Posts Tagged ‘Transportation Security Administration’
TSA random car inspections

I’m glad America is not  police state. Otherwise I’d be worried about goons with guns randomly stopping cars and trucks:

The TSA Is Coming To A Highway Near You: In October Tennessee became the first state to conduct a statewide Department of Homeland Security Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) team operation which randomly inspected Tennessee truck drivers and cars….

VIPR teams which count TSOs among their ranks, conduct searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and every other mass transit location around the country. In fact, as the Los Angeles Times has detailed, VIPR teams conducted 9,300 unannounced checkpoints and other search operations in the last year alone.

More TSA commentary here. I suppose they have to get the people used to being stopped and searched slowly, one small step at a time. Otherwise they might object to it. Far better to go the boiled frog rout.

Pornoscanners ineffective

Australia is installing the pornoscanners next year. Canada has the pornoscanners. The US is using the pornoscanners. But how effective are they?

According to the Journal of Transportation Studies: An evaluation of airport x-ray backscatter units based on image characteristics. Hat tip: Boing Boing

It is very likely that a large (15-20 cm in diameter), irregularly-shaped, cm-thick pancake with beveled edges, taped to the abdomen, would be invisible to this technology, ironically, because of its large volume, since it is easily confused with normal anatomy. Thus, a third of a kilo of PETN, easily picked up in a competent pat down, would be missed by backscatter “high technology”. Forty grams of PETN, a purportedly dangerous amount, would fit in a 1.25 mm-thick pancake of the dimensions simulated here and be virtually invisible.

No good for explosive. But at least it will stop those boxcutters:

An object such as a wire or a box- cutter blade, taped to the side of the body, or even a small gun in the same location, will be invisible. While there are technical means to mildly increase the conspicuity of a thick object in air, they are ineffective for thin objects such as blades when they are aligned close to the beam direction.

Oh well, another example of our taxes being put to good use. We have posted before on the health effects of these ineffective machines. We have also posted on the infringements of our liberty.

TSA at the bus station

Our first TSA post included this:

First they kill an American with impunity, next they demand the rite to sexually assault any who wish to travel. Initially by air, but then by coach, train, car or on foot. Remember, human nature is not all good. Circumstances can corrupt even the best of us. Not least here, here, or  here.

At the least, try and ensure the fourth turning is for good not ill.

Remember as with people, so with rights:

They came first for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

On a lighter note, sit back and listen to Comply with me. Hat tip Boing Boing

It’s just been updated with this:

Boing Boing have linked to a  vidoe of a sycophantic report of the TSA at work at the Greyhound bus station posted by

Another of those occasions we wish we were wrong. Other posts on the TSA and these can be found here.


Top 10 outrageous airport security incidents posted by Kate Midena. It’s good to see the mainstream Australian media moving on the issue. The post includes links to videos leaving absolutely no doubt about how appalling the incidents are.