Archive for the ‘TSA’ Category
This picture is a creative collaboration between me and Buzzsawmonkey, who told me: “I had an idea last week for a ‘FREEDOM’ poster: two pix side by side. One of an Iraqi holding up an index finger with purple ink, one of those voting pictures. The other of someone in TSA uniform, holding up a latex-gloved index finger – brown to the middle knuckle.”
(Freedom: just another thing the USA is outsourcing overseas.) In Iraq, the citizens give their government the finger. In Soviet America, government fingers YOU! (I can’t believe I’m doing a Yakov Smirnoff joke in 2011. I’m so ashamed.)
UPDATE: If you don’t recognize the reference in the subject line, it’s from this song.
I wonder how long it’ll be before people are getting groped (by professional security personnel, I mean) on the DC Metro?
Remember Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano hinting on November 22, 2010, that those invasive body searches may be coming to trains, subways, and boats? Well, it is happening. Your friendly TSA goons are now in bus terminals in Florida. Welcome to the UPSA, the United Police States of America. (H/T: Fellowship of the Minds)
I found a few things interesting about this video:
- No naked scanners (yet), but they are wearing the blue gloves that don’t get changed from person to person and can transmit diseases and parasites.
- Among the various federal personnel interviewed is “Steve McDonald, US Border Patrol.” People getting on a bus in Florida are not likely to be leaving the country and are hundreds of miles away from either the Mexican or Canadian borders; why aren’t the Border Patrol actually out there patrolling the borders with anywhere near the thoroughness they’re using on American citizens?
- Funny how they get bomb/drug-sniffing dogs while airports don’t. Must be because this is a Greyhound terminal.
- The program is called VIPAR: “Visible Intermodal Prevention And Response”. Note the word “Visible” right at the beginning – it’s there because this is yet another variation of the TSA’s Security Theater. They also mention later the security is “on display”.
- They only showed one passenger giving a (positive) opinion. How many passengers did they have to interview before they got him?
I’m surprised that the TSA’s next move was the private company Greyhound and not the federally run and subsidized Amtrak.
This song was written, recorded, and animated by my wife in a single morning. God, I love her. Like the last one, it’s “dedicated to the drooling perverts of the Transportation Security Administration.”
Another attempted terrorist has been caught; this one had planned to “blow up a van full of explosives during a Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon.” The federal government was on the ball while the city of Portland was shown the idiocy of their ways (a lesson which they may or may not learn from):
Internet Scofflaw — We haven’t been told exactly how the FBI became aware of Mohamud’s contacts with the Pakistani terrorists (and well we shouldn’t have), but it seems likely that the government intercepted their messages. Communications such as those, between foreign terrorists and Americans, are the ones we most need to know about. They are also the ones that the left feels strongly we shouldn’t listen to. … There’s one additional wrinkle in this story: The city of Portland voted in 2005 not to cooperate with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Portland is now reconsidering that decision, but even now they won’t admit they were wrong. Rather, the mayor says he feels better about it now that Obama is president. (H/T: Instapundit)
Following upon the heels of this story is the news of attempted arson at the mosque where the bomber attended. Naturally, CAIR is on the scene decrying this “hate crime” against muslims and the locals are said to be “fearing a backlash.”
Oregon Live — The fire was reported at about 2:15 a.m. today. Corvallis Fire Department spokeswoman Carla Pusateri said the fire was intentionally set, but would not say what led investigators to the conclusion. … The fire was contained to one room in the mosque, an office, which was 80 percent damaged and there were no injuries. It took firefighters about 10 minutes to put out the fire.
So far, many so-called anti-muslim “hate crime” arsons were actually set by muslims. I suspect that this one was also set by muslims, in order to (a) change the subject in the compliant media away from the attempted attack, and (b) destroy any incriminating records at the mosque ahead of any investigations (since the fire was set in the mosque’s office, and the rest of the building, including the “worship areas”, was untouched). Anyone trying to burn down the mosque wouldn’t have broken into the building and gone straight to the office, setting a single small fire there (that took ten minutes to put out!), and left the rest of the building untouched. Seems obvious to me, and consistent with past fake “hate crimes”.
