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Links 1 through 10 of 24 by Seth Anderson tagged terrorism_theater

ABC News ran a sting against dirty TSA inspectors by leaving behind iPads (with tracking spyware) at ten airport checkpoints known for theft and following them electronically. One iPad, left at an Orlando checkpoint, moved 30 miles to the home of Andy Ramirez, a TSA inspector at the airport. Initially, he denied stealing the iPad, then he blamed his wife…Republicans have promised to fix this problem by firing the unionized federal workers and replacing them with private contractors. Because private contractors -- not directly accountable to the government, insulated by layers of contractor/subcontractor relationships -- would never, ever abuse their authority. Which is why mall security guards are the pinnacle of policing efficiency.

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Beyond privacy issues, however, are questions about whether these machines really work—and about who stands to benefit most from their use. When it comes to high-tech screening methods, the TSA has a dismal record of enriching private corporations with failed technologies, and there are signs that the latest miracle device may just bring more of the same.

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"Security theater" refers to security measures that make people feel more secure without doing anything to actually improve their security. An example: the photo ID checks that have sprung up in office buildings. No one has ever explained why verifying that someone has a photo ID provides any actual security, but it looks like security to have a uniformed guard-for-hire looking at ID cards.
Airport-security examples include the National Guard troops stationed at U.S. airports in the months after 9/11 -- their guns had no bullets. The U.S. color-coded system of threat levels, the pervasive harassment of photographers, and the metal detectors that are increasingly common in hotels and office buildings since the Mumbai terrorist attacks, are additional examples.

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TSA Terrorism Theater is a Joke, and not the 911 kind ((or the 9/11 kind))
"Within the last few months, I have been singled out for “additional screening” roughly half the time I step into an airport security line. On Friday, October 9, as I stepped out of the full-body scanning device at BWI, I decided I needed more information to identify why it is that I have become such an appealing candidate for secondary screening.

Little did I know this would be only the first of many questions I now have regarding my airport experiences.

Over these last few months, I have grown increasingly frustrated with what I view as an unjustifiable intrusion on my privacy. It was not so much the search (then) as it was the embarrassment of being singled out, effectively being told “You are different,” but getting no explanation as to why."

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Traffic was shut down at a portion of Memphis International Airport after police confused a sticker for punk band
This Bike is a Pipe Bomb for a real threat.

An airport police officer spotted a bike bearing the sticker outside of the airport's Terminal C Monday night and the owner of the bicycle was detained and searched by authorities before being released

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"Always remember that making photographs is not a terrorist activity. No one was ever harmed by the action of taking a photo, no buildings were ever destroyed by taking photos. There were no photos found in the property of the 9-11 attackers, no photos found in the London Underground attackers, no photos with any of the suicide bombers, no photos for the attackers of the USS Cole, no photos by Timothy McVeigh, Unabomber no photos, 1st WTC attackers no photos, no photos in the Madrid Train attacker"

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"print these out on Avery stock #8871 and carry the cards with me.
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I am a freelance photographer

I am a photographer, not a terrorist

My activity is protected by the United States Constitution.

I do not consent to any search of my camera, photos, bags, or self without a proper warrant.

If you are a police officer objecting to your picture being taken, your objection is hereby denied under USDC Robinson v. Fetterman. No. 04-3592 Civ.A. (E.D. Pa Order Dated May 5, 2005)
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I am going to add this:

I am excercising my 1st Amendment rights and any denial of those rights will be a violation of 42 USC Section 1983 "

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Still in CYA mode at Port of Long Beach
"The fact that the Officer would suggest that he forced us to stop shooting because he "thought we were trying to enter a private area," is a bald faced lie. This Officer is a liar who is trying to justify his act of harassment in some way after the fact. I would encourage staff at the Port of Long Beach to examine the photograph of the Officer, the bridge above and the Google Map link. They should know the location where we were shooting and should also know that we were nowhere near any private areas whatsoever when this incident took place."

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"Two commercial pilots find themselves on the no-fly list. One pilot sues after having his flight privileges revoked, while the second pilot (and a five-year old sharing his name) note they can bypass the watchlist by checking in using their initials instead of their full names. TSA has also found themselves in the news this week for disrupting 40 flights and damaging 9 planes during an overzealous security check. "

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I feel *so* much safer now…"Recall that to indicate that I required extra screening, staff wrote in red Sharpie on my boarding pass. If I had simply printed off a second boarding pass at home, I could have presented that instead of the marked one, and gone through the metal detector as usual. In other words, passengers without ID can travel without undergoing any extra screening other than “identity verification.” A lawyer friend of mine commented that “if TSA marked ‘SSSS’ on a person’s hand rather than a piece if paper…the airport’s security would at least be as good as a bar’s.”"

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