This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
Via Drudge Report: November 13, 2010
Read the incident of a traveler named John Tyner on his way to South Dakota when he encountered a cadre blue-shirted of TSA gropers Tyner’s ordeal demonstrates the severity of a government out of control, especially when a TSA officer has no problems with sexual assault when it’s the government doing it. During the next half-hour, his cell phone recorded Tyner refusing to submit to a full body scan, opting for the traditional metal scanner and a basic “pat down” — and then refusing to submit to a “groin check” by a TSA security guard.
He even told the guard, “You touch my junk and I’m going to
have you arrested.”
His threat triggered a code red alert as TSA agents, supervisors and eventually the local police gravitated to the spot where the reluctant traveler stood in his stocking feet, his cell phone sitting in the nearby bin (which he wasn’t allowed to touch) picking up the audio. [snip] Once he threatened to have the TSA agent arrested though, events turned surreal. A supervisor is heard re-explaining the groin check process to Tyner then adding “If you’re not comfortable with that, we
can escort you back out and you don’t have to fly today.”
Tyner responded “OK, I don’t understand how a sexual
assault can be made a condition of my flying.”
“This is not considered a sexual assault,” replied the
“It would be if you were not the government,” said Tyner. “By buying your ticket you gave up a lot of rights,”
countered the TSA supervisor.
“I think the government took them away after 9/11,” said
Tyner. “OK,” came the reply. SOURCES:
FULL STORY OF INCIDENT at:
Watch videos of incident at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7txGwoITSj4&feature=player_embedded#! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RaFZ1CElU8&feature=player_embedded http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwFh8HQttTQ&feature=player_embedded
Judge Napolitano: TSA lawsuit by A PILOT
EPIC v DHS Emergency motion to suspend Full Body Scanner program
Yup, This is LIFE WITH your BIG BRO OBAMA and BIG SIS Janet at DHSecurity.
NUDE BODY SCANNERS: Sold to TSA by
Former DHS Sec. MICHAEL CHERTOFF and former NY Senator D’Amato.
Guess who ordered scanners:
That’s right; Attorney with multiple constitutional claims confirms orders come straight from the TOP!
J. Napolitano: “WE ARE DOING IT FOR YOUR OWN GOOD.”
U.S. airports using whole-body imaging
Albuquerque International Sunport Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Ronald Reagan Washington National
CO: TX: MI: ID: FL: NV: CA:
Denver International Airport Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Detroit Metro Airport Indianapolis International Airport Jacksonville International Airport
Las Vegas McCarran International Airport Los Angeles International Airport International Airport
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Raleigh-Durham International Airport Richmond International Airport
San Francisco International Airport Salt Lake City International Airport Tampa International Airport Tulsa International Airport
UTAH: FL: OK:
There are 10 MORE airports currently in the process of receiving them. This list includes:
MA: Boston Logan International Airport IL: Chicago O’Hare International Airport FL: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport OH: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport CA: Mineta San Jose International Airport OH: Port Columbus Unternational Airport
CA: Oakland International Airport CA: San Diego International Airport KS: Kansas City International Airport S.C.: Charlotte Douglas International Airport
By the end of this year, the TSA hopes to have over 450 full body scanners active in airports across the United
By 2011, the TSA projects that over 1200 full body scanners will be used. And, by 2014, all of the US airports will have nude body scanners.
And….Did You Know Your Airport
Can Opt Out of TSA Molestations?
CALL YOUR AIRPORT TO GET RID
OF IT !!!!
Did you know that the nation's
airports are not required to have Transportation Security Administration screeners checking passengers at security checkpoints? The 2001 law creating the TSA gave airports the right to opt out of the TSA program in favor of private screeners after a two-year period.
At the heart of the controversy over "body scanners" is a promise:
The images of our naked bodies will never be public. U.S. Marshals in a Florida Federal courthouse
saved 35,000 images on their scanner.
UCSF MEDICAL and SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY IS ALERTING THE PUBLIC THAT TSA
BODY SCANNER POSE POTENTIAL HEALTH RISK
TO TRAVELERS EVERYWHERE! Body scanner ray is
READ THE LETTER SEND TO OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AT:
* READ THE UCSF LETTER WARNING OF HEALH RISK AT END OF POST.
A constitutional attorney preparing to legally challenge the Transportation Security Administration's enhanced screening procedures – which reveal a virtually nude image of passengers – says airline
passengers have Barack Obama to thank for the process.
"Legislation has been proposed to mandate full-body scanners and make them the primary screening method in all U.S. airports by 2013, but Congress has yet to act on it," John Whitehead, president of the
Rutherford Institute, wrote in a new commentary. "So
we can thank President Obama for this frontal assault on our Fourth Amendment rights. Mind you, this is the same man who insisted that 'we will not succumb to a siege mentality that sacrifices the open
society and liberties and values that we cherish as Americans,'" Whitehead said. Sign onto the petition demanding the suspension of the privacyinvading scans and pat-downs.
"Yet in the wake of the bumbling underwear bomber's botched Christmas Day attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound plane, Obama directed the Homeland Security Department 'to acquire $1 billion
in advanced-technology equipment, including body scanners, for screening passengers,'" he continued.
Concerns over the invasion of privacy by TSA scanners, described as voyeurism by critics, along with the "molestation" of the associated "enhanced" pat-downs and the health concerns from the blasts of radiation have reached a critical mass. As WND reported, groups have formed to organize passenger boycotts and prepare protests at airports, calling for a "National Opt-Out Day" on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Whitehead told WND he's working on assembling numerous allegations regarding the constitutionality of the scanners in light of the Fourth Amendment's provision that the "right of the
people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." "It's a huge civil liberties issue," he told WND. "In the United States, we've never before strip-searched – full-body strip searches – unless there's reasonable suspicion of some kind of criminal activity."
For the third straight day, TSA officials declined to respond to WND requests for comment or explanation.
"We've gotten tons of e-mails, mainly from females about the invasions of the body scanners," Whitehead said. "In one case, a
mother [told how] her 12-year-old daughter was pulled out of the security line, and [TSA] did touch her breast and vaginal areas. "This is an unreasonable search and seizure," he said.
Rutherford said any court adhering to the Constitution would find that so. In another case, a
pilot reported having TSA inspectors put their fingers down inside his pants, and yet another
person reported TSA officers, infuriated that she was upset over their pat-down procedures, "put her in a room and
isolated her for two hours" so that she missed her flight.
Whitehead said his organization is representing Michael Roberts, a 35-year-old airline pilot who refused to go through the Advanced Imaging full-body scanners that are currently being deployed at airports.
"Using either X-ray radiation or radio waves, fullbody scanners can 'see' through clothing to produce images of an individual's unclothed body, although they are unable to reveal material concealed in body cavities," Whitehead explained. "Critics have likened the scans to 'virtual strip searches' because of the degree to which details of the body are revealed."
He noted the ACLU
has urged Congress to derail the technology, arguing passengers "should not be required to display highly personal details of their bodies – such as evidence of mastectomies, colostomy appliances, penile implants, catheter
tubes, and the size of their breasts or genitals – as a prerequisite to boarding a plane."
White pointed out that the technology, further, has yet to be fully tested, and there are alarms being raised in the medical community about the radiation exposure to which passengers are subjected. He said the TSA plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on hundreds of the machines is rolling forwarded even without congressional endorsement. He cited the Washington
insider link for the purchase of the machines, many of which are made by Rapiscan Systems, a corporation represented by the Chertoff Group, headed by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Chertoff has lobbied publicly for the need for the machines to be installed in airports.
A commentary at Boston.com noted Chertoff was taking advantage of the position he had held with the government "to push full body scanners into American airports."
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Your explanation of a lot of issues, in "Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws," Further, there appears to be a concerted effort to coerce people into the scanning machines, because while opting out now is legally possible, the result is a full-body pat-down that one writer said is intended to bludgeon people into cooperation. Jeffrey Goldberg described in The Atlantic his encounter with the TSA: I told the officer who directed me to the back-scatter that I preferred a pat-down. I did this in order to see how effective the manual search would be. When I made this request, a number of TSA officers, to my surprise, began laughing. I asked why. One of them – the one who would eventually conduct my pat-down – said that the rules were changing shortly, and that I would soon understand why the back-scatter was preferable to the manual search. ...
"Starting tomorrow, we're going to start searching your crotchal area" – this is the word he used, "crotchal" – and you're not going to like it."
"What am I not going to like?" I asked.
"We have to search up your thighs and between your legs until we meet resistance," he explained.
