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PROPER MOLESTERS: TSA screeners are just idiots following orders, which are then “apologized” for by other idiots…
Miami, FL: Plea Deal In TSA Airport Screener Assault Case… employee charged with assaulting a coworker who taunted him about the size of his penis after his genitalia was exposed by a full-body scanner has agreed to attend anger management classes

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TSA: Texas Governor Rick Perry bows to protests, puts “anti-groping” bill back in play…
Proclamation…

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TSA STORE: Stealing your “dangerous” stuff and selling it to other people since 2006… In the five years this store has been open, its plane-related inventory has soared because of heightened security

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Forget airports, TSA/DHS going after entire states now… massive “security exercise” throughout Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.
70 agencies, 5000 square miles, Blackhawk helicopters…

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Texas to TSA: “No Warrant, No Grope!”

Texas could become the first State to pass a bill criminalizing invasive pat-downs by agents of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Near the end of the regular session HB 1937 passed the State House unanimously yet stalled in the State Senate after the Department of Justice (DOJ) threatened to ground all flights out of Texas. Some supporters of the bill are saying the federal government would essentially be creating a “no fly zone” over Texas. Similar legislation was introduced in New Hampshire, though that bill has been stalled in committee.

Currently, Texas Governor Rick Perry stands in the way of “round 2″ for this bill. The Texas Legislature has been called into a “special session” and only the Governor can add bills to the “call” for the Legislature to consider during the special session. The special session was called, primarily, because the Legislature failed to pass a budget. They also failed to pass a Congressional redistricting plan; something that must be done since Texas gained four members of the US House.

Bill sponsor Rep. David Simpson told ABC News, “The attorney general’s letter claims we are stopping all searches. The bill just says you can’t touch privates without probable cause.” HB1937 would criminalize “as part of a search performed to grant access to a publicly accessible building or form of transportation, intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly: searches another person without probable cause to believe the person committed an offense; and touches the anus, sexual organ, or breasts of the other person, including touching through clothing, or touches the other person in a manner that would be offensive to a reasonable person.”

Opponents of this bill claim that such invasive searches are “needed” to protect the airlines. However, in August 2009 during an episode of 60 Minutes CBS reported,

[T]he question is: ‘is everything we go through at checkpoints actually making us safer?’ Security expert Bruce Schneier says no. He says much of it is just ‘security theater.’ ‘It’s a phrase I coined for security measures that look good, but don’t actually do anything,’ he explained.

Schneier, who has been an adviser to TSA but also its most persistent thorn-in-the-side, says there are too many silly rules.

As for the latest tools of the TSA (backscatter X-ray machines and invasive groping) Sheier says, “it’s politics. You have to be seen as doing something, even if nothing is the smart thing to do. You can’t be seen as doing nothing… It won’t catch anybody.”

Other supporters of the TSA will say “you don’t have a right to fly.” The right to travel is a fundamental right, as is the right to not be subjected to invasive groping. The Articles of Confederation recognized the right to travel, “the people of each State shall have free ingress and regress to and from any other State.” Even the UN recognizes that “everyone has the right to freedom of movement.” Not to mention, the US Supreme Court has recognized the right to travel. In U.S. v Guest, 383 U.S. 745 (1966), the Court noted, “It is a right that has been firmly established and repeatedly recognized.” In fact, in Shapiro v Thompson, 394 U.S. 618 (1969), Justice Stewart noted in a concurring opinion that “it is a right broadly assertable against private interference as well as governmental action. Like the right of association, … it is a virtually unconditional personal right, guaranteed by the Constitution to us all.”

Since the TSA is “security theater” and individuals have a right to travel and a right to not be subjected to invasive searched without a warrant and probable cause; it should be clear that any government agent should be held accountable for their actions, when such actions violate common rights!

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TEXAS vs TSA: “Anti-Groping” Bill May Be Reborn in Special Session…

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Another viral video, another nail in the TSA coffin

The perverts in violet are meeting the resistance face to face on their own turf, and finding that when they push (and grope)… real Americans are pushing back:

It’s only a matter of time until this boils over. The Liberty vs Security fight has finally stopped dancing around the airport security theater and semantics game that’s been played up since 9/11 and is now coming full speed to mass clashes.

At this point the cynicism is so entrenched in the Liberty camp that the top YouTube comment is a false flag warning:

Our government will issue a false flag attack, probably nukes on Washington or other country. then blame it on terrorists, then use that excuse to take more liberties away and kill anyone who questions it for “liberty” and to counter terrorism. That or throw you in there FEMA camps to brain wash you or kill you ether or. Worst part is, everyone will eat it all up like 9/11 then worship them as their saviors..sickens me. I have 2 kids ill be damned if i have them grow up in that world!

I’m not going down the road of terrorist/nuke/whatever false flag attack right here and now, because frankly it’s crap like that which keeps everyone fearful in the first place (and the government loves that fear, seriously). But I do love the closing on that missive to the government watchers. S/he certainly already has tons of responsibility as a parent, and this is something that fires people up (that’s also two children who will be keen to the libertarian walk of life).

It really is like dominoes.

