Matt Drudge Forces U.S. Government’s TSA Into Retreat

Interesting editorial from Alex Jones and Paul Watson at PrisonPlanet, in which they credit conservative journalist Matt Drudge with forcing the TSA into backing off from its much-hyped newly invasive procedures:

Despite the establishment media presiding over another mass hoax in claiming that Americans were completely happy with invasive airport security measures, contrary to polls showing a majority in opposition, and that the national opt out day was a failure, the fact that the TSA was forced to change its policy by mothballing naked body scanners and curtailing aggressive pat downs clearly goes to show that the man who almost single-handedly drove the issue, Matt Drudge, fought the TSA and he won.

Drudge Report

The big networks and the so-called progressive borg hive, who instantly tried to spin the lack of delays at airports over Thanksgiving as proof that the opt-out protest had failed, conveniently failed to mention the fact that major airports across the country had deliberately mothballed their naked body scanners in a crass PR ploy aimed at deflating the momentum behind the demonstration.

Early reports began to pour in from Twitter users who said that body scanner machines were roped off and out of use in airports such as LAX, Seattle, San Jose and Columbus, Ohio. They also said that pat downs had reverted back to the standard procedure and were not the new grope downs that the TSA had announced a couple of weeks before.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger subsequently reported that, “The majority of Newark’s full-body scanners were idle throughout much of the day, depriving most passengers of the chance to opt out of the controversial screening procedure even if they had wanted to.”

At the nation’s busiest airport, Atlanta-Hartsfield, there was,”limited, if any, use of the controversial full-body scanners,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Later reports confirmed that, the TSA had “backed down and resorted to using the old screening procedures — metal detectors and less-intrusive pat-downs.”

Infowars reporters Rob Dew and Aaron Dykes also flew back from Denver International Airport on national opt-out day and confirmed that body scanners were completely out of use. This was the same airport in which Infowars staffer Michelle was groped by TSA goons who also attempted to fondle her children, in a story that helped kick off the rebellion against invasive airport security…

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  • Ironaddict06

    Good Job. But there has to be constant pressure against the TSA, or else….

  • Ironaddict06

    Good Job. But there has to be constant pressure against the TSA, or else….

  • Rooti

    This is the first I have heard about Matt Drudge involvement so I find it hard to believe he was the driving force. Ron Paul was right there standing up for our rights and introducing appropriate legislation. Mike Rivero was all over it and still is every day on his web site and the Rense web site is loaded with info as well. Yet there is nothing at Alternet, there was a pro security piece on Truthout a day or so ago and mainstream media has been pushing all the way. I guess it is a strong indication of how co opted the ‘liberal’ left has become.

  • Rooti

    This is the first I have heard about Matt Drudge involvement so I find it hard to believe he was the driving force. Ron Paul was right there standing up for our rights and introducing appropriate legislation. Mike Rivero was all over it and still is every day on his web site and the Rense web site is loaded with info as well. Yet there is nothing at Alternet, there was a pro security piece on Truthout a day or so ago and mainstream media has been pushing all the way. I guess it is a strong indication of how co opted the ‘liberal’ left has become.

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      Ron Paul, Rense and others were on the right bandwagon…and good on them! but as for no ‘liberals’…

      Bunk…the MSM has been on the pro security bandwagon…but Rawstory and other ‘lib’ sites have been bashing the hell out of the TSA and recording every offense since this started. if you couldn’t find any anti TSA rants on Alternet…you weren’t looking. Matt Drudge and Alex Jones, typical of pseudo conservative trash talkers, are just jumping on the credit wagon and patting themselves on the back. There isn’t a single lib I know who supports the TSA’s actions…or even their creation or continued existence…not one. I have been told by three conservative MSM news fans among my acquaintances to “stop whining about a little search when I should have nothing to hide” …so from personal experiences, it looks like Fox watching GOP fans are fine with fascism…and liberals aren’t fine with it at all…in fact, we fucking hate it…and we hate it whether its Obama or Bush in the White House.

      I am pissed at the MSM lately. The lies they’ve been airing have gotten wilder, crazier and sillier every week. One of the big channels was focusing on how much riskier driving was than flying…obviously keeping the pressure on people to fly. USA Today quoted a poll as putting 80% of Americans as OK with backscatter and enhanced patdowns. 80%…yeah…what town did they do that poll in? DC? In my hometown I haven’t yet found a friend or family member who feels anything like OK with this…except an uncle who watches too much Fox, and two girls from my old school that watch a lot of Fox and think Rush Limbaugh is a genius. Dozens upon dozens of others…all say “No, this sucks, I don’t want radiation or molestation. If those are my choices…I choose my car.”

