A rare admission: when I posted that bit of humor aimed toward the TSA and their airport search procedures, I wasn't quite aware of the incredible level of aggressiveness the TSA is going about conducting their new search policies.
WOMAN: TSA AGENTS SINGLED ME OUT FOR MY BREASTS
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The head of the Transportation Security Administration said the agency will look further into allegations that two male TSA workers picked a woman for additional screening because of her breasts.
Eliana Sutherland recently flew from Orlando International Airport and told Local 6 she felt the two male TSA workers were staring at her breasts and chose her for additional screening because of their size.
"It was pretty obvious. One of the guys that was staring me up and down was the one who pulled me over," said Sutherland. "Not a comfortable feeling."
PROSTHETICS BECOME SOURCE OF SHAME AT AIRPORT SCREENINGS
Prosthetic devices were designed to help men and women move on with their lives despite potentially stigmatizing medical conditions, yet they've become a source of distress and humiliation during the new pat-downs by airport security agents.
There's already been outrage over the TSA agent who asked a Charlotte, N.C., woman who survived breast cancer to remove a prosthetic from inside her bra. There was also a bladder cancer survivor from Lansing, Mich., who said he was soaked in his own urine when a TSA agent's pat-down ruptured the seal on his urostomy bag.
WHAT's GOIN' ON ? ? ?
A reliable, informed source told me that the TSA is reacting to a credible threat, that they have instructed to go to the enhanced security measures by DHS. This seems logical, going into the holiday travel season.
Another reliable, informed source inside the air transport industry tells me they are not doing cavity searches; this is disinformation.
Other more whacked-out explanations include the government is getting us accustomed to being herded like cattle, and / or this is a prelude to Obama making a move to nationalize the airlines; i.e. the security measures become so draconian and inconvenient that the airlines are no longer commercially viable and so the government steps in . . .
SUBMIT YOUR TSA-SEARCH HORROR STORIES BELOW.
I want to know what's going on out there . . .
Then there THIS:
TSA: SOME GOV'T OFFICIALS TO SKIP AIRPORT SECURITY
WASHINGTON (AP) Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details.
Aviation security officials would not name those who can skip the controversial screening, but other officials said those VIPs range from top officials like Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and FBI Director Robert Mueller to congressional leaders like incoming House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who avoided security before a recent flight from Washington's Reagan National Airport.
"LEAD BY EXAMPLE"
What an opportunity for our political leaders to set a little "Lead By Example" -style leadership to rest of us poor slob taxpayers - don't hold your breath waiting to see it, though.
"NOT ME YOU IDIOT - THE EXAMPLE IN THE BOOK!"
TSA SAYS PILOTS WILL BE EXEMPT FROM INVASIVE PAT-DOWNS, SCANNERS
U.S. airline pilots learned today that they'll be exempt from the invasive x-ray screening and pat-downs that have sparked a revolt across the country.
Pilots in uniform on airline business will be allowed to pass through airport security by showing two photo IDs. The identification will be cross-checked against a flight crew database.
"Allowing these uniformed pilots, whose identity has been verified, to go through expedited screening at the checkpoint just makes for smart security and an efficient use of our resources," TSA Administrator John Pistole said in a statement.
As a security professional, I disagree with the above rationale and I'll tell you why:
We have just signaled to the terrorists a possible crack in our defenses.
Consider: it is now known that air crew get a pass from the aggressive security searches. OK, all the terrorists have to do now is go to the home of one of these types, put a gun to his or her four-year-old daughter or granddaughter's head, and say, "You're going to wear this special underwear onto the plane, or we're going to shoot her. Of course, before we shoot her, we're going to rape her in every hole . . ."
You get the picture.
Then there's the GIANT MYSTERY MISSILE TRAIL:
By all accounts, this was no contrail from a jetliner; this was a VERY. BIG. ROCKET.
OK so they shot off a rocket - no big deal; happens all the time, right?
Then why all the denial from the government?
WHATs GOIN' ON ? ? ?
Then there's all that MADNESS on the Korean Peninsula:
North Korea fired artillery barrages onto the South Korean island near their disputed border Tuesday, setting buildings alight and prompting South Korea to return fire and scramble fighter jets.
These attacks may be the greatest single acts of violent aggression from North Korea since to Korean War; most certainly since the border incursions and violence of 1966-69 - sometimes referred to as the Second Korean War - which culminated with the infamous Pueblo Incident.
North Korea has a track record of lethal violence:
North Korea was believed to have orchestrated the bombing of Korean Airlines Flight 858 in 1987. The attack is thought to have been a tactic to scare tourists away from visiting the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.
North Korean operatives were also behind a 1983 attempt on the life of South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan, who was scheduled to visit a memorial in Rangoon, Myanmar (Burma). A traffic delay may have saved the president's life: The timed bombs went off before his arrival, killing 17 South Korean dignitaries instead.
North Korea is also believed to be behind the 1996 assassination of a South Korean diplomat in Vladivostok, Russia. The killing closely followed a warning from Pyongyang that it would take action if South Korea did not repatriate the bodies of several North Korean spies.
SO WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON ? ? ?
If you ask me - the TSA thing is a distraction, and so is the Korean thing. STORMBRINGER says: keep your eye on Taiwan - I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts China is lining up to make their move.
"There must be some way out of here" said the joker to the thief
"There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief"
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