(For those of you that prefer their information in video format, please rent the movie Cold Turkey and keep an eye on the Cigarette Police.)
(This all is in need of updating)
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Amazing what you can do with an Executive Order, isn't it?
It used to say:
"The right of the people to be secure
in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches
and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon
probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing
the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. "
Hi, I'm a TSA screener. I'd rather not show my face, as too many camp guards in WW2 got in trouble that way.
You'd best follow all your friend's advice
-- be nice to me, do everything I say or ask no matter how demeaning, try
not to look suspicious. Just think of yourself as a French Citizen
trying to get through a Nazi checkpoint without being detained -- or renditioned.
The Airport may be public property built with your tax dollars, a place
where all the Airlines are engaged in public free enterprise -- but the
Constitution stops at the door. You're in my little dictatorship
now. Your papers had better be in order!
So now that we won't even let you lock your checked bags, and you want to be secure in your papers and effects, you've decided to drag it all on the plane. And you even read the new pamphlet about which of your possessions are legal to bring with you on the plane? I'll bet you missed:
"To ensure everyone's security, the TSO may determine that an item not on the prohibited items chart is prohibited. In addition, the TSO may also determine that an item on the permitted chart is dangerous and therefore may not be brought through the security checkpoint."Yes, I can decide to take anything I want from you! And if you went to our website and read the .doc version with the cover letter you would have read that there is no oversight, no record, no appeal, no nothing. You can't even file a claim form for these items:
"Items that are voluntarily abandoned or confiscated by a law enforcement officer cannot be recovered and will not be returned to you. Property claims for these items will also be denied by TSA."And my Ace in the hole -- once I decide what you brought is illegal -- even if it was on the approved list -- I can put you in jail!
"If you bring a prohibited item to the checkpoint, you may be criminally and/or civilly prosecuted or, at the least, asked to rid yourself of the item. A transportation security officer (TSO – formerly a screener) and/or law enforcement officer will make this determination, depending on what the item is and the circumstances. Bringing a prohibited item to a security checkpoint – even accidentally – is illegal."And again -- it's my call! Oh, I probably won't jail you -- but I can sure threaten you if you disrespect me like the kids on the playground used to.
Now I try to be courteous. For example -- when I'm running my hands across your genitals or breasts, I will switch to the back side of my hand. Won't that make it all better? Of course, using the back side of my hand, I will need to take a much longer "look."
One more note -- lord help you if our $50K magic explosive sniffer box does not like you!! If you are a farmer, or work in a greenhouse, or -- heaven forbid -- work with nasty explosives -- it's simple. Just don't fly, or you'll wind up standing in your underwear while we X-Ray your jeans.
For the ladies out there, I'm not allowed to pat down your chest unless some alarm goes off, or you have some lump:
"Patting down the chest area will now only be conducted if it alarms a hand-held metal detector or there is an irregularity or anomaly in the person's clothing outline. Unless these criteria are met, screeners will only pat down a line below the chest area to the waist, followed by a pat-down of the individual's entire back."But, in usual TSA - Talking from both Sides of our mouth At once -- I can still pat you down anytime I want (from the same webpage):
"The changes are in line with a recent recommendation of the 9/11 Commission Report that all passengers selected for additional screening be checked for explosives.
Additional screening, including pat-down searches, may be required of passengers based on visual observations by screeners, even if an audible alarm has not gone off."
Now here is a fun little encounter. The first video will tell the story. The second three are real audio (about 20 minutes total) of a full-of-shit TSO pretending he is some big-time TV detective. He is very careful not to answer any of the questions he is asked, because he doesn't have anything to back up his bluff.
You see, a TSO is not a law enforcement officer. They are not allowed to detain you, arrest you, make you go anywhere, keep you anywhere. They don't have handcuffs and if they touch you without your permission that is a battery.
Now let's keep this straight. Once you pass the entrance of a TSA screening checkpoint, you do not have the option to to turn around and leave, that is illegal. But if you do leave, all the TSA screener can do is follow you around the airport and call in your position. Then a honest-to-goodness trained as a law enforcement officer will arrest you if he feels he has probable cause.
Now in this case the TSA screener refuses to answer any questions such as "Am I free to leave?", which in the manner answered by him implies he wasn't free to leave. He could be sued or arrested. He also makes it sound like he was going to handcuff the guy and take him to the police station or the DEA. He can't, and the treats that he might are not legal.
This screener is a perfect example of what happens when you give some little Hitler some minor powers, let him do everything in screener, have him regulated by regulations not available for public inspection. He goes to town fucking over people, making empty threats, telling them lies.
And it shows that. once again, someone want to do something for one stated purpose -- make sure you aren't going to hurt the airplane or passenegers -- into a fishing expedition. Like pulling people over for no seatbelt, really to have a look inside their car. The TSA has been told they may no longer do this -- if it doesn't effect airplane safety it is none of their business. Yeah, I'll hold my breath on that one.
The terrorists must see this stuff going
on in what use to be a country proud of our freedom, see this stuff and
laugh their heads off!
And one last video to make you proud. I thought we arrested people who do this to children?
"Necessity is the plea
for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." --William Pitt, The Younger (1759-1806), British statesman.
"They that can give up essential
liberty to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin
May I see your.papersplease.org?
TSA Screening Manual
TSA Sets Clothing Standards
for Air Travel
Nov 23 2010 by Gareth Evans, Western Mail
The TSA today announced that it would begin
accepting clothing items from manufacturers
and importers for testing and type approval in early 2011.
The new standards are primarily to protect
the well-being of the traveling public. "Many people don't
realize that some types of clothing are not safe for air travel", said TSA spokesman Henry Himmlor.
"Many synthetic fibers can melt if a fire were to occur in the aircraft and then they can stick to the skin.
Other materials such as cotton and leather can actually protect the skin in such a situation." The TSA
evaluation will involve testing flame resistance and self-extinguishing properties.
The approved garments will also "highly
conform to the user's body" so as to minimize the possibility
of hiding contraband items. They will also be required to meet minimum "genital manual access"
standards. "It's important that our Agents have unimpeded access to each passenger's genitalia both
so that a through search can be performed, and in a timely fashion to keep our queues short", said
Himmlor. "The clothing items are placed on a mannequin-type form with simulated genital bumps, and
a genital access technician determines if minimal features can be felt." A similar device is used to
evaluate blouses and tops for women.
Passengers would not initially be required
to wear approved items, but as more approved clothing items
become available over the year the requirement that passengers wear approved clothing items will be