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  • Did Sean Hannity Just Say TSA Searches are Okay?

    04/16/2014 2:30:29 PM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 55 replies
    Vanity | 4-16-14 | Self
    I may be wrong, but I think I just heard Sean Hannity say on his show that the TSA searches are okay. It happened just as I came across his show - so I must say up front I may have heard it wrong, or perhaps out of context. If anyone can correct this, please do so. BUT, I think he said something to the effect of he's happy to go thru the process, that if it will keep us all safer, we should all just do it. Now I hope this was out of context, because there's about three...
  • TSA Week in Review – 45 Loaded Firearms, Concealed Firearms on Three Passengers, Inert WWI Shells

    04/12/2014 1:55:50 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 20 replies
    The TSA Blog ^ | 04/11/14 | The TSA Blog
    Concealed Firearms– Normally when our officers discover firearms, they’re inside carry-on bags. This week, three loaded firearms were discovered on the passenger. A 380. caliber firearm loaded with five rounds and one chambered was discovered strapped to a passenger’s ankle after walking through a metal detector at Cincinnati (CVG). A loaded 380. caliber firearm with a round chambered was discovered in the rear pocket of a San Antonio (SAT) passenger during Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) screening. A 380. caliber firearm loaded with five rounds was discovered after a passenger walked through a metal detector at Dallas – Ft. Worth (DFW)....
  • Air Marshal director stepping down amid agency gun scheme probe

    04/11/2014 6:42:13 AM PDT · by libstripper · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 11, 2014 | Jana Winter
    EXCLUSIVE: The director of the Federal Air Marshal Service is retiring after being investigated for his role in an alleged operation to acquire guns for officials' personal use, FoxNews.com has learned. Director Robert Bray's home was raided in December in connection with the ongoing probe. Law enforcement and congressional sources told FoxNews.com that Bray's recently announced retirement, which is effective in June, is directly related to the investigation. Bray allegedly is among several officials who were obtaining weapons through this operation.
  • Sherry Wright, who is unable to speak following a stroke, was not allowed to board flight

    04/11/2014 3:19:36 AM PDT · by wonkowasright · 19 replies
    News.com.au ^ | 4/10/2014 | Staff Writers
    WOMAN claims an airport security agent refused to let her disabled sister on board a plane because she couldn’t say her own name. Sherry Wright says she was shocked at the treatment they received at Los Angeles International Airport, where her sister Heidi was due to fly to Phoenix. The problems began when Heidi, who was left wheelchair-bond and unable to speak or write after a stroke a decade ago, was stopped by the Transport Security Administration (TSA) due to an expired driver’s licence, CNN reported. Sherry claims the TSA agent was rude and insensitive, insisting Heidi talk. “I showed...
  • Teenagers smuggle WWI bombs on a Heathrow jet bound for Chicago

    04/09/2014 11:53:13 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 9 Apr 2014 | Daniel Binns
    Heathrow Airport has been forced to defend its security after a pair of students smuggled two large World War I artillery shells on to a plane and flew to the US. Baggage screeners made the discovery when the teenagers landed in Chicago, sparking a major incident. It is believed they picked up the 75mm munitions as souvenirs while on a school trip to a former artillery range in France. The find prompted the evacuation of O’Hare International Airport by the FBI before officials concluded there was no risk of the shells exploding. It is not clear how the students, aged...
  • Civilian guard on leave as Navy boosts base security

    04/01/2014 10:32:01 AM PDT · by csvset · 11 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | April 1, 2014 | Corinne Reilly
    NORFOLK A civilian police officer has been placed on leave and the Navy is boosting security measures at bases from Virginia to Maine after last week's shooting aboard the destroyer Mahan. The guard who allowed the shooter onto Norfolk Naval Station was a federal police officer, not a sailor or a contractor, officials said Monday. Everyone entering a base in the service's mid-Atlantic region using a transportation worker credential - the kind Jeffrey Savage showed before he shot and killed a sailor - now must be checked against a federal crime database. Until last week, those checks weren't mandatory. Navy...
  • The Parable of the Mashed Potato Police - And other tales of working for the TSA

    03/31/2014 3:29:14 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 13 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Jason Edward Harrington
    I recently had a bad flashback. I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep when I was hit with a vivid memory from my time as a Transportation Security Administration officer at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. It was 2008, and I was conducting a bag check when three of my TSA colleagues got into an argument with a passenger at the checkpoint. Things got pretty heated. The subject of debate? Whether mashed potatoes were a liquid or a solid. In the end, of course, the TSA agents had the last word: Since the potatoes took the shape of their container,...
  • You can accuse the TSA of a lot of stuff, but never this...