"Resistance?" I asked. "Your
testicles," he explained.
While the individual situations are alarming, Whitehead said, it's the constitutional conflict that's going to create the biggest problem. "The next thing you know we're going to have iris scans (for identification)," he warned. "The Department of Homeland Security already is spending money on this."
Biometrics of that kind would be part and parcel of a "surveillance state," he warned.
Whitehead said the one common factor in all the complaints about TSA that he's seen has been outrage. "I haven't seen much defense of these things," he said. "Are
we going to allow this? What's' the next thing? Virtual strip-searches and overly intrusive pat-downs are moving into a very dangerous area.
"Maybe it's a good sign that there is a surprisingly large number of people really upset. They've [TSA] gone too far," he said. Whitehead noted that Rafi Sela, the leading airport security expert for Israel, is convinced the scanning procedures are of no significant benefit. He said the invasive processes have "few guarantees of success and numerous pitfalls, not the least of which is the harrowing
toll it is taking on our civil liberties and the risks it poses to our health." "Increasingly,
travelers are complaining about being subjected to ogling and inappropriate remarks by airport officials. Yet this almost pales in comparison to the retributive, harsh treatment and excessive fullbody searches being meted out to those who decline a full-body scan, which is still optional," Whitehead wrote. "The bottom line is this: forcing Americans to undergo a virtual strip search as a matter of course in reporting to work or boarding an airplane when there is no suspicion of wrongdoing is a gross violation of our civil liberties. Indeed, putting yourself through the full-body scanner is the same as subjecting yourself to a strip search. It completely undermines one's right to privacy and to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by government agents," he continued. "The Constitution does not allow blanket strip searches or full-body pat downs of American citizens unless there's some reasonable suspicion that criminal activity is afoot. If we allow the government to reverse the burden of proof so that we have to prove our innocence, then we might as well give up
on the Constitution altogether. At that point, we are all suspects in the surveillance state," he said.
WND has documented a number of first-hand reports of passenger's experiences with the TSA:
Rachael: "A couple of months ago, I flew to Washington, D.C. Before heading home, I chose gifts for each of my children in my hotel's gift shop. I was very excited to give my daughter a snow globe with our Capitol Building. (She LOVES snow globes!) When I went through security at Reagan Airport, a TSA agent confiscated my daughter's snow globe and told me I would not be able to have it back, as there was no way to test the liquid inside of it. Are you KIDDING me?!?! I was so shocked, and all I could think was how disappointed my daughter would be. I asked what would happen to the snow globe, and the agent said, 'We're going to throw it in the garbage.' While the agent took my bag to scan it again, I tried to hold my emotions, but was completely unsuccessful. By the time the agent returned, I was in tears. I took my bag and left, afraid if I stood there an extra second, I'd begin screaming at the TSA. These ridiculous TSA rules allow the terrorists to continue to inflict pain on us as a nation!"
Rosemary: "I'd decided months ago that I was NOT going to be microwaved on 'medium defrost' and have my 51-year-old body ogled by a TSA employee. So the angry TSA attendant parked me next to the scanner, and I kept looking at the scanning device and wondering (and hoping) that the Plexiglas shroud blocked all the radiation generated by the machine. What a perfect punishment for someone who fears being exposed to whatever health risks: Park them NEXT to the machine so that they get mega-doses. I literally pleaded with the TSA attendant to allow me to retrieve my personal possessions and she refused. I was traveling alone (as I often do). I then pleaded with her to allow me to at least be in the line of sight of my wallet and cell phone and she again ordered me – again in a loud voice – to remain still. She was demanding, harsh and unyielding. I kept thinking to myself, 'This is what happens when you opt out. You lose your wallet and your laptop. Very, very effective." Stan: "I have not undergone the 'porno scan' and will not do so when the time comes to do it." Beth: "The TSA pat downs are a major violation – groping is not appropriate! I was groped once in China and didn't like it one bit. I had to resist the urge of slapping the person in the face!"
Dotty: "It was nearly midnight as I entered the Las Vegas airport on a mobility scooter to fly to Hawaii for a niece's wedding. I told the TSA agent that I wouldn't go through the 'naked machine' but preferred to hobble through the metal detector. The supervisor was called and screamed at me for between 7 and 12 minutes straight, saying I was rude for being scared of her agents. She said the machine didn't show people naked and showed me a sample picture of a scan to prove it. I pointed out the man's genitals on the sample picture which made her even more angry. 'That's just because you're looking for them,' she yelled."
now are to have a full-body scan that essentially produces a nude image of the passenger or opt out of that procedure and endure a full-hands-on body pat-down that includes private parts.
The procedures have been the focus of warnings even by the networks: George Donnelly, who with James Babb has launched the "We Won't Fly" website delivering a message directly to airlines, told WND the customer revolt is taking off faster than he could imagine.
His website says, "We do not consent to strip searches,
virtual or otherwise. We do not wish to be guinea pigs for new, and possibly dangerous, technology. We are not criminals. We are your customers. We will not beg the government anymore. We will simply stop flying until the porno-scanners are history.
"We will not be abused simply for the privilege of
purchasing your services. We demand the airlines make their maximum lobbying effort in support of our, your customers', rights and liberties. We are eager to fly again, but only when this invasive threat has been contained."
There also are dozens of other campaigns and efforts being organized through which passengers are encouraged to resist the TSA policy. WND previously has reported that such imaging also is taking place on U.S. roads and highways. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=227489
Posted: November 12, 2010 11:20 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh
© 2010 WorldNetDaily
PETITION TO STOP 'ENHANCED' AIRPORT SCREENING TECHNIQUES NOW!
To: Barack Obama, Janet Napolitano and all
members of the U.S. Congress:
Whereas, the Transportation Security Administration
recently commenced "enhanced" airport screening procedures that include invasive and humiliating full-body scans that result in the display of a graphic image of each passenger's naked body to be scrutinized by a TSA agent – a virtual strip search;
Whereas, the Transportation Security Administration
also began, at the same time, to subject all who choose not to undergo the indignity of the full-body scan, new and more aggressive ("enhanced") open-hand pat-down procedures to be used on men, women and children, which include manual contact with their breasts and genitalia;
Whereas, requiring such a degrading and invasive
search of passengers and flight crews utterly ignores the Fourth Amendment, which says, "'The right of the people
to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated";
Whereas, full-body scans produced by backscatter Xray machines create radiation potentially harmful to frequent fliers and airline crew members, prompting the world's largest independent airline pilot association – the American Pilots Association, representing about 12,000 pilots – to strongly warn its members to avoid the new screening;
Whereas, generating naked images of minor
passengers arguably amounts to the creation of illegal child pornography;
Whereas, these new procedures, being massively
unpopular, humiliating, immoral and subject to horrific abuse, are certain to result in an increased aversion to flying on the public's part, which in turn will further hurt the airline industry and cause the country as a whole even more economic difficulties:
SIGN THE PETITION
We, the undersigned, call for the immediate suspension of the enhanced security screening procedures and an apology to the American public by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for directing the implementation of this ill-advised program.
First / Last: Email: Zip Code:
Please Support this petition by emailing it to your friends or bookmaking it on your favorite social network
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
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Hotline to report TSA horror stories
WND to compile first-hand abuse complaints, videos
Posted: November 10, 2010 wnd.com
WASHINGTON – WND has established an e-mail hotline address for the reporting
of first-hand abuse complaints at the hands of airport security personnel.
Those who experience or witness invasive groping by TSA employees or face intimidation and humiliation at checkpoints are encouraged to report the details via
Videos, audio recordings, as well as written accounts are all welcome. "What is happening around the country is a national embarrassment," said Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND. "I personally canceled family travel plans this week as a result of widespread reports of groping, voyeurism and humiliation techniques. The American people will not be treated like cattle. The policies of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano must be reversed, and they must be reversed before Thanksgiving. Those forced to travel under these conditions can help stop it by making the rest of America aware of the abuse."