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Abolish The TSA, And Let The Markets Protect Passengers…
“Paranoid Airlines might promise its customers that every passenger and all the crew are strip-searched, then marched naked onto the plane to ensure no one smuggles a pair of fingernail clippers aboard. On the other hand, John Wayne Skies invites patrons to bring their Bowie knives with them, or even hands out box-cutters at the gate to discourage any would-be terrorists.”

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ANGRY PROTEST ERUPTS IN TX CAPITOL OVER TSA ROW…
Shouting “treason” and “cowards” and carrying signs and placards, and led by radio talk show host Alex Jones, the group of perhaps as many as 100 people entered the State Capitol shortly after 3 p.m. and first went to the House chamber.

VIDEO…
Jones’ fiery call to arms…

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BLUFF: Feds threaten no-fly zone over Texas in latest chapter of TSA battle…
Letter from DOJ…
Texan lawmakers fall for it, pull HB 1937… “I will pull HB 1937 down, but I will stand for Liberty in the state of Texas,” Senate Sponsor Dan Patrick (R-Houston)
ANOTHER STRAW: U.S. to Store Passenger Data for 15 Years…

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FlyerTalk.com makes censorship bed, lies down with TSA… “Blogger Bob happens to be a FlyerTalker in good standing and thus this thread is a personal attack on him. We’re closing the thread for further comment but leaving it visible as a warning for any other FT’er who decides to take a potshot at him or any other fellow member.”

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ACLU vs TSA: Suspicionless Searches and Seizures at the Airport: We’re Suing…
Whether you’re a member of the ACLU, the Tea Party, or the Beer Lovers Party, one of the things that distinguishes you from people living in more authoritarian regimes — Iran, China, Libya, to name a few — is your right to form political associations without fear of government reprisal.

RASMUSSEN: Just 23% Have A Favorable Opinion of Janet Napolitano…

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TEXAS vs TSA: Texas House Bans Offensive Security Pat-Downs; BUT: The measure may be superseded by federal law… ಠ_ಠ
HEAD FAKE AT THE AIRPORT?: Texas steps up security-state spectacle after death of bin Laden… “Texas Republicans are ramming through crazy big government legislation this year”
NATIONAL: GOP denies TSA money to buy more body scanners…

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Susie Castillo’s TSA Petition to Congress… “I’m gathering as many of your TSA stories as I possibly can, and will be partnering with grassroots organizations in DC that are working tirelessly to change the TSA’s unacceptable screening techniques in an effort to restore our 4th amendment rights”
VIDEO: Susie Castillo on ‘Today Show’ publicizing the TSA fight…

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DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS: Bill would make invasive TSA pat-downs a felony…

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VIDEO: TSA Security Theater casts former Miss America as gropee… “She touched my vagina four times”
America MUST DEMAND The Abolition Of The TSA – Miss USA Susie Castillo Molested By TSA: “My Vagina Was Touched Inappropriately 4 Times”

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PERVERTS: Philadelphia TSA screener charged in distributing child pornography…

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PEDOBEAR: Janet Napolitano says TSA groping little kids “Done professionally according to the protocols”
Because the feeble 6-year-old child might have been a terrorist…

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NEW HAMPSHIRE: TSA Screener Arrested for Rape… “Upon his arrest, TSA took immediate action and the individual is no longer working at the airport”

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TSA screeners on the path to unionization

Your unfriendly airport gate-gropers and porno-scanner operators may soon be card-carrying union members of either the National Treasury Employees Union, or the American Federation of Government Employees. Both are high on the list of choices pre-made for the agency’s employees as they gear up on a proposed measure to unionize their little corner of the security theater erected after the September 11th attacks.

Rebuttals against the unionization of the TSA should self-evident (like namely, that there has been relatively ZERO clamor for it within the ranks of TSA screeners outside of media hype), but the Republicans can take the cake for this gem:

Republican leaders say public employees should not be allowed to bargain collectively, asserting that it pushes up costs for taxpayers and impedes management’s flexibility. What is more, they warn, letting airport screeners unionize could jeopardize national security if strikes and work slowdowns crippled airports and resulted in inadequate security checks.

If you’re gonna sell the downside of something, it really helps if the dystopian future you’re painting isn’t already a systemic problem. From within the same article, comes this juicy tale of misbehavior:

[I]n 2006, airport screeners in Toronto conducted a slowdown by inspecting every piece of luggage by hand, creating such a snarl that management let 250,000 passengers through with minimal or no screening — a move a government investigation later found was a major security breach.

Blue-shirt security theater plus unionization protection equals anyone’s guess, but I already know who will be the losers: air travelers.

LATER UPDATE BECAUSE WHY END ON A SOUR NOTE: This story on reddit perfectly illustrates how I expect my government workers (the people’s employees) to behave in close proximity to these unconstitutional practices. Stand up and have some balls, it’s the cool thing to do.

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“OH COME ON!” TSA says they’ll screen you harder the more you complain…

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Wil Wheaton gets harassed by the TSA

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DISMANTLE THIS GARBAGE: TSA, Radiation, and “Record-Keeping” Errors…
Stephanie: “So I opted out. The TSA does not like it when you do this.”

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