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Posts Tagged TSA
It is time for a new approach to meeting America’s next-generation aviation security needs, one that dodges the influence of politics and bureaucracies and relies instead on the resources and objectivity of independent researchers operating from a clean slate. This would enable the government to confront the need for cost-risk trades that agencies and Congress find so difficult to acknowledge and present to the public.
If the DHS and TSA put as much effort in to policing their own employees as they do into looking for fingernail clippers and harassing flyers maybe I wouldn’t mind going through the “security theater”.
July 24, 2012
- Los Angeles
From Wired’s Danger Room:
According to Ben Brandt, a former adviser to Delta, the airlines and the feds should be less concerned with what gels your aunt puts in her carry-on, and more concerned about lax screening for terrorist sympathizers among the airlines’ own work force. They should be worried about terrorists shipping their bombs in air cargo. And they should be worried about terrorists shooting or bombing airports without ever crossing the security gates.
Brandt says aviation security needs a fundamental overhaul. Not only is the aviation industry failing to keep up with the new terrorist tactics, TSA’s regimen of scanning and groping is causing a public backlash. “From the public’s perspective, this kind of refocusing would reduce the amount of screening they have to put up with in the United States,” Brandt tells Danger Room, “and refocus it where it’s needed.”
It’s not often that the ACLU and I are on the same side of an issue.
A 6-year old getting patted down at the airport — leaving her confused and in tears because she thought she did something wrong — is an example of the out-of-control searches and security measures in our airports.
Aviation security requires striking a delicate balance between the personal safety of passengers and their right to privacy. Unfortunately, TSA has developed increasingly invasive methods of searching passengers that are encroaching upon their rights. The TSA has subjected passengers to “enhanced” pat-downs, which have resulted in reports of people feeling humiliated and traumatized, and, in some cases, reports comparing their psychological impact to sexual assaults.
Tell Congress to support the bipartisan Aircraft Passenger Whole-Body Imaging Limitations Act of 2011. Read more.
Three days after he posted a series of six video clips recorded with a cell phone camera at San Francisco International Airport, four federal air marshals and two sheriff’s deputies arrived at his house to confiscate his federally-issued firearm. The pilot recorded that event as well and provided all the video to News10.
At the same time as the federal marshals took the pilot’s gun, a deputy sheriff asked him to surrender his state-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon.
This administration seems determined to make sure there is another catastrophic attack, by persecuting people who point out the absurdity of the current security measures and by not admitting to themselves that most of the violence directed at the United States comes from Islamic death-worshipers.
Wired’s Threat Level reports that the TSA has a new ad campaign that asks people to report suspicious activity around airports. The picture on the ad is some what concerning because it shows a guy taking pictures as suspicious activity. Many people take pictures and a lot of them take pictures of airplanes. I am an aviation buff, and the only way to get a good picture of an airplane is when it is on the ground at an airport. Maybe the TSA should worry less about photographers and more about questioning young men between 18-30, who look nervous.