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Sherry Wright, who is unable to speak following a stroke, was not allowed to board flight

A WOMAN claims an airport security agent refused to let her disabled sister on board a plane because she couldn’t say her own name.

Sherry Wright says she was shocked at the treatment they received at Los Angeles International Airport, where her sister Heidi was due to fly to Phoenix.

The problems began when Heidi, who was left wheelchair-bond and unable to speak or write after a stroke a decade ago, was stopped by the Transport Security Administration (TSA) due to an expired driver’s licence, CNN reported.

Sherry claims the TSA agent was rude and insensitive, insisting Heidi talk.

“I showed her ID, her social and her DMV (licence) papers,” Sherry said, to no avail.

“He just wanted me to make my sister talk, and I couldn’t believe it.


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TSA: Thousands Standing Around while Trained Sexual Assaulters Touch Some Ass


Published on Oct 18, 2013

Abby Martin cites a new report by the Arizona Republic about the Phoenix International Airport about TSA misconduct, highlighting instances where agents have abused the elderly and the disabled.



Federal air marshal arrested for taking cell phone photos up women’s skirts (Video)

A federal air marshal was arrested in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday for allegedly taking cell phone photographs up women passengers’ skirts. Adam Bartsch, 28, was arrested after another male passenger noticed him taking the inappropriate photos, and wrestled the federal air marshal’s cell phone from his hands, according to ABC News2 on Oct. 17.

Passenger Rey Collazo said he first saw Bartsch, who he did not know was an on-duty air marshal, taking the pictures while boarding the plane.

He described how he reached over and grabbed the cell phone from Bartsch. Collazo said he had to twist the phone out of the marshal’s hand, and after a short struggle he shoved him back and took the phone away from him.

Collazo notified the flight crew, who in turn called authorities, after first calling Bartsch a “disgrace” to men and human being.

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The TSA Is Expanding Its Reach Far Beyond Airport Security

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TSA VIPR team members in Memphis, Tenn.

Ron Nixon reports in The New York Times on the expansion of TSA’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response squads, or VIPR, which are leaving the airports behind to perform security checks at train stations, subway stops, and other transportation-related hubs.

Created in the wake of the 2004 Madrid train bombing, VIPR teams — comprised of explosives experts, behavioral detection officers, and canine handlers — work with local law enforcement to move through crowds and randomly stop passengers and ask questions.

Perhaps more surprising is their reach into places you wouldn’t really expect: Rodeos, music festivals, and sporting events. Their expansion has civil liberties groups pushing back on what they call warrantless searches with no probable cause.

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Published on Jul 18, 2013

ROCHESTER, NY — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has now expanded its intrusive searching protocol to include the interior of parked cars left at the airport.


One woman in Rochester alerted News10NBC that she had been left a note from the TSA on her dashboard, notifying her that they had entered her car to look around. TSA agents had apparently opened up her locked car using the key she left with valet parking attendants.

TSA officials said that they conduct a 3-phase trespass in your private property. They inspect the trunk, engine, and scan the interior of the car.


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TSA delays knives rule

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This handout image provided by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) shows a page from a TSA pamphlet of Changes to Prohibited Items List (PIL), of the sizes of knife blades not allowed on airplanes as per a new policy that was set to go into effect April 25.

The Transportation Security Administration has decided to delay a controversial new rule that would have allowed small knives to be carried on passenger aircraft, the agency said Monday,

Bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment that was set to be permitted under the new rule, will also stay banned, for now.

The TSA calls this a temporary delay, but has not decided a new implementation date.

The new rule for small blades — shorter than 2.36 inches in length and less than 1/2 inch in width — had been set to go into effect April 25th.


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Published on Sep 1, 2012 by

I uploaded this video as an example of the type of abuses that go on every day at the TSA. The TSA detains people or removes them from flights every day for non-security, punitive reasons. Passengers have missed their flights because they didn’t want their breast milk screened in the x-ray detector, because they were carrying a cupcake, because they were wearing a shirt with a satirical logo, because they had a purse with a gun emblem on it, the list goes on. When this happens, passengers have no recourse. Complaints to the TSA result in the TSA denying there was any wrong doing, and the offending officer goes unpunished. Passengers should have rights, and TSA agents should know that there are consequences for intimidation and bullying.

