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Blogger demonstrates serious flaw in TSA body scanners

A blogger on Tuesday published a video showing how he had snuck a small metal case through the Transportation and Security Administration’s (TSA) “billion dollar fleet” of so-called nude body scanners. Engineer Jonathan Corbett, who runs the blog TSA Out of Our Pants, explained that the problem lies in how…

Jon Stewart: Virginia ultrasound law ‘a TSA pat-down inside your vagina’

On his show Tuesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart blasted controversial legislation expected to be passed by the Virginia legislature that would require women seeking an abortion undergo a medically unnecessary trans-vaginal ultrasound. Since most abortions are performed in the first trimester, when the fetus is too small…

TSA says woman has ‘cute figure,’ asks for three body scans

The Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) is coming under fire for allegedly doing “peep show” naked body scans of women who agents think are attractive. Ellen Terrell told CBS 11 in Dallas that agents at DFW International Airport asked her to go through the invasive scanner three times because “[t]hey…

U.S. no-fly list more than doubles in a year

A secret U.S. government list of suspected terrorists has more than doubled in the past year. Government figures provided to The Associate Press showed that the so-called no-fly list has skyrocketed from 10,000 suspected terrorists to around 21,000. The U.S. bans all names on the no-fly list from flying to…

Ron Paul: TSA ‘totally voids’ the Fourth Amendment

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said on Sunday that airport security should be turned over to private corporations because the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) effectively “voids” the Fourth Amendment. Paul’s son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), claimed last week that he had been “detained” by the TSA for refusing an…

Limbaugh: Ron Paul ‘sounds like an Islamic terrorist’

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh reacted to news that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) might have been detained by the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) by saying that it would have made more sense if they detained his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). “Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has been detained by…

Rand Paul ‘detained’ by TSA in Nashville

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reportedly “detained” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Monday morning in Nashville, Tennessee, according to a tweet sent by his communications director Moira Bagley. “Just got a call from @senrandpaul,” she wrote. “He’s currently being detained by TSA in Nashville.” Aides told NBC News reporter Kelly O’Donnell…

TSA defends calling cupcake a ‘security threat’

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says it was right to confiscate a cupcake late last year because terrorists are creating “novel explosives disguised as common, everyday items.” In a posting on “The TSA Blog” Monday, Bob Burns wrote that the red velvet cupcake confiscated from Rebecca Haines, a 35-year-old university…

TSA complaints prompt calls for on-site advocates

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two New York politicians urged the Transportation Security Administration on Sunday to provide passenger advocates on site at airport screenings after four elderly women complained of intrusive searches by security agents in recent months. Senator Charles Schumer and State Senator Michael Gianaris told Homeland Security Director…

That’s not your purse; it belongs to the TSA

I know this is a topic that's done to death, but man, it's still a serious issue and I have to rant. Via Salon comes this story of a teenaged girl whose purse created a massive fuss at airport security because it looked like this:  Yep. It had a picture of…

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