Ron Paul Introduces Legislation Over TSA’s Gestapo Tactics
Ron Paul on 11.17.2010 on legislation that removes the immunity from government workers.
Listen up moos!
Ron Paul on 11.17.2010 on legislation that removes the immunity from government workers.
Listen up moos!
Our government and the airports (who can opt-out of using TSA) have put your safety in the hands of the bottom third of the class. I don’t fly anymore because I cannot trust people who can’t read, write, or do math in their heads to make sure that explosives haven’t boarded a plane. They are too busy terrorizing four years olds with teddy bears and leg braces.
Here is a recap from Brasscheck.tv of some of the TSA tactics that have happened in the last few years. Remember, the Nazis came to power because the german people allowed it. I think it’s time for the airlines and airports to opt-out of using TSA, and we, as Americans, have to think outside the box and not boycott the airlines which would give Chairman Zero and his czars yet another industry to absorb. We must persuade the airlines that it is in their best economic interest to fire TSA.
(H/T to Mike for the idea that is rapidly becoming very chic; defunding overblown federal entities.)
This morning I learned something else I did not know and will, no doubt, require us to go back in time and read certain key legislation. Happy, happy, joy, joy.
According to the Washington Examiner, Rep. Mica who was an author of the original 2001 TSA bill has written letters to 150 airport heads requesting that they use a provision in the law that allows them to OPT-OUT of using TSA as their screeners.
I suppose we could allow the feds to ‘nudge’ us into collapsing the airlines by boycotting the TSA porno smorgasbord and letting Chairman Zero and his czars step in and nationalize the airlines, or we could push the airlines to do the job themselves, and push the new GOP controlled House to stop funding the airport gestapo. What say you?
By: Byron York
Did you know that the nation’s airports are not required to have Transportation Security Administration screeners checking passengers at security checkpoints? The 2001 law creating the TSA gave airports the right to opt out of the TSA program in favor of private screeners after a two-year period. Now, with the TSA engulfed in controversy and hated by millions of weary and sometimes humiliated travelers, Rep. John Mica, the Republican who will soon be chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, is reminding airports that they have a choice.
Mica, one of the authors of the original TSA bill, has recently written to the heads of more than 150 airports nationwide suggesting they opt out of TSA screening. “When the TSA was established, it was never envisioned that it would become a huge, unwieldy bureaucracy which was soon to grow to 67,000 employees,” Mica writes. “As TSA has grown larger, more impersonal, and administratively top-heavy, I believe it is important that airports across the country consider utilizing the opt-out provision provided by law.”
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 Mica. “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.
Listen up MOOS! You are a revenue stream one way or another. If they cannot get your money using the Federal Reserve, QE and inflation, and the IRS right out in the open, they get it using District of Criminals’ appropriation bills.
The Washington Examiner nailed the story of the where the $338 Million behind the TSA full body scanners went, with names readers are going to recognize. Among many DC lobbyist leeches, the names of Michael Chertoff, George Soros, and Chad Wolff who happens to be a former aide to Kay Bailey Hutchinson (Ranking Member of the Senate committee that has called for a TSA oversight hearing on the 17th) appear. (Yeah! The hearing on Wednesday is really going to accomplish something, doncha feel it? Mooooooooooooooooooooooooooo……………)
If you’ve seen one of these scanners at an airport, there’s a good chance it was made by L-3 Communications, a major contractor with the Department of Homeland Security. L-3 employs three different lobbying firms including Park Strategies, where former Sen. Al D’Amato, R-N.Y., plumps on the company’s behalf. Back in 1989, President George H.W. Bush appointed D’Amato to the President’s Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism following the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Also on Park’s L-3 account is former Appropriations staffer Kraig Siracuse.
The scanner contract, issued four days after the Christmas Day bomb attempt last year, is worth $165 million to L-3.
Rapiscan got the other naked-scanner contract from the TSA, worth $173 million. Rapiscan’s lobbyists include Susan Carr, a former senior legislative aide to Rep. David Price, D-N.C., chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee. When Defense Daily reported on Price’s appropriations bill last winter, the publication noted “Price likes the budget for its emphasis on filling gaps in aviation security, in particular the whole body imaging systems.”
