Monday, 22 November 2010
TSA: Out of Control

COMMENT: The more we learn, frankly, the more angry I become.  I simply cannot imagine anything more frightening, more embarrassing, more insulting to individual dignity and privacy than to be humiliated by these kinds of examinations. Understand, done by anyone but a TSA agent, these would be criminal acts.
Parents work at teaching their children to not let anyone touch their private parts and now parents are having to hold children down while that happens.
Pats Down Screaming 3 Year Old; LITTLE BOY STRIP SEARCHED By TSA

I flew in October and had already determined that I would not go through the scanner, fortunately I was not pulled out for special attention.  I will be flying again in January and I always wear a skirt, so I guess this 4', 10", 70-year-old, grandmother, will be fair game for TSA molestation and will be going to St. Louis where a
Woman says her Lambert security screening was sexual assault.

To contact the TSA, you can go

Click HERE to sent a message to your two US senators and your congressman.
Out-of-state subscribers can find their senators
HERE; their congressman HERE.

A bill has been introduced: Title: American Traveller Dignity Act of 2010

[Text of bill

Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14] (introduced 11/17/2010) Cosponsors (2)

This is unbelievable - Must see: The TSA is out of control

Video: Commercial Pilot Sues TSA, DHS

Enhanced pat down leaves Grand Rapids airline passenger in tears

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Before boarding a flight in Grand Rapids, a woman says the search at the security checkpoint was violent, unnecessary and extremely upsetting.

"When I got on the plane all I wanted to do was sob," says traveler Ella Swift.

Swift was one of an increasing number of passengers Transportation Security Administration officers are thoroughly searching by hand. They call it an "enhanced pat-down."

Swift says they told her she was singled out because she was wearing a skirt. She says the search earlier this month was very rough and left her in tears.

"The female officer ran her hand up the inside of my leg to my groin and she did it so hard and so rough she lifted me off my heels," she says. "I think I yelped. I was in pain for about an hour afterwards. It just felt excessive and unnecessary." Read more here.

TSA pat-down leaves traveler covered in urine

'I was absolutely humiliated,' said bladder cancer survivor

A retired special education teacher on his way to a wedding in Orlando, Fla., said he was left humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine after an enhanced pat-down by TSA officers recently at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

I was absolutely humiliated, I couldn't even speak, said Thomas D. 'Tom' Sawyer, 61, of Lansing, Mich.

Sawyer is a bladder cancer survivor who now wears a urostomy bag, which collects his urine from a stoma, or opening in his stomach. I have to wear special clothes and in order to mount the bag I have to seal a wafer to my stomach and then attach the bag. If the seal is broken, urine can leak all over my body and clothes. Read more here.

Cancer surviving flight attendant forced to remove prosthetic breast during pat-down

A Charlotte-area flight attendant and cancer survivor contacted WBTV after she says she was forced to show her prosthetic breast during a pat-down.

Cathy Bossi lives in south Charlotte and has been a flight attendant for the past 32 years, working the past 28 for U.S. Airways.
A Charlotte-area flight attendant and cancer survivor contacted WBTV after she says she was forced to show her prosthetic breast during a pat-down.

Cathy Bossi lives in south Charlotte and has been a flight attendant for the past 32 years, working the past 28 for U.S. Airways.
She says two female Charlotte T.S.A. agents took her to a private room and began what she calls an aggressive pat down.  She says they stopped when they got around to feeling her right breast the one where she'd had surgery

"She put her full hand on my breast and said, 'What is this?'.  And I said, 'It's my prosthesis because I've had breast cancer.' And she said, 'Well, you'll need to show me that'." Read more here.

GOP lawmaker: Full-body scanners violate Fourth Amendment

By Elise Viebeck
- 11/17/10 10:29 AM ET

A GOP lawmaker said Tuesday the full-body scanners now employed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) violate the Fourth Amendment to the constitution, which protects against "unreasonable searches and seizures."

During a one-minute speech on the House floor, Rep. Ted Poe (Texas) also blasted former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff as a "political hack" and accused him of profiting from the proliferation of the devices.

"There is no evidence these new body scanners make us more secure. But there is evidence that former Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff made money hawking these full body scanners," Poe said.

He went on to explain that Chertoff, who served under President George W. Bush, had given interviews promoting the scanners while he was "getting paid" to sell them.

"[T]he populace is giving up more rights in the name of alleged security. These body scanners are a violation of the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures ... There must be a better way to have security at airports than taking pornographic photographs of our citizens, including children, and then giving apparent kickbacks to political hacks."

Chertoff has advocated for the use of full-body scanners since he took his post at DHS in 2005.

