No-fly list strands average man in on island in Hawaii

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From the Jackson Sun and unbelieveable story of an ordinary person.

Hawaii is a paradise for most visitors. But it was Wade Hicks Jr.’s prison for five days.

The 34-year-old from Gulfport, Miss., was stranded in the islands this week after being told he was on the FBI’s no-fly list during a layover for a military flight from California to Japan.

The episode left Hicks scrambling to figure out how he’d get home from Hawaii without being able to fly until he was abruptly removed from the list on Thursday with no explanation. It also raised questions beyond how he landed on the list: How could someone on a list intelligence officials use to inform counterterrorism investigations successfully fly standby on an Air Force flight?

Hicks said he was traveling to visit his wife, a U.S. Navy lieutenant who’s deployed in Japan. He hitched a ride on the military flight as is common for military dependents, who are allowed to fly on scheduled routes when there’s room.

Hicks said that during his layover at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent told him he was on the no-fly list and wouldn’t be allowed on a plane.

“I said, ‘How am I supposed to get off this island and go see my wife or go home?’ And her explanation was: ‘I don’t know,'” Hicks said.

Hicks said he was shocked and thought they must have had the wrong person because he doesn’t have a criminal record and recently passed an extensive background check in Mississippi to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

But the agent said his name, Social Security number and date of birth matched the person prohibited from flying, Hicks said. He wasn’t told why and wonders whether his controversial views on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks played a role. Hicks said he disagrees with the 9/11 Commission’s conclusions about the attacks.

A Homeland Security spokesman referred questions to the FBI Terrorist Screening Center, which maintains the report. A spokesman for the center declined comment on Hicks’ case. The government doesn’t disclose who’s on the list or why someone might have been placed on it.(Despite the Constitution giving US Citizens the right to face your accusers with a judge along with charges brought on you? What about his man’s due process guaranteed in the Constitution? Just on somebody’s say so this man is put on a “no fly list”.)


White House Pulls Down TSA Petition

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Guess the White House really didn’t want to know our opinions on the TSA….actually I’m sure they know them or they wouldn’t have done this.

At approximately 11:30 am EDT, the White House removed a petition about the TSA airport screening procedures from the White House “We the People” website. About 22,500 of the 25,000 signatures necessary for a response from the Administration were obtained when the White House unexpectedly cut short the time period for the petition. The site also went down for “maintenance” following an article in Wired that sought support for the campaign.

Here’s part of that Wired article:

Court Demands TSA Explain Why It Is Defying Nude Body Scanner Order

Images: TSA

A federal appeals court Wednesday ordered the Transportation Security Administration to explain why it hasn’t complied with the court’s year-old decision demanding the agency hold public hearings concerning the rules and regulations pertaining to the so-called nude body scanners installed in U.S. airport security checkpoints.

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s brief order came in response to the third request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center for the court to enforce its order.

A year ago, the circuit court, in a lawsuit brought by EPIC, set aside a constitutional challenge trying to stop the government from using intrusive body scanners across U.S. airports. But the decision on July 15, 2011 also ordered TSA “to act promptly” and hold public hearings and publicly adopt rules and regulations about the scanners’ use, which it has not done.

The public comments and the agency’s answers to them are reviewable by a court — which opens up a new avenue for a legal challenge to the 2009 agency decision to deploy the scanners. Critics maintain the scanners, which use radiation to peer through clothes, are threats to Americans’ privacy and health, which the TSA denies.

Read entire article here

Feds, state check trucks: Closer scrutiny involved weigh stations across Tennessee

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My brother sent me this: Well folks for those of us that have been able to avoid the TSA’s unconstitutional searches at airports, bus and train stations, along with the now NFL games, guess what? They’re coming to our Tennessee Highways now at weigh stations for beginners  (for our safety of course) , then after you accustomed to that what’s next? Stopping cars on I-40 ?  I’ve written before about the VIPR teams, but that was far away at train stations, but now they’re in West Tennessee (for your safety of course). And let’s don’t forget those plain white Department of Homeland Security vans with X-ray equipment roaming the highways peering into your car as you go down the road to see what you have in it, again violating the 4th amendment. Folks, eventually no one will be able to avoid these checkpoints, as they will eventually extend to your local malls as well as secondary highways. …..Your papers please!

The State of Tennessee should be ashamed of itself–and the people of Tennessee should be outraged!

The problem is, this kind of unlawful activity has been taking place for years. And more often than not, it is the federal government that is both promoting this practice and paying for it, of course. So, why should anyone be alarmed that TSA is now joining scores of other federal alphabet agencies and getting into the act? At least, that’s the thinking of these KGB wannabes.

This video below came from the Tn Campaign for Liberty:

This is not a surprise considering Tampa, FL bus stations have long been occupied by TSA checkpoints forcing random searches.