An early TSA contractor for full-body scanners was the American Science and Engineering company. AS&E’s lobbying team is impressive, including Tom Blank, a former deputy administrator for the TSA. Fellow AS&E lobbyist Chad Wolf was an assistant administrator at TSA and an aide to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who sits on the Transportation and Defense subcommittees of Appropriations. Finally, Democratic former Rep. Bud Cramer is also an AS&E lobbyist — he sat on the Defense and Transportation subcommittees of the Appropriations Committee.
The companies that make the airport nudie-scanners have high-priced lobbying teams that include former congressmen, top Capitol Hill staff, and former TSA brass, as I reported in my column yesterday.
But because I focussed on registered lobbyists, I left out the highest-profile revolving-door character in the pay of the nudie-scanner industry: George W. Bush’s Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. After the undie-bomber attempt on Christmas 2009, Chertoff went on a media tour promoting the use of these scanners, without disclosing that he was getting paid by Rapiscan, one of the two companies currently contracted by TSA to take a nude picture of you at the airport.
Then this morning Carney also noted that former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff was flacking for Rapiscan.
As for the company’s other political connections, it also appears that none other than George Soros, the billionaire funder of the country’s liberal political infrastructure, owns 11,300 shares of OSI Systems Inc., the company that owns Rapiscan. Not surprisingly, OSI’s stock has appreciated considerably over the course of the year. Soros certainly is a savvy investor.
There aren’t any criminals, double-dealing, or insider trading happening inside the District of Criminals. Move along now, nothing to see here.
(Editor’s Note: I read about this about a week ago but have been a bit under the weather; now it’s time to catch up.)
Get ready for the newest assault on privacy and American values as we jump from TSA nude body scanners, genital groping and $10,000 fines for non-compliance with TSA to Big Pharma once again doing something because they can without regard for whether they should.
When one takes the human interaction of looking somebody in the eye out of the equation, incredibly sophisticated and evil shit happens as microchips in your medications transmit data (unencrypted), can be used to track you and whether or not you are taking your meds, effect your chances of new employment, and trigger TSA violations.
I am feeling a big fat can of whoop ass coming towards Big Pharma as newly awakened Americans push for more natural remedies.
Many thanks to NaturalNews for an excellent article:
(NaturalNews) The age of pharmaceutical microchipping is now upon us. Novartis AG, one of the largest drug companies in the world, has announced a plan to begin embedding microchips in medications to create “smart pill” technology.
The microchip technology is being licensed from Proteus Biomedical of Redwood City, California. Once activated by stomach acid, the embedded microchip begins sensing its environment and broadcasting data to a receiver worn by the patient. This receiver is also a transmitter that can send the data over the internet to a doctor.
The idea behind all this is to create “smart pills” that can sense what’s happening in the body and deliver that information to the patient’s doctor. Novartis plans to start microchipping its organ transplant anti-rejection drugs and then potentially expand microchipping to other pharmaceuticals in its product lineup. This same technology could soon end up in pills made by other drug companies, too.
The best laid plans…
It all sounds good on the surface, but NaturalNews readers no doubt have lots of skeptical questions about this technology. For starters, Novartis apparently isn’t planning on conducting any clinical trials that might take into account the safety issues of swallowing microchips. “Novartis does not expect to have to conduct full-scale clinical trials to prove the new products work,” reports Reuters. “Instead, it aims to do so-called bioequivalence tests to show they are the same as the original.” (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS…)
But I have a question: What chemicals or heavy metals are contained in the microchip itself? A microchip that transmits data obviously must have a power source, meaning it needs to have a very small battery or capacitor of some sort. The materials used in capacitors and batteries, to my knowledge, are toxic to the human body and should never be eaten.
Microchips are not food, and to swallow them seems risky to your health, especially if you’re swallowing several microchips per day.
Another huge concern with microchips that transmit data is data privacy. If these microchips are broadcasting information, then obviously that information can be picked up by anything nearby, including potentially unscrupulous individuals or organizations who might put it to a nefarious use.
For example, suppose a local pharmacy store installs a microchip signal detector in their main door entrance in order to track people who are broadcasting medication data. They could then theoretically decode that data and use it to determine what health condition that customer might be suffering and then push competing generic pharmaceuticals as a replacement.
Government agents could carry “pharma microchip scanners” that determine what pills you’re taking right now. This could be used to violate your privacy by sharing that data with other government agencies or it could even be sold off to third-party marketing companies.
