the government claimed.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday October 11, 2014 8:30 am|
As a result of a court ruling that found thirteen United States citizens who were placed on the No Fly List had their rights to “procedural due process” violated, seven US citizens have been notified by the government that they are not currently on that particular watchlist.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had been involved in representing these individuals in their lawsuit against the government.
|By: spocko Wednesday August 20, 2014 8:00 pm|
Wired has a story today about a team of security researchers demonstrated how people can slip weapons and explosives past TSA’s Rapiscan full-body X-ray scanners.
The article talks about blogger Jonathan Corbett who published a YouTube video two years ago showing some of these same failings which the TSA pooh-poohed. Now these researchers from the University of California at San Diego, the University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins are showing the same things and more.
|By: Steve Horn Wednesday August 20, 2014 2:30 pm|
While many states around the U.S. have released information to the public about the frequency and routes of trains carrying oil obtained from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale basin, holdouts still remain.
Why the delay? Homeland security concerns, claim some companies.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 24, 2014 8:01 am|
A secret United States government rulebook for placing “known terrorists” and “suspected terrorists” on government watchlists, including the No-Fly List, has been published by The Intercept. It was obtained from an unnamed “intelligence source.”