This article: http://www.policymic.com/articles/14775/tsa-gone-wild-8-unexpected-ways-the-government-is-spying-on-you/220462 how if the following words are included in your social media post, it will automatically be monitored by your helpful government agency.
Riot, pipe bomb, plume, toxic, chemical burn.
It is now part of my personal email signature and will be included in every Tweet & FB post.
Won’t you join me?
REMOVE YOUR SHOES WITH PRIDE!
Are you deeply passive aggressive? How about slipping on a pair of Fourth Amendment Socks in preparation for the next time your friendly TSA Agent “asks” you to remove your shoes?
Imagine the blank look of confusion as he/she tries to parse why you have writing on your socks. Imagine the look of dread as he/she realizes that he/she must read the entire paragraph to make sure that it doesn’t say anything that might peg you as a terrorist!
Imagine how they might not even notice the socks.
But at least your feet are cozy!
That is my horrible headline for this horrible event.
Wilco Tango Foxtrot is happening, people?
On Friday, at the request of the TSA, I was removed from the witness list. The excuse was that I am involved in a lawsuit against the TSA, trying to get them to suspend their full-body scanner program. But it’s pretty clear that the TSA is afraid of public testimony on the topic, and especially of being challenged in front of Congress. They want to control the story, and it’s easier for them to do that if I’m not sitting next to them pointing out all the holes in their position. Unfortunately, the committee went along with them.
The title of the hearing: TSA Oversight Part III: Effective Security or Security Theater?
The House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday that outlaws protests in instances where some government officials are nearby, whether or not you even know it.
“We just want to make sure that our leaders are safe and bad stuff often happens when there are protestors around so… it’s not a big deal. You can’t play your radio loudly after 11pm… this is simply the same sort of thing, people. Nothing to see here. Go back to sleep…”
This is very bad:
Not sure what to do other than weep.
I don’t know if this is a joke. It seems like it might be… but I don’t think it is.
This is the Playmobil Security Check Point for sale on Amazon.com.
Here is the best review. I wish I’d written it:
Thank you Playmobil for allowing me to teach my 5-year old the importance of recognizing what a failing bureaucracy in a ever growing fascist state looks like. Sometimes it’s a hard lesson for kids to learn because not all pigs carry billy clubs and wear body armor. I applaud the people who created this toy for finally being hip to our changing times. Little children need to be aware that not all smiling faces and uniforms are friendly. I noticed that my child is now more interested in current events. Just the other day he asked me why we had to forfeit so much of our liberties and personal freedoms and I had to answer “well, it’s because the terrorists have already won”. Yes, they have won.
I also highly recommend the Playmobil “farm fencing” so you can take your escorted airline passenger away and fence him behind bars as if he were in Guantanamo Bay.
This has gotten horrible.
One of the things I’ve said about the TSA and everyone giving up their liberties for the feeling of security is that we know this stuff is wrong… invasive at the least, but our children are growing up in a world where, if they are NOT searched, they will think something is wrong.
The wildly unconstitutional TSA continue to suck out loud.
On the other hand, getting rid of 28 TSA Agents is a great start. How about a couple thousand more?
The reason they were “let go” is because they weren’t screening bags – bags were sent onto planes without being checked. Instead of playing the “If I were a terrorist” game, play the “I’m not an idiot” game and understand how important the implication is: Even the rotten TSA Agents understood that their jobs are pointless.
There is no reason to search law abiding citizens.
READ THE ARTICLE ON CNN.COM
(CNN) — The Transportation Security Administration fired 28 of its employees — in addition to three who resigned or retired — following a probe that revealed bags were allowed onto planes at Hawaii’s Honolulu International Airport without being properly screened, the agency said Sunday.
Another 15 people were suspended, the TSA reported in a statement.
The moves come after the agency “completed the adjudication process” it had announced in June, months after the allegations first surfaced. All those terminated or suspended “have the right to appeal the decision,” according to the TSA.
The firing is believed to be one of, if not the biggest, such action in the agency’s history, with officials previously stating that it underscores they will not tolerate employees who compromise security.
In March, Honolulu’s KITV 4 News reported that TSA officers assigned to a morning shift regularly allowed checked bags to be loaded onto flights on nine daily departures without being screened for explosives. Sources told the TV station that such lapses occurred for as long as four months and involved thousands of checked bags. CNN confirmed the investigation.
TSA officers are required to screen 100% of all checked bags before they are stored in the cargo holds of passenger aircraft.
In June, agency officials said they did not know exactly how many bags were allowed onto flights without being inspected but said the lapse took place during the last four months of 2010. The TSA said after it became aware of the problem, it took steps to ensure that every bag is properly screened at the airport.
A TSA official said in June that in addition to rank-and-file screeners and some supervisors, the airport’s federal security director and assistant federal security director for screening had also received letters proposing that they lose their jobs.
“TSA holds its workforce to the highest ethical standards, and we will not tolerate employees who in any way compromise the security of the traveling public,” TSA Administrator John Pistole said then in a statement.
The TSA said it uses closed-circuit TV, random inspections, covert tests and peer and management oversight to check on the integrity of the system.
U.S. Citized tires of feeling unwelcome upon return to own country… Hilarity ensues.
I was detained last night by federal authorities at San Francisco International Airport for refusing to answer questions about why I had travelled outside the United States.
The end result is that, after waiting for about half an hour and refusing to answer further questions, I was released – because U.S. citizens who have produced proof of citizenship and a written customs declaration are not obligated to answer questions.
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“Why were you in China?” asked the passport control officer, a woman with the appearance and disposition of a prison matron.
“None of your business,” I said.
Her eyes widened in disbelief.
“Excuse me?” she asked.
“I’m not going to be interrogated as a pre-condition of re-entering my own country,” I said.
This did not go over well. She asked a series of questions, such as how long I had been in China, whether I was there on personal business or commercial business, etc. I stood silently. She said that her questions were mandated by Congress and that I should complain to Congress instead of refusing to cooperate with her.
… read the rest here!
There is also a wonderful list of replies to the folks calling him a… wait for it… DOUCHEBAG for refusing to answer some questions.