Thursday, November 25, 2010

America - Welcome to the Home of the Terrified

Today's Protests were minimal but graphic. people are avoiding the pat-downs by opting for the scans.  Also alot of people avoided the airport and the scans totally by driving, taking the bus and the train.

The air carriers have yet to admit that alot of planes flew at only 3/4 of booked  capacity; compared to last year when they were oversold.  there will be a clearer picture in the days following; when airport use figures are published. trust us, many folks are driving.
According to figures released by AAA, the nations highways saw an all time high in road traffic travel over 250 miles; for this year's thanksgiving.  This is a sharp upturn clearly attributable to the economy and possibly the TSA's aggressive patdown demands.
Salt Lake City Utah won the lottery for stupidest tsa screeners - They actually Strip Searched a Young Child. this is the incident

"The father tried several times to just hold the boys arms out for the TSA agent but i guess it didn't end up being enough for the guy...

The enraged father pulled his son shirt off and gave it to the TSA agent to search."

The Transportation Security Administration said that the boy was searched because he set off the metal detector, a claim that Mr Tait denies.

No complaints were filed and the father was standing by his son for the entire procedure," said a posting by the TSA Blog Team.
The TSA said that nobody has to de-robe at an airport checkpoint.
Mr Tait says he was told to delete his video, but he refused
Read more:
The major news services dispatched reporters between major airport hubs to gauge traffic and the reaction of those who are anti tsa rape. this is a short encapsulation of the scene around the nations airports - from the aussies. yes the aussies.
The First Leaked Body Scans have also hit the internet on Gizmodo - see below.

Privacy fears after 'revealing' scans leaked online

A screengrab of the Gizmodo website shows the leaked "naked" scans.
  • "Naked" scans leaked online
  • Privacy concerns hit new high
  • Thousands of scans "improperly stored"
CONCERN over the privacy of images taken by controversial full-body airport scanners has hit a new high after a website published more than 100 scans.

Blog Gizmodo published the scans on their website following an investigation, ensuring that identifying features were obscured. The release of the images, which were never meant to see the light of day, goes against the repeated insistence of US authorities that the scans would not be stored or made public. The scans came from a courthouse in Florida, US, where employees had allegedly improperly stored 35,000 images.

The courthouse machine does not have the resolution of backscatter scanners, such as those used at airports, that produce more revealing images. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) states that technology "cannot store, print, transmit or save" the image. It insists that the machines at airports have these functions disabled. The American Civil Liberties Union has received more than 600 complaints over three weeks from passengers who say they were subjected to humiliating pat-downs at US airports, and the pace is accelerating, according to ACLU legislative counsel Christopher Calabrese.
The body scanners, due to be rolled out across Australian airports next year, have been in some US airport since 2007 and there are now 315 of the devices in use.

Gizmodo says the leaking of the scans proves that privacy concerns are well founded.
“The leaking of these photographs demonstrates the security limitations of not just this particular machine, but millimetre wave and x-ray backscatter body scanners operated by federal employees in our courthouses and by TSA officers in airports across the country,” Joel Johnson wrote on the website.

"That we can see these images today almost guarantees that others will be seeing similar images in the future.”

The release of the images comes as momentum grows against the scanners. Travellers are infuriated at the new airport security measures, which also includes a more “invasive” pat-down technique using a “front-of-the-hand, slide-down” technique.

Travellers are planning to protest the new measures on one of the busiest days for air travel, Thanksgiving – later this week.

Since the new procedures began on November 1, 34 million travellers have gone through checkpoints and less than three per cent are patted down, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
A TRAVELLER has been arrested after shedding his clothes in a desperate bid to avoid being frisked by airport staff or having to go through a "naked scanner".

Sam Wolanyk was planning to fly to Barbados but declined to go through the full-body scanner, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

His refusal meant he was singled out for a pat-down search instead. Mr Wolanyk allegedly decided to strip down to his underwear instead, his lawyer Jason Davis of Orange Country said. “It was obvious that my underwear left nothing to the imagination,” Mr Wolanyk said. "I was not willing to be molested again. "I figured that this way everyone would be happy:

I don't get scanned or groped, they can verify that I'm not a danger to anyone and the line would actually move more quickly because those pat-downs take time." However a supervisor was called to the scene and asked Mr Wolanyk to put his clothes back on so that he could be properly patted down. Mr Wolanyk was handcuffed and escorted from the terminal. The incident has been confirmed by local police.

