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  • TSA Admits Lying About Illegal Aliens Flying Without Proper ID

    08/22/2014 7:37:26 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 34 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 08/22/2014 | Kristin Tate
    A new letter from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) admits that illegal aliens were being allowed to board planes using Notice to Appear forms they received after entering the U.S. illegally. The revelation directly contradicts a TSA statement last month denying such allegations to various media outlets, including Breitbart News. In July Breitbart Texas... broke the news that the TSA was letting illegal aliens board planes using Notice to Appear forms; subsequently, a TSA spokesperson publicly attacked Darby on Twitter, insisting that his report was "completely wrong." The newly-surfaced TSA letter was penned on August 7, according to the Gateway...
  • TSA to train officers on recognizing DC licenses

    08/19/2014 10:19:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 19, 2014 11:57 AM EDT
    Transportation Security Administration workers will be getting training on how to recognize District of Columbia driver’s licenses and identification cards. […] The Washington Post reported earlier this year that a District teacher was questioned about the validity of her license while boarding a plane in Phoenix. Many similar stories later surfaced. …
  • Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face

    07/27/2014 9:37:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 7-24-14 | Robinson Meyer
    he NSA made me slather my face in make-up. Or, it didn’t make me, exactly. But last spring, I found myself wandering around D.C., wearing dazzle camouflage for the first time. It was a sunny Saturday, the capital swamp neither frigid nor muggy-oppressive—perfect for walking. It took me 45 minutes to get all the makeup on, to get the pencil right and the hair dangled just so. I spent the day hanging out with some friends around Adams Morgan, a neighborhood seemingly developed by former hippies who had gone into non-profit C-suites or opened boutique restaurant-bars. I told my friends...
  • Holiday Memories You'll Cherish Forever

    07/26/2014 7:48:49 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 31 replies
    steynonline.com ^ | 7-25-2014 | Mark Steyn
    This is the evil of a dying republic - waving through gangbangers at the southern border, but at the northern border detaining boy scouts for four hours. No novelist or movie director would attempt that contrast - it's too pat, too neat. But it's somehow become American reality in the 21st century.Just to be clear: that boy scout did nothing wrong. When the CBP officer demanded he hand over the camera, Mr Fox should have refused and asked to see the agent's supervisor.But it gets better: Another of the Scouts was taking luggage from the top of a van to...
  • Troop leader: Customs and Border agent held Boy Scout at gunpoint

    07/26/2014 7:05:44 AM PDT · by wolf24 · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24 | Todd Starnes
    A Boy Scout troop from the nation’s heartland is demanding answers and a U.S. senator is expressing outrage after a group of scouts was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, with one child allegedly held at gunpoint. Jim Fox, the leader of the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111, said the incident occurred earlier this month at a checkpoint along the Alaska – Canada border. The scouts and their leaders were on a 21-day trek from Iowa to Alaska – a trip that had been three years in the planning. As their vans were moving through a checkpoint into...
  • The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

    07/23/2014 12:20:40 PM PDT · by redreno · 38 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 23 Jul 2014, 2:45 PM EDT | By Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux
    The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept. The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals...
  • Border Patrol: 'This is The Dream of Every Terrorist in the World'

    07/23/2014 5:20:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The Transportation Security Administration is strongly denying accusations that it has been allowing illegal immigrants to board American jetliners without proper identification. The National Border Patrol Council, a union representing thousands of Border Patrol agents, accused the TSA of letting illegals board airplanes with a “Notice to Appear” document instead of a passport or official government identification card. Union leaders said illegals were allowed to board jetliners without proper identification at airports in El Paso and Laredo, Texas. The story was first reported by Breitbart News. “This is the dream of every terrorist in the world,” Shawn Moran, vice president...
  • Apparently Drunk Man Arrested For Posing As TSA Agent, Patting Down Women At SFO

    07/17/2014 7:13:28 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | staff
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A San Francisco man suspected of having one too many drinks is accused of posing as a Transportation Security Administration agent and groped two unsuspecting women, both foreigners, in a private booth for security pat downs. Authorities said the man was a ticketed passenger who went through the security checkpoint and was seen drinking at an airport lounge for a few hours Tuesday.
  • Reporter stopped by TSA agent who didn’t know District of Columbia is in US

