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The Texas House passed a bill that would make it a criminal offense for public servants to inappropriately touch travelers during airport security pat-downs.
Approved late Thursday night, the measure makes it illegal for anyone conducting searches to touch “the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person” including through clothing.
It also prohibits searches “that would be offensive to a reasonable person.”
The bill’s chief sponsor is Republican Rep. David Simpson, who said, “this has to do with dignity and travel, and prohibiting indecent, groping searches.”
He believes it will keep Transportation Security Administration officials from treating travelers like criminals, though the measure may be superseded by federal law.
After a brief but raucous debate, lawmakers approved the measure with little opposition — drawing applause from supporters.The Texas House passed a bill that would make it a criminal offense for public... more
When we are willing to give up our civil rights & freedom for security, are we really free? Do we deserve to be?
This post is a response to a comment on our post: Brave student with the 4th Amendment Written on his Chest Sues TSA for $250,000
Perhaps he can go through the X-ray machines like most reasonable citizens that understand security is there for everyone benefit, and stop the selfish behavior.
Who is terrorizing who? You can't turn the TV on without hearing the word terrorist or terrorism over and over.This is government propaganda plain and simple. The sad and angering thing is that it worked. But now more people have access to the internet where, at least for now, they have the opportunity to talk directly with people from all over the Earth. The internet is a border-less place where all humans can come together and realize we are the same. Something the media tries to distort.
http://www.politicalfailblog.com/2011/03/who-is-terrorizing-who-are-we-winning.html#moreWhen we are willing to give up our civil rights & freedom for security, are we... more
Posted March 15th, 2011*
A brave college student from Virgina who wrote a short version of the Fourth Amendment on his chest and stripped to his underwear at an airport security screening area is suing for $250,000 in damages for being detained on a false disorderly conduct charge.
http://www.politicalfailblog.com/2011/03/man-with-4th-amendment-written-on-chest.htmlPosted March 15th, 2011*
A brave college student from Virgina who wrote a short... more
AN eight-month old boy has been subjected to a body pat-down while going through an airport security screening.
The incident has caused outrage in the US after fellow passenger Jacob Jester posted a photograph of the search at Kansas City International Airport on Twitter.
Mr Jester’s photograph - captured on his phone - shows the mother holding the child as two smiling Transportation Security Administration officers search the boy at the security checkpoint.
Mr Jester said he was travelling to Albuquerque when he noticed the woman behind him with a baby about the same age as his son. He had just passed through security when he looked back and saw the baby receiving the pat-down.
"This is an extreme measure. I wouldn't want that to happen to my own son," Mr Jester told msnbc.com.AN eight-month old boy has been subjected to a body pat-down while going through an... more
I don't do a lot of flying, I have my reasons. One of them, certainly, is the fact that I don't do a lot of traveling. I don't think they have a lot of destinationless flights, and if they did, why would they? But when I do go somewhere, which as I've stated, I don't, I usually don't fly. And when ever someone asks me, trying and failing to mask their contempt and disgust like I just told them I don't own a TV or that I'm literate, "Why don't you fly?" I like to first joke with them "Because I wasn't born on Krypton, a dying planet whose inhabitants my desperate father tried to warn of its impending doom. But in their arrogance they cursed him a fool and refused to listen to his pleas. Then, in defiance of the planetary council, he built an escape craft, large enough only for a tiny infant, I, their third choice for occupants, to be rocketed to the safety of a distant planet, this planet, this Earth. Though if I had been born there and had been sent here, my alien physiology would surely be fantastically affected by the radiation of this planet's yellow sun, imbuing me with great powers, not the least of which could quite possibly be the gift of unaided personal flight." And we laugh. And by we I usually mean me, because most of the time the people I tell that joke to will wander off midway through. Undeterred I always finish the joke, because it's so whimsical and outrageous, it gets me every time. Krypton... where do I come up with these things?
The other reason I don't fly is because of the ever-present threat of exploding babies.
Now you may say "Well, how big of a threat could exploding babies be? I've never been exploded by a baby." To which I would say, that makes you one of the lucky ones. A statistic that I just now made up shows that three in every two people in America have been exploded by a baby. That is a true made up fact!
