TSA Enhanced Screening Procedures Explained

November 17, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

In a handy, and hilarious, animation:




Outside the Beltway

Did you know airports can opt out of TSA screening?

November 16, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

With the latest news of the TSA’s invasive security searches, leaks of nude body scanners, and children crying over these pat downs, Americans are getting sick of it.

But did you know that local airports can opt out of these TSA screenings? NJ and Idaho legislators are introducing legislation to get these scanners out.

Liberty Pundits Blog

Airports Can Opt Out Of TSA Screening

November 16, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Apropos of the gathering public outcry against invasive screenings by the Transportation Security Administration that James Joyner wrote about earlier today, Glenn Reynolds passes along a link which shows that airports can opt out of TSA screening:

‘§ 44920. Security screening opt-out program ”(a) IN GENERAL.—On or after the last day of the 2-year period beginning on the date on which the Under Secretary transmits to Congress the certification required by section 110(c) of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, an operator of an airport may submit to the Under Secretary an application to have the screening of passengers and property at the airport under section 44901 to be carried out by the screening personnel of a qualified private screening company under a contract entered into with the Under Secretary.

I’m not sure whether this really solves the problem since the private company, and presumably the procedures it uses, must be approved by the Department of Homeland Security. Nonetheless, to the extent that the TSA is the problem this would seem to be an alternative option.

Additionally, there is news that legislators in New Jersey and Idaho have introduced legislation in their respective state legislatures to ban body image scanners. Whether these laws would have any effect in the face of federal law is unclear, though.




Outside the Beltway

Airports Can Opt Out Of TSA Screening

November 16, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Apropos of the gathering public outcry against invasive screenings by the Transportation Security Administration that James Joyner wrote about earlier today, Glenn Reynolds passes along a link which shows that airports can opt out of TSA screening:

‘§ 44920. Security screening opt-out program ”(a) IN GENERAL.—On or after the last day of the 2-year period beginning on the date on which the Under Secretary transmits to Congress the certification required by section 110(c) of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, an operator of an airport may submit to the Under Secretary an application to have the screening of passengers and property at the airport under section 44901 to be carried out by the screening personnel of a qualified private screening company under a contract entered into with the Under Secretary.

I’m not sure whether this really solves the problem since the private company, and presumably the procedures it uses, must be approved by the Department of Homeland Security. Nonetheless, to the extent that the TSA is the problem this would seem to be an alternative option.

Additionally, there is news that legislators in New Jersey and Idaho have introduced legislation in their respective state legislatures to ban body image scanners. Whether these laws would have any effect in the face of federal law is unclear, though.




Outside the Beltway

Will the New GOP House Majority Address TSA Screening Abuse?

November 16, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Maybe somebody in Washington is listening to the growing outcry:

In addition to being large, impersonal, and top-heavy, what really worries critics is that the TSA has become dangerously ineffective. Its specialty is what those critics call “security theater” — that is, a show of what appear to be stringent security measures designed to make passengers feel more secure without providing real security. “That’s exactly what it is,” says [Rep. John Mica, the Republican who will soon be chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.” “It’s a big Kabuki dance.”

Now, the dance has gotten completely out of hand. And like lots of fliers — I spoke to him as he waited for a flight at the Orlando airport — Mica sees TSA’s new “naked scanner” machines and groping, grossly invasive passenger pat-downs as just part of a larger problem. TSA, he says, is relying more on passenger humiliation than on practices that are proven staples of airport security.




ProfessorBainbridge.com

Just say no to strip or grope screening

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Scott Ott on the TSA’s invasive new screening techniques:

It doesn’t improve passenger safety or deter terrorism. It’s just another example of the federal government closing the barn door after the horse gets out, and violating the rights of the innocent to make it look like the government is doing something about security.

Roberts notes the progression of this liberty-leeching invasion:

After the shoe-bomber attempt, we had to remove our shoes. After the underpants bomber, we had to be electronically strip searched and groped.

What will happen, he asks, after the first time a terrorist smuggles a bomb on a plane inside his rectum or in a breast implant?

What can we do about it?

… he hopes more people will refuse the “enhanced” screening and, as often as possible, decline to travel by air, writing to the airlines to let them know why.

