New Invasive Measures Are Coming to Your Local Airport


Source: ActivistPost.com
Derrick Broze
June 28, 2017

The federal government will soon begin searching through travelers’ books at the airport as airlines test out fingerprint scans.

Next time you choose to take a flight in the United States, you will not only be given the option of a free walk through the full body scanner or a complimentary rub down courtesy of the Transportation Security Administration. Your next flight might include a search of your laptop, books, and possibly a fingerprint scan. Since the launch of the Trump administration travelers have been subject to increasingly invasive measures in the form of laptop searches and discrimination against those traveling from majority Muslim countries.

Now the TSA is testing out new measures that require passengers to remove books and paper goods from their carry-on luggage. According to new reports from The Wall Street Journal and Sacramento Beethe TSA had already begun to roll out these new invasive policies.

“While I expect going through airline security to be time-consuming and mildly annoying, my attitude changed recently as I prepared to board a flight out of Sacramento International Airport in the days after Memorial Day weekend,” the Sacramento Bee wrote. “As I stood in line, Transportation Security Administration officials announced at SMF that everyone was to take books, magazines and food out of their bags and put them into a separate bin for inspection. That was it. A line was crossed for me.”

As the Bee notes, reading material is extremely personal and revealing about a person. If individuals know that their reading habits – whether they relate to philosophy, politics, sexuality, or religion – will be scrutinized they may began a process of self-censorship. It also presents the question, what type of reading material could be questionable or even, banned? At this point the TSA is claiming that bombs could be hidden within books and are not focusing their efforts on content specifically. However, this is likely the beginning of an incremental strategy to remove as much freedom as possible for travelers. As the Sac Bee wrote, “We need to resist the creep of authoritarianism. During the Cold War, spying on neighbors was common in the Soviet Bloc. During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, people reported others for listening to Western Classical Music.”

The American Civil  Liberties Union noted that there have already been multiple cases of passengers singled out for their First Amendment-protected expressions. “For example, in 2010 the ACLU sued on behalf of a man who was abusively interrogated, handcuffed, and detained for nearly five hours because he was carrying a set of Arabic-language flash cards and a book critical of U.S. foreign policy,” the ACLU writes. We also know that the DHS database known as the “Automated Targeting System,” which tracks information on international travelers, has included notations in travelers’ permanent files about controversial books in their possession.”

In a recent interview with Fox News, John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security, seemed to confirm the goal of implementing the strategy on a nationwide scale. Kelly was asked whether or not the new policy of unpacking carry on luggage and separating food and electronics into separate bins will indeed go nationwide.

“Yes, I mean, the reason we’ve done, TSA, of course, works for me,” Kelly stated. He then blamed the need for these programs on travelers who are “trying to avoid the $25 or $50 or whatever it is to check a bag” by stuffing their bags too full and TSA monitors can not see what’s inside. When pushed further about the program going nationwide, Kelly states, “We might, and likely will.”

These plans were confirmed once again on Wednesday, as Secretary Kelly announced plans for new strategies to be implemented by the TSA. “We cannot play international whack-a-mole with each new threat,” Kelly said. “Instead, we must put in place new measures across the board to keep the traveling public safe and make it harder for terrorists to succeed.”

Although DHS officials declined to comment on specifics, ABC News reports that passengers may notice more swabbing of passengers’ hands and luggage to test for explosives. It is highly likely that the agencies book policy will be a part of these new strategies.

Another change making its way to your local airport includes the implementation of biometrics. A writer with Yahoo Finance discusses the new policies on display during a recent demonstration at Washington’s National Airport.

“Instead of handing your boarding pass and ID to a Transportation Security Administration agent, you could soon simply place two fingerprints on a scanner to be recognized and ushered through security — and then you could repeat the process to board the plane,” Yahoo writes.

These changes are part of an initiative started by Delta Air Lines. Delta has started the practice at Delta’s SkyClub lounge at National airport. Sandy Gordon, Delta’s vice president of airport operations, says the airline aims to have the strategy added to the check-in experience. Yahoo notes that the process saves minimal to no time since the process is still a part of the routine admittance policies for boarding a flight. Sandy Gordon said Delta is working with the TSA to get full approval for the program.

Yahoo’s writer said they also had to scan their driver’s license and enter Social Security number to participate in the fingerprint scan. The fingerprint and iris scans will be stored with the private company Clear. The company is promising not to sell the information to third parties, but Jeramie Scott, director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s Domestic Surveillance Project, says that Clear’s privacy policy doesn’t require it to delete your data if you cancel your membership.