LIFE WITH BIG BROTHER
Tired of airport abuse? Tell off Napolitano Petition cites Constitution in demanding halt to 'naked body' images
Posted: November 11, 2010 WorldNetDaily
WASHINGTON – Just one day after establishing an e-mail hotline address for travelers to report first-hand the abuse they suffer at the hands of Transportation Security Administration personnel, a petition has been launched to tell President Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and members of Congress all about the problem. The petition targets the decision-makers in Washington who could bring the invasive procedures to a screeching halt. "We, the undersigned, call for the immediate suspension of the enhanced security screening procedures and an apology to the American public by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for directing the implementation of this ill-advised program," says the petition. It's reasons are clear: Whereas, the Transportation Security Administration recently commenced "enhanced" airport screening procedures that include invasive and humiliating full-body scans that result in the display of a graphic image of each passenger's naked body to be scrutinized by a TSA agent – a virtual strip search; Whereas, the Transportation Security Administration also began, at the same time, to subject all who choose not to undergo the indignity of the full-body scan, new and more aggressive ("enhanced") open-hand pat-down procedures to be used on men, women and children, which include manual contact with their breasts and genitalia;
Whereas, requiring such a degrading and invasive search of passengers and flight crews utterly ignores the Fourth Amendment, which says, "'The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated"; Whereas, full-body scans produced by backscatter X-ray machines create radiation potentially harmful to frequent fliers and airline crew members, prompting the world's largest independent airline pilot association – the American Pilots Association, representing about 12,000 pilots – to strongly warn its members to avoid the new screening; Whereas, generating naked images of minor passengers arguably amounts to the creation of illegal child pornography; Whereas, these new procedures, being massively unpopular, humiliating, immoral and subject to horrific abuse, are certain to result in an increased aversion to flying on the public's part, which in turn will further hurt the airline industry and cause the country as a whole even more economic difficulties:
"What is happening around the country is a national embarrassment," said Joseph Farah, editor and
chief executive officer of WND in an announcement about the email@example.com hotline e-mail.
Sign the petition now!
"I personally canceled family travel plans this week as a result of widespread reports of groping, voyeurism and humiliation techniques. The American people will not be treated like cattle. The policies of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano must be reversed, and they must be reversed before Thanksgiving. Those forced to travel under these conditions can help stop it by making the rest of America aware of the abuse," he said. "WND has had great success with these petition campaigns – most notably resulting in the release from prison of Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. In addition, a similar petition led to the historic success of the 'Send Congress a Pink Slip' campaign that generated 9 million notices delivered to Congress heralding the results of the mid-term election in which a record number of incumbents were turned out of office," he said. "One thing for certain is that Washington knows it cannot afford to ignore the grievance letters we generate to our elected and appointed officials," he said.
The new screening protocols subject passengers to a virtual "strip search" by being required to undergo a humiliating full-body scan, resulting in the display of a graphic image of their naked body to be scrutinized by a TSA agent. If they choose to "opt out" of the full-body scan, they are forced instead to undergo the same kind of aggressive pat-down that criminals and drug-dealers get, including direct manual contact with their breasts and genitalia. Children are not exempt. Commentators have argued such degrading and invasive searches violate passengers' Fourth Amendment guarantee to be "secure in their persons … against unreasonable searches and seizures." Further, there have been raised questions about whether such images of children amount to the creation of illegal child pornography. In the U.K. children were exempt from a test of the technology.
Sign the petition now!
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TSA checkpoints: Real-life horrors 'Security is one thing; license to molest people is another'
Posted: November 11, 2010
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Editor's Note: Some of the links in this report lead to graphic images that have been taken from current airport security scanning procedures. Use caution in viewing the links. Dozens of real-life horror stories have poured into WND in the 24 hours since a special hotline e-mail was set up to allow people to report their close encounters of the TSA kind, including a 70-yearold whose fudge "contraband" was discovered, a Los Angeles passenger who was "groped" four times and a man who was the target of a TSA screaming fit when he chose to opt-out of the "porno scan." Just a day earlier, WND reported on the growing movement by activists and citizens to push back against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's plans for "enhanced" screening at airport checkpoints.
Sign the petition calling for the suspension of the enhanced security searches. The options now are to have a full-body scan that essentially produces a nude image of the passenger or opt out of that procedure and endure a full-hands-on body pat-down that includes private parts. The procedures have been the focus of warnings even by the networks:
A passenger named Barbara wrote to WND: "Coming directly from a 2-week hospital stay, arriving in a wheelchair, unable to walk or stand, and just less than 2 hours out of the hospital, I was met by the 'security' folks who seemed angered that I couldn't walk through their scan. Instead, in front of everyone, I was groped like a rapist might attack a victim. The probing certainly did not help alleviate the intense pain I had when I arrived at the airport. Shameful and inconsiderate behavior, totally inexcusable! I am an 84-year-old white female, 4'10", 110 lbs. and don't look like a terrorist or a terrorist's companion !!!!!! What happened to common sense???" Another passenger, David, told WND he traveled to attend a sister's funeral in Los Angeles and found the security procedures at LAX "like a racist homosexual grope fest."
"This screener made me turn all my pockets inside out, patted me down four times, being particularly attentive to my crotch and butt. I asked him if he just wanted me to strip down naked and he said go ahead. My wife then approached a nearby sheriff, who brought these violations of my privacy, and person, to a halt," said the passenger, who described himself as a "middle class white guy."
"Oh yeah, it took him half an hour to maul me, misplaced my boarding pass, and almost made me miss my flight. Security is one thing, but a license to molest people is another," he said. Your explanation of a lot of issues, in "Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws," Another writer, Roger, took the issue directly to its heart.
"If and when we have to travel by air tell them (airlines) we will not go through any new body scan, nor be groped. If they attempt to grope I will cancel the flight and sue them!" Another woman wrote of being held up at an Alabama airport by computer failure en route to the funeral of a family friend. In her words: Finally, a Delta agent checked again for me and said, "Yes, there is a flight I can put you on, but it leaves in 5 minutes, here is your ticket and boarding pass, RUN." So I did and [he] came with me. He told the situation to the first TSA agent and there weren't many people in that line, so I moved quickly up to the security check. A man, was scanning my OVERNIGHT bag (no big luggage at all) and my purse and motioning me through. A big stern-looking African American woman stopped him and said that she needed to pat me down, wan[d] me, go through my luggage, etc. The other TSA man told her that my flight was about to leave and that he knew that my purse and bag were fine. I was wearing open flipflops, a cotton skirt and a t-shirt. I am as American looking as apple-pie! Then my nightmare started. She had me spread my legs and she SLOWLY frisked me. Then I said, "Can I go now, my flight is so important to me, I'm attending a funeral?" That made her furious. She informed me that I was NOT co-operating with her and that she was IN CHARGE, and that crying (I was sobbing) would not do me any good at all with her. The other TSA officer begged her to let me catch my flight, … she blew him off. The result was that the woman, Lana, missed her flight and the funeral.
Margaret, who endured a "pat-down" in Chicago, wrote, "This entire thing is bull----; assault and battery by a goon, or naked pictures. That's now the choice? What has happened to this country?" TSA officials responded to a WND e-mail requesting comment, but for the second straight day, declined to answer any questions about their procedures, the public's reaction to it or how they are dealing with complaints.
Another passenger, Mark, told WND that nothing will happen "until the American people are willing to be in the faces of the Washington establishment, 24/7, for days at a time; until they run into protests and protesters everywhere they turn."
It was "Frances" who was caught with fudge. Her trip was out of Minneapolis. "All seemed to be fine. But the TSA employee asked me to step aside to the table. She needed to see what was in the carry-on. I knew there couldn't be anything suspicious in the bag, so I thought this was just a 'random' thing. (And we all know how many terrorists have been caught by 'random' screenings). But, no, it wasn't random at all. The screener at the belt saw something in the bag he 'didn't like,'" she told WND. "My trip had been to Wisconsin. While there I had purchased eight pounds of fudge at a fudge shop. It was packaged in eight-one pound boxes. The boxes fit snugly in the bottom of the carry-on. … The TSA employee asked me to empty the contents on to the table and open up each and every one of the boxes. I tried to tell her it was just fudge. But, she was the almighty TSA, not to be denied. They have all that power and, OH, how they love to use it. She then called yet another TSA person over to examine the 'contraband.' By this time I'm sure she realized it was just what I said it was – fudge. But she had to justify herself. I was expecting a SWAT team, with automatic weapons to swoop down on me at any time. (I'm not sure, but I thought I heard the strains of 'Valkyrie' in the background.) Also, by this time, the aroma of fudge could be smelled throughout the terminal. Finally, they all agreed it was just fudge," she said. One reader suggested that it be mandatory for members of Congress and the administration to go through the screening, while
another wondered why, if the scanned images are so innocuous, people aren't allowed to see themselves. "It's such an easy way to alleviate the public's concerns yet the TSA does not offer it. Why don't they just post the full size and resolution images and make me eat my words? Also no one seems to be answering my question regarding the ability for the TSA to store images on a USB flash drive via the required USB ports in 'airport mode.' So many easy ways to shut us up but the TSA refuses to do so," he wrote. George Donnelly, who with James Babb has launched the "We Won't Fly" website delivering a message directly to airlines, told WND the customer revolt is taking off faster than he could imagine. "Dozens of e-mails, personal stories, tons of comments all over the web," are how he described his day's response. He said there's a team of consumers working on an ad to be placed in the New York Times, and a series of "educational events," or protests, that are being developed for major airports across the country. His website says, "We do not consent to strip searches, virtual or otherwise. We do not wish to be guinea pigs for new, and possibly dangerous, technology. We are not criminals. We are your customers. We will not beg the government anymore. We will simply stop flying until the porno-scanners are history. "We will not be abused simply for the privilege of purchasing your services. We demand the airlines make their maximum lobbying effort in support of our, your customers', rights and liberties. We
are eager to fly again, but only when this invasive threat has been contained." One sarcastic proposal was for an educational book for children, with the title "My first Cavity Search: Helping your child understand why he may pose a threat to National Security." It features two TSA agents wearing plastic gloves, with one holding a flashlight and a probe.