I very much doubt the data being broadcast by the microchips in these pills will be encrypted because encryption requires real processing power, and there isn’t room for much of a CPU or power source inside these tiny microchips. Most likely, they are going to broadcast raw signal data that can be detected and decoded quite easily.
Remember to take your meds
But the really scary part about these microchipped medications is that this technology will be used to make sure people are taking their medication. Drug companies lose billions of dollars a year (in their minds) from patients not remembering to take their pills. Of course, half the reason they can’t remember to take their pills is because many pharmaceuticals damage cognitive function, but that’s another story.
So this smart-pill microchip technology will likely be used to track what pills patients have taken so that they can be “gently reminded” to take more pills they may have forgotten. In the marketing business, this is called a “continuity program.” It’s a way to make sure repeat sales happen on a regular basis.
In this context, microchipping the pills benefits the drug companies, not necessarily the patients. This is especially true when considering those pharmaceuticals that are harmful to human health — and we all know the pharmaceutical market is full of pills that have later been found to be extremely dangerous or even deadly (Vioxx, anyone?).
Coming soon: Police drug scanners and employer drug scanners
Now, there may be one interesting side effect to all this: Employers who are interviewing potential job candidates might be able to buy (or make) simple drug scanning devices that detect the presence of a pharmaceutical microchip broadcast signal. (You could probably make one in your garage from electronic parts purchased at Radio Shack.)
This might be very useful for employers who don’t want to hire people taking medications. They invite you in for an interview and quietly scan for drug broadcast data. A red light tells them you’re broadcasting medication data, and they calmly tell you the interview is over and “we’ll get back to you.”
With employers right now drowning in health insurance costs, this could provide a simple, easy way for corporations to avoid taking on anyone who might create a cost burden on their health insurance plans (from their point of view). I don’t necessarily agree with this use of the technology; I’m just saying this is one way in which it is likely to be used by employers to screen out employees who are on medications.
Cops, too, could use a similar scanning device to determine if a driver at the scene of an accident might be medication impaired. Now this is a use I actually do agree with. Today’s roadways are filled with mentally impaired drivers who are doped up on medications. The problem is actually far worse than drunk drivers, by the way, and yet virtually nothing is being done to combat this problem of “medicated drivers.” (Most people don’t even know the problem exists.)
If people taking medications are broadcasting that fact through all the little microchips they swallow, then scanning for the presence of medications is simple. It’s even easier than a breathalyzer test because it requires no action on the part of the test subject. The cop just presses a button, waits two seconds, and can then determine whether you’re broadcasting medication data. At that point, you might be arrested under suspicion of “driving while medicated.”
Another reason not to take meds
There are clearly a lot of unanswered questions and even some potential risks involved in taking microchipped pharmaceuticals. For some people, privacy issues may be the biggest factor of all, because who wants to broadcast the fact that they’re taking meds in the first place?
I don’t take any pharmaceuticals, obviously, and most NaturalNews readers avoid them, too. The fact that drugs will soon be microchipped is yet another good reason to find more holistic ways to take care of your health. Don’t bet your life (and your privacy) on Big Pharma’s pills. Choose a healthy, holistic lifestyle based on nutritious, organic foods, regular exercise and the avoidance of all man-made (synthetic) chemicals, and you most likely won’t ever need pharmaceuticals for your entire life.
The age of microchipping people and microchipping medications is now upon us. Given what the TSA is doing right now with naked body scanners (http://www.naturalnews.com/030100_n…), you can only imagine what Big Brother will do with any medication data you might be broadcasting from inside your body.
In fact, the very idea that there is a microchip inside your body that’s broadcasting data might get you flagged as a possible terrorist by the TSA, which would then proceed to finger your genitals and palm your breasts as part of their new “enhanced pat-down” groping technique. (http://www.naturalnews.com/030302_T…)
The best way to avoid all this risk is to simply eat your veggies and drink your superfoods. Don’t become a trackable, traceable, microchipped subject of the medical industry that wants to turn your body into a chemical profit center.
