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TSA’s Next Step Should Be Very Interesting

Apparently, the TSA now believes that the next threat will come from surgically implanted bombs. What they do to prevent this should be very interesting, since the American sheeple will accept anything. This promises to be the Theatrical Security Administration’s finest work.

Read the LA Times story HERE.

 

 

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TSA Coming To A Mall Near You? – WTF

ABC Australia reported –

A year ago the administration was contending with a failed attempt to blow up a plane over Detroit by a man allegedly trying to ignite explosives sewn into his underwear. US authorities responded by installing new screening machines and initiating draconian body searches at airports. Homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano says other measures were also taken, citing increased security of “soft targets” like hotels and shopping centres. She says authorities are continually trying to stay one step ahead as terrorist organisations become more creative in their tactics. “The overall message is everything is objectively better than it was a year ago,” she said. “One of the things we look at is what other avenues might they select as a target. “We look at so-called soft targets – hotels, shopping malls, for example – all of which we have reached out to in the past year and done a fair amount of training for their own employees.”

Continue reading HERE.

 

 

Santa Claus Stopped By The TSA [pic]

Young Boy Strip Searched By TSA [video]

President Clinton Joins TSA [pic]

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Orlando Airport Opts Out Of TSA Screening

The Orlando airport is requesting that a private security company take over screening duty from the TSA. Could this be the first domino? What appears to good news must be taken with several very large grains of salt :

1- it will take a year to become effective,

2- TSA rules must still be followed,

3- harassment by the Federal government is certain to follow.

WDBO.com reports –

The backlash continues over those new TSA screening measures, and now one Central Florida airport has decided to go with a private security screening firm. Orlando Sanford International Airport has decided to opt out from TSA screening. “All of our due diligence shows it’s the way to go,” said Larry Dale, the director of the Sanford Airport Authority. “You’re going to get better service at a better price and more accountability and better customer service.” Dale says he will be sending a letter requesting to opt out from TSA screening, and instead the airport will choose one of the five approved private screening companies to take over. Congressman John Mica, who’s expected to lead the powerful Transportation Committee next year, says the TSA is crying out for reform. “I think TSA is overstepping its bounds,” said Mica. Dale says, if all goes as planned, the private security firm could take over in about 12 months. The TSA points out that even if an airport decides to use a private firm for security, the screeners still must follow TSA guidelines. That would include using the full body scanners if they are installed at the airport.

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Penn Jillette and The TSA

Update – 11/18/10 – I have to apologize for this post. Penn Jillette’s post, which I wrote about, is actually quite old (2002). I did not check carefully enough and believed the story was just days old. Sorry if this caused any confusion and thank you to the commenter who pointed out the problem. I will be reprimanded.

Everyday brings another horror story about the new Transportation Safety Administration’s passenger screening procedures. Until today, the worst that I had heard of was the 3 year old girl freaking out when the stranger (TSA screener) would not stop feeling her up. Watch that video HERE.

Today comes Penn Jillette’s story. I think it may be the worst one yet. Penn Jillette is the tall, talkative member of magic/comedy duo Penn & Teller. He was in the Las Vegas airport and took exception to his treatment by the TSA. To make a long story short, Penn called the Las Vegas police and filed an official complaint against the TSA screener. The next day, the head of public relations for the TSA calls Penn and offers to give him VIP treatment every time that he flies. “… if you give me your itinerary every time you fly, I’ll be at the airport with you and we can make sure it’s very pleasant for you.”

If you or I complain, will we get that same VIP treatment? I doubt it. If you still think the TSA is all about preventing terrorism, you should think again. They are simply putting on a show, in order to justify their existence. You should read read Penn’s entire story on Penn & Teller.com.


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