    07/15/2014 5:22:34 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 63 replies
    KIROTV ^ | July 15, 2014 | WFTV - Orlando
    WFTV - Orlando ORLANDO, Fla. — It's something most students learn in elementary school -- the United States is made up of 50 states and the District of Columbia. But Cox Media Group reporter Justin Gray found out it's a lesson that an Orlando agent with the Transportation Safety Administration seems to have missed. Gray, who lives in Washington, D.C., was flying out of Orlando International Airport when a TSA agent said Gray's District of Columbia driver's license wasn't a valid form of identification. Gray said his license is legal and up-to-date, but the TSA agent didn't seem to know...
  • Reporter stopped by TSA agent who didn't know District of Columbia is in US

    07/15/2014 10:39:22 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 34 replies
    WFTV ^ | 7/15/2014 | WFTV
    ORLANDO, Fla. — It's something most of most students learn in elementary school -- the United States is made up of 50 states and the District of Columbia. But Channel 9's Justin Gray found out it's a lesson that an Orlando agent with the Transportation Safety Administration seems to have missed. Gray, who lives in Washington, D.C., was flying out of Orlando International Airport when a TSA agent said Gray's District of Columbia driver's license wasn't a valid form of identification. Gray said his license is legal and up-to-date, but the TSA agent didn't seem to know what the District...
  • TSA Takes a Tough Stance Against Breast Milk

    07/14/2014 11:55:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | July 13, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    The working mom of a seven-month-old son alleges that she was detained for an hour by TSA officials at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field as they meticulously scrutinized the bags of breast milk she was carrying. The heavy scrutiny on a working mom’s breast milk and, as Breitbart News has reported, the lapses of scrutiny on illegal aliens who have been able to fly on commercial airlines without identification is mindboggling. ABC10 News reported that Nicole Moberg, a sales director for a medical company, travels extensively on her job, so she comes prepared with pre-pumped breast milk. She separates the milk...
  • TSA Allowing Illegals to Fly Without Verifiable ID

    07/12/2014 2:34:11 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 21 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | July 11, 2014 | Brandon Darby
    Illegal aliens are being allowed to fly on commercial airliners without valid identification, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). “The aliens who are getting released on their own recognizance are being allowed to board and travel commercial airliners by simply showing their Notice to Appear forms,” NBPC’s Local 2455 Spokesman, Hector Garza, told Breitbart Texas.
  • TSA to more than double fees on airline tickets beginning July 21

    07/03/2014 10:36:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    7NEWS ^ | Jul 3, 2014 | Marc Stewart
    Fees raised to $5.60 each way; up from $2.50. ... the changes will hurt people in smaller cities who must take more one-way flights to get where they're going.
  • Colorado Woman Accused of Trying to Join ISIS (TSA actually catches someone?)

    07/02/2014 6:12:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | 7/02/14 | New media - I can't tell.
    A Denver woman has been arrested while attempting to go to Syria to engage in violent jihad, according to court documents made public late Wednesday. Shannon Maureen Conley, born in 1996, was arrested April 8th at Denver International Airport trying to board a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, via Germany, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Colorado. From there, federal prosecutors say, she was headed to Adana, Turkey, and hoped to meet someone known to her as “Y.M.” who wanted to marry her and help her join up with terrorists in Syria. A federal official said...
  • Has the Dept. of Homeland Security Become America’s Standing Army?

    06/16/2014 2:21:47 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 44 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | June 16, 2014 | John W. Whitehead
    “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison “Here [in New Mexico], we are moving more toward a national police force. Homeland Security is involved with a lot of little things around town. Somebody in Washington needs to call a timeout.”—Dan Klein, retired Albuquerque Police Department sergeant If the United States is a police state, then the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is its national police force, with all the brutality, ineptitude and corruption such a role implies. In fact, although the DHS’ governmental bureaucracy may at times appear to be...
  • "Mini Me" Verne Troyer Searched By TSA

    06/16/2014 9:45:23 AM PDT · by don-o · 54 replies
    WJHL TV ^ | June 16, 2014
    Verne Troyer AKA "Mini Me" from the Austin Powers movies tweeted a photo Sunday that shows him being searched by a TSA agent.
  • TSA to Purchase 24 Million Rounds of “Duty” Ammunition (Feds preparing to arm TSA workers?)

