Mike Maharrey and Michael Boldin discuss some aggressive government overreach, including TSA and DEA programs stalking innocent travelers and over-the-top efforts to keep surveillance programs secret.Details
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (July 17, 2018 ) – Last week, a Philadelphia Appeals Court ruled that TSA agents cannot be sued for molesting or falsely arresting air travelers.Details
WASHINGTON (Dec. 6, 2017) – The federal government plans to use a TSA program advertised as a way to avoid lines at airport security checkpoints to harvest photos and other biometric information that will ultimately end up in multiple federal databases.Details
The federal government violates our rights on many levels. Some of those violations are relatively minor compared to more egregious infringements. Yet those smaller instances often vividly reveal of what has been lost on a greater level.Details
TRENTON, N.J. (March 28, 2016) – A New Jersey bill would criminalize TSA nude body scans and subject TSA agents creating or distributing such images to criminal penalties.Details
Of the many schemes the federal government has instituted, the Transportation Security Administration is probably one of the most worthless.
The TSA has even failed at their own mission statement,
Protect the Nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.
The TSA let 25 illegal aliens take flight training classes, mandate people to go through full body screening machines that don’t detect metal, and fail their own security tests, allowing drugs and explosives through checkpoints.Details
Owe money to the IRS? Having trouble making your mortgage payments? Ever been sued or been arrested? Soon, the TSA will know the answers to these questions before you pass through security.Details
According to court documents, the victim told police Shane A. Hinkle, 38, touched her breasts and put his hand down her pants twice on two separate occasions. The arrest report indicates the incidents all happened at the airport, and surveillance video captured some of the groping.
When I first read the arrest report, I couldn’t help but wonder what the big deal was. Perhaps he just thought he was doing a little on the job training.
In all seriousness, TSA agents across the United States subject hundreds of innocent Americans to this kind of behavior on a daily basis. In a very real sense, Hinkle went to jail charged with doing what he does at work every day. Only the fact that federal law and a badge authorizes his on the job behavior differentiates it from his alleged criminal acts. And in some weird parallel universe, that makes groping OK.
Wrap your head around this: a federal stamp of approval legitimizes sexual abuse.
I don’t mean to minimize the victim’s experience. I can’t imagine the humiliation and fear she must have felt. My point is that airline passengers who must endure strangers touching their breasts, butts and genitals at the airport feel degraded and humiliated as well.Details
UPDATE: The TSA issued a statement saying the car was not searched by their agents or under their authority. While we deploy numerous layers of security, TSA officers are not inspecting cars or mandating that they be searched. In this case, it turns out the car was searched by an employee of a car parking…Details