A woman was also arrested for allegedly illegally filming the x-ray and screening process with a camera.

Mr Wolanyk will appear in court on January 7 next year.

A WOMAN is suing over an incident where airport staff allegedly pulled down her top and joked about her breasts in public view.

The 23-year-old traveller, from Amarillo, US, is suing the US Government for the emotional distressed she says the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents caused.

The woman says she was singled out for "extended search procedures" while preparing to board a plane to Amarillo in May 2008. “As the TSA agent was frisking plaintiff, the agent pulled the plaintiff’s blouse completely down, exposing plaintiffs’ breasts to everyone in the area,” the lawsuit said.

"As would be expected, plaintiff was extremely embarrassed and humiliated.” The lawsuit claims that other employees laughed and made jokes about the incident "for an extended period of time". The distraught woman left the screening area to be consoled but when she re-entered the boarding area employees allegedly started joking about the matter. "One male TSA employee expressed to the plaintiff that he wished he would have been there when she came through the first time and that 'he would just have to watch the video,'" the suit said. She wishes to remain anonymous due to privacy reasons. Lawyers for the US Government confirm that the woman went through secondary screening but deny airport staff acted inappropriately.

Bikinis, speedos in airport scanner protest From: AP - November 25, 2010 8:40AM
THE lines of holiday travellers moved smoothly at US airports despite an Internet campaign to get passengers to gum up the works on one of the busiest days of the year by refusing full-body scans.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said very few passengers opted out on the eve of the US holiday Thanksgiving.

There were scattered protesters - including, presumably, a man seen walking around the Salt Lake City airport in a skimpy, Speedo-style bathing suit, and a woman reported to be wearing a bikini in Los Angeles.

Wait times for security checks at major US airports from San Francisco to New York were 20 minutes or less, according to the TSA, and no serious disruptions were reported.
The new security measures have been a hot topic in the country this week, coinciding with the start of holiday travel season. A loosely organised effort dubbed National Opt-Out Day planned to use fliers and T-shirts to highlight what some call unnecessarily intrusive security screenings.

The screenings have been lampooned on TV comedy shows and mocked on T-shirts, bumper stickers and underwear emblazoned "Don't Touch My Junk,'' from a line uttered by a traveller in California who objected to a pat-down.

Asked if the protests were having any noticeable effect, TSA chief John Pistole said, "Not that we've seen overall. I mean we've, you know, had a couple of one-offs here and there.''

"So far, so good,'' he said. "No long wait times or anything.''

The full-body scanners show a person's contours on a computer in a private room removed from security checkpoints.

But critics say they amount to virtual strip searches. Some have complained that the new enhanced pat-downs are humiliating and intrusive, too.
If enough people opt for a pat-down rather than a body

scan, security-line delays could quickly cascade. Full-body scans for passengers chosen at random take as little as 10 seconds. New pat-down procedures, in which a security agent touches a traveler's crotch and chest, can take four minutes or longer.

TSA officials say the procedures are necessary to ward off terror attacks like the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound plane last Christmas, allegedly by a Nigerian man who stashed explosives in his underwear.
For the record - if you are in an airport and witness one of these incidents; and video tape it - you do not have to erase it. the TSA seems to be bullying people into thinking they can't tape in the airport. Yes You Can because it is a Public Facility and you are recording for your personal use.  That is covered under the First Amendment Right of Free Speech.

If Coerced - tell them to forget it, shut off your Camera and walk away. if they continue talking smack, tell them to talk to your back. keep walking to your gate and away from them. they can't do a thing because you haven't committed a crime. only a violation of their perceived boundaries; which have been clearly defined by the us constitution.

You Have Rights.
We'll be posting more on the TSA Sex Down Day later in the weekend. Remember You as a Traveler Have Rights - Use Em,


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