One computer technology expert who contacted WND said he wondered about the "training" processes used to prepare TSA workers to scream at people for opting out of the full-body scan, as well as the ways of teaching such coercive procedures. "They would have to deal with the screeners, training them to be desensitized to what they're actually doing," he suggested. Even on the TSA's own blog, the federal agency was receiving little compassion. "HappyToHelp" quoted an earlier commenter: "When I take my child to the doctor, I don't leave him alone with the doctor and hope that he isn't a perv. I'm there with him to monitor the situation so nothing can happen. If it's me, I can make a scene on the spot, have legal resource and can sue my doctor. It greatly mitigates the risk."
But, "HappyToHelp" noted on the TSA blog, "We don't have that option with TSA. There's no accountability, and I can't see the person who's viewing me or my kid. They're not in view so I can't see what they're doing. TSA has shown itself not to be trustworthy. So if I monitor my doctors, and I generally trust them, why SHOULDN'T we monitor TSA, who we CAN'T trust." One organization already is promoting a National Opt-Out Day and is encouraging every passenger on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to opt out of the full-body scanning. "No naked body scanners, no government-approved groping. We have a right to privacy and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we're guilty until proven innocent," the site said. There also are dozens of other campaigns and efforts being organized through which passengers are encouraged to resist the TSA policy. All-Africa reported that agents in Nigeria were amusing themselves by watching the nude images of female passengers, and in Miami, a screener who himself went through the screening attacked a colleague after he was ribbed by others who saw his body parts on a scanner. The scanning already has generated opposition in Congress. There, the U.S. House voted 310-118 in support of an amendment from Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, to prohibit whole-body imaging as a primary screening. However, senators let the plan die.
WND previously has reported that such imaging also is taking place on U.S. roads and highways.
By Bob Unruh © 2010 WorldNetDaily
High-tech airport scans work — too well, say opponents
What does a screener see when looking at a full-body scan image? Read the story.
WASHINGTON — Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's failed attempt to blow up
Northwest Flight 253 last week has revived a battle in Congress over the use of whole-body imaging technology to screen airline passengers. Some legislators argue that the machines, which cost about $170,000 each and are in use at 19 U.S. airports, could have detected the explosive powder the 23year-old Nigerian was carrying and should be approved for widespread use. Abdulmutallab didn't go through the whole-body scanner at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport before he boarded the Northwest flight to Detroit. Others, however, call a whole-body scan a "virtual strip search" that should be used only if there's probable cause to assume that someone might be carrying explosives. In June, the House of Representatives voted 310-118 to prohibit the widespread use of whole-body imaging technology as a primary tool for airport screening, a measure introduced by Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah. Rep. Tom McClintock, a California Republican who co-sponsored the legislation however, called the scanning "a virtual strip search" and said security officials can use less invasive methods such as bomb-sniffing dogs to detect explosives. "It is precisely the same as being pulled into a side room and being ordered to remove your clothes physically," he said. "In either event, your nude image is being inspected by several security guards." However, another California Republican, Rep. Dan Lungren, who's been promoting the technology for four years, said the Christmas Day incident should help support his cause when Congress reconvenes in January. "This is a specific example of what can happen," he said. Lungren said he was screened by one of the machines at Washington Reagan National airport. "They said to me as I'm standing there, 'So you have an artificial hip, and it's your right hip,' " Lungren said. "And I said, 'Yes, that's right.' And they said, 'Oh, it looks like you left some change in your pocket.' " Lungren said the machines are less invasive than being patted down by a security guard.
"I would much prefer this. . . . I would rather not have hands on me frankly," he said. The technology picked up a key endorsement over the weekend from Sen. Joe Lieberman, the head of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. "Those privacy concerns, which are frankly mild, have to fall in the face of the ability of these machines to detect material like this explosive on this individual," the Connecticut independent said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday." As testing of the technology continues, the Transportation Security Administration said the machines are being used for primary screening at six U.S. airports: San Francisco, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Miami, Albuquerque, N.M., and Tulsa, Okla. Thirteen other airports are using them for secondary screening: Los Angeles, Phoenix, Ronald Reagan Washington National, Atlanta, Baltimore-Washington, Denver, Detroit, Dallas-Fort Worth, Jacksonville, Fla., Tampa, Fla., Indianapolis, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Richmond, Va. The conservative McClintock said the Christmas Day incident raises questions of why a person on a terrorist watch list had been allowed to enter the country and why U.S. authorities hadn't revoked his visa, which British officials did. "I think we need to make a distinction between an 81-year-old grandmother ... and a 23-year-old Nigerian national who's already on the terrorist watch list and who's already had his visa revoked by Great Britain," he said. McClintock has an unlikely ally: the American Civil Liberties Union. In a background paper, the ACLU said that government officials are "essentially taking a naked picture of air passengers" and that air travelers shouldn't be required to display personal details of their bodies as a prerequisite to boarding a plane. "Those images reveal not only our private body parts, but also intimate medical details like colostomy bags," the ACLU said. "That degree of examination amounts to a significant — and for some people humiliating — assault on the essential dignity of passengers that citizens in a free nation should not have to tolerate." Lungren, who's been working on the issue since he headed a homeland security subcommittee, said that the screening must show private parts to make sure that
explosives are not hidden there. The Nigerian suspect was found carrying the explosive material in his underwear. Advocates of the screening say they've incorporated safeguards to assure privacy. For example, faces are blurred, and the security officer who views the image never sees the passenger because he's viewing a monitor in a nearby room.
By Rob Hotakainen | McClatchy Newspapers
The Transportation Security Administration has a video demonstrating how advanced imaging technology works
airport body-scan radiation Will Airport Body Scans Put Your Health at Risk?
The U.S. is gearing up to place full-body scanners in more airports early this year, but some travelers wonder about the effects of their radiation.
By Leah Zerbe
Although the radiation levels scans emit are considered extremely low, if you still feel uncomfortable, know that you have the right to other search methods.
New scanners at the airport will leave you with nothing to hide.
RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—In
response to a failed Christmas-day attempt to blow up a plane over Detroit, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is moving forward with plans to place 150 more full-body scanning machines in U.S. airports in the coming months. The machines will allow security workers to virtually undress passengers, checking to make sure they aren't hiding any metallic or nonmetallic weapons, drugs, or explosives. The announcement is getting mixed responses, including criticism from privacy-rights activists, support from security experts, and questions from passengers concerned about their health. The words "body scan" are causing some worry among health-conscious air travelers, partly because last month the journal Archives of Internal Medicine published studies estimating that the radiation levels from medical CT scans cause more than 20,000 new cancers a year. (Currently, about 70 million scans a year are performed in the U.S., compared to just 3 million in 1980.) However, before you worry yourself sick over exposure, it's important to understand the radiation dose of these machines, and also your rights as a U.S. citizen in line at a security checkpoint. THE DETAILS: There are two types of body scanners being put into place. Millimeter-wave imaging-technology units do not produce ionizing radiation, the kind we're exposed to when we get X-rays, or, in much higher doses, when we have CT scans. Currently, there are 40 millimeter-wave scanning machines already in use in 19 U.S. airports. They are used as either the primary screening machines that passengers walk through, or more commonly, for secondary or random screenings. The other type of body scanning that has been tested by TSA uses backscatter technology, which does produce small amounts of ionizing radiation by using extremely weak X-rays. After testing them in a
pilot program, the administration has 150 of these machines on order, and they will be deployed to U.S. airports in the coming months. WHAT IT MEANS: The first step is to put the radiation exposure in perspective. According to TSA, the amount of radiation you're exposed to during a two-second millimeter-wave scan exposes you to radio-wave radiation that is 10,000 times less powerful than radiation levels that pulse from a cellphone. A backscatter scan exposes you to the same amount of radiation you would experience during two minutes of a cross-country or ocean plane flight, thanks to cosmic radiation in the atmosphere. According to the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement (NCRP), a traveler subjected to at least 2,500 backscatter scans a year would barely reach the Negligible Individual Dose. In same report, NCRP found that a traveler subjected to at least 2,500 backscatter scans per year would barely reach the Negligible Individual Dose.
