Top 20 Airports for TSA Theft

Via: TSA Watch

April 8th, 2013 by Lady Liberty

We all hear the news reports – laptops, tablets, jewelry, cash, and more… stolen from passengers by sticky-fingered TSA agents. Thefts became such a problem that even the TSA had to step up to the plate and take action.

In recent years, the TSA has fired over 400 agents for allegedly stealing from passengers in our nation’s airports.

Thanks to ABC News and a Freedom of Information Act request, the TSA is releasing the names of the airports where those employees worked. Predictably, many of our nation’s busiest airports also rank at the top of the list for the number of TSA agents fired for theft.

Interestingly, however, the number one airport for TSA theft firings only ranks twelfth in number of passengers. Miami International Airport (MIA) tops our list with 29 TSA agents fired for theft between 2002 and 2011.

Read more: here

Terrorizing and Stealing from Americans
-Moose

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Researcher Hacks Aircraft Controls With Android Smartphone

Via: The Register

By Iain Thomson in San Francisco
11th April 2013

A presentation at the Hack In The Box security summit in Amsterdam has demonstrated that it’s possible to take control of aircraft flight systems and communications using an Android smartphone and some specialized attack code.

Hugo Teso, a security researcher at N.Runs and a commercial airline pilot, spent three years developing the code, buying second-hand commercial flight system software and hardware online and finding vulnerabilities within it. His presentation will cause a few sleepless nights among those with an interest in aircraft security.

Teso’s attack code, dubbed SIMON, along with an Android app called PlaneSploit, can take full control of flight systems and the pilot’s displays. The hacked aircraft could even be controlled using a smartphone’s accelerometer to vary its course and speed by moving the handset about.

Read more: here

I knew they would come up with an app for that…
It’s only a matter of time….
-Moose

Tracing the CIA Underwear Bomb Leak Back to the White House

Via: The Atlantic Wire

Adam Martin May 18, 2012

The Associated Press gets credit for actually breaking the recent “underwear bomber” news, but the information that the plot was an inside job by an intelligence operative actually appears to have come accidentally from a White House attempt at damage control.

What makes Reuters’ Mark Hosenball’s story’s fascinating is how it so clearly shows the fine line intelligence and law enforcement agencies have to walk when they deal with the press. It can’t be easy showing they’re doing their job while assuring people they’re safe while not revealing sensitive information. In this case, while explaining why the public had no cause to worry, an insider apparently tipped his hand.

You know those expert commentators who once held high-level counter-terrorism jobs and now work as talking heads for news shows? Well, they’re called “experts” because they get access to people like current counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan, who held a conference call to brief some of them on the plot earlier this month. And while explaining why they shouldn’t tell people the United States was in danger from a would-be bomber, Brennan apparently let the secret slip, reports’ Hosenball:

According to five people familiar with the call, Brennan stressed that the plot was never a threat to the U.S. public or air safety because Washington had “inside control” over it.

Brennan’s comment appears unintentionally to have helped lead to disclosure of the secret at the heart of a joint U.S.-British-Saudi undercover counter-terrorism operation.

Read more: here

It pays to remind oneself….
-Moose

From: Free Republic

Dear Mr. Airline Executive, (…or an assistant who monitors the web for intel.)

Do you realize that in all the history of commerce no industry has ever been as intrinsically hostile to its customers — the ONLY source for its revenue — as the airline industry? Since you fly deadhead, or in a corp jet, do you know how totally out of touch you are with what we “ordinary people” put up with?

From the 19-inch pitch seats, to the five-hour tarmac holds — after an “on-time” push — to the abuses of the TSA, which you permit, because if you stood up on your hind legs and pressured The Right People you know you could at least improve things, it’s a wonder anyone puts up with it anymore.

I don’t. And this is no small loss to your revenues, because as a frequent business traveler I rode your skies often, and after I retired, we were good for several thousand dollars a year in vacation and pleasure travel.