    03/28/2014 10:22:55 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-28-14 | The Looking Spoon
  • Civilian who killed Sailor at Naval Station Norfolk identified

    03/28/2014 6:36:00 AM PDT · by wtd · 34 replies
    WTKR ^ | March 27, 2014 | Holly Henry, Reed Andrews and Marissa Jasek
    Civilian who killed Sailor at Naval Station Norfolk identified "Norfolk, Va. – The civilian gunman accused of killing a sailor aboard the destroyer Mahan on Monday night before being fatally shot is Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, the Navy announced on Thursday. The Navy says Savage, 35, drove his 2002 Freightliner through Gate 5 just after 11 p.m. He then went to Pier 1 and left the truck and tried to get onto the USS Mahan. He was stopped by security there and that’s when a struggle started. They say Savage disarmed a petty officer of the watch and Savage then used...
  • TSA UNION: AGENCY NEEDS ITS OWN ARMED OFFICERS

    03/26/2014 11:49:57 AM PDT · by bkopto · 17 replies
    Breitbart/AP ^ | Mar 26, 2014 | staff
    <p>The head of a union representing 45,000 Transportation Security Administration officers says a report conducted by the TSA after a Los Angeles airport shooting last fall doesn't go far enough in addressing threats posed by individuals targeting its officers. The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that airports post armed law enforcement officers at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours.</p>
  • Amanda Seyfried accidentally sneaks Swiss Army knife on plane, alerts TSA

    03/16/2014 2:00:18 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 57 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | March 15, 2014
    Actress Amanda Seyfried accidentally snuck a Swiss Army knife onto a plane, and then alerted the TSA about it.
  • TSA Purchases 1,980 Sticks of Dynamite to Go With Their 3.5 Million Rounds of Ammo

    03/09/2014 12:52:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 72 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/9/14 | Jim Hoft
    According to one estimate, since 2012 the Department of Homeland Security has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm. DHS also reportedly purchased 2,700 Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicles (MRAPs) to go with their bullet stockpile. ATK is one company that won a contract with the Department of Homeland Security to provide 450 million rounds of .40 caliber ammunition in 2012. TSA, an agency within the DHS, purchased 3.5 million rounds of .357 SIG caliber training ammunition in September. Recently TSA purchased 1,386 pounds of dynamite to go with their ammo. The Activist Post reported: Put...
  • TSA humiliates cancer patient: ‘He’s wearing a diaper!’

    02/13/2014 3:33:18 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Fewbruary 11, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The wife of a man with prostate cancer posted on her blog a scathing assessment of how Transportation Security Administration agents treated her husband during a security checkpoint, explaining how one proclaimed loudly his state of incontinence while a second one grimaced and snickered. The woman — who posted her story without giving names — wrote that her husband battled prostate cancer and, as a result, now suffers from an overactive bladder and is forced to wear adult diapers, The Daily Mail reported. Usually when they fly, he’s forced to explain his situation to security agents — but that the...
  • Airport Security Confiscates Toy Story Doll’s Gun [their stupidity goes to infinity and beyond]

    02/12/2014 2:04:59 PM PST · by grundle · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | February 12, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    Another gun-wielding toy has had its weapon seized by airport security. After a cowboy sock monkey Rooster Monkburn had his tiny harmless weapon seized last year, a Woody doll underwent similar probe at London’s Heathrow Airport. Healthrow traveler John Hazen posted a picture of his son’s figurine to the social-media website Reddit on Tuesday showing a security official removing the doll’s gun. “At Heathrow, security just confiscated his ‘weapon,’ keep the world safe boys,”​ Hazen wrote on the site. The doll does not usually come armed with gun — it was an accessory the family added.
  • Hacking x-ray machines could get guns through airport security

