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New DHS Scanner Knows What You’ve Eaten, If You’re High, & What’s in Your Purse From 164 Feet Away

5 Aug

With this technology, the molecular-level scanner called a Picosecond Programmable Laser can detect traces of drugs, chemicals, weapons, and food in one-trillionth of a second, or a picosecond.

The lasers will be in use in airports and other high-risk areas within one to two years, according to an unnamed undersecretary from Homeland Security. The company that has acquired 30 patents relating to these particular types of scanners, Genia Photonics, says the Picosecond Programmable Laser scanner can ‘penetrate clothing and many other organic materials and offers spectroscopic information, especially for materials that impact safety such as explosives and pharmacological substances.’

In-Q-Tel, a technology company playing middleman between DHS and Genia Photonics, states that “an important benefit of Genia Photonics’ implementation as compared to existing solutions is that the entire synchronized laser system is comprised in a single, robust and alignment-free unit that may be easily transported for use in many environments… This compact and robust laser has the ability to rapidly sweep wavelengths in any pattern and sequence.” [PDF]

The scanner is capable of detecting substances and processing the data from 164 feet away. It is ten million times faster and one million times more sensitive than any other existing security technology that is available. How widespread could the use of this technology become? Could there eventually be scanners in movie theaters, temples and churches, grocery stores, night clubs, and schools? Will we be scanned without even knowing it? Will our fourth amendment once again be ignored and disregarded?

Because it is such a small device, I can see it being put into police vehicles, as a Huffington Post article from July points out. Could this laser play a part in the legalization of marijuana? One dilemma with legalizing the drug is the hazard of irresponsible people driving under the influence, and the lack of technology to test if a person is high on marijuana at the time of a traffic stop. This new fourth amendment-crushing monstrosity, the Picosecond Programmable Laser, could solve that problem…and probably create three hundred new problems in the process. Current methods of testing for marijuana can show the drug in a person’s system even if the person has not used it in a month.  Could this  device aid in convincing the government and the public that marijuana should be legalized? What will we be giving up by allowing the use of these scanners? What opportunities for further abuse of power would this technology provide?

 

Sources:  The Secret Government Laser That Instantly Knows Everything About You [Privacy] (gizmodo.com)

TSA To London Olympics: Don’t Worry, We Got This – Forbes

19 Jul

TSA: Don’t worry, we got this (Getty).

With the London Olympics dangerously short on security personnel, organizers have contracted the U. S. Transportation Security Administration to help protect against terrorist attacks during the Games, according to reports late Tuesday.

The news follows a Home Affairs Select Committee hearing where Nick Buckles, head of security firm G4S, admitted his company agreed to provide 10,400 security personnel for the Olympics, but has only hired and trained 4,000.

via TSA To London Olympics: Don’t Worry, We Got This – Forbes.

New TSA Policy: Ordering Travelers To “Freeze” On Command? – Infowars.com

6 Jul
English: TSA Passenger Screening

English: TSA Passenger Screening (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New TSA Policy: Ordering Travelers To “Freeze” On Command?

Bizarre power trip behavior of federal agency reaches new level of craziness

Paul Joseph Watson

Infowars.com

Friday, July 6, 2012

If you thought the bizarre power trip behavior of the TSA couldn’t get any crazier – think again. According to a friend of political commentator Lew Rockwell, the federal agency is now ordering travelers passing through security to “freeze” on command.

Explaining how he had arranged with his family to split up as they were passing through airport security, the correspondent, whose story is posted at LewRockwell.com, explains how he heard a commotion from a different security lane.

“We heard a “freeze, freeze” or something like this coming from the output side of (false) security (where my wife was), followed by further barking of commands. From where I was, I couldn’t see much.”

“It turns out they were doing a new drill. They want all passengers to freeze on command. My wife told me later that she didn’t follow this order fast enough, so the subsequent barks I heard were directed at her.”

TSA supervisors expressed little other than disinterest when the man’s wife complained at being ordered around in such an overbearing manner.

“I think back to when I was a child, playing and wrestling in the back of the station wagon on long trips – no seatbelts or child seats. Now we get yelled at in the airport. I don’t feel safer,” the post concludes.

If accurate, the new policy represents yet another pointless exercise of power that seems designed to achieve little else than harassing travelers and treating them like prisoners by aggressively demanding immediate subservience.

As we reported yesterday, the TSA is now demanding the right to test drinks purchased by passengers after they have already passed through airport security. The new policy serves only to further inconvenience travelers who have already gone through humiliating grope downs and body scanners.

In a subsequent response, the federal agency argued that the bizarre measure was important because “unpredictable measure(s)” are necessary to snare would be criminals and terrorists.