This is a test. This an important moment in time where passengers and travelers will have to decide if they are willing to put up with anything for the right to travel. The DHS has already begun implementing biometric entry and exit requirements for international travelers arriving and leaving the United States. This is part of the larger strategy of dividing Americans over illegitimate fears of terrorism and foreigners so they willingly give up what little civil liberties they have left.

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Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter. Derrick is the author of three books: The Conscious Resistance: Reflections on Anarchy and Spirituality and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 1 and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 2

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Air travel about to become even more irritating

Source: RT
June 3, 2017

The TSA is quietly testing new screening procedures for carry-on bags that could make flying that much more cumbersome and invasive for travelers. The program has been rolled out at selected airports but may soon see implementation nationwide. RT America’s Brigida Santos reports.

‘Treated like dogs’: Mom slams ‘power tripping TSA’ over pat down

Source: RT
March 28, 2017

A US mother says her family were “treated like dogs” and “deliberately” kept from their flight by Dallas Fort Worth International Airport security, who carried out a pat down screening on her child. RT America’s Trinity Chavez has the story.

TSA Scanners Can Tear Apart DNA (And you won’t believe what X-rays find in carry-on luggage!)

Source: TheTrutherGirls
Sonia
March 5, 2017

First of all, the scanners have been found to tear apart human DNA. It is much worse than we could have ever expected! Second, what the TSA finds in people’s bags is crazy- and sometimes hilarious!
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https://www.technologyreview.com/s/41…
https://www.techdirt.com/articles/201…
http://blog.tsa.gov/2016/01/tsa-2015-…
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TSA caught in massive $100 million cocaine cover-up

Image: TSA caught in massive $100 million cocaine cover-up

Source: NaturalNews.com
Jayson Veley
February 23, 2017

The debate between liberty and security is one that the American people have been having for centuries. Indeed, Ben Franklin once famously said, “those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” But in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, many Americans – certainly not all, but many – are starting to come to terms with forfeiting a bit of their liberty in exchange for safety.

This is the case in the security lines at airports, where TSA agents at times go as far as groping travelers to ensure that those passing through don’t have any bad intentions. As a result, the Transportation Security Administration has been the subject of debate for quite some time now. Mostly the controversy has revolved around civil liberties and privacy rights, but now a new TSA controversy has surfaced – and it’s a criminal offense. (RELATED: Read about how congress is expanding the TSA to alternative forms of transportation)

In a case that analyzed the infiltration of the TSA by transnational criminal organizations, 12 current and former agents as well as other airport staff members have been charged with assisting in the transport of over 20 tons of cocaine over nearly two decades, a quantity that is worth over $100 million.

Between the years 1988 and 2016, these TSA agents have successfully smuggled 40,000 pounds of the drug through Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan into the U.S., according to the Department of Justice.

The official press release from the DOJ described how six TSA agents “allegedly smuggled multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine while employed as TSA Officers at the San Juan airport. Their full-time responsibilities were to provide security and baggage screening for checked and carry-on luggage that was to be placed on outbound flights from the LMMIA.” The report went on to say that these employees smuggled the cocaine straight through the TSA X-Ray machines and onto the airplanes without ever raising any suspicions.

Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, said, “these arrests demonstrate the success of the AirTAT initiative, which has successfully allocated a dedicated group of state and federal law enforcement officers, whose mission is to ensure that our airports are not used in the drug traffickers’ illicit businesses.” Of course, it’s a good thing that these drug traffickers were caught but it’s a shame that it had been going on for two decades before they were brought to justice.

The DOJ statement went on to describe the criminal nature of TSA agent Javier Ortiz, an employee of Airport Aviation Services. Ortiz would specifically target suitcases that he knew contained cocaine and place them through the X-Ray machine himself, often paying fellow TSA agents to look the other way. Ortiz would then take the suitcases to their designated flights, avoiding K-9 units that would be able to detect the drugs that were hidden inside. Once he had the bags loaded onto the plane, Ortiz would simply call the drug trafficking organization he was affiliated with and give them the all clear.

Jose Baquero, the federal security director for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, said in a press release, “This investigation was initiated by TSA as part of its efforts to address employee misconduct and specific insider threat vulnerabilities. TSA has zero tolerance for employees engaged in criminal activity to facilitate contraband smuggling.”