    02/12/2014 12:07:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5:35 PM 02/11/2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    Security researchers have discovered a potentially dangerous flaw in airport x-ray machines that would allow hackers to pass deadly weapons through security. Billy Rios and Terry McCorkle of security firm Qualys discovered that a training function called Threat Image Projection, which superimposes fake images of contraband on the screen to train security personnel, could be manipulated to work in reverse, and project images of weapon-free luggage over top of the real thing. The training software is present in all TSA scanners, and also on machines deployed in government buildings, embassies, courthouses, ports and border crossings. …
  • TSA agents 'humiliate cancer victim wearing adult diaper' at security checkpoint

    02/11/2014 4:00:17 PM PST · by matt04 · 39 replies
    The Transport Security Administration has been criticized for humiliating a cancer survivor at a security checkpoint for wearing an incontinence pad. The man's wife has told that he suffers from OAB (overactive bladder) after a battle with prostate cancer and wears adult diapers for his condition. At an airport security checkpoint recently, he was forced to explain his situation multiple times to TSA officers, one of whom announced that he was wearing a diaper for the whole security line to hear, and then underwent an embarrassing back-room search. The man's wife, writing anonymously, described her husband's ordeal on the forum...
  • TSA Tag Teams Conservative Jewish Author, Ignores Nijab Wearing Muslim

    02/08/2014 5:40:51 AM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    http://www.conservativeinfidel.com ^ | february 8, 2014 | rick wells
    TSA is becoming more and more like a totalitarian police force every day, above the law and beyond the reach of accountability for their acts. A Colorado woman, Jamelyn Steenhoek, was recently subjected to what she felt was the equivalent of a gynecological exam by TSA and filed a criminal complaint, only to have the Denver District Attorney’s  Office refuse to prosecute. Cherry-picking DA’s don’t want to fight the feds. Now comes word of an incident this past Wednesday in which an award-winning Jewish author, Phyllis Chesler was singled out for special attention by TSA agents in JFK Airport. Chesler’s flight to Florida...
  • TSA BANS TOOTHPASTE ON FLIGHTS TO RUSSIA

    02/06/2014 4:37:12 PM PST · by bkopto · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Feb 6, 2014 | staff
    A day after the United States government warned of toothpaste bombs on flights to Russia, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has banned toothpaste--and all other liquids, gels, or aerosols--on flights between the United States and Russia. "As always our security posture, which at all times includes a number of measures both seen and unseen, will continue to respond and appropriately adapt to protect the American people from an ever evolving threat picture," a DHS official who confirmed the new liquid ban told ABC News on Thursday.
  • TSA officer at Bush IAH arrested, accused of making terroristic threat

    02/04/2014 12:20:15 PM PST · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    http://www.khou.com ^ | february 3, 2014
    Jeno Mouton, of Houston, allegedly told a TSA supervisor that “he would rather vent than to come back and shoot up the place,” according to an arrest affidavit.   Investigators said Mouton, who is a long-time employee, allegedly made the comment while he was on-duty and working in the capacity of a TSA officer. His supervisor told police she spoke with Mouton several minutes after he made the initial statement and said Mouton refused to recant it, then went on to repeat it several more times during their conversation. The supervisor reported Mouton to the human resources office manager and...
  • TSA Agent Charged With Making Terror Threat at Houston Airport

    02/04/2014 8:45:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    the blaze ^ | 2/4/13 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A Transportation Security Administration agent has been accused of threatening to shoot coworkers at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, according to multiple media reports. Jeno Vernelli Mouton, 35, has been arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony, the Houston Chronicle reported. According to the Associated Press, documents say Mouton told an airport supervisor on Jan. 25 that he wanted to vent instead of “come back and shoot up the place.” KPRC-TV reported that Mouton, who has worked at the airport for five years, was disgruntled with management and made the remark with coworkers and passengers nearby.
  • TSA Agent Confession

    01/31/2014 7:47:52 PM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/31/2014 | Jason Edward Harrington
    My pained relationship with government security had started three years earlier. I had just returned to Chicago to finish my bachelor’s degree after a two-year stint in Florida. I needed a job to help pay my way through school, and the TSA’s call-back was the first one I received. It was just a temporary thing, I told myself—side income for a year or two as I worked toward a degree in creative writing. It wasn’t like a recession would come along and lock me into the job or anything. It was May 2007. I was living with a bohemian set...
  • Capitalism Calls Viral TSA Blogger Out of the Closet