    05/22/2014 6:09:57 PM PDT · by equalator · 61 replies
    FEDBizOpps ^ | 5-20-2014 | DHS
    The TSA has issued a solicitation requesting 24 million rounds of .357 SIG “duty ammunition” over a five year period, prompting fresh questions as to whether the federal agency is planning to arm its workers. “Estimated quantity is approximately 4,800,000 rounds of .357 Sig duty ammunition per year, totaling 24,000,000 over the life of the contract,” states the solicitation, posted on FedBizOpps, which adds that the ammo is for use at “DHS component locations nationwide.”
  • TSA Loose Change Act (H.R. 1095; 113th Congress)

    05/16/2014 10:55:18 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 5 replies
    Sword and Shield of Hawaii ^ | May 15 , 2014 | Sword and Shield of Hawaii
    H.R.1095 : To amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to transfer unclaimed money recovered at airport security checkpoints to nonprofit organizations that provide places of rest and recuperation at airports for members of the Armed Forces and their families, and for other purposes.
  • TSA Supervisor accused of having sex with minors; Arrested at JFK Airport

    05/10/2014 5:54:27 AM PDT · by csvset · 19 replies
    WABC ^ | May 09, 2014 | staff
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A TSA Supervisor was arrested at Kennedy Airport accused of setting up a meeting in the Dominican Republic to engage in sexual activity with minors. Vernon Lythcott was arraigned Friday afternoon in federal court. A judge set bail at $250,000. He works as a TSA screening supervisor. He's being charged with elicit sexual conduct with a minor in a foreign country and faces up to 30 years in prison. Prosecutors allege Lythcott engaged in sex acts with two 15-year-old girls during a January trip to the Dominican Republic.
  • Hermosa Beach Woman Wins Legal Fight with TSA over Breast Milk ( CA & AZ )

    04/24/2014 9:12:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Daily Breeze ^ | April 23, 2014 | Penny Arévalo
    A Hermosa Beach woman who sued the Transportation Security Administration after she claimed officers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport harassed her four years ago over her son's breast milk said in remarks published today that she has won a tentative legal settlement against the agency. Stacey Armato sued in federal court in Phoenix after a 2010 incident in which she asked the TSA to provide an alternate form of screening that would not expose her 7-month-old son's breast milk to radiation. During the incident, Armato claimed in court papers, she was forced to wait in a glass enclosure for...
  • Did Sean Hannity Just Say TSA Searches are Okay?

    04/16/2014 2:30:29 PM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 55 replies
    Vanity | 4-16-14 | Self
    I may be wrong, but I think I just heard Sean Hannity say on his show that the TSA searches are okay. It happened just as I came across his show - so I must say up front I may have heard it wrong, or perhaps out of context. If anyone can correct this, please do so. BUT, I think he said something to the effect of he's happy to go thru the process, that if it will keep us all safer, we should all just do it. Now I hope this was out of context, because there's about three...
  • TSA Week in Review – 45 Loaded Firearms, Concealed Firearms on Three Passengers, Inert WWI Shells

    04/12/2014 1:55:50 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 20 replies
    The TSA Blog ^ | 04/11/14 | The TSA Blog
    Concealed Firearms– Normally when our officers discover firearms, they’re inside carry-on bags. This week, three loaded firearms were discovered on the passenger. A 380. caliber firearm loaded with five rounds and one chambered was discovered strapped to a passenger’s ankle after walking through a metal detector at Cincinnati (CVG). A loaded 380. caliber firearm with a round chambered was discovered in the rear pocket of a San Antonio (SAT) passenger during Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) screening. A 380. caliber firearm loaded with five rounds was discovered after a passenger walked through a metal detector at Dallas – Ft. Worth (DFW)....
  • Air Marshal director stepping down amid agency gun scheme probe