But it’s no pleasure anymore.

We have essentially given up air travel. Really. We won’t stand to be abused like that. I’ll wager we’re not alone, either. Frankly, I think you have no idea of the scope of todays air travel drop-outs. Together we cost you millions. Apparently, you’re blind to it.

If it’s under 1,000 miles, we’ll drive and take two days to do it. If it’s over 1,000 miles — only for a dire emergency would I go through what you’ve permitted a once enjoyable and elegant experience to become. Other than that, the insults to our dignity and our physical persons are simply more than we will endure.

We mostly simply don’t travel by air at all any more.

I hope somebody over the rank of Third Assistant Deputy Regional Vice-Manager For Fiber Products Supplies reads this, and takes it seriously. But, frankly, I doubt it.

Read more: here

Man, do I agree with the above….people should just say NO!
-Moose

TSA Agents ‘Humiliated’ Marine Who Lost Both Legs to an IED

Via: The Daily Caller

11:47 AM 03/19/2013

Transportation Security Administration officers “humiliated” a Marine who lost both legs to an Improvised Explosive Device by requiring the wheelchair-bound Marine to stand and walk. They also had him remove both his prosthetic legs, according to a letter from Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-California).

In his complaint to TSA Administrator John Pistole, Hunter described the Marine as being “humiliated” by the TSA’s actions, based on accounts of the incident last week in Phoenix, Arizona.

“The individual escorting this Marine asked the TSA officer which of the two checkpoints to enter and received the response, ‘either one,’ only to be told moments later they should have entered a different way. As a result, a TSA officer asked the Marine to stand and walk to an alternate area, despite the fact that he physically could not stand or walk on his own,” Hunter explained in his letter.

“With numerous TSA officers sitting and unwilling to assist, an officer then made him remove his legs, then put them back on,” Hunter continued, “only to advance to a secondary screening location where he was asked again to stand, with extraordinary difficulty, while his wheelchair was examined for explosives.”

According to the California congressman — himself a Marine veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars — the Marine, who is still on active duty, produced his military identification card.

Read more: here

People should just say NO!…
-Moose

TSA Nullification Bill Passes Out Of Committee In Kansas

Via: Freedom Outpost

March 16, 2013 by Tim Brown

On Thursday, HB2175, a bill that nullifies the Transportation Security Administration’s overreach at airports, was passed out of committee. It seeks to criminalize TSA misconduct and bring strict and harsh punishments upon them for their misconduct.

According to the bill, which seeks to amend the 2012 Kansas statutes, “Official misconduct is any of the following acts committed by a public officer or employee in the officer or employee’s public capacity or under color of the officer or employee’s office or employment.”

According to Section 7, “as part of a determination of whether to grant another person access to a publicly accessible venue or form of transportation, intentionally and without probable cause: (A) Touches the genitals, buttocks, anus or female breasts of such person, including touching through clothing; (B) removes a child younger than 18 years of age from the physical custody or control of such child’s parent or legal guardian, or a person standing in the stead of such child’s parent or legal guardian; (C) commits a violation of subsection (a) or (b) of K.S.A. 2012 Supp.21-5412, and amendments thereto; or (D) harasses, delays, coerces, threatens, intimidates, or denies or conditions such person’s accessibility because of such person’s refusal to consent to subsections (a)(7)(A), (a)(7)(B) or (a)(7)(C).”

It then punishes those who violate the law. “Upon conviction of official misconduct a public officer or employee shall forfeit such officer or employee’s office or employment. (c) The provisions of subsection (a)(1) shall not apply to any use of persons or property which: (1) At the time of the use, is authorized by law or by formal written policy of the governmental entity; or (2) constitutes misuse of public funds.”

This bill would define the offense as a Class A misdemeanor. According to the Kansas statutes, a Class A conviction would provide “the sentence for which shall be a definite term of confinement in the county jail which shall be fixed by the court and shall not exceed one year.”