So when I hear of the "uproar" stemming from a photo taken by a busy body priest in Kansas City over the weekend, of brave air port security personnel putting their very lives on the line for the air faring general public by thoroughly patting down a suspicious, potentially explosive packed 8 month old, I just want to say "You shut up, you shut right the hell up before you set off that ticking baby!"
You see, Saturday the right Reverend Jacob Jester took a dirty picture of a felt up baby after he passed through security in the Kansas City International airport. The first question one might ask of course is, "Why the fuck was it any of this asshole's god damned business in the first fucking place?" Which, despite the somewhat excessive use of vulgarity considering we're speaking of a man of the cloth, I think is a fair question. This wasn't the parents having a problem with it like the six-year-old from a little while back. This was a literally holier than thou air traveler who decided it was his job to make sure the world knew how he felt about baby security.
But moving past the obvious problems of a Reverend taking snap shots of child touching, we arrive at the question of "Is this TSA screening gone overboard?" An excellent question. Wait, did I say excellent? I meant dumb. A dumb, stupid question. The reason this toddler-erroist was being given the smooth hand was because it's stroller set off an alarm during a screening for explosives (or so says the TSA). Now, the world that we currently live in necessitates us screening things like strollers for explosives. Whether or not that's a world any of us ever imagined we'd be living in or not is another question for another day, but that's the cold hard fact of where we are. And in this world, where people are tucking C4 under their balls and trying to light it with a Bic between peanuts and beverage service, if something sets of a "Go Boom Boom" siren, that something gets wiped with a rubber glove, no matter how adorable it might have been before we thought it could explode.
The parents, who were either trying to smuggle explosives onto a plane through very clever baby based means, or simply accidentally bought a strolled constructed from bomb, were said to be "very cooperative and the process was completely without incident" and apparently didn't have a problem with the proceedings. They did what they had to do, which then included allowing their infant to get a little bit of the "'ol rub 'n tug" and then they went on their way, being transported in mid-air from where they were to where they went. End of story for them. They had no idea that footage of their child's federal massage had become a Twitter sensation. So then the next question becomes, if the family didn't have a problem with it, and they weren't taking cupcake snaps of their off spring getting digitally manipulated by the deft fingers of justice, then why the fuck is it any one else's business?
The TSA, whom everyone seems to have no problem beating up for trying to do what they're tasked to do in what may largely be a system of mostly symbolic gestures but is still designed to protect people as best they can, said that while children are not excluded from security screenings, that they are reviewing ways to improve its procedures for "low-risk populations." But Reverend Your Business is My Business told the Kansas City Star that "An 8-month-old doesn't pose a threat to airplane or national security. I am grateful for TSA's willingness and desire to protect, but I believe in this instance that was extreme,"
But I for one couldn't disagree with Acting Home Land Security Chief Jester more on this point. Any parent will tell you that a small child is just one squirming bag of biological explosions, barely contained by thin layers of disposable absorbent pull ups. Most home-made explosives use bags of fertilizer, essentially "doodies". You stuff a fuse up the pooper of one of these things, wire it up just right, you've got a craptastrophe on your hands. And then where will your moral authority be Reverend? Plummeting 40,000 feet in a Pampers packed ball of smelly flames! That's where!
So I say keep feelin' up those babies air port security personnel. I'll not fly better knowing that the skies are being protected from the clear and present, imminent threat, of air traffic's new public enemy number one: exploding babies!I don't do a lot of flying, I have my reasons. One of them, certainly, is the... more
The Rev. Jacob Jester wasn’t trying to start anything.
But when he saw security screeners at Kansas City International Airport patting down a baby — a baby — he took a picture. And then he shared that picture on Twitter.
Jester tweeted his picture with the message: “Just saw #tsa agents patting down a little baby at @KCIAirport Pretty sure that’s extreme
The Transportation Security Administration, which has contracted with FirstLine Transportation Security to handle screening, issued a statement saying the officers followed proper procedures.