Here is my story:
I was at the Houston airport in August for a layover. At the gate they were “testing” everyone’s liquids. Normally I hide my water bottle in my bag when I see this, but we were running late and I didn’t have time. I drank my water instead of letting them test it, and was kicked off my flight.
I was able to get on the very next flight out of houston-and even managed an upgrade! (thanks United)
Sorry for crappy phone video-but the audio is what I wanted to post.

If you are interested in TSA reform, here are some websites:

By Keith Laing

A majority of Americans hold a positive view of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday.

The survey showed 54 percent of 1,014 adults who were polled saying TSA was doing either an “excellent” or a “good” job handling airport security. Thirty percent of the poll’s respondents said the agency was doing an “only fair” job, and 12 percent said TSA’s performance was “poor.”

The findings come after lawmakers questioned the performance of TSA employees in the days before Congress left Washington for its traditional August recess.
“The majority of Americans do not support the government’s current approach, and when they hear that the people at TSA that are supposed to enforce and ensure their security are engaged in gross misconduct, it only makes matters worse,” House Transportation Security subcommittee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) said during a hearing last week.

“Stealing from checked luggage; accepting bribes from drug smugglers; sleeping or drinking while on duty. This kind of criminal behavior and negligence has contributed significantly to TSA’s shattered public image,” Rogers continued.

The Gallup poll found just 41 percent of Americans think TSA is either effective or extremely effective in preventing terrorists from hijacking American airplanes, however.

Forty-four percent said the agency was only “somewhat effective” at preventing terrorism, while 13 percent said TSA was either “not too effective” or “not effective at all.”

The poll found that about 50 percent of Americans reported having flown on an airplane in the past year. Respondents who had flown more than three times gave a 56 percent “excellent” or “good” rating, while 52 percent of people who had not flown at all rated the agency favorably.

Gallup said the findings showed “[T]he American public gives the TSA a generally good report card, with a slight majority rating its overall job performance in positive terms.

“The fact that Americans who fly have a slightly more positive opinion of the agency than those who haven’t flown recently suggests that experience with the TSA at airports does not detract from this image and may enhance it,” the polling agency said. “Opinions about the effectiveness of the TSA are mixed, although most Americans and U.S. air travelers say the procedures are at least somewhat effective at preventing terrorism.”

The full TSA opinion poll can be read here.

Confrontation With TSA Agent Leaves Grandpa’s Ashes On Floor

Published on Jun 25, 2012 by

Indianapolis Man Furious Over Treatment At Florida Airport Checkpoint


The TSA was so concerned that the cremated ashes of a man’s
grandfather might pose a threat, an agent opened the container and
stirred the ashes with her finger.

In doing so, she spilled some of the contents on the floor of the
airport and LAUGHED as the man scrambled to scoop up the ash and
bone fragments.

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Woman Arrested For Groping TSA Supervisor

Federal agency characterizes incident as act of “violence”

Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Despite the fact that thousands of TSA agents across the country engage in similar behavior on a daily basis, a woman was arrested after she turned the tables on the federal agency and groped a TSA supervisor in protest at her treatment.

Carol Price, herself a former TSA screener, was traveling to her brother’s funeral in Cleveland, Ohio by way of Southwest Florida International Airport.

After Price became infuriated at receiving a pat down, which included touching her breasts and genitals, a violation of the protocols she herself had been trained to carry out, the Lee County woman voiced her complaint to a TSA supervisor by physically demonstrating how she was groped.

The video shows Price briefly running her hands up and down the inside thigh and crotch of the TSA supervisor.

Price believed she was being targeted for harsh treatment by her former co-worker for personal reasons. She was removed from her flight, missed her brother’s funeral, handcuffed and taken to jail.

