Exposing TSA Abuses

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is out of control and a danger to our Liberty!

TSA readying new behavior detection plan for airport checkpoints

The federal government is planning to introduce new behavior detection techniques at airport checkpoints as soon as next month, Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole said Thursday.

TSA already has "behavior detection officers" at 161 airports nationwide looking for travelers exhibiting physiological or psychological signs that a traveler might be a terrorist. However, Pistole said TSA is preparing to move to an approach that employs more conversation with travelers—a method that has been employed with great success in Israel.


Read the rest of the story at Politico: http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshgerstein/0711/TSA_readying_new_behavior_detection_plan_for_airport_checkpoints.html

Los Angeles TSA Officer Indicted on Theft Charges

Thirty-eight-year-old Paul Yashou of Torrance was named in a five-count indictment Friday that charges him with two felony and three misdemeanor counts. Charges are related to items that were stolen from luggage at Los Angeles International Airport.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/07/24/los-angeles-tsa-officer-indicted-on-theft-charges/#ixzz1T8FW32ZY

Pennsylvania Sees Anti TSA Legislation

A Pennsylvania lawmaker said he has introduced a bill that would criminalize certain airport searches.

TSA Employee Indicted For Conspiring To Defraud The US

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an Indictment charging Minnetta Walker, 43, of Buffalo, N.Y., with conspiring to defraud the United States by interfering with and obstructing the security measures, procedures and requirements of the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and with aiding and abetting another individual in entering an aircraft and airport area in violation of federal security requirements.


Read the rest at: http://www.wkbw.com/news/crime/TSA-Employee-Indicted-For-Conspiring-To-Defraud-The-US-120989924.html



Newark airport supervisors form nation’s first management group to lobby for changes at TSA

Supervisors at Newark Liberty International Airport have formed the nation’s first management group to lobby for reforms at the embattled Transportation Security Administration.

Founders of the Transportation Security Management Association say their goal is to ensure that workplace policies allow TSA supervisors and managers to do their jobs as well as possible and, ultimately, improve security.


Read the rest at: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/04/newark_airport_forms_nations_f.html

Ex-Miss USA says TSA ‘violated’ her in patdown

A couple of weeks ago, a YouTube video of the patdown of a young girl by TSA officials ignited a stir over the agency’s practices. Now a new YouTube video features a teary former Miss USA criticizing airport screeners, alleging they touched her genitals multiple times as part of a “full-body patdown” after she refused to go through a body scanner.

Susie Castillo, who won the Miss USA title in 2003, said that she felt “violated” by a female TSA agent at a security checkpoint at Dallas airport in Texas. Castillo, a Methuen native, was also a former Miss Massachusetts. She now works as an actress.


Read the rest of the story and view the video at: http://www.boston.com/travel/blog/2011/04/ex-miss_america.html

Why airports’ “liquid and gels” rules are absurd

Once again, I’m reminded how the TSA focuses on nitpicky rules at the expense of actual security


Read the rest of this pilot’s story in Salon: http://www.salon.com/technology/ask_the_pilot/2011/04/25/farce_of_airport_security/index.html

TSA takes on role as speech police

Transportation Security Administration has begun a program that targets critics of either the TSA or security procedures at airports.


Read the details at: http://www.murfreesboropost.com/burriss-appreciate-free-speech-tsa-has-different-opinion-cms-26895



TSA Screener Nailed on Kiddie Porn Charges

Federal agents allege that Transportation Safety Administration Officer Thomas Gordon Jr. of Philadelphia, who routinely searched airline passengers, uploaded explicit pictures of young girls to an Internet site on which he also posted a photograph of himself in his TSA uniform.


TSA, hiding behind so-called privacy concerns, would not acknowledge if the Agent in question had been suspended, although he is in Federal Custody.

How many TSA agents does it take to change a light bulb?

I really don’t know how many TSA agents it takes to change a light bulb. I have never actually seen a TSA agent change a light bulb, but I do know how many TSA agents it takes to operate a single airport security line … nine.


Read the rest of this opinion piece at: http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/opinion/columnists/article_223be28a-6bb0-11e0-8c8d-001cc4c03286.html