After the stroller set off the alarm, “officers followed protocol to conduct additional screening on members of the family, who were very cooperative,” the TSA said
Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/05/10/2865800/photo-of-pat-down-of-baby-at-airport.html#ixzz1M4SdDu8AThe Rev. Jacob Jester wasn’t trying to start anything.
But when he saw... more
Well, it is now clear that Obama did none of those things, and our country does have a hangover. The bailouts and hand-holding of Wall Street has continued, without any help for Main Street. None of the biggest financial fatcats who committed criminal fraud have been brought to justice.
We've gotten in yet another senseless war in Libya. The TSA, Homeland Security and other government agencies are becoming more repressive than ever.
Many have accused Obama of being Bush's third term. Even McClatchy asks whether Obama is morphing into Bush.
Obama can't sell hope anymore. So he's switched to the Neocon fear card.
After the Honeymoon is Over
When the honeymoon between the voters and Obama is over, people will judge him on who he picks to lead his cabinet and what he actually does.
After the honeymoon is over, the only questions will be whether Obama:
•Protected our liberty and restored the Constitution and the rule of law
•Restored the balance of power
•Kept us out of imperial wars
•Stopped the looting of our treasury and pockets ...
Whether or not Obama does these things - and not whether he administers the hope drug - is the question.
Unless the fundamental tyranny, injustice, imperialism and economic foolishness are addressed, then America will have one heck of a hangover when the drug wears off.(zero+hedge+-+on+a+long+enough+timeline%2C+the+survival+rate+for+everyone+drops+to+zero... more
God forbid you were born prior to 1950 and/or your birth certificate was improperly filed or maybe the original copy that is embossed got lost in a house fire or a NUMBER of different reasons, you now are not ALLOWED to leave the country? THIS is America? EXCUSE me? I'm pretty sure my own original birth certificate DOES meet these requirements, but I think the original was lovingly taped to a page of my baby book by mom which is somewhere in my parents' home. I'm sure it's in a special fire safe or something since my parents are so organized. So whenever it is that I decide to get another passport I guess I have to go bug my parents, carry a really big baby book to some government office, and I hope I can pass as "American enough" to go on vacation? Even to Canada? Really?
Yet I guess it's no big deal if people are allowed to buy up all sorts of military assault rifles without any proof of mental sanity or criminal background check. That's cute. I know I was born into a country with a lot of really nice rights and freedoms. I was brainwashed by the powers that be in this country that a flag is holier than a Bible or a Constitution and that soldiers who are forced to go kill innocent brown people on other continents are "protecting my freedoms" and other such propaganda. Now that I'm 30 I've lost more and more of my rights. I don't have anymore rights to privacy, that's for sure. I don't have the right to get on an airplane without some pervert TSA agent either feeling up all my private parts or taking a naked x-ray scan of me, if I ever were to get an abortion I might be forced to do so within a couple of months and wait several days and hear my doctor read some stupid script and have a medically un-necessary ultrasound and prove I wasn't raped, I will never get the right to have Medicare when I am old let alone Social Security which I've been forced to pay into while working, the banks all got bailed out with TARP funds yet I still don't have the right to access my OWN money I earn and pay taxes on from an ATM machine without paying a $3 (and soon $5) fee because I guess the banks are big greedy babies who want it ALL, I don't have the right to clean air and water because our world leaders can't stop drilling for oil and spilling the crap all over the place, I don't have the right to my own cell phone if a cop decides to stop me for some arbitrary reason and demands I turn over the phone so they can remove the SIM card and steal all my PERSONAL phone information (not making that one up), and if certain GOP candidates God forbid win the 2012 presidency, children won't have the right to wear sagging pants (and probably not plumbers either as they'd be guilty of the same crime) but heroin MIGHT become legal. Yes, HEROIN, not pot. (Meaning the drug that kills people, not the one that makes you hungry for Cheetos.)