As of January, his consulting agency, the Chertoff Group, counted among its clients one of the machines' manufacturers.

The group responded with a statement on Wednesday.

"The Chertoff Group played no role in the sale of whole body imaging technology to TSA," said spokeswoman Katy Montgomery. "Further, Secretary Michael Chertoff was in no way compensated for his public statements, in which he has consistently expressed long held beliefs in the deployment of effective technologies and techniques that eliminate security vulnerabilities such as those illustrated last year during the terrorist attempt on Christmas Day. Any statements to the contrary are false." Source HERE.

U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. rips airport scanners, pat-downs

Tenn. congressman says new security policies 'invasive'

WASHINGTON - Acknowledging a "nationwide revolt" over airport body scanning machines, U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. in a House floor speech Wednesday also blasted the Transportation Security Administration for what he deems invasive "pat-downs" of U.S. citizens.

Duncan also said lucrative government contracts play a role in the use of body scanning machines at airport checkpoints.

Duncan, R-Knoxville, former chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee and the current top Republican on the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, said in a press release, "Unfortunately, for the traveling public, Big Brother never makes a mistake, so I am not surprised they are trying to defend the purchase of these scanners."

In his speech, Duncan said: "Hundreds of thousands of frequent fliers who fly each week are upset about getting these frequent doses of radiation. Parents are upset about being forced to have their children radiated or being touched inappropriately by an unrelated adult.

"There is already plenty of security at the airport, but now we are going to spend up to $300 million to install 1,000 scanners. ...

"The former secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, represents Rapiscan, the company which is selling these scanners to his former department. Far too many federal contracts are sweetheart, insider deals. Companies hire former high-ranking federal officials, and then magically, those companies get hugely profitable federal contracts.

"The American people should not have to choose between having full-body radiation or a very embarrassing, intrusive pat-down every time they fly, as if they were criminals." Read more here.

Airports consider congressman's call to ditch TSA

ATLANTA (AP) - In a climate of Internet campaigns to shun airport pat-downs and veteran pilots suing over their treatment by government screeners, some airports are considering another way to show dissatisfaction: Ditching TSA agents altogether.

Federal law allows airports to opt for screeners from the private sector instead. The push is being led by a powerful Florida congressman who's a longtime critic of the Transportation Security Administration and counts among his campaign contributors some of the companies who might take the TSA's place.

Furor over airline passenger checks has grown as more airports have installed scanners that produce digital images of the body's contours, and the anger intensified when TSA added a more intrusive style of pat-down recently for those who opt out of the full-body scans. Some travelers are using the Internet to organize protests aimed at the busy travel days next week surrounding Thanksgiving.

For Republican Rep. John Mica of Florida, the way to make travelers feel more comfortable would be to kick TSA employees out of their posts at the ends of the snaking security lines. This month, he wrote letters to nation's 100 busiest airports asking that they request private security guards instead.Read more here.

NYC Legislators Seek Ban On Full Body Scanners In New York

New York: Today on the steps of City Hall, Councilman David G. Greenfield was joined by Council Members Gale Brewer, Fernando Cabrera, Debi Rose, Robert Jackson, Jumaane Williams, and Brad Lander in support of legislation that would ban the use of full body scanners in New York City, including New York's two airports: JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport.The Council Members were also joined by privacy expert Marc Rotenberg, a professor of law at Georgetown University and President of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), who is leading a lawsuit to suspend the deployment of body scanners at US airports, pending an independent review. Read more and see videos here.

Napolitano: "Adjustments," "More to Come" on Women in Hijabs Undergoing Airport Full-Body Pat-Downs

Monday, November 15, 2010

( - When asked today if she will insist that Muslim women wearing hijabs must go through full body pat downs before boarding planes, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano did not say yes or no, but told there will be "adjustments" and "more to come" on the issue.

"On the pat downs, CAIR [the Council on American-Islamic Relations] has recommended that Muslim women wearing hijabs refuse to go through the full body pat downs before boarding planes," asked Napolitano at a Monday press conference. "Will you insist that they do go through full body pat downs before boarding planes?"

"Look, we have, like I said before, we are doing what we need to do to protect the traveling public and adjustments will be made where they need to be made," Napolitano responded. "With respect to that particular issue, I think there will be more to come. But, again, the goal here, you know, we're not doing this just to do it. We're doing it because we need to keep powders and gels and liquids off of planes that are unauthorized just as we need to keep metals off of planes. Read more here.

