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Rapiscan revoked: Sometimes, you take the small victories

Well, our civil liberties are taking hits left, right, and sideways, but we have a small victories every now and again.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will remove airport body scanners that privacy advocates likened to strip searches after OSI Systems Inc. (OSIS) couldn’t write software to make passenger images less revealing.

TSA will end a $5 million contract with OSI’s Rapiscan unit for the software after Administrator John Pistole concluded the company couldn’t meet a congressional deadline to produce generic passenger images, agency officials said in interviews.

The agency removed 76 of the machines from busier U.S. airports last year. It will now get rid of the remaining 174 Rapiscan machines, with the company absorbing the cost, said Karen Shelton Waters, the agency’s assistant administrator for acquisitions. The TSA will instead use 60 machines manufactured by L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (LLL), the agency’s other supplier of body scanners.

“It became clear to TSA they would be unable to meet our timeline,” Waters said. “As a result of that, we terminated the contract for the convenience of the government.”

The decision to cancel the Rapiscan software contract and remove its scanners wasn’t related to an agency probe of whether the company faked testing data on the software fix, Waters said.

Yes, the Rap[e]iscan machines will soon be gone!

Apparently, Rapiscan couldn’t come up with the genericized template to pretend that the TSA pervs weren’t REALLY ChoMos in time, so the entire Rapiscan contract is cancelled (they weren’t looking at nekkid pics of everyone, they were just misunderstood, right?)

To [mis]quote Southwest, “you are now free to move about the country [mostly] unmolested.”

Update by SV: TIL what a chomo is. Thanks g4lt, for making me Google that.

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Albany New York sherrif’s deputy is a real hero in my book

Here is a law enforcement officer who protected the First Amendment rights of two citizens even though an airport low level bureaucrat objected. Hooray for Deputy Stan Lenic.

Update by SV: ‘First Amendment Cop’ has become an internet icon and local news sensation. Awesome.

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When TSA goons get smart

I have to hand it to the Thieving Security Administration employees, who have been caught stealing everything under the harsh florescent lights of baggage handling, apparently they are branching out, thanks to the new education program where they can earn a… TSA Certificate of Achievement.

I bet their certificate has a familiar cartoon bear in the corner. I would frame that shit next to a picture of James Gandolfini.

Anyways, TSA employees are finding out that they will have to step up their criminal game if they want to exploit the job, so the new thing is drug smuggling. Here’s a TSA goonette who got caught in uniform in a Trafficking Security Administration drug bust in Newark, New Jersey:

A TSA screener at Newark Airport was recently busted in a major heroin den near her workplace — still wearing her spiffy, government-issued uniform, authorities said.

Samirah Saunders, 22, and two other women were collared in the March 6 raid at 86 Wainwright St. in Newark, just around the corner from an elementary school and a spot where cops found a load of ready-for-street-sale heroin, according to sources and court records.

Two other suspects, Gavin Barker, 23, and Mariyah Sanders, 20, were also arrested.

It wasn’t clear whether Saunders was still on duty or was going to or from work.

She’s accused of helping to distribute the 1,400 packets of heroin, stamped “Green Lantern” and “P Dope” in green ink, confiscated from the apartment, according to court records.

The fact that the pad was near a school resulted in Saunders’ being hit with an additional felony charge of possessing or distributing heroin within 1,000 feet of a school.

In her mug shot, a somber Saunders was still wearing her blue TSA uniform blouse, adorned with black epaulets.

Her lawyer, James Pomaco, insisted that his client went to the apartment just to say hello to the other women.

“She was at the wrong place at the wrong time,’’ he said.

Oh my, they’ve learned how to use lawyers.

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