      Point is…you can almost sense the desperation from FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC etc…all the big players have one theme…hold a fake debate, downplay the negatives, call for calm and patience, and let us get used to the state of affairs as is. What they won’t air is what the rest of us know…one thing people agree on, con or lib, Rep or Dem…is that we don’t want this…period…and no amounting of telling us how badly we want it will change that. The liberals you hate on TV…are the same paid spokespersons for corporate america that show up on Fox…they just have a different game. The real liberals of the world are out here where the cameras refuse to go…fighting for the same things as everyone else…our freedom and dignity as a nation. Don’t buy the division bullshit from your fave team…learn that we’re united for once…in hatred and contempt for Michael Chertoff and the latest TSA scam.

    • Butter Knife

      Thom Hartmann has been protesting this on his show pretty much everyday since it was first announced. Last I checked, he’s pretty damned liberal, and not exactly obscure.

      The single greatest myth about the liberal media is that it is. The top news outlets are virtually all owned, operated, edited and dominated by authoritarian conservatives… And now that Murdoch has conclusively proven that people don’t give a rat’s ass about truth or honesty, they’ve stopped concerning themselves with the pesky biases introduced by reality and actual outcomes.

      Get ready, because the bullshit is just gonna come hotter and heavier from here on out.

      • 5by5

        Exactly. When Phil Donahue loses his show despite being rated #1 in his time slot because he spoke out against the war long before it was popular to do so, I don’t want to hear any crap about the “liberal media”. Not to mention Keith Olbermann getting a suspension, while former Republican Congressman and current MSNBC pundit Joe Scarborough (who donated twice as much to candidates) gets excuses made for him by network execs.

        There are entire swaths of the country were not a single Liberal voice can be heard in that market. Liberal media my ass…..

    • Tchoutoye

      If you’re referring to the Truthout article by Michael Winship, the many comments trashing the article are a lot more representative of the liberal left. Even while saying the security measures may be necessary, Winship criticizes the aggressive approach of the TSA, the unnecessary clarity of the body features of the scanned images, and above all he highlights the lobbying power behind the measures.Secondly, you cannot label the mainstream media as a whole “liberal left”. It’s simply not that monolithic.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Handing the credit to Matt Drudge? I think the millions who actually expressed their disapproval independently deserve a nudge too. You don’t find any die hard liberals cheering for the TSA either…but they also don’t own Fox routinely claim victory against policies they helped bring about. Who made that evil old TSA? Who, you ask? Easy guess…it only happened one president ago. Obama is just the weasel in chief that showed up late and inherited shiny new fascist toys…all of which were ‘great ideas’ to these fucks back when the president was a member of the GOP.

    The hypocrisy and backpatting can go…Matt Drudge would tongue the sweat off a dead mans balls if it would elect one more member of the GOP…and Alex Jones can’t be bothered with pesky things like the irony of pot calling kettle when he’s got his anti-socialist tinfoil hat set on ‘Bake’. Neither of these bozos deserve credit for anything but audibly defecating on the interwebs daily. Lets credit the people who actually had to fly on the holidays and made a reasonable stink about this. Lets credit the people who drove instead, took trains, buses or just didn’t travel at all. The MSM can whitewash this all they want…but those oh so precious ticket sales are down…and thats what really counts. Keep starving the beast. When it gets weak from hunger we can take it down easier.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Handing the credit to Matt Drudge? I think the millions who actually expressed their disapproval independently deserve a nudge too. You don’t find any die hard liberals cheering for the TSA either…but they also don’t own Fox and/or routinely claim victory against policies they helped bring about. Who made that evil old TSA? Who, you ask? Easy guess…it only happened one president ago. Obama is just the weasel in chief that showed up late and inherited shiny new fascist toys…all of which were ‘great ideas’ to these fucks back when the president was a member of the GOP.The hypocrisy and backpatting can go…Matt Drudge would tongue the sweat off a dead mans balls if it would elect one more member of the GOP…and Alex Jones can’t be bothered with pesky things like the irony of pot calling kettle when he’s got his anti-socialist tinfoil hat set on ‘Bake’. Neither of these bozos deserve credit for anything but audibly defecating on the interwebs daily. Lets credit the people who actually had to fly on the holidays and made a reasonable stink about this. Lets credit the people who drove instead, took trains, buses or just didn’t travel at all. The MSM can whitewash this all they want…but those oh so precious ticket sales are down…and thats what really counts. Keep starving the beast. When it gets weak from hunger we can take it down easier.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Ron Paul, Rense and others were on the right bandwagon…and good on them! but as for no ‘liberals’…