However, the report does stress that records need to be kept to ensure that radiation levels of backscatter machines remain stable and below the limit. In an American College of Radiology release, Mayo Clinic neuroradiologist Peter Kalina, MD, voices concerns over machine maintenance and record keeping, particularly if developing countries adopt the security practice. "As a traveler, I don't know who's checked that machine or equipment. Can I be sure there won't be a larger dose of radiation coming from it?" Dr. Kalina asks. If you're concerned about airport body-scan radiation, remember these tips:
• Take steps to reduce bigger sources of radiation. Research is mixed when it comes to the safety of cellphones and nonionizing radiation risk. But if you want to practice the precautionary principle, choose texting over putting a phone to your ear to talk, because radiation exposure significantly drops off when the phone is three feet from your head. If you want to chat, opt for an air-tube headset and keep the phone several feel from your body. To lower the amount of radiation you're exposed to through medical tests, check out these two Rodale.com stories: Is That Scan Really Necessary and Are We Scanning Ourselves Sick? • Know your rights. If you feel uncomfortable going through advanced-imaging airport body-scan machines, know that you do have the right to an alternative search, although it may be in the form of a more invasive pat-down-type search by a security worker. In addition, some people may want to avoid the scans for medical reasons—about 5 percent of the general public is radiosensitive, including women who carry the BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer genes. TSA says that fliers with pacemakers should notify airport security of the condition because other forms of screening may be necessary, such as a pat down or handwanding.
Full Body Scanners FAQ
by Carolyn · 1 comment
On Christmas Day in 2009, a terrorist attempted to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253, with plastic explosives that were sewn into his pants. Dubbed the “Underwear Bomber”, this incident sparked a flurry of activity for the TSA (Transportation Security Administration). Measures were taken to tighten security, in order to avoid having any other explosives ever make it past security checkpoints. One of the security measures that has recently been subject to a lot of controversy, is the “Full Body Scanners” that have begun to make their way into airports. What is a Full Body Scanner? A full body scanner is a device that is able to detect items hidden under clothing. The scanner does this by creating a full 3-D image of a person, complete with detailed body contours. The scanners are effective at detecting contraband that may be hidden on a person’s body. How Does a Full Body Scanner Work? There are currently two different types of scanning technology that are used in full body scanners: millimeter wave scanners, and backscatter scanners. A millimeter wave scanner is able to use radio waves that are of extremely high frequencies, which are decoded in order to produce a 3-D image. A backscatter scanner makes use of high-energy rays that scatter when they hit solid materials. This allows a backscatter scanner to create a detailed image of the person being scanned.
An example of one type of Full Body Scanner.
Do Full Body Scanners Take Nude Pictures?
A full body scanner is able to strip away any items of clothing that a person is wearing, essentially producing a nude representation of a person. This allows the person screening the scans to see details that could represent concealed objects. However, it is true that the full body scanner does produce a “naked” representation of airline passengers, which is why full body scanners are subject to so much controversy.
Which Airports Have Full Body Scanners?
Currently, there are 40 active full body scanners at 19 different airports.
Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ) Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (ATL) Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport (DFW) Denver International Airport (DEN) Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport (DTW) Indianapolis International Airport (IND) Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) Las Vegas-McCarran Airport (LAS) Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Miami International Airport (MIA) Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) Richmond International Airport (RIC) Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Tampa International Airport (TPA) Tulsa International Airport (TUL)
Washington DC’s Reagan National (DCA) Amsterdam-Schipol Airport (AMS)
However, there are 11 more airports that are currently in the process of receiving them. This list includes:
Boston Logan International Airport Chicago O’Hare International Airport Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport Mineta San Jose International Airport Los Angeles International Airport Port Columbus Unternational Airport Oakland International Airport San Diego International Airport Kansas City International Airport Charlotte Douglas International Airport
By the end of this year, the TSA hopes to have over 450 full body scanners active in airports across the United States. By 2011, the TSA projects that over 1200 full body scanners will be used.
Are Full Body Scans Required? Under the current airport security protocols, you have the right to refuse a full body scan when boarding a plane. In the event that you refuse, you will be taken to another location in which you may receive a pat-down, a scan with a hand-scanner, swabs that can detect explosives, and other tests.
Are Full Body Scanners Open to Abuse? Much of the controversy about full body scanners centers around the fact that yes, it is possible for the data images taken by the scanners to be abused. Concern has particularly been focused on the potential for abuse in images of celebrities, children and women. The TSA has attempted to assuage these fears by pledging that the images are deleted after the scan, and will never be used elsewhere. However, many people still feel uncomfortable with the possibility that these scan photos represent a breach in privacy.
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The Touchy TSA: It’s not sexual assault when it’s the government…
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Sunday, November 14th As a follow up to this morning’s post on the TSA’s torpedoing of the Constitution comes this disturbing story [via Drudge] of an incident in San Diego. On Saturday, a traveler named John Tyner was planning to go pheasant hunting in South Dakota when he encountered a cadre blue-shirted of TSA gropers. Unbeknownst to the blue shirts, Tyner had his cell phone on record. Other than having, perhaps, the most quotable line of the week, Tyner’s ordeal demonstrates the severity of a government out of control, especially when a TSA officer has no problems with sexual assault when it’s the government doing it. During the next half-hour, his cell phone recorded Tyner refusing to submit to a full body scan, opting for the traditional metal scanner and a basic “pat down” — and then refusing to submit to a “groin check” by a TSA security guard. He even told the guard, “You touch my junk and I’m going to have you arrested.” That threat triggered a code red of sorts as TSA agents, supervisors and eventually the local police gravitated to the spot where the reluctant traveler stood in his stocking feet, his cell phone sitting in the nearby bin (which he wasn’t allowed to touch) picking up the audio. [snip]
Once he threatened to have the TSA agent arrested though, events turned surreal. A supervisor is heard re-explaining the groin check process to Tyner then adding “If you’re not comfortable with that, we can escort you back out and you don’t have to fly today.” Tyner responded “OK, I don’t understand how a sexual assault can be made a condition of my flying.” “This is not considered a sexual assault,” replied the supervisor, calmly. “It would be if you were not the government,” said Tyner. “By buying your ticket you gave up a lot of rights,” countered the TSA supervisor. “I think the government took them away after 9/11,” said Tyner. “OK,” came the reply. You can read Mr. Tyner’s full account of the incident on his blog, as well as listen to the audio here [money quote at 3:45]. When a government agent says its okay for physical molestation to occur because we “gave up a lot of rights” after 9/11, it is time to get them back. __________________ “I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
November 13, 2010
TSA encounter at SAN
[These events took place roughly between 5:30 and 6:30 AM, November 13th in Terminal 2 of the San Diego International Airport. I'm writing this approximately 2 1/2 hours after the events transpired, and they are correct to the best of my recollection. I will admit to being particularly fuzzy on the exact order of events when dealing with the agents after getting my ticket refunded; however, all of the events described did occur. I had my phone recording audio and video of much of these events. It can be viewed below. Please spread this story as far and wide as possible. I will make no claims to copyright or otherwise.] This morning, I tried to fly out of San Diego International Airport but was refused by the TSA. I had been somewhat prepared for this eventuality. I have been reading about the millimeter wave and backscatter x-ray machines and the possible harm to health as well as the vivid pictures they create of people's naked bodies. Not wanting to go through them, I had done my research on the TSA's website prior to traveling to see if SAN had them. From all indications, they did not. When I arrived at the security line, I found that the TSA's website was out of date. SAN does in fact utilize backscatter x-ray machines. I made my way through the line toward the first line of "defense": the TSA ID checker. This agent looked over my boarding pass, looked over my ID, looked at me and then back at my ID. After that, he waved me through. SAN is still operating metal detectors, so I walked over to one of the lines for them.