    04/11/2014 6:42:13 AM PDT · by libstripper · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 11, 2014 | Jana Winter
    EXCLUSIVE: The director of the Federal Air Marshal Service is retiring after being investigated for his role in an alleged operation to acquire guns for officials' personal use, FoxNews.com has learned. Director Robert Bray's home was raided in December in connection with the ongoing probe. Law enforcement and congressional sources told FoxNews.com that Bray's recently announced retirement, which is effective in June, is directly related to the investigation. Bray allegedly is among several officials who were obtaining weapons through this operation.
  • Sherry Wright, who is unable to speak following a stroke, was not allowed to board flight

    04/11/2014 3:19:36 AM PDT · by wonkowasright · 19 replies
    News.com.au ^ | 4/10/2014 | Staff Writers
    WOMAN claims an airport security agent refused to let her disabled sister on board a plane because she couldn’t say her own name. Sherry Wright says she was shocked at the treatment they received at Los Angeles International Airport, where her sister Heidi was due to fly to Phoenix. The problems began when Heidi, who was left wheelchair-bond and unable to speak or write after a stroke a decade ago, was stopped by the Transport Security Administration (TSA) due to an expired driver’s licence, CNN reported. Sherry claims the TSA agent was rude and insensitive, insisting Heidi talk. “I showed...
  • Teenagers smuggle WWI bombs on a Heathrow jet bound for Chicago

    04/09/2014 11:53:13 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 9 Apr 2014 | Daniel Binns
    Heathrow Airport has been forced to defend its security after a pair of students smuggled two large World War I artillery shells on to a plane and flew to the US. Baggage screeners made the discovery when the teenagers landed in Chicago, sparking a major incident. It is believed they picked up the 75mm munitions as souvenirs while on a school trip to a former artillery range in France. The find prompted the evacuation of O’Hare International Airport by the FBI before officials concluded there was no risk of the shells exploding. It is not clear how the students, aged...
  • Civilian guard on leave as Navy boosts base security

    04/01/2014 10:32:01 AM PDT · by csvset · 11 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | April 1, 2014 | Corinne Reilly
    NORFOLK A civilian police officer has been placed on leave and the Navy is boosting security measures at bases from Virginia to Maine after last week's shooting aboard the destroyer Mahan. The guard who allowed the shooter onto Norfolk Naval Station was a federal police officer, not a sailor or a contractor, officials said Monday. Everyone entering a base in the service's mid-Atlantic region using a transportation worker credential - the kind Jeffrey Savage showed before he shot and killed a sailor - now must be checked against a federal crime database. Until last week, those checks weren't mandatory. Navy...
  • The Parable of the Mashed Potato Police - And other tales of working for the TSA

    03/31/2014 3:29:14 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 13 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Jason Edward Harrington
    I recently had a bad flashback. I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep when I was hit with a vivid memory from my time as a Transportation Security Administration officer at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. It was 2008, and I was conducting a bag check when three of my TSA colleagues got into an argument with a passenger at the checkpoint. Things got pretty heated. The subject of debate? Whether mashed potatoes were a liquid or a solid. In the end, of course, the TSA agents had the last word: Since the potatoes took the shape of their container,...
  • You can accuse the TSA of a lot of stuff, but never this...

    03/28/2014 10:22:55 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-28-14 | The Looking Spoon
  • Civilian who killed Sailor at Naval Station Norfolk identified

    03/28/2014 6:36:00 AM PDT · by wtd · 34 replies
    WTKR ^ | March 27, 2014 | Holly Henry, Reed Andrews and Marissa Jasek
    Civilian who killed Sailor at Naval Station Norfolk identified "Norfolk, Va. – The civilian gunman accused of killing a sailor aboard the destroyer Mahan on Monday night before being fatally shot is Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, the Navy announced on Thursday. The Navy says Savage, 35, drove his 2002 Freightliner through Gate 5 just after 11 p.m. He then went to Pier 1 and left the truck and tried to get onto the USS Mahan. He was stopped by security there and that’s when a struggle started. They say Savage disarmed a petty officer of the watch and Savage then used...
  • TSA UNION: AGENCY NEEDS ITS OWN ARMED OFFICERS

    03/26/2014 11:49:57 AM PDT · by bkopto · 17 replies
    Breitbart/AP ^ | Mar 26, 2014 | staff
    <p>The head of a union representing 45,000 Transportation Security Administration officers says a report conducted by the TSA after a Los Angeles airport shooting last fall doesn't go far enough in addressing threats posed by individuals targeting its officers. The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that airports post armed law enforcement officers at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours.</p>
  • Amanda Seyfried accidentally sneaks Swiss Army knife on plane, alerts TSA