The Transportation Security Administration and the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security set up simultaneous checks at truck weigh stations across the state on Tuesday, in a coordinated effort to maintain traffic security on interstate highways in Tennessee.Kevin McCarthy, TSA federal security director for West Tennessee, said TSA’s operations do not only concern air travel safety, but following train bombings in Madrid, the TSA worked to enhance security on rail and mass transit systems nationwide, as well as major interstate highways.

“People generally associate the TSA with airport security, and after 9/11 that was our primary focus, but now we have moved on to other forms of transportation, such as highways, buses and railways,” McCarthy said. “West Tennessee is one of the major modes of transportation in the nation. Memphis is first in business air cargo, the fourth in inland maritime ports (via the Mississippi River) and five of the country’s seven major railroads run through the city.”

To increase national security, the TSA created Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response, known as VIPR, teams, which consist of federal air marshals, surface transportation security inspectors, transportation security officers, behavior detention officers (just in case you get upset during an illegal  4th amendment search) and explosive detection canine teams.

Tuesday’s VIPR operations were in coordination with the TDSHS, as well as various police departments and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Larry Godwin, deputy commissioner of TDSHS, said the checks at the weigh stations were about showing the people of Tennessee the government is serious about transportation safety, and to make sure the state is ready in case something were to happen.

” VIPR operations today mark the first simultaneous scale check across the state, they are not based on any particular threat,” Godwin said. “It is just about working together with different agencies and being prepared and coordinated from Memphis all the way to East Tennessee.”

Various police departments across the state, including large departments such as those in cities like Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville and Memphis were involved in the checks at the weigh stations.

Godwin said TEMA also plays a major role in coordinator efforts to keep Tennessee’s transportation system safe, and later this week similar inspections will be done at airports across the state.

McCarthy also pointed out that Interstate 40 is one of the country’s a major thoroughfares, being the third longest major west-east interstate highway in the United States after Interstate 90 and Interstate 80. Interstate 40’s western end is in Barstow, Calif. and its eastern end is in Wilmington, N.C.

“Everything from Wal-Mart merchandise to illegal drugs and illegal immigrants are transported through this area,” said Godwin. “Current interdiction units are doing a good job, but further coordinated inspections will only strengthen their efforts. If we prepare for the worst, then we are ready for almost anything.”

Jackson Sun

TSA Employees Accused of Rape: Murder & Stealing Cash from Travelers


TSA Assistant Federal Security Director for all 7 airports in Mississippi killing another TSA agent this past sunday. 9/18/2011.
has been arrested and accused of rape. 

It is a terrifying indictment of TSA management that a violent criminal reached the level of Federal Security Director within TSA.

The Office of Personnel Management estimated that over 15% of TSA screeners have criminal records that were not discovered because of weak background standards.

TSA Crimes & Abuses

Clifton Lyles, who worked at the Nashville International Airport, was arrested earlier this week in Rutherford County, Tennessee, and charged with statutory rape. His bond was set at $10,000, according to NewsChannel 5 WTVF-TV in Nashville.

Earlier this month, a TSA employee was arrested in Nevada and charged with six counts of lewdness with a child.

In March of 2010, a TSA worker was arrested in Massachusetts and charged with statutory rape, enticement of a child and indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older, a Boston news station reported.

The agency has weathered a number of criminal accusations since its inception in late 2001 following the September 11 attacks.

In February, the TSA admitted in federal court that a supervisor and two TSA agents were arrested and charged with stealing thousands of dollars in cash from the luggage of travelers. Another employee was arrested and fired for assaulting a co-worker in a dispute over a parking space.

Several days before the TSA admission of guilt, a TSA security officer at Newark Liberty International Airport pleaded guilty to accepting bribes and kickbacks from a colleague who regularly stole money from passengers during security screenings, Reuters reported.

Passenger theft by TSA employees is a nationwide problem, writes Howard Portnoy. According to TSA records, press reports, and court documents, around 500 TSA officers have been fired or suspended for stealing from passenger luggage.

Airports in New York City harbor the most flagrant offenders, according to Portnoy, “but virtually no city in the nation is safe from the TSA’s sticky fingers.”

Violence is also a problem. In August, a former TSA employee was charged with a federal hate crime after he allegedly attacked an 83-year-old Somali man on May 4, 2010.

The Clarion Ledger reports, A top federal Transportation Security Administration official in Mississippi is in jail in Gulfport charged with murder in the killing of TSA worker Stacey Wright.

On Sunday, D’Iberville police said they found Wright, 43, stabbed to death multiple times in her apartment there. Authorities arrested Ruben Orlando Benitez, 45, who serves as the TSA’s assistant federal security director in Mississippi.

