TSA Checkpoints Exposed: Journalist Tracked, Targeted & Harassed for Filming

Via WeAreChange 

Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange breaks down WRC Correspondent Julio Rausseo’s experience at the Chicago Union Station, 1 week after releasing a video exposing TSA checkpoints being setup there.


Luke Rudkowski is an independent journalist, activist, live streamer and founder of WeAreChange.org.

Luke began his activism at the age of 17 when he was wrongfully accosted and assaulted by the NYPD. In 2006, at the age of 20, Luke founded the independent and grassroots media organization, WeAreChange. Through this organization and the use of social media, he has aimed to inspire those who no longer feel they can trust the mainstream media to become the media themselves. As support for WeAreChange grew, many followers became active themselves and WeAreChange has grown into a global organization with 160 independent chapters around the world.

Through Luke’s activism and journalism he has been able effect legislation and also influence dialog on a national level on important issues such as extrajudicial assassinations. Along with being featured in multiple documentaries, his work has been highlighted in numerous major news publications including CNN, MSNBC, BBC, The London Guardian, FOX, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, RT, Al Jazeera, among many more.

Luke’s work with WeAreChange has covered a broad spectrum from police brutality, human rights and protests to in depth interviews with many prominent political and influential figures. He is well known for his guerrilla style journalism and confronting prominent governing figures with questions that the public would not hear about through mainstream media. A small representation of his confrontations include Henry Kissinger, Ben Bernanke, Joe Biden, Mitt Romney, Lord Jacob Rothschild, Mayor Bloomberg, Larry Silverstein, and the Rockefeller Family

Luke has traveled around the world covering events, conducting interviews and live streaming protests. On Luke’s work the Village Voice stated, “Luke Rudkowski, whose live stream is one of the most reliable and engaging records of Occupy Wall Street actions.” As some politicians have deemed Luke’s journalism a threat, he has been banned from entering Canada and has been falsely arrested numerous times for questioning people such as Mayor Bloomberg. His reporting has often caused him to face the blunt of police brutality and Luke has been interrogated and harassed by police on many occasions. Police have gone as far as attempting to set up a fake bomb threat in order to refrain him from carrying out his activism.

Celebrity supporters of Luke and WeAreChange include: Rosario Dawson, Roseanne Barr, Rosie O’Donnell, Prodigy, KRS-1, Immortal Technique and Dylan Ratigan.
  • http://wearechangeatlanta.com/ Camron Wiltshire

    Jesus some of these robocops are scarily ignorant.  Did you get a badge number on these clowns?   Love his response when Julio says this is America.  Nazi cop response:  “America… Nothing!”   

    Kudos again to the real activists getting shit done and taking the time to calmly stand up for everyone’s rights.  Try to remember….First they came for the communists,and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists,and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews,and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
    Then they came for meand there was no one left to speak out for me.”Won’t somebody Testify, Kick a Hole Right In The Sky!” -RHCP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thiN_I-7OxQhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7480tXyxoM&list=UUvgtENkvL6GVv_7d4r8qn7A&index=5&feature=plcp

    • Monkey See Monkey Do

      The Nazi cops understood what America really stands for.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    though I appreciate the thought behind this
    throwing one’s self in front of Murder Inc.
    without serious back-up or serious counter punch
    is serious crazy

    Der Homeland of the FEMA Camp
    You have the freedom to remain Silent!

    • Camron Wiltshire

      No need to fear TSA pederasts.  They should fear being exposed for what they are and if people stand up continuously, they might realize that we aren’t going to take this shit.  I’d like to see more pro bono lawyers representing brave journalists like this when gov’t employees want to act up, they should be sued until they learn what liberty and unalienable rights mean. 

      If you want examples, google Michael Badnarik, constitution class and pay it forward.  It might save your butt one day.

      Thanks for commenting Buzz.  I know what you are saying but we have to stand up.

  • Ghostwalkercustom

    I saw this all coming 35 years ago when I got out of the USMC,it was changing and that was all gov policy and its now carried out to the civilian world.If you can’t see whats going on right in front of your face start hanging out with smarter people or get a seeing eye dog with an I.Q.

  • http://twitter.com/TSABlogTeam TSA Blog Team

    While TSA Officers did
    take part in a Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response Team at the Chicago
    Amtrak station, it is not a TSA Officer you hear in the video talking to the
    photographer. For more information on VIPR teams, go here: http://www.tsa.gov/press/happenings/vipr_blockisland.shtm



    TSA Blog


    • Calypso_1

      CBRA Team to VIPR Team Copy That

    • BobLies

      Amtrak station, it is not a TSA Officer you hear in the video talking to the

      And we should take this on your say-so?  Because you seem to be offering exactly zero evidence (per your usual MO).