    03/16/2014 2:00:18 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 57 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | March 15, 2014
    Actress Amanda Seyfried accidentally snuck a Swiss Army knife onto a plane, and then alerted the TSA about it.
  • TSA Purchases 1,980 Sticks of Dynamite to Go With Their 3.5 Million Rounds of Ammo

    03/09/2014 12:52:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 72 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/9/14 | Jim Hoft
    According to one estimate, since 2012 the Department of Homeland Security has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm. DHS also reportedly purchased 2,700 Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicles (MRAPs) to go with their bullet stockpile. ATK is one company that won a contract with the Department of Homeland Security to provide 450 million rounds of .40 caliber ammunition in 2012. TSA, an agency within the DHS, purchased 3.5 million rounds of .357 SIG caliber training ammunition in September. Recently TSA purchased 1,386 pounds of dynamite to go with their ammo. The Activist Post reported: Put...
  • TSA humiliates cancer patient: ‘He’s wearing a diaper!’

    02/13/2014 3:33:18 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Fewbruary 11, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The wife of a man with prostate cancer posted on her blog a scathing assessment of how Transportation Security Administration agents treated her husband during a security checkpoint, explaining how one proclaimed loudly his state of incontinence while a second one grimaced and snickered. The woman — who posted her story without giving names — wrote that her husband battled prostate cancer and, as a result, now suffers from an overactive bladder and is forced to wear adult diapers, The Daily Mail reported. Usually when they fly, he’s forced to explain his situation to security agents — but that the...
  • Airport Security Confiscates Toy Story Doll’s Gun [their stupidity goes to infinity and beyond]

    02/12/2014 2:04:59 PM PST · by grundle · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | February 12, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    Another gun-wielding toy has had its weapon seized by airport security. After a cowboy sock monkey Rooster Monkburn had his tiny harmless weapon seized last year, a Woody doll underwent similar probe at London’s Heathrow Airport. Healthrow traveler John Hazen posted a picture of his son’s figurine to the social-media website Reddit on Tuesday showing a security official removing the doll’s gun. “At Heathrow, security just confiscated his ‘weapon,’ keep the world safe boys,”​ Hazen wrote on the site. The doll does not usually come armed with gun — it was an accessory the family added.
  • Hacking x-ray machines could get guns through airport security

    02/12/2014 12:07:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5:35 PM 02/11/2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    Security researchers have discovered a potentially dangerous flaw in airport x-ray machines that would allow hackers to pass deadly weapons through security. Billy Rios and Terry McCorkle of security firm Qualys discovered that a training function called Threat Image Projection, which superimposes fake images of contraband on the screen to train security personnel, could be manipulated to work in reverse, and project images of weapon-free luggage over top of the real thing. The training software is present in all TSA scanners, and also on machines deployed in government buildings, embassies, courthouses, ports and border crossings. …
  • TSA agents 'humiliate cancer victim wearing adult diaper' at security checkpoint

    02/11/2014 4:00:17 PM PST · by matt04 · 39 replies
    The Transport Security Administration has been criticized for humiliating a cancer survivor at a security checkpoint for wearing an incontinence pad. The man's wife has told that he suffers from OAB (overactive bladder) after a battle with prostate cancer and wears adult diapers for his condition. At an airport security checkpoint recently, he was forced to explain his situation multiple times to TSA officers, one of whom announced that he was wearing a diaper for the whole security line to hear, and then underwent an embarrassing back-room search. The man's wife, writing anonymously, described her husband's ordeal on the forum...
  • TSA Tag Teams Conservative Jewish Author, Ignores Nijab Wearing Muslim

    02/08/2014 5:40:51 AM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    http://www.conservativeinfidel.com ^ | february 8, 2014 | rick wells
    TSA is becoming more and more like a totalitarian police force every day, above the law and beyond the reach of accountability for their acts. A Colorado woman, Jamelyn Steenhoek, was recently subjected to what she felt was the equivalent of a gynecological exam by TSA and filed a criminal complaint, only to have the Denver District Attorney’s  Office refuse to prosecute. Cherry-picking DA’s don’t want to fight the feds. Now comes word of an incident this past Wednesday in which an award-winning Jewish author, Phyllis Chesler was singled out for special attention by TSA agents in JFK Airport. Chesler’s flight to Florida...
  • TSA BANS TOOTHPASTE ON FLIGHTS TO RUSSIA