After removing my shoes and making my way toward the metal detector, the person in front of me in line was pulled out to go through the backscatter machine. After asking what it was and being told, he opted out. This left the machine free, and before I could go through the metal detector, I was pulled out of line to go through the backscatter machine. When asked, I halfchuckled and said, "I don't think so." At this point, I was informed that I would be subject to a pat down, and I waited for another agent. A male agent (it was a female who had directed me to the backscatter machine in the first place), came and waited for me to get my bags and then directed me over to the far corner of the area for screening. After setting my things on a table, he turned to me and began to explain that he was going to do a "standard" pat down. (I thought to myself, "great, not one of those gropings like I've been reading about".) After he described, the pat down, I realized that he intended to touch my groin. After he finished his description but before he started the pat down, I looked him straight in the eye and said, "if you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested." He, a bit taken aback, informed me that he would have to involve his supervisor because of my comment. We both stood there for no more than probably two minutes before a female TSA agent (apparently, the supervisor) arrived. She described to me that because I had opted out of the backscatter screening, I would now be patted down, and that involved running hands up the inside of my legs until they felt my groin. I stated that I would not allow myself to be subject to a molestation as a condition of getting on my flight. The supervisor informed me that it was a standard administrative security check
and that they were authorized to do it. I repeated that I felt what they were doing was a sexual assault, and that if they were anyone but the government, the act would be illegal. I believe that I was then informed that if I did not submit to the inspection, I would not be getting on my flight. I again stated that I thought the search was illegal. I told her that I would be willing to submit to a walk through the metal detector as over 80% of the rest of the people were doing, but I would not be groped. The supervisor, then offered to go get her supervisor. I took a seat in a tiny metal chair next to the table with my belongings and waited. While waiting, I asked the original agent (who was supposed to do the pat down) if he had many people opt out to which he replied, none (or almost none, I don't remember exactly). He said that I gave up a lot of rights when I bought my ticket. I replied that the government took them away after September 11th. There was silence until the next supervisor arrived. A few minutes later, the female agent/supervisor arrived with a man in a suit (not a uniform). He gave me a business card identifying him as David Silva, Transportation Security Manager, San Diego International Airport. At this point, more TSA agents as well as what I assume was a local police officer arrived on the scene and surrounded the area where I was being detained. The female supervisor explained the situation to Mr. Silva. After some quick back and forth (that I didn't understand/hear), I could overhear Mr. Silva say something to the effect of, "then escort him from the airport." I again offered to submit to the metal detector, and my father-in-law, who was near by also tried to plead for some reasonableness on the TSA's part.
The female supervisor took my ID at this point and began taking some kind of report with which I cooperated. Once she had finished, I asked if I could put my shoes back on. I was allowed to put my shoes back on and gather my belongs. I asked, "are we done here" (it was clear at this point that I was going to be escorted out), and the local police officer said, "follow me". I followed him around the side of the screening area and back out to the ticketing area. I said apologized to him for the hassle, to which he replied that it was not a problem. I made my way over to the American Airlines counter, explained the situation, and asked if my ticket could be refunded. The woman behind the counter furiously typed away for about 30 seconds before letting me know that she would need a supervisor. She went to the other end of the counter. When she returned, she informed me that the ticket was non-refundable, but that she was still trying to find a supervisor. After a few more minutes, she was able to refund my ticket. I told her that I had previously had a bad experience with American Airlines and had sworn never to fly with them again (I rationalized this trip since my father-inlaw had paid for the ticket), but that after her helpfulness, I would once again be willing to use their carrier again. At this point, I thought it was all over. I began to make my way to the stairs to exit the airport, when I was approached by another man in slacks and a sport coat. He was accompanied by the officer that had escorted me to the ticketing area and Mr. Silva. He informed me that I could not leave the airport. He said that once I start the screening in the secure area, I could not leave until it was completed. Having left the area, he stated, I would be subject to a civil suit and a $10,000 fine. I asked him if he was
also going to fine the 6 TSA agents and the local police officer who escorted me from the secure area. After all, I did exactly what I was told. He said that they didn't know the rules, and that he would deal with them later. They would not be subject to civil penalties. I then pointed to Mr. Silva and asked if he would be subject to any penalties. He is the agents' supervisor, and he directed them to escort me out. The man informed me that Mr. Silva was new and he would not be subject to penalties, either. He again asserted the necessity that I return to the screening area. When I asked why, he explained that I may have an incendiary device and whether or not that was true needed to be determined. I told him that I would submit to a walk through the metal detector, but that was it; I would not be groped. He told me that their procedures are on their website, and therefore, I was fully informed before I entered the airport; I had implicitly agreed to whatever screening they deemed appropriate. I told him that San Diego was not listed on the TSA's website as an airport using Advanced Imaging Technology, and I believed that I would only be subject to the metal detector. He replied that he was not a webmaster, and I asked then why he was referring me to the TSA's website if he didn't know anything about it. I again refused to re-enter the screening area. The man asked me to stay put while he walked off to confer with the officer and Mr. Silva. They went about 20 feet away and began talking amongst themselves while I waited. I couldn't over hear anything, but I got the impression that the police officer was recounting his version of the events that had transpired in the screening area (my initial refusal to be patted down). After a few minutes, I asked loudly across the distance if I was free to leave. The man dismissively held up a finger and said, "hold
on". I waited. After another minute or so, he returned and asked for my name. I asked why he needed it, and reminded him that the female supervisor/agent had already taken a report. He said that he was trying to be friendly and help me out. I asked to what end. He reminded me that I could be sued civilly and face a $10,000 fine and that my cooperation could help mitigate the penalties I was facing. I replied that he already had my information in the report that was taken and I asked if I was free to leave. I reminded him that he was now illegally detaining me and that I would not be subject to screening as a condition of leaving the airport. He told me that he was only trying to help (I should note that his demeanor never suggested that he was trying to help. I was clearly being interrogated.), and that no one was forcing me to stay. I asked if tried to leave if he would have the officer arrest me. He again said that no one was forcing me to stay. I looked him in the eye, and said, "then I'm leaving". He replied, "then we'll bring a civil suit against you", to which I said, "you bring that suit" and walked out of the airport.
This video starts with my bag and belongings going through the x-ray machine.They're kind of long, and they don't show much, but the audio is really good. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=7txGwoITSj4&feature=player_embedded I was in the middle of telling someone that if I was going to be felt up, I wanted it done in public so that everyone could see what it is that the TSA does. Here is the rest of that video. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=3RaFZ1CElU8&feature=player_embedded After I was escorted out to the ticketing area, I went to have my ticket refunded. I didn't have the opportunity or the presence of mind to turn the camera back on until everyone walked away from me. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=jwFh8HQttTQ&feature=player_embedded
Related articles: More about my TSA encounter at SAN Motivation of my filming of my TSA encounter
Public Protests as TSA Torpedoes Constitution
Janet Napolitano's Smurf Brigade's Fondling & Frisking Arouses Controversy Sunday, November 14th
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~ Benjamin Franklin
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s Let’s Make a Deal approach to keeping America’s airports secure isn’t generating too many fans. Perhaps it’s because the choices given are so insulting to the rights enjoyed by a free people: Door #1: Have nude pictures of yourself beamed to some video monitor to be viewed by a total stranger where it may or may not be stored; or, Door #2: Allow yourself to be groped, poked, patted down, felt up, frisked, and squeezed at the hands of some police academy reject in a Smurf-blue uniform [Photo: Kim Kardashian at LAX]; or… Door #3: Don’t travel.
Worse is the fact that, if you have children, you have the same choices to make on their behalf:
Have nude images of your kids viewed (and stored?) by strangers, Subject your kids to physical molestation, or Cancel your trip.
TSA lawsuit: http://www.youtube.com/watch? feature=player_embedded&v=8dNbhtjVUIw I’ve got to admit that, as a frequent flyer, I’ve sort of gotten used to being frisked. Perhaps airport security screeners confuse old bikers in Harley shirts with Al Quaeda, but the pat downs have been an almost regular occurrence since 9/11. While most of the pat downs over the years have been of the generic sort, a few after 9/11 seemed to be going a little too far as well—the fingers inside the
waistline by an officer of the opposite sex was one such memorable occasion. It wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago, however, while traveling through an airport in the Midwest that I received the double treatment—the body imaging device and the pat down (no open palms on the genitals though) that the Smurfs began to get annoying. At the same time, the pilots’ and flight attendants’ unions began to grumble that their members were being traumatized by the TSA’s new security measures. Since then, the controversy has grown considerably and Janet Napolitano is faced with trying to appease a variety of constituencies while remaining seemingly resolved to infringe on Americans’ constitutional right to be “secure in their persons… against unreasonable searches.” One individual has started a website called optoutday.com, which suggests that people opt out of the body imaging on November 24, the day before Thanksgiving (when the volume of air travel is particularly high). According to the website’s founder, Brian Sodergren, the goal is to get people to experience the rigorous patdown so they can discuss it around the Thanksgiving table: “Getting a plane ticket doesn’t mean you’re consenting to someone being able to look under your clothes or feel your genitals,” said Sodergren during a phone interview with ABC15. Sodergren wants passengers, pilots and flight attendants to “optout” of the X-ray body scanners and go through the pat down procedure.