Posted on 11/22/2010 9:36 AM by Bobbie Patray
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Fire the Judges too

Iowans dismiss three justices

Three Iowa Supreme Court justices lost their seats Tuesday in a historic upset fueled by their 2009 decision that allowed same-sex couples to marry.
Vote totals from 96 percent of Iowa's 1,774 precincts showed Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justices David Baker and Michael Streit with less than the simple majority needed to stay on the bench.
Their removal marked the first time an Iowa Supreme Court justice has not been retained since 1962, when the merit selection and retention system for judges was adopted. The decision is expected to echo to courts throughout the country, as conservative activists had hoped
"It appears we're headed for a resounding victory tonight and a historic moment in the state of Iowa," said Bob Vander Plaats, the Sioux City businessman who led a campaign to remove the justices because of the 2009 gay marriage ruling. "The people of Iowa stood up in record numbers and sent a message ... that it is 'We the people,' not 'We the courts.' "

In a statement issued early today, the three justices said: "We hope Iowans will continue to support Iowa's merit selection system for appointing judges. This system helps ensure that judges base their decisions on the law and the Constitution and nothing else. Ultimately, however, the preservation of our state's fair and impartial courts will require more than the integrity and fortitude of individual judges, it will require the steadfast support of the people." Read more here.  

 Fed-up Americans: Fire the judges, too!

State residents launch massive effort to kick out 3 Supreme Court justices

Judicial elections across the United States, largely ho-hum affairs that only stand out when members of the black robes commit a crime, have turned white-hot in Iowa, where residents are organizing and campaigning to fire three of the state Supreme Court members who created same-sex marriage for the state.

Supporters of the judges - Marsha Ternus and Justices David Baker and Michael Streit - are countering with arguments that Iowans who want the three removed from office have abandoned the rule of law and become "the mob."

But former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, who was removed from office himself when state officials refused to allow him to challenge an order he considered illegal, said the judges in Iowa didn't even follow their own state law - which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Instead, Moore said, they joined advocates for homosexuality in calling such couples "similarly situated" to traditionally married couples.

That view is accurate, said Moore, who runs the Foundation for Moral Law, only if one cannot tell the difference between a man and a woman.

The justices' stance, he suggested, is why polls show they could be ejected from their highly paid positions of influence, even though they usually are the benefactors of approval from 80 percent or 90 percent of the voters.

Several polls show that support for the three is running only percentage points above the portion of the citizenry already committed to voting them out. Several polls suggested the small percentage of undecideds probably ultimately will be the deciding factor.

In Iowa, the Supreme Court created same-sex "marriage" in a lawsuit brought by homosexual couples, determining that they had the same "right" to marry as traditional married couples.

But Moore noted that Iowa's Defense of Marriage Act specified one man and one woman marriages, so the justices actually were violating the law they were sworn to uphold. Moore noted that the original Iowa Constitution forbade "sodomy."

The surge of condemnation for the three justices - the only ones from the high court on the ballot this year - sends "a signal all across the nation," Moore said.

"People are tired of activist judges who rule not according to their own constitution and laws of their state," he said. "If they are removed, it will stop this judicial activism."

He quoted from the Iowa court's own opinion that it could "protect constitutional rights ... even when the rights have not yet been broadly accepted or at one time [were] unimagined."

"What they are saying is that they can give rights to individuals that were at one time unimagined. If that's not judicial activism..." he said. "What's to stop them from letting men marry their own daughters. Brothers marry sisters. A whole village becoming a marriage."

Former GOP candidate for governor Bob Vander Plaats, a spokesman for a grassroots group trying to oust the three judges, said the Iowa For Freedom campaign was launched because the decision simply was wrong.

"On April 3, 2009, this court did what it cannot do and God help this country and this state if we allow them to do it," he told the Cedar Falls Courier.

A Des Moines Register poll found 40 percent of voters plan to vote to remove all three judges, and 44 percent will try to keep them, leaving the outcome a virtual tossup.

According to the Iowa Independent, U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has concluded that voters really have no choice but to reject the judges.

"Iowa law says that marriage is only between 'a male and a female,'" King said. "No judge can be allowed to remain on the bench who would turn thousands of years of law and human history on its head by discovering rights that 'were at one time unimagined' in our Constitution," he told the newspaper.

Officials with the state Supreme Court declined to respond to WND requests for comment. Nor did Ternus respond to a message left by WND with her personal office staff.

A Des Moines newspaper report affirmed that the results will ripple beyond the edges of Iowa's borders.

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington told the newspaper in an interview, "What you see happening here is a precedent being set, and other states will feel comfortable following it." Read more here.

Posted on 11/09/2010 6:12 PM by Bobbie Patray
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