    01/31/2014 7:25:10 PM PST · by Pharmer1 · 1 replies
    Down on the Pharm ^ | 01/31/2014 | pharmer1
    The author of the TSA blog "Taking Sense Away" is feeling the pull of capitalism. He's posted scoop on the TSA during and after his employment in the cadre of paid gropers. News media have picked his material on scanners and behavior of employees. Capitalism is calling, and there's a need to promote an upcoming novel based upon the inner workings of the TSA. Jason Edward Harrington is out of the closet. Best of luck to him.
  • We laugh at naked bodies and take apple butter from old ladies': Ex-TSA agent confirms...

    01/31/2014 2:22:26 PM PST · by matt04 · 39 replies
    A former TSA officer has confirmed many of the worst suspicions about airport security screeners: they stop passengers for having an attitude, they confiscate snow globes from children and nail clippers from pilots, they profile passengers based on their nationality. And yes, they do see travelers naked in the X-ray photos. ... ‘I confiscated jars of homemade apple butter on the pretense that they could pose threats to national security. I was even required to confiscate nail clippers from airline pilots—the implied logic being that pilots could use the nail clippers to hijack the very planes they were flying,’ he...
  • Dear America, I Saw You Naked. And yes, we were laughing. Confessions of an ex-TSA agent.

    01/31/2014 1:24:59 PM PST · by lowbridge · 20 replies
    politico ^ | january 30, 2014 | JASON EDWARD HARRINGTON
    <p>I hated it from the beginning. It was a job that had me patting down the crotches of children, the elderly and even infants as part of the post-9/11 airport security show. I confiscated jars of homemade apple butter on the pretense that they could pose threats to national security. I was even required to confiscate nail clippers from airline pilots—the implied logic being that pilots could use the nail clippers to hijack the very planes they were flying.</p>
  • TSA agents are drinking your alcohol

    01/31/2014 10:28:23 AM PST · by dangerdoc · 21 replies
    The Verge ^ | 1/31/14 | Jacob kastrenakes
    Even airport TSA agents don't really believe they're making much of a difference. Or so suggests Jason Harrington, a former Transportation Security Administration employee who's written a revealing piece for Politico on what it's like to work for the agency on the ground floor. Harrington writes that many of his coworkers found their orders questionable, from selecting people for enhanced screenings based on their nationality to the broad use of full-body scanners. Harrington also writes that he hated that the job made him pat down children and the elderly and confiscate everything from nail clippers to homemade jellies under the...
  • TSA Harasses Police Chief – Placed On Admin Leave – Told To Disband Entire Police Department

    01/30/2014 10:30:19 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 40 replies
    USA Prepares ^ | 1/29/2014 | Vincent Finelli
    (snip) The story unfolds: Traveling by commercial airlines from Albuquerque, NM to LasVegas,NV, (Police Chief) Harger was asked by TSA to show his credentials. Minutes later a man flashed a badge claiming to be a federal agent (agency unknown) also demanding to see Harger’s credentials. (snip) The following morning, Harger was informed by Sheriff Douglas C. Wood of Sandoval County, New Mexico, that Harger was to dismantle the Jamez Springs Police Department. (be sure to click through and read the whole thing)
  • The No-Fly List Takes a Hit

    01/30/2014 2:47:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    Americans have always treasured the freedom to pick up and go anywhere they please. Our forebears had to travel to get here, often had to travel more after they arrived and sometimes moved on to uncharted territories out West only to return East. No one stopped them, whatever direction they were going. They had the good fortune to live and migrate before the creation of the all-encompassing national security state. After the 9/11 attacks, Americans woke up to find that their freedom to travel was not a fundamental right but a vaporous privilege, bestowed by the government and revocable at...
  • TSA rejects arming officers after LAX shooting