Well Folks: Enhanced Pat-Downs At NFL Games Coming to Your Favorite Team’s Games

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I hate to say I told you so, but here it comes….My brother sent me this the other day and I’ve been working so much haven’t had time to post it…..How much of this are you willing to take people? Next it will be your local shopping Mall and then just check points on the highway your traveling. Our 4th amendment rights are being violated daily now by DHS and the TSA under the guise of protecting you from “terrorism”…this crap must be stopped..all that has to be done to stop this crap is boycott all NFL games and merchandise and call their advertisers that advertise during the games and demand this crap is stopped. Believe me folks, your not going to like what this is leading us to….if they want to look for terrorists, then do as Israel does…..PROFILE the people…

The NFL has announced that it will be implementing “enhanced” pat-downs at all 32 NFL stadiums.  Once this is fully implemented, the 16 million fans that attend games each season will be frisked from the ankles to the knees and from the waist up.  Apparently this new level of security was brought on by a recent incident where a Cowboys fan smuggled a stun gun into a game between the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys and started zapping other fans with it.  As usual, authorities have responded to a minor security incident by massively overreacting to it.  In the post-9/11 world in which we live, paranoia is standard operating procedure.  Those that are responsible for security are far more interested in “covering their backsides” than they are in respecting the liberty, freedom and dignity of average Americans.  America is rapidly turning into a high-security prison.  When naked body scanners and “enhanced pat-downs” went into U.S. airports, those that warned that we would soon see these types of “Big Brother” security measures pop up at train stations, bus stations, shopping malls and sporting events were dismissed as “conspiracy theorists”.  But it turns out that the “conspiracy theorists” did not even fully understand how quickly all of this nonsense was going to spread.  How much “security” is going to be enough?  Where in the world is the line going to be drawn?  If groping all fans is “necessary” for security at all NFL games, how long will it be before it is implemented at all other sporting events across the United States?

The truth is that no matter how hard they try, those in charge of our “security” cannot keep us perfectly safe.  Life is dangerous and bad things are going to happen no matter how much “security” you throw around.

We have a choice.  We can live as free men without fear, or we can cower in terror and call for increasingly repressive layers of “security”.  If we continue on the path that we are on, this nation is going to become a totalitarian “Big Brother” police state so repressive that it will make our founding fathers roll over in their graves.

In fact, they are probably already rolling over in their graves.

Do you enjoy living in a prison grid?  That is what this country is becoming.

Entire article @End of American Dream

Judge Napolitano warns: Mobile Prison Guard Towers Coming to a Walmart near You! Unbelievable

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These things are purchased with Obama Stimulus funds. Stimulate the economy by turning it into a prison yard? Like I said in the comment to Cashu the other day…we’re going to be sorry one day we allowed  DHS and the TSA to be created.

Abolish the Department of Homeland Security


Ben Franklin said, “Those who give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither.”

A decade after 9/11, it’s time we got our civil liberties back. We should start by abolishing the TSA and DHS, and end the increasingly Orwellian assaults on individual liberty and the Constitution by Secretary Janet Napolitano and the Obama Administration. In memory of this anniversary of 9/11, let’s reaffirm our patriotism by taking back our rights.

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Congress created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), an umbrella organization that would oversee 22 preexisting federal agencies. The idea was to improve the coordination of the federal government’s counterterrorism effort, but the result has been an ever-expanding bureaucracy.

DHS has too many subdivisions in too many disparate fields to operate effectively. Agencies with responsibilities for counterfeiting investigations, border security, disaster preparedness, federal law enforcement training, biological warfare defense, and computer incident response find themselves under the same cabinet official. This arrangement has not enhanced the government’s competence. Americans are not safer because the head of DHS is simultaneously responsible for airport security and governmental efforts to counter potential flu epidemics.

National defense is a key governmental responsibility, but focusing too many resources on trying to defend every potential terrorist target is a recipe for wasteful spending. Our limited resources are better spent on investigating and arresting aspiring terrorists. DHS responsibilities for aviation security, domestic surveillance, and port security have made it too easy for politicians to disguise pork barrel spending in red, white, and blue. Politicians want to bring money home to their districts, and as a result, DHS appropriations too often differ from what ought to be DHS priorities.

The Department of Homeland Security should be abolished and its components reorganized into more practical groupings. The agencies tasked with immigration, border security, and customs enforcement belong under the same oversight agency, which could appropriately be called the Border Security Administration. The Transportation Security Administration and Federal Air Marshals Service should be abolished, and the federal government should end support for fusion centers. The remaining DHS organizations should return to their former parent agencies.

Terrorism remains a serious problem, but policymakers ought to be more candid with the American public. Instead of pandering to fear and overreacting to every potential threat, policymakers should keep the risk of terrorist attacks in perspective and focus public resources on cost-effective measures.

CATO Institute

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