I am confused. WHAT country do I live in now? One with rights? Or a Capitalistic fascist one? I'm a little confused about what I was taught as a little kid when the school I went to insisted we recite the Pledge of Allegiance in addition to all the propaganda I got from the textbooks (ALL Texas based publishing company since schools never get to decide textbooks) which were completely focused on white men and wars and nothing else. War war war and more war and guns guns guns and bombs. What happened to the days of John Lennon and Peace and Love? Really, what has happened to my country? All because a really smart Harvard graduate black man got elected and a bunch of KKK Teabagging idiots can't stand that thought? The Tea Party wants us broke, stupid, trapped, with guns to our heads. That's the message I'm getting lately.
New U.S. Birth Certificate Requirement
Beginning April 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of State will require the full names of the applicant’s parent(s) to be listed on all certified birth certificates to be considered as primary evidence of U.S. citizenship for all passport applicants, regardless of age. Certified birth certificates missing this information will not be acceptable as evidence of citizenship. This will not affect applications already in-process that have been submitted or accepted before the effective date.
For more information, see 22 CFR 51.42(a).
To obtain a new birth certificate, see the CDC.
In addition to this requirement, certified copies of birth certificates must also include the following information to be considered acceptable primary evidence of U.S. citizenship:
* Full name of the applicant
* Date of birth
* Place of birth
* Raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal of issuing authority
* Registrar’s signature
* The date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office (must be within one year)
If you cannot obtain a birth certificate that meets these requirements, please see Secondary Evidence of U.S. Citizenship.God forbid you were born prior to 1950 and/or your birth certificate was improperly... more
Because of Osama bin Laden hype, you're going to need to be searched, patted down, groped, have TSA stick their hands inside your underwear, have your genitalia fondled, and/scanned with body scanners to go the mall, sporting events, amusement parks ect.
"Counter terrorism expert Juval Aviv said terrorists seeking revenge for Osama bin Laden’s death will turn to attacks less dramatic than the destruction on Sept. 11 — focusing instead on soft targets like hotels, places of worship and mass transit hubs.
“It’s easier and less complicated to carry out,” Aviv said. “What they’re going to achieve if they’re successful is to kill as many people as possible.”
Security consultant David Boehm said the future could include security check points entering all soft targets — like your local department store. Boehm said even with a police presence, the areas are vulnerableBecause of Osama bin Laden hype, you're going to need to be searched, patted... more
Just days after the staged media spectacle of the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, the corporate media and the Department of Homeland Security have released intelligence that claims that Al Qaeda is considering attacking U.S. railroads on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks.
In a move that is sure to further heighten the fears of local police nationwide, the Department of Homeland Security issued an alert to police about the information that they had “uncovered.”
“The information was obtained from material seized by Navy SEALs in their raid in Pakistan when they killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on May 1, another U.S. official said, speaking anonymously. U.S. commandos seized computer drives and other material from the compound where bin Laden had been staying,” reported The Associated Press.
The whole Bin Laden assassination psi op is now being used to push the police state in America to a whole new level.
At this point it seems likely that the major reason for the unveiling of a dead man was to condition the public into accepting TSA groping in train stations, malls, sporting venues, and any other major public event.
Yesterday, CBS News reported that experts fear retaliation over the death of the Al Qaeda leader and that the only way to stop such an attack is to implement TSA security checkpoints at soft spots nationwide.
We now live in a country where innocent civilians are now subject to TSA harassment, double pat downs, checkpoints at “soft” spots and 24/7 electronic surveillance all in the name of an invisible enemy ironically named the War on Terror.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2p6f4Asnm0&feature=player_embeddedJust days after the staged media spectacle of the assassination of Osama Bin Laden,... more
The absurdity of TSA groping the genitalia of men, women and children, and just the absurdity of even needing of a federal beauracracy to perform checkpoints at every airport is illustrated in the following statistics.
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics provides a wealth of statistical information on air traffic. For this exercise, I will look at both domestic flights within the US, and international flights whose origin or destination was within the United States. I will not look at flights that transported cargo and crew only. I will look at flights spanning the decade from October 1999 through September 2009.
Over the past decade, according to BTS, there have been 99,320,309 commercial airline departures that either originated or landed within the United States. DIVIDNG BY SIX WE GET ONE TERRORIST INCIDENT PER 16,553,385 DEPARTURES.
