TSA in the News

Looks like the TSA has been in the news a few times this week:

  1. TSA illegally searching people coming OFF an Amtrak train. I’m not sure how that protects people traveling. Since when was the TSA was given the authority to search people that are standing outside of a building on their way home? Also in the video you can see a TSA agent groping a 9 year old boy’s groin.
  2. I’m sure that we all remember on 9/11 the hijackers used box-cutters to take control of the plane. I also believed thats why the TSA was put in place do look for weapons to keep air travel safe. Well it looks like a passenger on board a JetBlue flight leaving JFK was stowing his carry-on luggage when three box-cutters fell out and into the aisle.
  3. The TSA denies this one, but documents show that they are considering it. According to newly-released documents, under the Bush administration the Department of Homeland Security was hoping to test out mobile scanners at public events, train stations and even city streets.
  4. This article is my favorite: “A bill proposed by New Hampshire legislators would make random Transportation Security Administration (TSA) pat-downs and full-body scans a crime in the state.” Under the bill anyone that searches you or looks at nude photograph in the body scanner would be guilty of felony sexual assault and have to register on the New Hampshire’s Sexual Offender Registry.
  5. With California’s new law giving the police the right to search your smartphone at any time you are arrested, and knowing that police can charge you with only resisting arrest ignoring the fact that you committed no crime where has our 4th amendment gone. It now looks like the TSA is doing the same thing with your laptops. Although how can you endanger someone with personal information that is stored on your computer?

And, on the lighter side, here’s a funny little video I ran across about the TSA.

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