If the defendants are convicted, they face anywhere from ten years to life in prison.

The most unfortunate thing about this case is the fact that the TSA was engaged in the very thing it claims it tries to prevent. Even though it was only a handful of rogue employees, it still does a tremendous disservice to the agency as a whole. If you can’t even trust the gatekeepers, then who exactly can you trust? (RELATED: You won’t believe what TSA agents did to this blind and deaf teenage girl).

Read More At: NaturalNews.com

Sources:

ActivistPost.com

DailyWire.com

Disabled Female Cancer Patient Left Bruised & Bloodied By The TSA

TSA abuse
Source: NaturalNews.com
J.D. Heyes
July 13, 2016

When it comes to the Transportation Security Agency, it almost seems like the organization tries to inconvenience, embarrass, delay and now, even injure passengers, according to Reason magazine, which is libertarian in political philosophy.

In what ought to be a firing and even prosecutorial offense, TSA agencies battered and bloodied an 18-year-old cancer patient recently, proving again that this is America’s most abusive – and useless – agency.

For 17 of her years, Hannah Cohen and her family have shuttled between their Chattanooga home and Memphis so that she can receive treatment for a chronic brain tumor at the Memphis-based, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. On June 30, 2015, upon completion of her current cycle of treatment, Hannah and her mother, Shirley, were traveling through the Memphis International Airport to board a flight back to Chattanooga, just like they had been doing for years.

But, the Cohens did not arrive back in Chattanooga later that evening. Rather, Hannah was jailed in Shelby County, but only after her face was bloodied and bruised following a confrontation between her and TSA agents.

Idiots at the gates

It should be noted that years of standard cancer treatments – which Natural News has long criticized – have left Hannah blind in one eye, partially deaf, limited in how well she can walk and talk, and easily confused – none of which seemed to matter that night to TSA agents.

When Hannah moved through the metal detector at the airport, an alarm sounded. Thrown off by the noise, Hannah did not immediately comply with TSA agents who were trying to get her to move aside for additional screening.

“They wanted to do further scanning, she was reluctant, she didn’t understand what they were about to do,” said Shirley.

Her mother attempted to tell the agents about her daughter’s disabilities, according to local TV station WREG, but airport police moved in and kept her away. And that’s when the situation between Hannah and TSA agents got violent.

“She’s trying to get away from them but in the next instant, one of them had her down on the ground and hit her head on the floor. There was blood everywhere,” said her mother, as reported by the station.

(Mind you, this young lady has a brain tumor.)

To add insult to injury, security officials moved in and arrested Hannah (though all charges were dropped after the fact, and after traumatizing her), turning what should have been an evening of celebration into one of government-sponsored terror and a stint in jail.

“Here we were with nowhere to go, not even a toothbrush, our bags had gone to Chattanooga,” said Shirley, as quoted by WREG.

No ‘solution’ at all

Now, a year later, the family has filed suit against the airport, Memphis Airport Police and the wonderful TSA, for damages that include medical expenses and emotional injuries. As reported by Reason, the suit is seeking a “reasonable sum not exceeding $100,000 and costs.”

None of the defendants would comment, which is standard, but one idiot spokesperson at the TSA, Sari Koshetz, said in a statement to Reason that, “passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation.”

Sure they can. And who answers that phone call? And how does the information make it from the concerned passenger to the nincompoops standing in the way of passengers and a pleasant travel experience?

That robotic, rehearsed, boilerplate response, with its nonsensical, impractical “solution,” is a prime example of why travelers hate the TSA, why it is never going to be reformed, and why Congress should re-relegate airport security to private firms focused on customer satisfaction (while still following federal travel guidelines). Calling ahead to get “information” about how to travel through an airport you’ve been through a billion times is not just stupid – it’s incomprehensible. Americans with special needs shouldn’t have to “get information” about how to move through a TSA checkpoint.

Sources:

WREG.com

Reason.com

Science.NaturalNews.com

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No pat-down option: TSA wants body scanner

Travelers who previously chose a pat-down at airports to avoid body scanners may no longer have the option. The US government quietly updated the rules concerning the use of body scanners, letting TSA agents make screening mandatory for some people. TSA has already been hit with a lawsuit over this action. Investigative journalist Danny Panzella talks to RT’s Simone Del Rosario, who says that people have opted out not just for privacy, but for health reasons.

Source: RT