    01/30/2014 1:09:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2014 4:07 PM EST
    The head of the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday his agency has officially rejected arming officers in response to a November attack at Los Angeles International Airport. John Pistole made the comments after a news conference to announce the opening of a “pre-check” application site for expedited screening at LAX. TSA union officials have called for creating armed officers from the agency to ensure safety at screening checkpoints. But Pistole said virtually every issue is on the table except for arming officers. Introducing more guns is not the solution, he said. The agency is conducting a review of the shooting...
  • TSA Blog Year in Review: 2013 [Terrorist barf alert]

    01/25/2014 5:44:44 AM PST · by upchuck · 3 replies
    Every day, Transportation Security Officers interact with nearly two million travelers across the United States with a single goal in mind – ensuring the safety of the traveling public. TSA had a busy year in 2013, screening 638,705,790 passengers in 2013 (over 1,700,000 per day), which is  1,123,668 more passengers than last year.  Sadly, this year marked the first incident where a TSA officer, Gerardo I. Hernandez, was killed in the line of duty at Los Angeles International Airport.   In many ways, Transportation Security Officers are the public face of our nation’s security. It is difficult work, requiring patience, stamina,...
  • Under Obama, TSA harasses children, elderly, and disabled, but gives Muslim Brotherhood a pass

    01/21/2014 3:06:29 PM PST · by grundle · 12 replies
    wordpress ^ | January 21, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Under Obama, the TSA harasses children, the elderly, and the disabled, but gives members of the Muslim Brotherhood a pass The Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization.It was recently reported that in April 2012, the Obama administration allowed members of the Muslim Brotherhood to skip TSA screening.Meanwhile, the Obama administration gave a very invasive patdown to a three-year-old boy in a wheelchair, which caused the boy to tremble in fear.The Obama administration gave an aggressive patdown to a seven-year-old girl with cerebral palsy.The Obama administration said that a four-year-old girl was a “high security threat.”The Obama...
  • Military now eligible for expedited screening at airports

    01/20/2014 6:37:11 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 20 replies
    standard.net ^ | Jan 20, 2014 | Mitch Shaw
    HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- If you're an active duty or reservist airman at Hill Air Force and you're planning to travel by plane, you can now step to the front of the line. Pentagon and Transportation Security Administration officials recently announced that all U.S. Department of Defense service members will be eligible for expedited pre-flight screening at airports -- which means they'll be able to get into an express line where they don't need to remove their shoes and belts or take laptops, iPads or liquids out of their baggage. The new policy is effective immediately, but troops must...
  • Colorado airport installs 'amnesty' boxes for pot users

    01/16/2014 9:18:11 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 31 replies
    NBC News ^ | 01/15/2014 | Erik Ortiz, Staff Writer, NBC News
    Pot-smoking travelers at one Colorado airport who need to ditch their stash before boarding can deposit their marijuana in an "amnesty box." The boxes began cropping up at Colorado Springs Airport on Wednesday to give passengers unaware it is illegal to carry pot on a plane the opportunity to dump their weed, The Gazette newspaper reported. While Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use on Jan. 1, major airports in the state have banned it on their facilities to comply with federal agencies, which still consider it illegal. ~snip~ Greg Phillips, aviation director of the Eagle County Airport near Vail, said the...
  • TSA pre-screening program (United Airlines)

    01/06/2014 7:17:55 AM PST · by libstripper · 16 replies
    United Airlines ^ | Jan. 1, 2014 | United Airlines
    TSA pre-screening program The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented an expedited security screening program at participating airports, allowing certain travelers to move through security with greater efficiency and ease when traveling on an itinerary within the United States or on select international itineraries.
  • Will TSA Agents be Replaced by Machines?

    01/05/2014 7:33:23 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    dVice ^ | Wednesday, January 1, 2014 | Robin Burks
    Will TSA agents be replaced by machines? One of the main reasons that Americans hate to fly is the Transporation Security Administration (TSA). Not only is it annoying to have to strip down at security checkpoints, submit to the occasional patdown and stand in long lines to verify our identities, but the entire system is inefficient. So what happens if we take humans off of those jobs and use machines instead? Several European airports are looking to answer that question by installing eye and face scanners, along with fingerprint readers, at security checkpoints. Many airports’ immigration checks have used these...
  • TSA Offers 'Transgender Travelers' an Advice Page

