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TSA Checklist: Signs You Might Be a Terrorist

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If you’re an anxious flyer, TSA agents may peg you as a terrorist. How’s that for easing up your anxiety?

The Intercept has come upon some Transportation Security Administration documents called the “SPOT [Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques] Referral Report.” The documents aren’t classified, but have not been previously released. Everything from excessive yawning to wringing of hands to gazing down can lead to suspicion.

Jana Winter and Cora Currier write at The Intercept:

A TSA spokesperson declined to comment on the criteria obtained by The Intercept. “Behavior detection, which is just one element of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) efforts to mitigate threats against the traveling public, is vital to TSA’s layered approach to deter, detect and disrupt individuals who pose a threat to aviation,” a spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

Since its introduction in 2007, the SPOT program has attracted controversy for the lack of science supporting it.

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The TSA Wants To Read Your Facebook Posts And Check Out Your Purchases Before It Will Approve You For PreCheck

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Sam Ley (CC BY-NC-SA-2.0)

Tim Cushing writes at Techdirt:

The TSA is disappointed that so few Americans have opted out of its bottle-tossing, package-groping screenings by signing up for its PreCheck program. For a few years now, the TSA has been selling travelers’ civil liberties back to them, most recently for $85 a head, but it’s now making a serious push to increase participation. The TSA can’t do it alone, so it’s accepting bids on its PreCheck expansion proposal. (h/t to Amy Alkon)

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is seeking vendors for TSA Pre√® Application Expansion initiative to develop, deliver, and deploy private sector application capabilities expanding the public’s enrollment opportunities for TSA Pre✓® through an Other Transactional Agreement (OTA) awarded by TSA. The Government plans to award an OTA to multiple vendors. The Government will evaluate the proposed ready-to-market solutions’ application capabilities against this TSA Pre√® Expansion Initiative Solicitation and Statement of Work.

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TSA: Now Hiring!

TSA: Now Hiring!

Looking for work? The Transportation Security Administration is hiring, and they might just want YOU! Check the video to see if you meet their qualifications.

(You are also reminded that any inappropriate remarks or jokes concerning security may result in your arrest).

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TSA: What Is it Good For?

The-Simpsons-vs-the-TSA(TSA) isn’t as effective at detecting suspicious characters as one might think. The Government Accounting Office (GAO) has reviewed the TSA’s Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) program was evaluated at being “the same or slightly better than chance.”

The SPOT program since 2007 cost $900 million. The TSA has failed to collect consistent data to prove the effectiveness of the behavioral detection program; worse yet, the SPOT program was initiated without any scientific validation. For reason, the GAO has recommended that Congress cut off funding to this program, something that the Department of Homeland Security disagrees with.

You think that’s bad? That’s only the tip of the damning iceberg.

Anti-TSA activist Johnathan Corbett, who filed a lawsuit against the agency on the faulty nature of their body scanners found a particularly revealing document that declares the probability of terrorists hijacking planes in the United States.

VIA TechDirt

Jonathan Corbett, a long-time vocal critic of TSA body scanners, has been engaged in a lawsuit against the government concerning the constitutionality of those scanners.

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TSA Union Wants Armed Guards

b241ed39-d123-4a3f-a2bd-3cfaaaa4be10Just the thing these jumped-up mall cops need: firepower. (Speaking of that, every heard of The Mall Ninja?)

Via USA TODAY:

The union representing airport screeners for the Transportation Security Administration says Friday’s fatal shooting of an agent at Los Angeles International Airport highlights the need for armed security officers at every airport checkpoint.

“Every local airport has its own security arrangement with local police to some type of contract security force,” said J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents the screeners. “There is no standardization throughout the country. Every airport operates differently. Obviously at L.A. there were a fair number of local police officers there.

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LAX Shooter Influenced by New World Order (NWO) Conspiracy Theory

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Paul Ciancia’s DMV profile

Apparently Paul Anthony Ciancia, the shooter in the murder of a TSA officer at LAX last week wrote a note that mentions the NWO. The mainstream media is falling over themselves trying to work out what group this is that Mr. Ciancia belonged to. It would be funny but for the shootings themselves… Here’s an example of the MSM coverage from USA Today:

The alleged gunman who killed a TSA agent and wounded three other people at LAX had written a note – and it mentions NWO, a conspiracy theory. So what is NWO?

The alleged shooter is Paul Anthony Ciancia, a 23-year-old has been hospitalized in critical condition after he was shot by LAX police. Authorities are reporting that the note said that Ciancia wanted to shoot a TSA officer, and didn’t care which one. And there’s that abbreviation, NWO, that the media has been dissecting since it was announced.

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TSA: Pay Us $85 To Avoid Full-On Airport Molestation

imagesIf you give the civil servants at your local airport $85 then they may not touch your n0-no square. At least as much as they might otherwise.

“Freedom” is available at no charge, but perhaps you’d like to upgrade to our new “Freedom Plus” package!

Via Raw Story:

You’ve likely heard the phrase “freedom isn’t free” before, probably in the context of honoring our service men and women, paying taxes, voting, or paying for audio clips of the movie Braveheart. It’s one of those phrases that’s been used so often that it’s probably no longer worthwhile. My main complaint about the phrase, other than the generally mouth-breathing blowhards who use it, is it leaves the obvious follow up question unanswered: fine, then how much will freedom cost me? It’s an important question we’ve never really had an answer to…until now.

And that answer is? 85 whole American dollars. No, I didn’t get that out of some Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy fan-fiction.

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