For demonstrating the kind of humiliation that TSA agents have become renowned for practicing, Price faces misdemeanor battery charges. She has pleaded not guilty.

Responding to the incident, the TSA claimed Price had carried out an act of “violence” by groping the TSA supervisor, while Price’s defense attorney John Mills contended that the treatment dished out to Price by TSA agents was far more invasive.

Indeed, if the TSA characterizes Price’s actions as violent, then tens of thousands of TSA agents are habitually carrying out acts of violence against the American people by subjecting them to degrading pat downs which often include physically touching travelers’ genitals.

Why are cops and FBI agents forbidden from touching American citizens without probable cause whereas TSA agents, who although festooned with badges and uniforms are not law enforcement officials, get away with behavior the federal agency itself characterizes as “violence” on a daily basis?

Price’s court date has been set for July 3rd.


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.




No Felony Charges For Longmont Woman In TSA Groping Case

Yukari Miyamae (mug shot credit of Maricopa County Sheriff), TSA agents at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (credit: CBS)

Yukari Miyamae (mug shot credit of Maricopa County Sheriff), TSA agents at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (credit: CBS)

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LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – No felony charges will be filed against the Colorado woman who allegedly sexually assaulted a Transportation Security Administration agent in Phoenix.

On Tuesday the Maricopa County district attorney decided to turn the case of Yukari Miyamae, 61, of Longmont over to city prosecutors. She could still be charged with a misdemeanor.

Police say Miyamae grabbed the female agent’s left breast, squeezed and twisted it with both hands on July 14 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Miyamae was getting ready to board a flight from Phoenix to Denver.

Miyamae’s attorney Judd Golden says his client was violated, endangered and threatened by the actions of TSA agents. She denies doing anything wrong.

Golden released a statement Tuesday, saying Miyamae is a self-employed translator, author and radio producer. He used the following words to describe how the situation unfolded:

Ms. Miyamae says she told TSA agents she wanted to be screened by the metal detector gate. She did so out of concern for excessive radiation exposure from the full-body scanners, as she is a frequent business traveler.

Her request was denied. She was soon surrounded by TSA agents. One TSA agent, a tall woman, approached Ms. Miyamae, who is only five feet tall.

Ms. Miyamae felt panicked and experienced a volatile aversion to the TSA personnel violating her personal physical space. She felt endangered and threatened based upon prior traumatizing security pat-downs, repugnance at the prospect of being touched again in such a violent and undignified manner, and instinctively pushed the female TSA agent away.

Golden says Miyamae is considering offers to do interviews but so far hasn’t committed to doing one.

Some Facebook users who are obviously frustrated with the strict procedures of the Transportation Safety Administration set up a Facebook page over the weekend called “Acquit Yukari Mihamae” expressing their support for Mihamae.

A different Facebook page was set up by friends called the Yukari Miyamae Legal Defense Fund.





Blackburn Calls For Investigation Of TSA Hiring



NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A scathing new report from Tennessee Congressman Marsha Blackburn says the crimes of TSA officers only a symptom of the problem.

On Monday, Blackburn released a report titled “Not on my Watch”: 50 Failures of TSA’s Transportation Security Officers”. The report lists 50 crimes committed by TSA agents, including two from Nashville International Airport.

Blackburn said that more needs to be done to keep bad apples out of the airport screening process.

“TSA needs to immediately remove themselves from the human resource business. This report details highly disturbing cases where pedophiles and child pornographers wearing federal law enforcement uniforms are not only patting down unsuspecting travelers, but in many cases stealing valuables from their bags. Enough is enough. It’s time for Congress to step in and demand accountability from Administrator Pistole,” said Blackburn.

Also as part of the report she points out that TSA employees act as law enforcement officers, but have little training, and aren’t screened as thoroughly as local police departments. She says the solution is to get the TSA out of law enforcement back to what they were originally set out to do.

Two local TSA employees were mentioned in the report one of them, accused statutory rapist Clifton Lyles, who worked at Nashville International Airport. Another local TSA employee was arrested for cooking meth.