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The biggest threat to America: ourselves

FEMA and "The X Files" -- The strange and scary history of America's disaster relief agency and its role in "continuity in government."

One never knows, do one?

FEMA and the Constitution

Why more security doesn't work

GROUPS

Electronic Privacy information Center

We Won't Fly

Flyer Rights

POCKET PARADIGMS
Sam Smith

The amount of homeland security we actually need is inversely related to how good our foreign policy is.

STATS

Homeland Security has outspent the New Deal

Homeland police have drastically reduced visas for foreign artists and musicians

No fly list doubles in a year

2010

The odds of dying o
n an airplane as a result of a terrorist hijacking are less than 1 in 25 million — which, for all intents and purposes, is effectively zero — according to Paul Campos, a law professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. By comparison, the odds of dying in a normal airplane crash, according to the OAG Aviation Database, are 1 in 9.2 million. This means that, on average, pilots are responsible for more deaths than terrorists. In the same vein, the average American is 87 times more likely to drown than die by a terrorist attack; 50 times more likely to die by lightening; and 8 times more likely to die by a police officer, according to the National Safety Council’s 2004 estimates..- Evan DeFilippis, Oklahoma Daily

Evidence Homeland Security may be spying on our email, too

Homeland Security [sic] wants to track where you're driving your car

Washington Post - The Department of Homeland Security wants a private company to provide a national license-plate tracking system that would give the agency access to vast amounts of information from commercial and law enforcement tag readers, according to a government proposal that does not specify what privacy safeguards would be put in place.

The national license-plate recognition database, which would draw data from readers that scan the tags of every vehicle crossing their paths, would help catch fugitive illegal immigrants, according to a DHS solicitation. But the database could easily contain more than 1 billion records and could be shared with other law enforcement agencies, raising concerns that the movements of ordinary citizens who are under no criminal suspicion could be scrutinized.


VIA CURTIS KISE

Homeland Security seizes man for wearing Google Glass in movie theater

Latest stupid TSA trick

TSA spent a billion dollars on failed program

NSA & Homeland Security declare satire illegal

Homeland Security steals reporter's notes

TSA is willing to sell some of your constitutional rights back to you

Federal judge rules those on no-fly list have a constitutionally protected interest in traveling by air, and the right to due process

Homelandistas bring the police state to rodeos and music festivals

The real Ray Kelly who Obama thinks is so wonderful

Reasons you don't want Ray Kelly running Homeland Security

Obama praises anti-black, anti-latino NYC police commissioner

Homeland police tells staff they can't read Washington Post article

America's constitution-free zone

The professional First Lady they don't tell you about

Happy birthday to Pentagon II

Homeland police have voided constitutional rights of two out of three Americans

Homeland Security says border laptop searches are legal but won't tell you why

2012

How your government thinks you can tell a terrorist in your midst


The story

Other examples of why you may be a suspected terrorist
(like having a bumper sticker that says,
"Know your rights")

Homeland boss afraid to use e-mail

Homeland Security illegally seizing domains

Homeland Security uses fascistic spy device in DC and Seattle

WONKETTE

White House blacks out TSA petition

How homeland spooks plan to really invade your privacy

Hundreds of words to avoid online or your government will think you may be a terrorist

Dozens of Homeland Security corruption cases come under scrutiny

Homeland Security launches major attack on Constitution in Texas

Documentary filmmaker put on TSA no fly list

Homeland Security is more than a little worried: it's buying 450 million bullets

Boing Boing - The Disaster Preparedness Plan prepared by the local DHS for Union County NC explains what steps you should take if you have to evacuate and take your pet fish: "Your name and where you will be located should be on an ID tag and taped to the fish bowl. This should include your description of all your fish and pictures of them with you in the pictures for identification purposes."

Homeland Security spied on Occupy Wall Street

Former Homeland boss wants more domestic spying and interference

FEMA demands money back from Katrina victims

FEMA says totally destroyed house has "insufficient damage" to get aid

2012 terrorist identification chart

The biggest threat to America: ourselves

Now Homeland police want to spy on your for possible “pre-crime.”