These departures flew a collective 69,415,786,000 miles. That means there has been one terrorist incident per 11,569,297,667 mles flown. This distance is equivalent to 1,459,664 trips around the diameter of the Earth, 24,218 round trips to the Moon, or two round trips to Neptune.
Assuming an average airborne speed of 425 miles per hour, these airplanes were aloft for a total of 163,331,261 hours. THEREFORE THERE HAS BEEN ONE TERRORIST INCIDENT PER 27,221,877 HOURS AIRBORN.
There were a total of 674 passengers, not counting crew or the terrorists themselves, on the flights on which these incidents occurred. By contrast, there have been 7,015,630,000 passenger enplanements over the past decade. THEREFORE, THE ODDS OF BEING ON GIVIN DEPARTURE WHICH IS THE SUBJECT OF A TERRORIST INCIDENT HAVE BEEN 1 IN 10,408,947 OVER THE PAST DECADE.
BY CONTRAST, THE ODDS OF BEING STRUCK BY LIGHTNING IN A GIVEN YEAR ARE ABOUT 1 IN 500,000. THIS MEANS THAT YOU COULD BOARD TWENTY FLIGHTS PER YEAR AND STILL BE LESS LIKELY TO BE THE SUBJECT OF AN ATTEMPTED TERRORST ATTACK THAN TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.The absurdity of TSA groping the genitalia of men, women and children, and just the... more
On September 1, 2001 a gaggle of terrorists caught the early flight out of Portland, ME and the rest is history. Every pundit and politician talked about how, "Our world changed forever." That sure turned out a gross understatement and we're not going back anytime soon.On September 1, 2001 a gaggle of terrorists caught the early flight out of Portland,... more
A new bill sponsored by Texas Republican Rep. David Simpson would make the Obama Administration's policy of TSA's fondling travelers genitalia in enhanced patdowns a felony. It's simply beyond words that we even need a law to ban the TSA's outrageous constitutional violations.
A former Miss USA's tearful claim that she was groped during a pat-down at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport could be a criminal matter under a bill gaining momentum in the Texas Legislature.
The proposed Texas law, aimed at people conducting security checkpoints at airports and public buildings, would make it a felony to intentionally touch someone's private areas — even on top of clothing — unless the officer or agent has probable cause to believe the person is carrying something illegal.
State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, who sponsored the bill, said Friday that the invasive pat-down searches at airports nationwide are a violation of the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches.A new bill sponsored by Texas Republican Rep. David Simpson would make the Obama... more
Published: 27 April, 2011, 23:38
Susie Castillo (Photo from http://www.susiecastillo.net)
American beauty queen and actress Susie Castillo said she was violated by a TSA screener recently at a Dallas airport when the agent fondled her vagina.
She refused to pass through the full body scanner and was then obligated to undergo a physical pat-down where agents are required to use palms and fingers to probe the body in search of hidden weapons – agents are instructed to check the full body, including breasts private areas.
Being a frequent traveler she often avoids the body scanners because she fears possible health implications. The incident left Castillo very emotional, crying in the airport.
“I’m really really upset that as an American I have to go through this,” she said. “I do feel violated. I didn’t think that I would when I had to opt out of the machine. But, I feel completely violated. This woman touched my vagina four times.”
Following the incident she filed a complaint with TSA by filling out a complaint card at the airport.
“I’m hoping that other people that feel violated as an American will make these complaints and maybe they will change something if they get enough of them,” she said. “Maybe they’ll change something if they get enough of them.”
Castillo is a former Miss USA and Miss Teen USA. She is current working as an actress having appeared on of ABC, NBC and other programs.
http://rt.com/usa/news/beauty-queen-molested-tsa/Published: 27 April, 2011, 23:38
Susie Castillo (Photo from... more
Thomas Gordon Jr. of Philadelphia, a TSA “screener,” was arrested on March 24 and charged with distributing more than 100 images of child pornography via Facebook. He allegedly uploaded explicit pictures of young girls and also is said to have posted a photograph of himself in his TSA uniform, Fox News reported on Saturday. Gordon was arrested by Homeland Security and is being held without bail.