I already hate flying, so it’s advice I’m seriously considering. Indeed, if it weren’t for my mom being back East and the 4 times a year I have to travel for the ABA committee on which I serve, I probably would ditch the whole thing.




ProfessorBainbridge.com

Christian in South Asian Country Sentenced to Prison for “Attempting to Promote Civil Unrest” by Screening Pro-Christianity Movies

October 19, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

(Eugene Volokh)

From Kuensel Online (“Bhutan’s daily news site”):

Gelephu dungkhag court sentenced last week a 40-year old man to three years in prison for attempting to promote civil unrest.

Prem Singh Gurung from Tarithang was arrested on May 21, after villagers in Gonggaon and Simkharkha of Jigmecholing gewog complained that he was screening movies on Christianity in the two villages….

Kuensel sources said that Prem Singh Gurung invited the villagers, saying that he would be screening Nepali movies, but in between he would show movies on Christianity….

Gelephu police filed the case on July 23 and charged him for the promotion of civil unrest, and violation of sections 105(1) and 110 of Bhutan information, communication and media act, which says that a producer or owner or importer ../../../../css/formation_and_communication_technology_or_media_within_Bhutan__shall_submit_the_film_for_examination_j2kytxxbpyhrc2d8u3f7bt.css; and failure to comply with the requirement shall be an offence….

Charisma (apparently an evangelical Christian news and opinion site) has more details, and mentions that

It is also estimated that around 6,000 Bhutanese, mostly from south, are Christian in this landlocked nation between India and China. However, their presence is not officially acknowledged in the country. As a result, they practice their faith from the confines of their homes, with no Christian institution officially registered.

Buddhism is the state religion in Bhutan, and the government is mandated to protect its culture and religion according to the 2008 constitution….

An absolute monarchy for over 100 years, Bhutan became a democratic, constitutional monarchy in March 2008 ….

Thanks to Prof. Howard Friedman (Religion Clause) for the pointer.




The Volokh Conspiracy

Christian in South Asian Country Sentenced to Prison for “Attempting to Promote Civil Unrest” by Screening Pro-Christianity Movies

October 19, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

(Eugene Volokh)

From Kuensel Online (“Bhutan’s daily news site”):

Gelephu dungkhag court sentenced last week a 40-year old man to three years in prison for attempting to promote civil unrest.

Prem Singh Gurung from Tarithang was arrested on May 21, after villagers in Gonggaon and Simkharkha of Jigmecholing gewog complained that he was screening movies on Christianity in the two villages….

Kuensel sources said that Prem Singh Gurung invited the villagers, saying that he would be screening Nepali movies, but in between he would show movies on Christianity….

Gelephu police filed the case on July 23 and charged him for the promotion of civil unrest, and violation of sections 105(1) and 110 of Bhutan information, communication and media act, which says that a producer or owner or importer ../../../../css/formation_and_communication_technology_or_media_within_Bhutan__shall_submit_the_film_for_examination_j2kytxxbpyhrc2d8u3f7bt.css; and failure to comply with the requirement shall be an offence….

Charisma (apparently an evangelical Christian news and opinion site) has more details, and mentions that

It is also estimated that around 6,000 Bhutanese, mostly from south, are Christian in this landlocked nation between India and China. However, their presence is not officially acknowledged in the country. As a result, they practice their faith from the confines of their homes, with no Christian institution officially registered.

Buddhism is the state religion in Bhutan, and the government is mandated to protect its culture and religion according to the 2008 constitution….

An absolute monarchy for over 100 years, Bhutan became a democratic, constitutional monarchy in March 2008 ….

Thanks to Prof. Howard Friedman (Religion Clause) for the pointer.




The Volokh Conspiracy

Z Street: IRS Thought Police Screening Jewish Non-Profits

September 2, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Important read.  Quoting the IRS:  special IRS policy in place regarding organizations in any way connected with Israel, and further that the applications of many such Israel-related organizations have been, according to the IRS, assigned to “a special unit in the D.C. office to determine whether the organization’s activities contradict the Administration’s public policies.” Scumbag Obamanauts.

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