Presumably, these “unpredictable measures” now also include barking degrading orders at travelers as if they were misbehaving middle school children on a class trip.

As a TSA whistleblower told Infowars last month, far from just performing the role of screeners at the security gate, the TSA is now empowering its employees to fulfill all manner of invasive tasks.

“We’re doing patrols in the parking lot with dogs, we’re even going as far out to the train station because the train station is connected to the airport here and we have guys walking around the train station, walking around the rental cars, we’re inspecting cars coming into the parking garage, I mean we’ve fully expanded – we’re no longer just at the gate and just at the security checkpoint,” the whistleblower said.

We have contacted the TSA to ascertain whether the order for travelers to “freeze” on command was a one off incident, what its purpose was, and whether such behavior will now form part of the TSA’s security procedures.

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Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.

via Infowars » New TSA Policy: Ordering Travelers To “Freeze” On Command? » Print.

Where Do the TSA’s Lechers Hang Out After ‘Work’? Hooter’s, Of Course « LewRockwell.com Blog

3 Jul

Where Do the TSA‘s Lechers Hang Out After ‘Work’? Hooter’s, Of Course

Posted by Becky Akers on July 1, 2012 08:21 PM

The TSA has apparently decided to woo Americans on the warpath against it by pretending that its problems aren’t systemic and intractable but simply the fault of a few bad apples. To that end, it’s been on a firing spree. Fine by me! Let’s hope it dispatches every last one of its goons and perverts. But I doubt it owns even a fraction of the modicum of sense so obvious a move requires.

Ergo, it recently sacked eight gropers at Newark Airport (yes, I know its middle name is “Liberty,” but I will not sully that divine word with application to Leviathan’s gulag) for sleeping when they should have been gate-raping. Judge the utter evil of an agency that considers an innocent nap offensive but sexual assault a job. And in Florida a few weeks ago, the TSA gave 5 employees the heave-ho while “suspending “another 38 “after an internal investigation found they failed to perform random screenings last year.” We wouldn’t want Granny boarding without a deviant “randomly” inspecting her Depends, now, would we?

But the newest heads to fall belonged to some “air marshals” — you know, the guys who can’t shoot straight but who nonetheless babysit flights full of passengers. And, what the heck, who kill one every now and then to secure the ole Homeland.

Seems 8 of these murderous thugs were “drinking on duty at a Hooter’s bar near LaGuardia Airport.” Hooter’s: don’t you love it? But that wasn’t all: Our lecherous leeches also “ask[ed] for a law enforcement discount to reduce the tab.” Law enforcement! Priceless! But here’s the clincher: The TSA learned of this bibulous behavior because another marshal snitched on his fellows.

Hey, if you see something, say something.

via Where Do the TSA’s Lechers Hang Out After ‘Work’? Hooter’s, Of Course « LewRockwell.com Blog.

Feinstein: TSA Molestation “Very Necessary,” Americans Need to Be “Sympathetic” To Groping

15 May

Senator Feinstein wants you to shut up and spread ’em.
MinnesotaIndependent.com

Feinstein: The Gropings Will Continue

I’m always surprised at how my disdain for this woman continues to grow.

The government is milking this C.I.A. leak for all it’s worth.  It is serving many purposes:  Reiterating the terrorist threat, shaming Americans into continuing to put up with more TSA molestation, striking more fear into people who leak information or whistle-blow, and showing off the government’s amazing ability to thwart it’s own plots.

Feinstein says the public “hasn’t been sympathetic” to the poor TSA non-officers molesting us, and says she doesn’t mind the pat-downs. Other government officials do mind the groping, and have in fact described the procedures as molestation.  After speaking out about the thug agency,  the officials have found themselves further targeted by TSA bullies with even more aggressive pat-downs than before, leaving some of the officials with sore testicles.

I want to stress:  The government initially said there were NO plans for the bomb except that the attack was supposed to happen around the anniversary of Bin Laden’s death, May 2.  There was no exact date, no location chosen, no plane tickets purchased, and the government specifically said there was no risk of it being taken aboard a plane They also said we were never in any danger.

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TSA: Baby On No-Fly List, ‘Blasted’ For Spending in Congressional Report, Assaulted Geraldo

13 May

The TSA has taken the saying “any publicity is good publicity” a little too far, or they’re just an embarrassing,  incompetent waste that violates innocent Americans everyday.