Following the publication of my article titled “Gate Rape of America,” I was contacted by a source within the DHS who is troubled by the terminology and content of an internal memo reportedly issued yesterday at the hand of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. … The memo, which actually takes the form of an administrative directive, appears to be the product of undated but recent high level meetings between Napolitano, John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA),and one or more of Obama’s national security advisors. This document officially addresses those who are opposed to, or engaged in the disruption of the implementation of the enhanced airport screening procedures as “domestic extremists.” The introductory paragraph of the multi-page document states that it is issued “in response to the growing public backlash against enhanced TSA security screening procedures and the agents conducting the screening process.” Implicit within the same section is that the recently enhanced security screening procedures implemented at U.S. airports, and the measures to be taken in response to the negative public backlash as detailed [in this directive], have the full support of the President. In other words, Obama not only endorses the enhanced security screening, but the measures outlined in this directive to be taken in response to public objections. … It labels any person who “interferes” with TSA airport security screening procedure protocol and operations by actively objecting to the established screening process, “including but not limited to the anticipated national opt-out day” as a “domestic extremist.” The label is then broadened to include “any person, group or alternative media source” that actively objects to, causes others to object to, supports and/or elicits support for anyone who engages in such travel disruptions at U.S. airports in response to the enhanced security procedures. … [emphasis added]
So, just by objecting to the new security theater, in my blog and in song, I am officially considered by the administration and President Obama personally to be a “domestic extremist.” And any of you who have done likewise are sitting on the Group W bench with me. So, what does that mean?
For individuals who engaged in such activity at screening points, it instructs TSA operations to obtain the identities of those individuals and other applicable information and submit the same electronically to the Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division, the Extremism and Radicalization branch of the Office of Intelligence & Analysis (IA) division of the Department of Homeland Security. For “any person, group or domestic alternative media source” that actively objects to, causes others to object to, supports and/or elicits support for anyone who engages in such travel “disruptions” at U.S. airports (as defined above) in response to the enhanced security procedures, the [applicable DHS administrative branch] is instructed to identify and collect information about the persons or entities, and submit such information in the manner outlined [within this directive].
It’s the holiday season; the government is making their lists and checking them twice. Forget about terrorists or even illegal aliens, the government is far more interested in tracking and controlling us.
“Based on a back of the envelope calculation with a 50 KVp Bremsstrahlung spectrum and the standard mass absorption coefficients for soft tissue, X-ray backscatter machines will, if widely deployed, almost certainly kill far more people than the terrorists they are supposed to protect us from.”
My song didn’t even get into the radiation hazards of the new TSA regimen. Perhaps that’ll be in the sequel…
I wrote a song about it, wanna hear it, here it goes…
(To the tune of “Touch Me” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.)
UPDATE: And my wife wrote another song!
Continuing the Fly the Sexual Abuse Skies topic (check the comments there for several updates), we only have one piece of good news: Muslims are not going to get a religious exemption to TSA screenings. Apparently even our government is incapable of breaking that far from reality (at least, not after the recent elections). As it turns out, there’s no law requiring airports to use TSA security personnel; so Minneapolis airport has apparently hinted that it’s considering private screeners instead of TSA. Not that this is a cause for optimism, since private screeners would be unlikely to be too different or more effective than the TSA. If they actually tried common-sense procedures (including profiling) they’d be sued back into the stone age by Islamic groups like CAIR (who’ve only recently left the stone age and thus know the way). They’d certainly never be able to adopt the procedures used by Israel which make them the safest in the world without requiring airport security to physically count the number of testicles each man is carrying.
(Picture H/T: Iowahawk)
Former TSA security director Mo McGowan admits that the Fourth Amendment is being violated but insists “we’re going to have to do it” anyway. The TSA is actually investigating John Tyner, threatening fines over $10,000, for refusing to be searched and leaving the airport. Others are bringing suits against the TSA:
“In one shocking incident, TSA goons pulled down woman’s blouse, exposing her breasts, and laughed about it.”
And this is all before the latest expansion of TSA procedures which allows them to put their hands down your pants. As someone observed, we’ve been getting screwed by the government for years – now they’re finally giving us foreplay.