    12/27/2013 8:31:36 PM PST · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 27, 2013 | Tim Graham
    The TSA is well-known for being too aggressive in its body searches, so it shouldn’t be surprising in the Obama years that the TSA has a web page titled “Transgender Travelers: Special Considerations.” “TSA recognizes the concerns members of the transgender community may have with undergoing the security screening process at our Nation’s airports and is committed to conducting screening in a dignified and respectful manner,” they promise. First, they reasonably suggest that your birth date, name, and gender on your reservation match your government ID (“Cisgender oppressors!”) Making Reservations: Secure Flight requires airlines to collect a traveler’s full name,...
  • IT WAS POSTED ON A HUMOR SITE, BUT THIS SERIOUS TAKEDOWN OF THE TSA IS BLISTERING

    12/26/2013 4:08:00 PM PST · by lowbridge · 20 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | december 25, 2013 | sharona schwartz
    In a blistering takedown of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s approach to airport security, the former chief of security for Israeli airports described an agency riddled with incompetence and wastefulness and that, despite large infusions of government money, may never have actually stopped a single terror attack. The TSA may even be inviting a deadly attack on airline passengers due to poor planning, he charged. Though his analysis was posted on the humor website Cracked, airline security expert Rafi Sela detailed serious flaws in American airport protection, ones he contrasted starkly with his own experience in Israel. For one thing, Sela...
  • The TSA Kids Website Is Gloriously Hilarious (And A Bit Scary)

    12/23/2013 6:01:37 PM PST · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    Consumerist ^ | December 23, 2013
    Whether it’s removing a family from a flight because their 18-month-old is on a “no-fly” list, demanding that a 4-year-old get a pat-down because she hugged her grandmother, patting down an infant, evacuating a terminal because one parent passes a baby to the other without receiving a secondary screening, or screaming at the parents of a child with cerebral palsy, the TSA has shown time and again that it has a masterful touch when dealing with young children. That unique sensibility is definitely on display at the agency’s new site dedicated to educating children about security theater. TSA Kids is...
  • TSA Wants to Hire ‘Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business’ (for $30M contract)

    12/19/2013 3:36:51 AM PST · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 18, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is looking exclusively for an “economically disadvantaged woman owned small business” when it awards its next $30 million contract for security training. The agency announced a solicitation for a company to conduct training for its Inter-Modal Security and Training Exercise Program (I-Step) last week. [Snip] Contracting offices are required to set quotas for hiring EDWOSBs by the Small Business Act, which was enacted in January. According to the law, women are “subjected to discrimination in entrepreneurial endeavors due to their gender” and it is “in the national interest” to “remove discriminatory barriers.” The act sets...
  • Photographer Has Blower Confiscated by TSA Because it ‘Could Fly Like a Missile’

    12/19/2013 2:15:28 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 61 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | DEC 18,2013 | DL CADE
    It’s common knowledge that the Giottos Rocket Blowers and the TSA don’t get along. In the past we’ve told you to just leave it at home unless you want it confiscated with no more reason than “it looks like a bomb.” But the reason photographer and Canon Rumors forum user Surapon got was a whole lot more entertaining than that.
  • A Family Terror: The Tsarnaevs and the Boston Bombing

    12/15/2013 6:28:56 AM PST · by bgill · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | Dec. 13, 2013 | Alan Cullison
    But they already seemed like "losers," as their successful Americanized uncle told reporters after the attack. They were out of place in the U.S., and my relationship with them developed because they needed so much basic advice about how to get by. I didn't sense impending danger in their household, but looking back, I can see now that I glimpsed a new type of threat to the U.S., one that we have only recently begun to confront.
  • TSA confiscates sock monkey’s tiny gun...