Read more: here

Okay..Some sanity is visible here…Need more!
-Moose

TSA Defends Relaxed Rules for Carrying Knives on Planes

Via: NJ.com

By Steve Strunsky/The Star-Ledger
on March 12, 2013 at 7:13 PM

The union representing 47,000 TSA airport screeners said permitting pocket knives on airliners would be dangerous for its members, for passengers and for flight crews. The TSA said it understands the union’s concern.

The Transportation Security Administration said today there was “an extremely low likelihood” pocket knives could be used by terrorists to bring down an airliner, and the agency vowed to work with authorities to prosecute anyone using one in a mid-air assault.

The agency was responding to an announcement by the TSA screeners union that it was opposed to a rule change, effective April 25, permitting small knives as carry-on items. The union says allowing such items on board commercial aircraft would pose a danger to screeners, passengers and flight crews.

“TSA is aware of the concerns of AFGE,” the agency said in a statement, referring to the American Federation of Government Employees, the union representing 47,000 screeners nationwide. “The upcoming change in TSA’s Prohibited Items List is part of the agency’s new risk-based security approach designed to allow TSA officers to better focus their attention to finding higher threat items – such as explosives and explosives components – to prevent a catastrophic incident from taking place.

“TSA will work with local law enforcement to prosecute to the fullest extent any traveler who assaults a TSA officer with or without the use of a weapon,” the statement said.

Read more: here

Touching Sensitive Areas…We should all Just say NO!
-Moose

Scenes from the Sequestrocalypse: TSA to Spend $50 Million on New Uniforms

Via: Hot Air

March 5, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Say, are you getting frustrated by long lines at the airport?  Janet Napolitano wants you to know that the sequester is to blame for your woes.  Following up on a more general warning she gave a week ago about the impact of the sequester, the DHS Secretary said yesterday that wait times had already gone up 150% to 200% at major airports, even if TSA didn’t show any unusual delays at all:

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Monday cautioned airline passengers to get to the airport extra early because U.S. spending cuts have already led to long lines at some security checkpoints, and said the coming furloughs will only make the situation worse.

Napolitano said mandatory spending cuts ordered on Friday by President Barack Obama have led to the elimination of overtime for Transportation Security Administration officers and customs agents. She said TSA would begin sending out furlough notices to employees on Monday. Hiring freezes have also prevented any open positions from being filled.

“We are already seeing the effects at some of the ports of entry – at the big airports, for example. Some of them had very long lines this weekend,” Napolitano said at a “Politico Playbook” breakfast event.

She pointed to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as examples of those with long lines.

Napolitano said delays were between 150 percent and 200 percent at certain airports, although the TSA website did not show any major delays at any U.S. airport on Monday morning.

While you’re waiting in those longer lines that may or may not exist, you’ll have extra time to admire the new uniforms TSA bought just before the sequester hit.  DHS signed a $50 million deal to buy uniforms just before the sequester hit, some of which will be made in Mexico:

The impending sequester did not prevent the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)  from acting in late February to seal a $50-million deal to purchase new uniforms for its agents–uniforms that will be partly manufactured in Mexico.

Soon after this new investment in TSA uniforms, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned Americans that the lines are already lengthening at airports due to the sequester. …

On Feb. 27, the agency announced that on Feb. 22 it had awarded a one-year contract to VF Imagewear, Inc., which owns the Lee brand and Wrangler Hero, to provide the uniforms. “This contract will address the requirements of the TSA, Office of Security Operations, TSA Uniform Program,” the award states.

The TSA employs 50,000 security officers, inspectors, air marshals and managers. That means that the uniform contract will pay the equivalent of $1,000 per TSA employee over the course of the year.