Family of “No-Fly list” Toddler Wants Apology

It is exactly what it sounds like.   An 18 month year old girl and her family were removed from the airplane because the baby was shockingly on the list by mistake (note sarcasm) .  Getting a TSA apology is extremely rare, and even then, they are usually backhanded, and when the controversy forces them to change procedure, they still don’t acknowledge they are “modifying” their abuse because they went too far.  They admit they are inefficient instead, which is supported by the latest congressional report covered in this post.   However, if you want to carry gun parts through security, the parts will be confiscated, but you won’t be arrested and you’ll be allowed to fly.  FUN FACT:  I just accidentally entered “inneffected” into the search engine when making a copy and paste error.  The FIRST item listed was RT News: TSA Security: Inneffective and violating.  That is so sad.

Geraldo Details TSA ‘Rape’ Pat Down: ‘My Junk Was Junked’

I find it odd when they start laughing.  Are they just so ridiculously pious that the word “junk” and the very real daily molestation of Americans makes them giggle like school girls, or do they not take it seriously?  “You gotta make sure.”    My gay cousin Bubba, a former prison guard AND inmate, would be more than happy to “make sure” Mr. FauxNews man isn’t a terrorist.

TSA blasted over security equipment spending (article)

This is the second massive spanking given to the TSA by congress in six months, this time citing intentional lying and delay of congressional oversight.  The other report published in November of 2011 gave them an all around failing grade.   I’m disappointed to see once again they didn’t mention that the AIT visual strip search machines are completely worthless, have cost one BILLION dollars, and ex-TSA head Michael Chertoff and other government officials profited from the sales, but the report was still not complimentary at all.

Congressional Report excerpts

Airport Insecurity: TSA’s Failure to Cost-Effectively Procure, Deploy and Warehouse its Screening Technologies

“The report makes recommendations emphasizing TSA’s need to more effectively develop its deployment strategy prior to the procurement of screening technologies.”

“Key Findings-
TSA Procurement, Deployment, and Storage of Security Technology and Equipment at its Transportation Logistics Center”

“TSA is wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars by inefficiently deploying screening equipment and technology to commercial airports. As of February 15, 2012, TSA stored approximately 5,700 pieces of security equipment in warehouses at TSA’s Transportation Logistics Center (TLC) in Dallas, Texas.”

  • As of February 15, 2012, the total value of TSA’s equipment in storage was, according to TSA officials, estimated at $184 million. However, when questioned by Committee staff, TSA’s warehouse staff and procurement officials were unable to provide the total value of equipment in storage.
  • TSA’s annual costs for leasing and managing the TLC are more than $3.5 million.
  • Committee staff discovered that 85% of the approximately 5,700 major transportation security equipment currently warehoused at the TLC had been stored for longer than six months; 35% of the equipment had been stored for more than one year. One piece of equipment had been in storage more than six years – 60% of its useful life.

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Killer Cops to Stand Trial for Beating Death of Homeless Man. No More Peace Officers to “Protect and Serve” USA

12 May

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Edited July 11, 2012 to add: WARNING! I must confess, I was quite infuriated when I wrote the first 6 paragraphs,  so I apologize for the foul language and bombastic, crude personal opinions. At the time, I had been reading about this case for a few days and it was so horrific that I felt like screaming. It is truly a disturbing tragedy that should have never happened. Skip down six paragraphs if you find it offensive.

Kelly Thomas Tragedy Timeline -nbc.com

This first video is from last September, after Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic homeless man, was killed in July 2011 abythe hands of six vicious cops, who we now know beat and tased him for over nine minutes straight as he screamed for his father, who happens to be a former police officer.  The tape of the brutal murder had yet to be released at the time of the video news report.

In the video you will see eyewitnesses, captured by a metro camera, describing what they had just seen.  One man seemed genuinely concerned, but no one did anything.  What can they do?  Well, legally, like actual law, not the globalist perversion of it, you CAN attempt to stop those sick cretins using as much force as necessary, but we haven’t had an administration that respects or follows The Constitution in quite a while, so even if you stopped the cops under 100% legitimate circumstances, you would probably still be labeled the criminal, sentenced to jail time, and probably tortured.  And even if you tried to stop them and failed because those shit-dwelling cowardly pustules of oozing bile beat you to death, you’d probably be posthumously found guilty, have your citizenship revoked, your existence erased from history, and all your possessions and family members confiscated by the Blue Shirts (The BSA) for the Fourth Reich.

I’ve decided not to imbed the new video because even when the video is not playing, a very graphic photo is displayed.  I do think it is important to at least have a quick peek at it, even if just for a fraction of a second.  We need to know the severity and inhumanity of this horrific attack  The video does not show the full 9 minutes minutes of brutality that was captured on a 33 minute long tape, but just a few moments is enough to make you vomit or scream or punch a wall, so this is a warning that it is disturbing footage.  I had to turn off the sound and turn my head a few times.

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Fight The TSA, Freedom To Travel U.S.A.