    Bunk…the MSM has been on the pro security bandwagon…but Rawstory and other ‘lib’ sites have been bashing the hell out of the TSA and recording every offense since this started. if you couldn’t find any anti TSA rants on Alternet…you weren’t looking. Matt Drudge and Alex Jones, typical of pseudo conservative trash talkers, are just jumping on the credit wagon and patting themselves on the back. There isn’t a single lib I know who supports the TSA’s actions…or even their creation or continued existence…not one. I have been told by three conservative MSM news fans among my acquaintances to “stop whining about a little search when I should have nothing to hide” …so from personal experiences, it looks like Fox watching GOP fans are fine with fascism…and liberals aren’t fine with it at all…in fact, we fucking hate it…and we hate it whether its Obama or Bush in the White House.

    I am pissed at the MSM lately. The lies they’ve been airing have gotten wilder, crazier and sillier every week. One of the big channels was focusing on how much riskier driving was than flying…obviously keeping the pressure on people to fly. USA Today quoted a poll as putting 80% of Americans as OK with backscatter and enhanced patdowns. 80%…yeah…what town did they do that poll in? DC? In my hometown I haven’t yet found a friend or family member who feels anything like OK with this…except an uncle who watches too much Fox, and two girls from my old school that watch a lot of Fox and think Rush Limbaugh is a genius. Dozens upon dozens of others…all say “No, this sucks, I don’t want radiation or molestation. If those are my choices…I choose my car.”

    Point is…you can almost sense the desperation from FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC etc…all the big players have one theme…hold a fake debate, downplay the negatives, call for calm and patience, and let us get used to the state of affairs as is. What they won’t air is what the rest of us know…one thing people agree on, con or lib, Rep or Dem…is that we don’t want this…period…and no amounting of telling us how badly we want it will change that. The liberals you hate on TV…are the same paid spokespersons for corporate america that show up on Fox…they just have a different game. The real liberals of the world are out here where the cameras refuse to go…fighting for the same things as everyone else…our freedom and dignity as a nation. Don’t buy the division bullshit from your fave team…learn that we’re united for once…in hatred and contempt for Michael Chertoff and the latest TSA scam.

  • http://www.theamericanbookofthedead.com Henry Baum

    Bullshit. Drudge has been linking to Alex Jones lately. Now Alex Jones is paying him back. Further evidence that Alex Jones is more of a Drudge/Glenn Beck clone than anyone who is after “truth.”

    I haven’t been monitoring the leftosphere about this story, but the outrage has been widespread – that’s why it became a phenomenon, not because it was a Tea Party cause. And I highly doubt “Big Government” liberals like the TSA approach to screening any more than they like warrantless wiretapping.

  • http://www.theamericanbookofthedead.com Henry Baum

    Bullshit. Drudge has been linking to Alex Jones lately. Now Alex Jones is paying him back. Further evidence that Alex Jones is more of a Drudge/Glenn Beck clone than anyone who is after “truth.”

    I haven’t been monitoring the leftosphere about this story, but the outrage has been widespread – that’s why it became a phenomenon, not because it was a Tea Party cause. And I highly doubt “Big Government” liberals like the TSA approach to screening any more than they like warrantless wiretapping.

    • Vimbratta

      The worst lie of all is the suggestion that the liberal blogosphere somehow *sided with* the TSA, when they are the ones who have been opposing the authoritarian police state all along. How typically right wing: accuse the other side of their own failings, and steal credit rather than earn it.

  • Hadrian999

    so drudge is a journalist now? what story did he break?calling
    people like drudge and jones journalists is an insult to journalism.
    they sit in a studio and talk about the work of actual journalists.

  • Hadrian999

    so drudge is a journalist now? what story did he break?calling
    people like drudge and jones journalists is an insult to journalism.
    they sit in a studio and talk about the work of actual journalists.

  • Tchoutoye

    Can anyone explain to this progressive what they mean by the “so-called progressive borg hive” ?
    Are they implying that progressives are in favour of the porn body scans and groping pat downs?