    02/06/2014 4:37:12 PM PST · by bkopto · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Feb 6, 2014 | staff
    A day after the United States government warned of toothpaste bombs on flights to Russia, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has banned toothpaste--and all other liquids, gels, or aerosols--on flights between the United States and Russia. "As always our security posture, which at all times includes a number of measures both seen and unseen, will continue to respond and appropriately adapt to protect the American people from an ever evolving threat picture," a DHS official who confirmed the new liquid ban told ABC News on Thursday.
  • TSA officer at Bush IAH arrested, accused of making terroristic threat

    02/04/2014 12:20:15 PM PST · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    http://www.khou.com ^ | february 3, 2014
    Jeno Mouton, of Houston, allegedly told a TSA supervisor that “he would rather vent than to come back and shoot up the place,” according to an arrest affidavit.   Investigators said Mouton, who is a long-time employee, allegedly made the comment while he was on-duty and working in the capacity of a TSA officer. His supervisor told police she spoke with Mouton several minutes after he made the initial statement and said Mouton refused to recant it, then went on to repeat it several more times during their conversation. The supervisor reported Mouton to the human resources office manager and...
  • TSA Agent Charged With Making Terror Threat at Houston Airport

    02/04/2014 8:45:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    the blaze ^ | 2/4/13 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A Transportation Security Administration agent has been accused of threatening to shoot coworkers at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, according to multiple media reports. Jeno Vernelli Mouton, 35, has been arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony, the Houston Chronicle reported. According to the Associated Press, documents say Mouton told an airport supervisor on Jan. 25 that he wanted to vent instead of “come back and shoot up the place.” KPRC-TV reported that Mouton, who has worked at the airport for five years, was disgruntled with management and made the remark with coworkers and passengers nearby.
  • TSA Agent Confession

    01/31/2014 7:47:52 PM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/31/2014 | Jason Edward Harrington
    My pained relationship with government security had started three years earlier. I had just returned to Chicago to finish my bachelor’s degree after a two-year stint in Florida. I needed a job to help pay my way through school, and the TSA’s call-back was the first one I received. It was just a temporary thing, I told myself—side income for a year or two as I worked toward a degree in creative writing. It wasn’t like a recession would come along and lock me into the job or anything. It was May 2007. I was living with a bohemian set...
  • Capitalism Calls Viral TSA Blogger Out of the Closet

    01/31/2014 7:25:10 PM PST · by Pharmer1 · 1 replies
    Down on the Pharm ^ | 01/31/2014 | pharmer1
    The author of the TSA blog "Taking Sense Away" is feeling the pull of capitalism. He's posted scoop on the TSA during and after his employment in the cadre of paid gropers. News media have picked his material on scanners and behavior of employees. Capitalism is calling, and there's a need to promote an upcoming novel based upon the inner workings of the TSA. Jason Edward Harrington is out of the closet. Best of luck to him.
  • We laugh at naked bodies and take apple butter from old ladies': Ex-TSA agent confirms...

    01/31/2014 2:22:26 PM PST · by matt04 · 39 replies
    A former TSA officer has confirmed many of the worst suspicions about airport security screeners: they stop passengers for having an attitude, they confiscate snow globes from children and nail clippers from pilots, they profile passengers based on their nationality. And yes, they do see travelers naked in the X-ray photos. ... ‘I confiscated jars of homemade apple butter on the pretense that they could pose threats to national security. I was even required to confiscate nail clippers from airline pilots—the implied logic being that pilots could use the nail clippers to hijack the very planes they were flying,’ he...
  • Dear America, I Saw You Naked. And yes, we were laughing. Confessions of an ex-TSA agent.

