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Abusive Homeland Security ‘troll’ attacks anti-TSA website: report

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An activist website devoted to opposing the TSA’s new screening procedures says it’s the victim of an online “troll” from inside the Department of Homeland Security.

WeWontFly.com, which is urging the public to stop flying “until the porno scanners are history,” says it has identified abusive comments from someone using a DHS computer.

“F**k you, f**k all you c**ksuckers, you wont change anything,” read a comment that has now been deleted from the WeWontFly blog. “Ride the bus, TSA is here to stay there [sic] doing a great job keeping americia [sic] safe.”

WeWontFly blogger George Donnelly says he has traced the comment to a dhs.gov server — a computer inside the Department of Homeland Security.

“Some questions come to mind,” Donnelly wrote. “Is this an official statement? If not, is it an accurate representation of the DHS position? Was this person on the public dime when he or she posted this? Who posted this and what is their position with DHS?”

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The TSA, the federal agency responsible for airport security, is part of the Department of Homeland Security.

Donnelly reports he has found 19 comments in all from the same computer, none of them quite as caustic as the one quoted above, but all hostile to the group’s efforts and seemingly written from the perspective of someone inside the TSA.

“You people are really messed up,” a comment from the alleged DHS computer states in another discussion. “That you sit around and put forth the hatred that you spew. If any of you are parents who have children, I feel sorry for the kids because you will raise them to be cynical, skeptical and totally paranoid.”

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The comments were attributed to various nicknames, usually revolving around some variation on the name “Butch.” In one comment, the writer claims to have four years’ service as an Army MP.

“Do any of you really think TSA is going to care if everyone requests a full body pat down instead of walking through the metal detector or body scanners?” the person wrote, evidently referring to the Opt-Out Day protest last month. “They get to go home once their shift is over, no matter how long the lines are. Less passengers flying means less work for them!”

Donnelly writes:

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This is not the first time we have been trolled by individuals connected to the TSA. Someone posted a personal attack on me from an IP belonging to mitre.org, a corporation whose core competency is securing federal government contracts, including DHS and TSA ones. Any effective TSA resistance threatens not only the TSA itself but also the bureaucrats who got us to this point and the corporations who are getting paid for the technology.

WeWontFly.com was formed this fall when the TSA implemented a new screening procedure that includes the use of full-body scanners and the option to request a manual pat-down that involves the touching of genitals. The group is trying to pressure the TSA into rescinding its new policy by putting pressure on the airlines that rely on passengers for revenue.

The pat-downs have been likened by some travelers to sexual abuse, and several lawsuits have been launched challenging the practice. Some legal scholars have argued the new screening procedures are unconstitutional.


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Disney heiress who went undercover to Disneyland ‘livid’ at conditions and pay

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Heiress Abigail Disney went to one of her family's resorts to see conditions for workers herself and was disgusted by what she saw.

In comments to Yahoo News podcast "Through Her Eyes," Disney described how she went to Disneyland in California undercover and found that workers at the resort were treated poorly—and underpaid.

"Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, 'I don't know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people's garbage,'" said Disney.

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Ex-Peru president wanted for corruption arrested in the US

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Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States Tuesday to face extradition to his home country on corruption charges, authorities in the South American nation said.

The 73-year-old is suspected of involvement in the sprawling Odebrecht scandal in which the construction giant paid hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes throughout the continent to secure huge public works contracts.

The Peruvian attorney general's office announced on Twitter that Toledo "was arrested this morning for extradition, in the United States."

Toledo has been formally charged with receiving a $20 million payment from Odebrecht to grant it the tender to build the Interoceanic Highway that links Peru with Brazil.

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Comic-Con mines past for future hits on 50th edition

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A smorgasbord of sequels, prequels and reunions from "Terminator" to "Game of Thrones" awaits thousands of misty-eyed comic book geeks and sci-fi nerds descending on San Diego this week for the world's largest celebration of pop culture fandom.

The 50th edition of Comic-Con International will see 135,000 cosplayers, bloggers, movie executives and humble fans pile into a sweaty convention center for glimpses of their heroes, in town to promote the next mega-hit films, TV shows and comic books.

This anniversary edition promises to be more nostalgia-laden than most -- among those expected to appear are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, who will soon reunite on screen for the first time since 1991's "Terminator 2" for Paramount's killer cyborg sequel "Dark Fate."

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