Read more: here

Scenes from the Sequestrocalypse: TSA to Spend $50 Million on New Uniforms

Via: Hot Air

March 5, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Say, are you getting frustrated by long lines at the airport?  Janet Napolitano wants you to know that the sequester is to blame for your woes.  Following up on a more general warning she gave a week ago about the impact of the sequester, the DHS Secretary said yesterday that wait times had already gone up 150% to 200% at major airports, even if TSA didn’t show any unusual delays at all:

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Monday cautioned airline passengers to get to the airport extra early because U.S. spending cuts have already led to long lines at some security checkpoints, and said the coming furloughs will only make the situation worse.

Napolitano said mandatory spending cuts ordered on Friday by President Barack Obama have led to the elimination of overtime for Transportation Security Administration officers and customs agents. She said TSA would begin sending out furlough notices to employees on Monday. Hiring freezes have also prevented any open positions from being filled.

“We are already seeing the effects at some of the ports of entry – at the big airports, for example. Some of them had very long lines this weekend,” Napolitano said at a “Politico Playbook” breakfast event.

She pointed to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as examples of those with long lines.

Napolitano said delays were between 150 percent and 200 percent at certain airports, although the TSA website did not show any major delays at any U.S. airport on Monday morning.

While you’re waiting in those longer lines that may or may not exist, you’ll have extra time to admire the new uniforms TSA bought just before the sequester hit.  DHS signed a $50 million deal to buy uniforms just before the sequester hit, some of which will be made in Mexico:

The impending sequester did not prevent the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)  from acting in late February to seal a $50-million deal to purchase new uniforms for its agents–uniforms that will be partly manufactured in Mexico.

Soon after this new investment in TSA uniforms, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned Americans that the lines are already lengthening at airports due to the sequester. …

On Feb. 27, the agency announced that on Feb. 22 it had awarded a one-year contract to VF Imagewear, Inc., which owns the Lee brand and Wrangler Hero, to provide the uniforms. “This contract will address the requirements of the TSA, Office of Security Operations, TSA Uniform Program,” the award states.

The TSA employs 50,000 security officers, inspectors, air marshals and managers. That means that the uniform contract will pay the equivalent of $1,000 per TSA employee over the course of the year.

Read more: here

"I don’t want to go to Disney World anymore": Parents’ fury as TSA agents detain their crying wheelchair-bound daughter, THREE, and confiscate her stuffed animal

Via: The Daily Mail

Forck family was flying from Missouri to Orlando, Florida for vacation

Three-year-old daughter, Lucy, was detained for further testing ahead of family’s February 8 flight.

Stuffed animal ‘Lamby’ was confiscated

Lucy suffers from spinal bifida and is in a wheelchair

TSA later admitted girl should never have been threatened with patdown

By Beth Stebner

  20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:25 EST, 21 February 2013

The parents of a toddler with spinal bifida are outraged after TSA officials forced their daughter to undergo a series of additional security measures ahead of their flight to Disney World.

Nathan and Annie Forck were flying out of their home state of Missouri on a February 8 flight bound for Orlando, Florida with their wheelchair-bound daughter Lucy and their two other children.

Mrs Forck took a six-minute video detailing their toddler’s cries as she said through tears that she didn’t want to go to Disney World anymore, and is claiming the TSA discriminates against people who use mobility devices.

Read more: here

TSA  Goons…People need to just say no!
-Moose

"I don’t want to go to Disney World anymore": Parents’ fury as TSA agents detain their crying wheelchair-bound daughter, THREE, and confiscate her stuffed animal

Via: The Daily Mail

Forck family was flying from Missouri to Orlando, Florida for vacation

Three-year-old daughter, Lucy, was detained for further testing ahead of family’s February 8 flight.

Stuffed animal ‘Lamby’ was confiscated

Lucy suffers from spinal bifida and is in a wheelchair

TSA later admitted girl should never have been threatened with patdown

By Beth Stebner

  20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:25 EST, 21 February 2013

The parents of a toddler with spinal bifida are outraged after TSA officials forced their daughter to undergo a series of additional security measures ahead of their flight to Disney World.