“It’s too much, I don’t want my wife or my child going through the pat-downs and have their genitals touched, people need to understand what’s going on,” said Sodergren. Ironically, Muslim Americans are being forbidden from having their bodies imaged and the Council on American-Islamic
Relations is recommending the following to Muslim women who wear jihabs:
If you are selected for secondary screening after you go through the metal detector and it does not go off, and “sss” is not written on your boarding pass, ask the TSA officer if the reason you are being selected is because of your head scarf. • In this situation, you may be asked to submit to a pat-down or to go through a full body scanner. If you are selected for the scanner, you may ask to go through a pat-down instead. • Before you are patted down, you should remind the TSA officer that they are only supposed to pat down the area in question, in this scenario, your head and neck. They SHOULD NOT subject you to a fullbody or partial-body pat-down. • You may ask to be taken to a private room for the pat-down procedure. • Instead of the pat-down, you can always request to pat down your own scarf, including head and neck area, and have the officers perform a chemical swipe of your hands.
How perfectly Orwellian that, while non-Muslim Americans are having their Fourth Amendment rights being groped, grabbed and trampled by Napolitano & her gang, Muslims are being urged to use the First Amendment’s Freedom of Religion provision to allbut-ignore the TSA screening measures. Meanwhile, for those of us who are stuck traveling for a living, until this gets sorted out, we’ll just suck it up and suck it in, as the Smurfs continue to get up close and really, really personal. __________________
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
Napolitano Uses ‘Domestic Terror’ To Push Body Scanners
November 4, 2010
From 9/11, to the Anthrax attacks, to the “Christmas Day Bomber” to the “Times Square Fizzler, you can find staged terror on street corners all across America. All of this has been a push to get the naked body scanners into our airports, but the American people have not bought the recent propaganda. There has been a rebellious presence surrounding the radioactive scanners now installed in some international airports within the U.S. However, to the powers that be as well as private corporations tied to Michael Chertoff (a dual U.S./ Israeli citizen) this is not enough. These operatives will not settle for only a few naked body scanners in America, they intend to implement them worldwide. Here is an ABC article that shows how Janet Napolitano (DHS) is hyping domestic terrorism in America when the fact of the matter is that most if not all of the attack/ attempts in the U.S. have been state sponsored. It is this very rhetoric that allows the establishment and their private corporations to dupe the masses.
ABC News’ Jason Ryan reports:
Speaking before the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in Florida today Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano provided a more stark assessment of the domestic threat to the United States and the emergence of homegrown terrorism domestically. Although Napolitano has been discussing the issue of homegrown terrorism more frequently over the past several months her remarks today were blunt: “We’re operating under the premise that individuals prepared to carry out terrorist acts are in the country, and may carry out these acts of violence with little or no warning,” Napolitano said before the police group.
Read Entire Article at: http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2010/10/napolitano-issues-
The Intel Hub By Shepard Ambellas http://theintelhub.com/2010/11/04/napolitano-issues-blunt-comments-on-domestic-terror-threat/ =================================
New TSA pat-down procedure expands nationwide
November 1, 2010
If you plan to travel by air during the upcoming holiday season be ready to undergo a new, more thorough pat-down search procedure at the airport. The new search technique used by the Transportation Security Administration allows airport security screeners to use their fingers and palms to feel and probe for hidden weapons and devices around sensitive body parts, such as the breast and groin areas. In the past, TSA officers brushed along those body parts with the back of their hands to feel for hidden objects.
The TSA tested the more assertive pat-down technique this summer at airports in Boston and Las Vegas and has expanded the use of the procedure this weekend to airports nationwide. "TSA is in the process of implementing new pat-down procedures at checkpoints nationwide as one of our many layers of security to keep the traveling public safe," the TSA said in a recent statement. The manual pat-down procedure will be used on passengers who refuse to be screened using the 317 new full-body image scanners deployed at 65 airports nationwide. The new technique may also be used on passengers who evoke suspicion when undergoing other traditional screening procedures, including walk-through metal detectors. The ACLU has complained about the full-body scanners and the new patdown procedure, saying both violate the privacy of airline passengers. The full-body scanners use low levels of either radiation or X-rays to create what looks like a nude image of the passengers to find weapons hidden under the clothes.
"Americans now must choose between a virtual strip search and a grope," said Chris Calabrese, a legislative counsel at the ACLU.
--Hugo Martin (Photo: TSA screeners at Los Angeles International Airport pat down passengers during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2004. Credit: Los Angeles Times) http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2010/11/new-thorough-pat-down-procedure-expandsnationwide.html ===============================
One Hundred Naked Citizens: One Hundred Leaked Body Scans
At the heart of the controversy over "body scanners" is a promise:
The images of our naked bodies will never be public. U.S. Marshals in a Florida Federal courthouse saved 35,000 images on their scanner. These are those images. A Gizmodo investigation has revealed 100 of the photographs saved by the Gen 2 millimeter wave scanner from Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc., obtained by a FOIA request after it was recently revealed that U.S. Marshals operating the machine in the Orlando, Florida courthouse had improperly-perhaps illegally-saved images of the scans of public servants and private citizens. We understand that it will be controversial to release these photographs. But identifying features have been eliminated. And fortunately for those who walked through the scanner in Florida last year, this mismanaged machine used the less embarrassing imaging technique. Yet the leaking of these photographs demonstrates the security limitations of not just this particular machine, but millimeter wave and x-ray backscatter body scanners operated by federal employees in our courthouses and by TSA officers in airports across the country. That we can see these images today almost guarantees that others will be seeing similar images in the future. If you're lucky, it might even be a picture of you or your family. While the fidelity of the scans from this machine are of surprisingly low resolution, especially compared to the higher resolution "naked scanners" using the potentially harmful x-ray backscatter technology, the TSA and other government agencies have repeatedly touted the quality of "Advanced Imaging Technology" while simultaneously assuring customers that operators "cannot store, print, transmit or save the image, and the
image." According to the TSA—and of course other agencies— images from the scanners are "automatically deleted from the system after it is cleared by the remotely located security officer." Whatever the stated policy, it's clear that it is trivial for operators to save images and remove them for distribution if they choose not to follow guidelines or that other employees could remove images that are inappropriately if accidentally stored. To the point, these sample images were removed from the machine in Orlando by the U.S. Marshals for distribution under the FOIA request before the machine was sent back to its manufacturer— images intact.
We look forward to seeing your next vacation photos.
Related TSA Coverage
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Junk Security: ‘Naked Scanners’ Won’t Keep Us Safe
In May, Transportation Security Administration screener Rolando
Negrin pummeled a co-worker with his government-issued baton. The feud began, according to a Miami-Dade Police Department report, after Mr. Negrin's training session with one of the agency's whole-body imagers. The scan "revealed [Mr. Negrin] had a small penis," the disgruntled co-worker told police. After a few months, he "could not take the jokes any more and lost his mind." Now the TSA is rolling out these ultra-revealing imagers across the country in an attempt to uncover hidden threats like the so-called underwear bomb found on a Detroit-bound flight last Christmas. The agency and the scanners' manufacturers insist they've installed features and instituted procedures that will make passenger embarrassments impossible. But the larger question is whether the TSA's tech-centric approach to security makes any sense at all. Even the most modest of us would probably agree to a brief flash of quasi-nudity if it would really ensure a safe flight. That's not the deal the TSA is offering. Instead, the agency is asking for Rolando Negrin-style revelations in exchange for incremental, ineffable security improvements against particular kinds of concealed weapons. It's the same kind of trade-off TSA implicitly provided when it ordered us to take off our sneakers (to stop shoe bombs), and to chuck our water bottles (to prevent liquid explosives). Security guru and scanner suit plaintiff Bruce Schneier calls it "magical thinking . . . Descend on what the terrorists happened to do last time, and we'll all be safe. As if they won't think of something else." Which, of course, they invariably do. Attackers are already
starting to smuggle weapons in body cavities, going where even the most adroit body scanners do not tread. My article in today's Wall Street Journal has more. And it's not all gloomy skies. There's some hope that the TSA may be changing course, at least a bit. New TSA chief John Pistole says the agency has to shift from a threat-driven outfit into an "intelligence-driven" organization. There are some signs that such a move may be afoot. On the night in late October that Saudi intelligence tipped the American government off to a plot to blow up planes using explosives packed in printer cartridges, Pistole got a call from White House counterrrorism czar John Brennan. The TSA was then able to give new marching orders to everyone from air marshals to cargo inspectors. An agency team was even dispatched to Yemen, where the bombs originated. It all seemed shockingly logical for an agency that's generally appears to be anything but. The quick response to intelligence and targeted security measures could provide a partial template for future action. The next step would be questioning passengers and employing high-sensors when travelers' behavior or specific threats warrant - instead of making us all get digitally nude.