The Pirate Party International started following me on Twitter a few days ago, and I wish they had directly emailed me that they were going to do this:
The Senate CST Committee has called a hearing on Wednesday, 17th to take a peek at the oversight of TSA. Considering John D. Rockefeller is the chairman, don’t expect too much…
Jena Longo – Democratic Deputy Communications Director (202) 224-8374
Nov 17 2010 10:00 AMRussell Senate Office Building – 253
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announces the following full committee hearing on Transportation Security Administration oversight.
(Any minute now there will be a ban on video cameras everywhere the Gestapo operates….)
When John Tyner refused the full body scan, he was informed by a TSA gestapo agent that during his full body pat down his groin area was going to be checked which prompted his statement, “if you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested”.
Mr. Tyner does not plan to fly anymore and believes that more people are taking the same route that he is by traveling by car, bus or train. It also appears that Mr. Tyner was just trying to leave the airport and was not traveling that day.
There were a few people standing around the ticketing area as I tried to leave. Those men told me that I had to go back into the screening area to finish the screening, and I refused. I told them, I’ve already…I don’t have a ticket, I’m not going to be flying today, I’m trying to leave the airport, and I’m not going to be screened as a condition of going on my way and leaving.
It appears that TSA is going to fine Mr. Tyner $10,000 for not submitting to their screening. Here’s the full story from PeoplesVoice.org:
At the San Diego International Airport yesterday, about one-fifth of the travelers were selected for sexual assault by transportation security agents. Though TSA’s website did not list SAN as one of the airports employing the carcinogenic naked scan or a full body rub down, one man was told his refusal to submit would result in a civil law suit and a $10,000 fine. Under 49 CFR Sec.s 1540.105 and 1540.107, as summarized in these 2004 TSA Sanction Guidelines, apparently TSA has Congressional support to fine people for refusing to submit to molestation.
John Tyner posted his video of the incident and described in detail the experience. At about 3:50 into the first video, Tyner tells TSA agents:
“If you touch my junk, I’m gonna have you arrested.”
“Upon buying your ticket, you gave up a lot of your rights,” said one TSA agent (~8:34).
“The government took them away after 9/11,” he countered.
His father-in-law tried to convince the agents to allow him to be screened by the metal detector since he has an aversion to the x-ray machine and to having his genitals touched by strangers.
“We have our procedures, Sir.”
Agents then filled out a report of the incident, taking down his name and other details. (Second video)
Transportation Security Manager David Silva told agents to have Tyner escorted from the airport. But after his ticket was refunded, he was again detained by security personnel who continued to question him.
In the third video, Tyner’s camera caught the agents on film as they huddled some distance off from him. Here’s where Orwell rises from the dead. In the third video, we see one of the suits using doublespeak:
“For your benefit, can I get a contact number?”
“For my benefit?”
“I think we’re done.”
“Actually, Sir …”
“My benefit has been achieved.”
“No, Sir, I’m trying – I’m trying to get you, give you some mitigating factors, in your – in your favor. Cooperation is one of those mitigating factors.”
“I’m sorry, what mitigating, mitigating what?”
“Remember the, remember the civil penalties I told you you could be subject to for failing to …”
“So are you going to subject him and this officer and the four TSA members who escorted me out to those same penalties?”
“No, Sir, I’m not.”
“They directed me to break the law and they escorted me out and told me my only choice was to leave the airport.”
“Tyner? Was that the name?”
“I think you’ve got a record of it back there. All my pertinent information is on the record you took.”
“I’m just trying to get the right to call you by your name. That’s what –”
“My name is John.”
Tyner then demands to leave while the suit continues to seek his cooperation.
“To what end?” John asked.
“To the end, to the end, to the end that it will look better for you when we bring the case against you that we’re going to bring, okay, if you cooperate.”
“You bring that case,” Tyner said, then walking out of the airport.
At the TSA website, at its Tips for the Screening Process page, TSA warns people:
“If a personal search is required you may choose to remain in the public area or go to a private area for your screening. If you refuse either option you will not be able to fly.”
It does not tell them they will be fined $10,000 for refusing both options.
You can read Tyner’s full report here, and his response to the 800+ comments he received (as of 1 pm Eastern on Sunday), here.
The Judge interviews both ‘Pauls’, Dr. Ron and Rand in Part 1, Arianna Huffington is in Part 2, Pennsylvania division of DHS tracking and investigating a peaceful activist (Scott Davis of PA Revolution) and Bob Barr is in Part 3, TSA and the new fascist, full body scanners are in Part 4.
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