    12/12/2013 10:19:18 AM PST · by Nachoman · 22 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 12/11/13 | Jennifer Cruz
    A dedicated TSA agent successfully disarmed a sock monkey attempting to sneak a tiny toy gun onto a plane at a St. Louis airport last week. According to a report by King 5, “Rooster Monkburn” was traveling with Phyllis May of Redmond, Washington, on Dec. 3 when the observant TSA agent saw the monkey’s tiny gun, properly secured in a tiny holster, and tucked away in May’s sewing kit in her carry-on bag. It is unknown if Monkburn possessed a valid concealed carry permit for his revolver, but it was confirmed that he was impersonating the John Wayne character “Rooster...
  • The TSA made half a million dollars last year because you forgot your change

    12/09/2013 1:01:52 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 5, 2013 | Reid Wilson
    The next time you go through airport security, check those gray and white bins where you unload your pockets. Last year, the Transportation Security Administration collected $531,395.22 in change left behind at checkpoints. Federal law requires the TSA to report the amount of unclaimed money they keep every year to Congress. The fiscal 2012 report, obtained by The Washington Post, shows the agency collected about $499,000 in U.S. currency, and another $32,000 in foreign currency, at their checkpoints.
  • TSA agent confiscates sock monkey's toy pistol

    12/09/2013 9:21:24 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 77 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | December 8, 2013 | SUSAN WYATT
    "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 Wednesday. 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. “His pistol was in there,” she says of the sock monkey “Rooster Monkburn,” a take-off...
  • EXCLUSIVE -- RAND PAUL: AMERICANS TRADING LIBERTY FOR FALSE SECURITY

    12/04/2013 3:15:33 AM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 4, 2013 | Senator Rand Paul
    In the opening pages of Ray Bradbury’s famous novel Fahrenheit 451, protagonist Guy Montag asks: Wasn’t there a time when firemen used to put out fires? They laugh at him, rebuke him and say: Everybody knows firemen start fires.
  • Congress should abolish the TSA -- it's time to privatize airport screening

    11/30/2013 4:06:52 AM PST · by cutty · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 26, 2013 | Chris Edwards
    Over a decade of experience has shown that the nationalization of airport screening was a mistake. ... Private airport screening is the successful approach used by many other high-income nations. Indeed, all main airports in Canada use private screening firms, as do more than 80 percent of Europe’s main airports.
  • TSA Spent $900 Million on Behavior Detection Officers Who Detected 0 Terrorists

    11/25/2013 7:10:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 25, 2013 - 6:14 PM | Michael W. Chapman
    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....
  • TSA Precheck Program; How It Works.

    11/21/2013 2:58:46 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 6 replies
    TSA>GOV ^ | Recently | TSA.GOV
    TSA Pre✓™ is a pre-screening initiative that makes risk assessments on passengers who voluntarily participate prior to their arrival at the airport checkpoint. TSA Pre✓™ includes U.S. Citizens who are select frequent travelers of participating airlines or members of existing Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs including Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI programs. Canadian citizens who are members of NEXUS are also qualified to participate in TSA Pre✓™. In addition, passengers 12 and younger are allowed through TSA Pre✓™ lanes when traveling with an eligible parent or guardian.
  • North Texas Drivers Stopped at Roadblock Asked for Saliva, Blood

    11/19/2013 2:31:36 PM PST · by Ken H · 234 replies
    NBCDFW ^ | November 19, 2013 | Scott Gordon
    Some drivers along a busy Fort Worth street on Friday were stopped at police roadblock and directed into a parking lot, where they were asked by federal contractors for samples of their breath, saliva and even blood. It was part of a government research study aimed at determining the number of drunken or drug-impaired drivers. "It just doesn't seem right that you can be forced off the road when you're not doing anything wrong," said Kim Cope, who said she was on her lunch break when she was forced to pull over at the roadblock on Beach Street in North...
  • LAX shooting: TSA officer Hernandez bled for 33 minutes at scene -report

    11/16/2013 9:39:09 AM PST · by FBD · 112 replies
    Associated press via NBC news ^ | 11/15/13 |  Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press
    - An airport security officer lay helplessly bleeding after a gunman opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport as paramedics waited 150 yards away because police had not declared the terminal safe to enter, according to two law enforcement officials.It would be 33 minutes before Transportation Security Administration Officer Gerardo Hernandez, who was about 20 feet from an exit, would be wheeled out by police to an ambulance, said the officials, who were briefed on the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity because the probe was still ongoing into the Nov. 1 shooting.For all but five of those minutes,...
  • TSA Memorial Thread

    11/12/2013 10:20:32 AM PST · by al baby · 12 replies
    Local TV | Today | Self
    Im watching this dog and pony show for that fallen TSA agents its just ridiculaus Prayers up for the family