Nathan and Annie Forck were flying out of their home state of Missouri on a February 8 flight bound for Orlando, Florida with their wheelchair-bound daughter Lucy and their two other children.

Mrs Forck took a six-minute video detailing their toddler’s cries as she said through tears that she didn’t want to go to Disney World anymore, and is claiming the TSA discriminates against people who use mobility devices.

Read more: here

TSA  Goons…People need to just say no!
-Moose

Convicted TSA Officer Reveals Secrets of Thefts at Airports

Via: ABC

A convicted TSA security officer says he was part of a “culture” of indifference that allowed corrupt employees to prey on passengers’ luggage and personal belongings with impunity, thanks to lax oversight and tip-offs from TSA colleagues.

“It was very commonplace, very,” said Pythias Brown, a former TSA officer at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey who admits he stole more than $800,000 worth of items from luggage and security checkpoints over a four-year period.

“It was very convenient to steal,” he said.

I had a video camera go missing……
-Moose
  
Read more: here

Convicted TSA Officer Reveals Secrets of Thefts at Airports

Via: ABC

A convicted TSA security officer says he was part of a “culture” of indifference that allowed corrupt employees to prey on passengers’ luggage and personal belongings with impunity, thanks to lax oversight and tip-offs from TSA colleagues.

“It was very commonplace, very,” said Pythias Brown, a former TSA officer at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey who admits he stole more than $800,000 worth of items from luggage and security checkpoints over a four-year period.

“It was very convenient to steal,” he said.

I had a video camera go missing……
-Moose
  
Read more: here

TSA Reveals Passenger Complaints … Four Years Later

Via: propublica

From intrusive pat-downs to body scans to perceived profiling, the Transportation Security Administration always seems to be the target of complaints.
Here’s another one: It took the TSA almost four years to tell me what people complained about — in 2008.

In my first week at ProPublica in June 2008, I filed a public records request for the agency’s complaint files. Such records can provide good fodder for investigations.

For example, amid the brouhaha over the agency’s introduction of intensive full-body pat-downs in 2004, I requested complaints and discovered an untold story of the pain and humiliation suffered by rape victims and breast cancer survivors. In one incident that I found from that request — while I was a reporter at the Dallas Morning News — a woman complained that a screener asked her to remove her prosthetic breast to be swabbed for explosives.

When I made a similar FOIA request in 2008, I assumed the TSA would respond in a few months. Government agencies have about a month to respond to public record requests, though they often take longer. I figured even if their response took months, I’d be able to repeat it regularly to get a timely, inside look as to what passengers were complaining about and find out about incidents that required some more digging.

Boy, was I wrong.

I know it’s old but it’s important!

Not one of my favorite organizations…Touching Sensitive  Areas….
-Moose

Read more: here

TSA Reveals Passenger Complaints … Four Years Later

Via: propublica

From intrusive pat-downs to body scans to perceived profiling, the Transportation Security Administration always seems to be the target of complaints.
Here’s another one: It took the TSA almost four years to tell me what people complained about — in 2008.

In my first week at ProPublica in June 2008, I filed a public records request for the agency’s complaint files. Such records can provide good fodder for investigations.

For example, amid the brouhaha over the agency’s introduction of intensive full-body pat-downs in 2004, I requested complaints and discovered an untold story of the pain and humiliation suffered by rape victims and breast cancer survivors. In one incident that I found from that request — while I was a reporter at the Dallas Morning News — a woman complained that a screener asked her to remove her prosthetic breast to be swabbed for explosives.

When I made a similar FOIA request in 2008, I assumed the TSA would respond in a few months. Government agencies have about a month to respond to public record requests, though they often take longer. I figured even if their response took months, I’d be able to repeat it regularly to get a timely, inside look as to what passengers were complaining about and find out about incidents that required some more digging.

Boy, was I wrong.

I know it’s old but it’s important!

Not one of my favorite organizations…Touching Sensitive  Areas….
-Moose

Read more: here