Airline Pilots Fight Against TSA Body Scans Too
Not only individuals are standing up against TSA's body scans and practices, but the most powerful pilot union in the world is fighting them too, according to this ALPA security alert sent by a Continental pilot. Napolitano's enemy list keeps growing. The Air Line Pilot Association (ALPA) distributed this security alert on November 12 to its 53,000 members at 38 U.S. and Canadian airlines:
In it, the pilots mention their fruitless talks with US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and strongly oppose body scans: ALPA categorically objects to this policy and is currently engaging government policy makers to bring short-term and long-term relief from this process to all flight crewmembers. ALPA is objecting on the grounds that repeated scans could be dangerous to the health of crewmembers. But, as the Continental Airlines pilot who sent us the memo says, that's irrelevant. He says that any kind of search on pilots—and their luggage—is just stupid: I do agree that pilots don't need to be screened at all. As a pilot, I still have to pull out my laptop to be screened. Really? Why would I go to the great lengths of making a laptop bomb when I am at the controls of an airplane?! If a pilot wants to cause harm, he certainly has ample opportunity. Indeed. Like the rest of insane TSA rules, it just makes no sense whatsoever.
How One Man Stood Up To the TSA
We've talked a lot about the controversies surrounding full-body security
scans. Before a recent flight, Isaac Schlueter stood up and opted out. Here's why... and how. By now, if you haven't heard the outrage at the TSA's "enhanced" pat-down procedures, then you don't use the internet, and you're not reading this blog.
They grope children. They touch your junk. The procedures are ludicrously ineffective and harmful from a security point of view. And the naked-picture xray machines are most likely unsafe.
Things like this get me feeling all rebellious and Jeffersonian. So, since I'm flying up to Joyent's Vancouver offices today, I decided to do a little prep work. First, I took the UCSF letter, added a bit of highlighting and annotation to make it a bit easier to scan, and printed it out. You can get a copy from http://j.mp/cancer-ray. I was worried that I'd chicken out. No, not "worried". I was sure I'd chicken out. Of course I would. I talk a good game about incendiary politics and unconventional ideals, but when the chips are down, I generally do the expedient thing like a nice polite citizen. I'm not one of these "talk down the authorities" types, even though I wish I was. But then my flight was cancelled, and I learned that I'd have to be in the airport until 12 to catch the next one. The extra time to kill strengthened my resolve. "So what if I'm detained?," I thought. "I don't have to be anywhere for 5 more hours." Plus I was alone, so there wasn't anyone else's embarrassment to worry about. I repeated the confidence mantras in my head. They're expendable workers. I own this place. I'm the boss. They work for me. The only reason I don't fire them is that they're cheaper than robots. Etc.
I started talking to the family behind me as soon as I got into the security line, a middle-aged couple with 2 adolescent boys and a girl about 4 or 5. They were amused by my shoes, so it wasn't too hard to strike up a conversation. I asked where they were from. Santa Clara. Heading to Toronto for some family thing. I asked if they'd heard about the new X-Ray machines. The dad was tired and apathetic. She said, "Oh, yeah, I heard about those on the news, that if you don't go through, they grope you or something, and if you do, they take a naked picture of you." "Yeah, it's messed up. Did you know that the UCSF oncology department thinks they pose a serious health risk, especially to children or anyone at risk for breast cancer?" "Whoa, no, I didn't know that!" I handed the paper to the mom. Bam. "Oh, honey, you should read this!! … Oh my god…" Turns out she's a breast cancer survivor. And her doctor has told her to avoid x-rays, even at the dentist, unless absolutely medically necessary. And she didn't realize that "millimeter wave digital backscatter detection" used x-rays, because the TSA doesn't actually put that on the sign. She did the rest. When we got to the scanner, I opted out. Then they opted out. She'd already convinced the family behind them to do the same. Her response to the TSA agent was awesome, I wish I'd thought of it: "Ma'am, please step over here." "No thanks, I've already had cancer, just feel me up or whatever."
After the first 4 "OPT-OUT" calls, they just passed us all through the regular metal detector. No one got groped. Information, properly delivered, is power. Addendum The revolt was emotionally satisfying, and I totally recommend doing it, but ultimately it's only a drop in the ocean. From where I'm sitting, I can see the security line, people holding their hands up in the little booth. So, do make trouble. On-the-ground rebellion is important. But also tell your legislator. There's a senate oversight meeting tomorrow, so please call these people and tell them how you feel. You'll leave a voicemail. It's easy and takes 2 seconds. Just call up and say "I think that the TSA has gone too far. Body scanning and inappropriate groping are unconstitutional and wrong. If you want my vote, change the policy." Addendum 2 Millimeter wave scanners and Backscatter X-Rays are not the same thing. But it wasn't clear which one was in use, and the TSA sign used the terms interchangeably in the fine print where it told you about the opt-out option. Also, yes, it's true, the cancer risks are not well understood, and I absolutely committed the alarmist fallacy. ("But can you really take that risk!") Unfortunately, people aren't as afraid of a police state as they are of cancer. I maintain that I used my powers for Good.
Ex-DHS Chertoff's RapeScan X-Ray Scammers: Selling Police State Cancer to An Airport Near You!
Let’s not forget that former Fatherland Security secretary Michael Chertoff is the founder of the
Chertoff Group, a security consulting firm whose clients include manufacturers of fullbody scanners.
“Mr. Chertoff should not be allowed to abuse the trust the public has placed in him as a former public servant to privately gain from the sale of full-body scanners,’’ opined Kate Hanni, founder of FlyersRights.org, which opposes use of the scanners.
Chertoff’s group represents Rapiscan, a California based firm “which until recently was the only company qualified to sell full-body scan machines to the TSA.” Last summer, “TSA purchased 150 machines from Rapiscan with $25 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.”
A better name might be RapeScan.
TSA Targets “Smoking Hot” Woman for Naked Scan; Fondles Children
by Rady Ananda / November 15th, 2010
Are these Transportation security authorities looking for terrorists or a hard on? Why would 19 agents and police officers need to handle — and watch — a 20something woman who happens to be ‘smoking hot’ get her breasts squeezed and twisted? Children are fondled, too. Three-year-old Mandy Simon screams, “STOP TOUCHING ME” when a woman searches her for weapons. When law enforcement personnel can’t tell the difference between a terrorist and a three-year-old child, they need to go back to investigation school. One commenter captures my sentiment: “3-yr-old child, terrorist or pedophile’s wet dream? TSA cannot tell the difference.” Read more » http://redactednews.blogspot.com/
Fire Janet Napolitano NOW!
There’s a movement afoot to rid the country of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. The following campaign has been launched on America C2C.
“KICK JANET NAPOLITANO OUT CAMPAIGN”
America c2c-America Coast 2 Coast is demanding the resignation of Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano for her derogatory remarks about our brave men and women in uniform. This demonstrates her lack of competence and ability to serve in this important position when she calls Patriotic Americans Domestic Terrorists. We are asking all Americans to unite with us as we take this to the halls of Washington D.C. and voice our outrage. Please contact the Whitehouse, Senate and Congress to inform them enough is enough! We encourage you to call into Talk Radio, Write an Editorial in your local newspaper and blog across the Internet. This is unacceptable and inexcusable and will not be tolerated.
At Grassfire.org you can also sign a petition to rid the country of the shameful secretary who refuses to use the word terrorist to describe radicals who perpetrate the murder of American civilians, but defends her department’s branding virtually all conservatives as “potential” terrorists and right-wing extremists.
LOOK WHO IS ASLEEP!
DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?
Thank You Bro. Obama & Sis Napolitano!
SHE has been BUSY WATCHING THE Americans on PORNO SCANNERS!
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE LAND OF THE FREE ?
*FOLLOWING IS UCSF LETTER ON BODY SCAN HEALTH RISK
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