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Surprise gesture of support may revive Texas anti-TSA bill

Legislation that would prevent Transportation Security Administration employees from giving invasive pat-downs at Texas airports looked last week to be completely dead, but a letter of support from the state’s lieutenant governor could revive the effort. It all depends on whether Gov. Rick Perry (R) has the stomach for it. The bill,…

U.S. lawmakers cut Homeland Security funding

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US House of Representatives has voted to shave more than a billion dollars from next year’s Department of Homeland Security budget as part of its deficit reduction plan. The Republican-held House voted 231 to 188 to cut the fiscal 2012 budget by $1.1 billion to $40.6…

Scientists doubt veracity of TSA body scanner safety tests

The Transportation Security Administration says its full-body X-ray scanners are safe and that radiation from a scan is equivalent to what’s received in about two minutes of flying. The company that makes them says it’s safer than eating a banana. But some scientists with expertise in imaging and cancer say…

Texas Republican proposes criminal penalties for overly touchy TSA agents

From Republican majorities to corporate outrages, everything’s bigger in Texas. That even holds true when it comes to giving “the man” the finger, which is precisely what one conservative state representative has set about doing with a new proposal that would make airport security a much tricker business in the…

Seattle restaurant puts TSA workers on no-eat list

A restaurant near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is so tired of the way the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been treating their customers that they’ve actually banned agents from eating at the establishment. KC McLawson, a worker at the restaurant, told journalist Christopher Elliott exactly how far her boss had taken…

TSA agents admit to stealing $160,000 from bags at JFK Airport

Law enforcement authorities said Wednesday that two Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers had been arrested for stealing from bags at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown identified agents Davon Webb, 30 and Persad Coumar, 44, as the suspects. Coumar had been an agent since…

TSA makes ‘nominal’ payment to settle suit over exposing 24-year-old’s breasts

A woman who had her breasts exposed during an airport search by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was to receive a “nominal” payment as a part of a settlement agreement, according to documents released this week. The 24-year-old woman was selected for “extended search procedures” prior to boarding a plane…

GOP lawmaker says naked body scanners violate Fourth Amendment

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is violating the Fourth Amendment by forcing travelers to submit to scans that produce images of the naked body, according to one Republican congressman from Texas. Speaking on the House floor Wednesday, Rep. Ted Poe blasted former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff for his links…

Officials defend airport body scans as poll shows overwhelming majority in favor

On the heels of outrage over enhanced screening procedures being implemented at airports nation-wide, a series of public officials, elected and not, have stepped up to defend the x-ray devices that can produce images of people in the nude. Their praise of the new technology comes amid a flurry of…

Flashback: Feds saved over 35,000 nude scans from just one Florida courthouse

In light of flaring controversy over the Transportation Security Administration’s enhanced pat-downs and nude body scan imaging systems, officials have continued to stress that detailed photographs of passengers’ anatomy are not saved and do not get passed around. But, that’s not true in all cases. An attorney for the US…

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