  • Anonymous

    Can anyone explain to this progressive what they mean by the “so-called progressive borg hive” ?
    Are they implying that progressives are in favour of the porn body scans and groping pat downs?

  • Butter Knife

    Thom Hartmann has been protesting this on his show pretty much everyday since it was first announced. Last I checked, he’s pretty damned liberal, and not exactly obscure.

    The single greatest myth about the liberal media is that it is. The top news outlets are virtually all owned, operated, edited and dominated by authoritarian conservatives… And now that Murdoch has conclusively proven that people don’t give a rat’s ass about truth or honesty, they’ve stopped concerning themselves with the pesky biases introduced by reality and actual outcomes.

    Get ready, because the bullshit is just gonna come hotter and heavier from here on out.

  • Anonymous

    If you’re referring to the Truthout article by Michael Winship, the many comments trashing the article are a lot more representative of the liberal left. Even while saying the security measures may be necessary, Winship criticizes the aggressive approach of the TSA, the unnecessary clarity of the body features of the scanned images, and above all he highlights the lobbying power behind the measures.

    Secondly, you cannot label the mainstream media as a whole “liberal left”. It’s simply not that monolithic.

  • 5by5

    “The man who almost single-handedly drove the issue, Matt Drudge, fought the TSA and he won.”

    Yeah, because the millions of other people who were either mocking it or writing their Congressmen furious about it had nothing to do with it. As if.

    But then perhaps the meaning of “almost” has changed when I wasn’t looking. If almost now means “not even remotely”, then you might have something there.

  • 5by5

    “The man who almost single-handedly drove the issue, Matt Drudge, fought the TSA and he won.”

    Yeah, because the millions of other people who were either mocking it or writing their Congressmen furious about it had nothing to do with it. As if.

    But then perhaps the meaning of “almost” has changed when I wasn’t looking. If almost now means “not even remotely”, then you might have something there.

  • 5by5

    Exactly. When Phil Donahue loses his show despite being rated #1 in his time slot because he spoke out against the war long before it was popular to do so, I don’t want to hear any crap about the “liberal media”. Not to mention Keith Olbermann getting a suspension, while former Republican Congressman and current MSNBC pundit Joe Scarborough (who donated twice as much to candidates) gets excuses made for him by network execs.

    There are entire swaths of the country were not a single Liberal voice can be heard in that market. Liberal media my ass…..

  • 5by5

    Exactly. When Phil Donahue loses his show despite being rated #1 in his time slot because he spoke out against the war long before it was popular to do so, I don’t want to hear any crap about the “liberal media”. Not to mention Keith Olbermann getting a suspension, while former Republican Congressman and current MSNBC pundit Joe Scarborough (who donated twice as much to candidates) gets excuses made for him by network execs.

    There are entire swaths of the country were not a single Liberal voice can be heard in that market. Liberal media my ass…..

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  • Dave Leubber

    No site has shown more sustained rebellion against TSA measures than the largely liberal Reddit, and they’ve been at it longer than Drudge. Why do you think Drudge is essential to the pushback?

  • Dave Leubber

    No site has shown more sustained rebellion against TSA measures than the largely liberal Reddit, and they’ve been at it longer than Drudge. Why do you think Drudge is essential to the pushback?

  • Vimbratta

    The worst lie of all is the suggestion that the liberal blogosphere somehow *sided with* the TSA, when they are the ones who have been opposing the authoritarian police state all along. How typically right wing: accuse the other side of their own failings, and steal credit rather than earn it.

  • SmellslikeRothschilds

    Funny how so many people here are still stuck in the false left/right para-dime.

  • SmellslikeRothschilds

    Funny how so many people here are still stuck in the false left/right para-dime.

    • Hadrian999

      everybody likes to be on a team

  • Jim Beach

    Jacksonville had the x-ray blasters or the pat-downs. Sigh. If they hired hot female strippers to do all of it there’d be much less of a problem. What are they thinking?

    Seriously it’s complete BS and I hope this gets knocked back and then completely eliminated.

  • Jim Beach

    Jacksonville had the x-ray blasters or the pat-downs. Sigh. If they hired hot female strippers to do all of it there’d be much less of a problem. What are they thinking?

    Seriously it’s complete BS and I hope this gets knocked back and then completely eliminated.

  • Hadrian999

    everybody likes to be on a team