Federal agents also note Gordon routinely searched airline passengers, despite the fact the searches are unconstitutional and illegal. A growing number of district attorneys around the country have indicated they may charge TSA employees with sexual assault.
The Drudge Report linked the story and it was reported by Fox News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and a handful of other news sites, but was virtually ignored by the larger corporate media.
Ryan Hamilton Jr., writing for Gather, says it is “very shocking that the TSA hasn’t alerted the public about these infractions…. This shocking news has come out as the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) tries to figure out what to do about incidents such as these.”
In fact, instances of sexual perversion and criminal activity on the part of TSA employees is becoming routine.
In February of 2010, another TSA employee, Charles Bennett of Winter Garden, Florida, was arrested and charged with molestation of a minor after police say he tried to keep a 15 year old girl as a sex slave. On his MySpace page, Bennett called himself “Master Charles” and said he was into submissive females and claimed he is a master of bondage dominance sadism and masochism.
Sean Shanahan, a TSA worker at Logan International airport, was arrested last year after he allegedly sent sexually explicit text messages to a 14 year old girl. The inappropriate contact escalated and Shanahan had physical sexual contact with the girl at his home in February over school break, according to news reports.
In October, it was reported that an Amarillo, Texas, woman filed a lawsuit against the federal government after TSA agents allegedly humiliated her by publicly exposing her breasts during an “extended search” at an airport in Corpus Christi. The suit also claims that other TSA employees continued to joke and laugh about the incident for an extended period of time. The woman filed an administrative claim against the TSA, but the agency never responded, thus prompting her lawsuit....
http://www.infowars.com/tsa-an-army-of-pervs-and-criminals/Thomas Gordon Jr. of Philadelphia, a TSA “screener,” was arrested on March... more
2 years ago
Reports of a U.S. “death squad” in Afghanistan, complete with the publication of gory photographs, have failed to attract the intense political or media attention afforded a previous war scandal — the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib.
In 2004, CBS News broadcast an array of photographs showing American jail guards abusing Iraqi detainees. The most famous: a forced pyramid of naked, humiliated prisoners. The depictions touched off an avalanche of media coverage. In Congress, liberals called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Democrats launched inquiries and held a string of well-covered hearings.
In recent months, another wartime embarrassment has emerged. The Army charged five soldiers with murder in the deaths of Afghan civilians in what amounted to a “death squad.” The German magazine Der Spiegel published several digital photos of soldiers posing with the dead last month.
Yet the U.S. media have given relatively little coverage, and no one in Congress has called for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to quit, planned hearings or raised questions at budget hearings.
more at link...
How can you justify the "humanitarian" war with Libya with the bad press in Afghanistan? In addition, drones keep killing innocent civilians, women and children in Pakistan, even 2 US SOLDIERS were killed a few weeks ago by a drone. 9/11 Truth doesn't get any media attention either, except smear campaigns. Can't bury your head in the sand forever, unless you want to get us all thrown in a FEMA Camp.
We're already being prepped for tyranny through the airports and TSA. Can't happen here? It already has. The media is on the payroll; they're muckraking scum. That's why I know Wikileaks was an inside job, b/c look at all the media Agent Assange was getting. Only Der Spiegel, a German paper, covered it. Shame on you media!
http://www.malalaijoya.com/dcmj/images/malalaijoya/us_crimes_kill_team.jpgReports of a U.S. “death squad” in Afghanistan, complete with the... more
Comedian Paul Mecurio, who works with John Stewart’s Daily Show, appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program, defending the groping of 6 year-old girl at the hands of TSA. Mecurio said, “Adjustments Have To Be Made For A New World Order,” joking about the violation of the little girl. First the system denied these practices were going on, now they laugh about it, say it’s necessary and expect us to get used to it.
COMMENT FROM ALEX JONES: This is very sick. Remember that John Stewart’s brother runs the New York Stock Exchange. This is about crushing our will and flaunting it in our face.Comedian Paul Mecurio, who works with John Stewart’s Daily Show, appeared on... more