7 May

Freedom To Travel USA

The following comes from www.fttusa.org

Now is the time to go to the next level in this fight to preserve America’s freedoms. We are building on the current efforts and creating a coalition with a strong organization and focus.

DOWNLOAD the INFORMATION KIT!learn why this is important, understand how your rights and our children’s rights are being taken away, and see how the TSA is doing things that the police can’t do under our constitution, and help influence your federal and state legislators to stand up for America’s freedoms and your dignity.

ANNOUNCEMENT ! First Meeting With Congress ! May 22nd, 2012 !
Freedom To Travel USA is the VERY FIRST Citizen’s Group to MEET WITH CONGRESS and discuss the TSA. The briefing is “TSA – Failure by the Numbers” and shows how the TSA has failed to justify it’s spending and how the “body scanners” have been proven ineffective.

We are inviting all Representatives and their Staff to the May 22nd, 2012 meeting, 10:00AM to 11:00AM in Room 402 of the Cannon House Office Building.

We URGE all concerned citizens to CALL AND ASK YOUR LOCAL HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVE’S OFFICE to SEND AN ATTENDEE.

Download this document, call your local Representative’s Officeor drop by, and give them the invite and ask them to send an attendee.
DOWNLOAD Congressional Briefing (May 22, 2012)

IMMEDIATE ACTION #1 for YOU that WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

PLEASE support the Americans Elect Presidential Candidate who publicly supports reigning in the illegal and abusive TSA Tactics!

Click the below link to read his TSA comments and follow instructions on Left Hand Side of Web Page!

CLICK HERE for Presidential Candidate Kotlikoff

IMMEDIATE ACTION #2 for YOU that WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Please support the STRIP Act

Click the below link to easily notify Congress that you support the STRIP ACT to prohibit law-enforcement uniforms for TSA workers.

CLICK HERE to Support the STRIP ACT

How Can You Help?

All we need is to have you JOIN the coalition. We are not going to ask you to join a demonstration, get arrested, or write millions of e-mails. We will ASK you to do very few, targeted actions at the right time to maximize your time investment. For those who are motivated, you can become leaders in the campaigns described in the Federal and State campaign section of our website. Even with that, there is not a significant time investment required in order to be effective.

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TSA Gives Pat-Down to 7 Year Old Girl with Cerebral Palsy Causing Her to Miss Flight

4 May

Photo of Dina Frank. (Photo by CBS 2)I had missed this incident, reported on April 25th by CBS about a 7 year old girl with cerebral palsy being aggressively patted-down by the TSA, which caused her family to miss their flight.  The TSA, as usual, defends their decision, using deception again when they say it was a modified pat-down.  A clear description of a modified pat-down does not exist.  They modified PROCEDURES, like allowing kids to leave their shoes on, multiple passes through strip-search scanners and medical detectors, and explosive trace detection, which can involve lifting up your children’s clothing, but they did not modify the pat-downs, and the groping has continually been reported to be just as disgustingly invasive as the molestation inflicted upon those 12 and over.

“TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child.

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Controversy over Undercover TSA on Houston Buses, Video and Links

27 Apr

METRO’s official website stated after the exercise that “Law officials performed random bag checks”

A Press release before the exercise  stated bag checks would take place,yet  METRO officials continued to deny that any bag searches had occurred besides those where the passenger had been pressured into giving permission.

“On April 13, the METRO Police Department invited TSA to be a part of its bus-safe exercise.   METRO said then and repeated for days afterwards there would be random searches of bus and train passengers’ bags,” reports ABC 13.

“METRO and TSA were going onto the buses and questioning people about their normal routes and their normal behavior, and it just kind of creates an atmosphere of fear,” said METRO rider Derrick Broze.

“I don’t feel like by purchasing a ticket or riding a bus that I have to forfeit my Constitutional rights and my protections and be subject to search or seizure,” Broze told METRO board members. “We don’t plan on letting this issue die if the TSA stays in our city.”

The Chief of Police, Victor, Rodriguez, has already confirmed the unconstitutional searches and ID-ing will continue to take place and quite possibly become routine.   METRO President and Chairman George Grenias promised that warrantless bag searches would not occur, even though Rodriguez told ABC 13 last week that “he does have the right to search your bag and may tell his officers to do it.”

In the 2011 congressional report trashing the TSA, the purpose of the agency is stated:

TSA‘s mission is to establish screening security standards for all modes of transportation When originally established in the Department of Transportation, TSA was given the broad leeway to complete that mission. In March of 2003, TSA was integrated, along with 21 other federal agencies, into the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS)”

Don’t think it won’t happen in your city.  There were more than 9,300 TSA/VIPR checkpoints conducted in the USA,000 checkpoints last year alone

Posted by Yvonne Mae Friedembeck

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