Anti-Scan Underwear: A Guaranteed Pat-down, Yes?

November 22, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Gawker reports:  Special Underwear Makes Your Privates Invisible to TSA Scanners.

Kudos to the American entrepreneurial spirit and all, but aside from the question of whether these things would really work, wouldn’t they guarantee an aggressive pat-down?   Given that the entire reason for these procedures is the notion that one underwear bomber will beget other underwear bombers one would think that suspicious underwear = a potential threat and therefore even more TSA-approved interest in one’s junk, yes?

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San Diego TSA Airport Screeners Out of Control … Passenger Arrested For Refusing TSA Screening, Parade Him Thru Airport in Underwear

November 21, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

TSA, the Audacity of Grope, San Diego Edition Part Deux:

The TSA is nothing more than a microcosm of Barack Obama and his Administration … a bunch of unqualified screw ups given power and abusing it. WTF AMERICA … THIS IS STILL AMERICA, ISN’T IT? The TSA and this government have totally lost focus on what airport security is supposed to do. IDIOTS, YOU FOOLS ARE TO CATCH TERRORISTS, NOT ARREST INNOCENT AMERICANS!!!

This time the TSA has overreacted and arrested  Sam Wolanyk, a San Diego resident, this weekend after he refused to complete the TSA screening process. Wolanyk then suffered the indignity at the hands of the TSA by being paraded through the airport in his underwear. Is this how the Obama/Napolitano TSA saves face for their screw up in letting the “underwear” bomber on a place last Christmas?

The TSA is out of control and some thing must be done before the Thanksgiving Day travel rush. If this continues, there is going to be mayhem this week. As stated at the Left Coast Rebel, from the airport that brought us, “Don’t Touch my Junk” comes the sequel … “Don’t Show us, We’d Rather Feel For Ourselves”.

In what can only be described as TSA handlers gone wild, the San Diego Harbor Police arrested an area resident for refusal to complete the screening/security process yesterday. This is the same airport that created the TSA security catch phrase“don’t touch my junk.” John Tyner of San Diego started the airport screening firestorm last week as Americans head into the busiest travel week of the year in the United States.

This time the defendant, Sam Wolanyk says he was asked to pass through the 3-D x-ray machine. When Wolanyk refused, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel told him he would have to be patted down before he could pass through and board his airplane.

Wolanyk said he knew what was coming and took off his pants and shirt, leaving him in Calvin Klein bike undergarments.

Was this really necessary for the TSA would look to further humiliate air passenger by parading him through two separate airport terminals in his underwear.

Once Harbor Police arrested Wolanyk, he was handcuffed and paraded through two separate airport terminals in his underwear to the Harbor Police office located inside a different terminal at the airport than Wolanyk had originally gone through during his TSA security process.

It gets even worse from the Banana Republican created by Barack Obama … the TSA confiscated the camera of the woman who filmed fiasco and arrested her.

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Explosives in packages may the same as those used by Christmas underwear bomber

October 29, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

This perhaps indicates that the same jihadists are behind both attempted attacks. Anyone seen Al-Awlaki lately? “Sources: Explosive may be same as Christmas attack,” by Eileen Sullivan and Matt Apuzzo for The Associated Press, October 29 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say they believe two packages bound for the United States contained the same powerful explosive used in the failed Christmas Day airline bombing.

The officials said full testing has not been completed but initial indications are the packages contained PETN, a chemical that was also a component of shoe bomber Richard Reid’s explosive in 2001….

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Who’s giving Palin underwear?

October 23, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

(CNN) - A last-minute trip to Arizona for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin ended with an unlikely gift from controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

According to Arpaio’s Twitter account, the tough on crime, anti-illegal immigration lightning rod gifted Palin a pair of pink underwear similar to those that inmates at his notorious Phoenix jail are supposedly required to wear.

“I just got done welcoming Sarah Palin to our County. Had a nice chat and gave her a pair of pink underwear,” Arpaio tweeted Friday.

Palin arrived in Phoenix on Friday after kicking off a 15-day Tea Party Express tour on Monday to rally Tea Partiers in a final push before the midterm elections. It wraps up in New Hampshire on November 1.

CNN calls to the Arapio and Palin camps went unreturned Saturday.

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Plea deal possible for airline “underwear jihadist”

September 9, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

A plea deal. For an enemy combatant and jihadist who came so close to massacring hundreds, in a case that could not be more airtight in terms of evidence and witnesses. It should not be within the realm of possibility that Abdulmutallab could ever be a free man again. And yet, somehow, it is.

What does the government expect to gain in comparison to what it is willing to give up, especially when Abdulmutallab has reportedly been cooperating all along? “Defense: Deal discussed in Detroit plane attack,” by Ed White for the Associated Press, September 9:

DETROIT - Lawyers for a Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a plane near Detroit on Christmas said Thursday that they’ve talked to prosecutors about resolving the case with a deal.

The disclosure was made in a court filing seeking a new deadline to challenge evidence against Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who is accused of trying to set off a bomb hidden in his underwear aboard a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit last year with nearly 300 people aboard.

The deadline to file motions is Friday. Abdulmutallab is due in federal court Monday for a pretrial hearing.

In the court filing, defense lawyers said they’ve met with prosecutors on “multiple occasions, by phone and in person, to explore options for resolution of this case.” They said prosecutors are opposed to extending Friday’s motion deadline.

Abdulmutallab’s lead attorney, Miriam Siefer, declined to comment on the filing. The U.S. attorney’s office also declined to comment.

The government has said Abdulmutallab has cooperated with investigators since his arrest Dec. 25. He has been described as a young recruit to al-Qaida’s nascent terrorist branch in Yemen.

Abdulmutallab is charged with trying to use a weapon of mass destruction, which carries a sentence of life in prison. Passengers aboard the plane pounced on him and put out flames, then dragged him to the front of the jet where he was subdued.

Any plea deal, particularly one that allows Abdulmutallab to get out of prison at some point, could force the Obama administration back into a debate about whether terrorism cases should be handled at military tribunals, where the rules of evidence are more favorable to the government and defendants have fewer rights than in U.S. courts

The government’s opposition to a new deadline to challenge evidence could signal that plea bargain talks have stalled, said Alan Gershel, former head of the criminal division in the U.S. attorney’s office.

“It’s possible the government doesn’t want to drag this out,” said Gershel, who teaches at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in suburban Detroit. “This crime happened at Christmas time. We’re eight or nine months later. By opposing this, they’re saying, ‘We’re going to wrap this up or not.’”

Still, he believes U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds will grant the defense team’s request.

The defense said evidence turned over by the government is “quite voluminous,” and lawyers were able to meet with Abdulmutallab only once a week for two hours at a prison where he’s being held pending trial.

Former terrorism prosecutor Lloyd Meyer of Chicago said a plea deal is very likely in the end.

“If he went to trial it’s almost certain he’d be convicted. The government doesn’t have a smoking gun. It has smoking skivvies,” Meyer said, referring to Abdulmutallab’s underwear. “This is a slam dunk.”

But what is to be gained beyond a quicker resolution of the case?

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