    01/31/2014 1:24:59 PM PST · by lowbridge · 20 replies
    politico ^ | january 30, 2014 | JASON EDWARD HARRINGTON
    <p>I hated it from the beginning. It was a job that had me patting down the crotches of children, the elderly and even infants as part of the post-9/11 airport security show. I confiscated jars of homemade apple butter on the pretense that they could pose threats to national security. I was even required to confiscate nail clippers from airline pilots—the implied logic being that pilots could use the nail clippers to hijack the very planes they were flying.</p>
  • TSA agents are drinking your alcohol

    01/31/2014 10:28:23 AM PST · by dangerdoc · 21 replies
    The Verge ^ | 1/31/14 | Jacob kastrenakes
    Even airport TSA agents don't really believe they're making much of a difference. Or so suggests Jason Harrington, a former Transportation Security Administration employee who's written a revealing piece for Politico on what it's like to work for the agency on the ground floor. Harrington writes that many of his coworkers found their orders questionable, from selecting people for enhanced screenings based on their nationality to the broad use of full-body scanners. Harrington also writes that he hated that the job made him pat down children and the elderly and confiscate everything from nail clippers to homemade jellies under the...
  • TSA Harasses Police Chief – Placed On Admin Leave – Told To Disband Entire Police Department

    01/30/2014 10:30:19 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 40 replies
    USA Prepares ^ | 1/29/2014 | Vincent Finelli
    (snip) The story unfolds: Traveling by commercial airlines from Albuquerque, NM to LasVegas,NV, (Police Chief) Harger was asked by TSA to show his credentials. Minutes later a man flashed a badge claiming to be a federal agent (agency unknown) also demanding to see Harger’s credentials. (snip) The following morning, Harger was informed by Sheriff Douglas C. Wood of Sandoval County, New Mexico, that Harger was to dismantle the Jamez Springs Police Department. (be sure to click through and read the whole thing)
  • The No-Fly List Takes a Hit

    01/30/2014 2:47:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    Americans have always treasured the freedom to pick up and go anywhere they please. Our forebears had to travel to get here, often had to travel more after they arrived and sometimes moved on to uncharted territories out West only to return East. No one stopped them, whatever direction they were going. They had the good fortune to live and migrate before the creation of the all-encompassing national security state. After the 9/11 attacks, Americans woke up to find that their freedom to travel was not a fundamental right but a vaporous privilege, bestowed by the government and revocable at...
  • TSA rejects arming officers after LAX shooting

    01/30/2014 1:09:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2014 4:07 PM EST
    The head of the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday his agency has officially rejected arming officers in response to a November attack at Los Angeles International Airport. John Pistole made the comments after a news conference to announce the opening of a “pre-check” application site for expedited screening at LAX. TSA union officials have called for creating armed officers from the agency to ensure safety at screening checkpoints. But Pistole said virtually every issue is on the table except for arming officers. Introducing more guns is not the solution, he said. The agency is conducting a review of the shooting...
  • TSA Blog Year in Review: 2013 [Terrorist barf alert]

    01/25/2014 5:44:44 AM PST · by upchuck · 3 replies
    Every day, Transportation Security Officers interact with nearly two million travelers across the United States with a single goal in mind – ensuring the safety of the traveling public. TSA had a busy year in 2013, screening 638,705,790 passengers in 2013 (over 1,700,000 per day), which is  1,123,668 more passengers than last year.  Sadly, this year marked the first incident where a TSA officer, Gerardo I. Hernandez, was killed in the line of duty at Los Angeles International Airport.   In many ways, Transportation Security Officers are the public face of our nation’s security. It is difficult work, requiring patience, stamina,...
  • Under Obama, TSA harasses children, elderly, and disabled, but gives Muslim Brotherhood a pass

    01/21/2014 3:06:29 PM PST · by grundle · 12 replies
    wordpress ^ | January 21, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Under Obama, the TSA harasses children, the elderly, and the disabled, but gives members of the Muslim Brotherhood a pass The Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization.It was recently reported that in April 2012, the Obama administration allowed members of the Muslim Brotherhood to skip TSA screening.Meanwhile, the Obama administration gave a very invasive patdown to a three-year-old boy in a wheelchair, which caused the boy to tremble in fear.The Obama administration gave an aggressive patdown to a seven-year-old girl with cerebral palsy.The Obama administration said that a four-year-old girl was a “high security threat.”The Obama...