Our national government replaced by "federal family"

Homeland Security testing system that claims to predetermine whether you have a crime in mind

Homeland Insecurity declares itself exempt from Constitution

Appeals court approves of warrantless searches of laptops at border

Just one person can put you on the terror list

Internet
2012

Homeland police told to monitor social media discussion of Homeland police

Homeland police jail, deport couple for twitter entry

Behind Homeland Security's monitoring of websites: a key Obama adviser

Homeland Security monitoring sites from Drudge to NY Times

Here are the sites they're following

How to get Homeland Security to sign up to your Twitter account

Firefox refuses to go along with Homeland Security's censorship of Internet

Mozilla fights Homeland Security censorship

Chicago teachers strike TOP

TSA

TSA staffers increasingly out of line

TSA searching valet parked cars at airports

ACLU challenges secret no fly list

2012

TSA math

TSA switching body scanners

TSA terrorizes dying woman

Convicted TSA agent says theft from passengers is common

TSA thinks Democratic Convention is an airport

More than 30 TSA officers protest agency's racial profiling in Boston

TSA horror story of the day

TSA attacks on Americans' freedom expanding rapidly

A former TSA chief blows the whistle on. . . the TSA

How can TSA defend us against terrorists if they're so afraid of critics?

Orlando airport to get rid of TSA

More seniors complain about TSA abuse

TSA finds a new way to scare you

TSA’S latest way of screwing up air travel

Guy who helped create TSA says it's a failure

95 year old woman has to remove diaper to satisfy TSA search

TSA Is Searching Your Car, Subway, Ferry, Bus, too

TSA had "Mexican hunters" at Newark airport

TSA thinks complaining about procedures is a sign of terrorism

Local heroes: jury acquits man of phony TSA charges

TSA asks woman to prove breast pump is real


VIA FIRETOWN

TSA scanners

Another TSA scanner found badly faulty

European Union bans X ray body scanners

Documents show TSA misled on scanner safety issues

TSA badly misled public on scanner radiation

Top doctors take pat down instead of scanner at airports

The chance that a terrorist will blow up your plane is about the same as the chance that you will get cancer from a TSA porn scan

Jim Ridgeway looks at the health issues of strip search machines

Obama pimped for body scanners in India

One strip search scanner firm spent $4 million hustling Washington

TSA planned to use video strip searches in public places

Economist: TSA screenings will cause more deaths

imgur

Airplane 2 saw it coming in 1982

2010

Audit: TSA wasted big bucks on technology

Homeland Security prying into religious beliefs at the border

It has emerged that India's UN envoy, Hardeep Puri, was reportedly asked to remove his turban at an airport in Houston, Texas, two weeks ago. When the Sikh refused to do so, he was detained in a "holding room", say Indian media. India's US ambassador Meera Shankar was frisked at a US airport this month.- BBC

Things even Orwell didn't think of. . .

John Kerry owns at least a half million of strip search scanner stock

ACLU receives more than 900 complaints over TSA abuse

TSA recruits with pizza box ads

BRITISH AIRWAYS BOSS CRITICIZES TSA RULES

Obama administration declares public transportation a privilege, not a right

Government spent $41 million with Chertoff's firm

Janet Napolitano has long history of tolerating abuse by law enforcement

Rep. John Duncan – Listen to this paragraph from a front-page story in the USA Today last November: “Since 9/11, more than three dozen Federal air marshals have been charged with crimes, and hundreds more have been accused of misconduct. Cases range from drunken driving and domestic violence to aiding a human-trafficking ring and trying to smuggle explosives from Afghanistan.''We now have approximately 4,000 in the Federal Air Marshals Service, yet they have made an average of just 4.2 arrests a year since 2001. This comes out to an average of about one arrest a year per 1,000 employees.

Personal to John Pistole: You say that flying is not a right of Americans. Now strip search machines are showing up in federal courthouses. Would you say that going to a federal courthouse is also not a right of Americans?


MORE TSA BUMPER STICKERS

TSA chief wants to mess up train & subway travel, too

Democrats pushing bill to let Homeland police foul up Internet like airports

Obama stands up for TSA absurities

So does HilClin

And Joe Biden

TSA search of bladder cancer survivor leaves victim covered in urine

TSA makes cancer survivor remove her  prosthetic breast

TSA inspector general admits its fondlers aren't well trained

Ron Paul introduces traveller dignity act


Oleg Volk

One of authors of TSA bill says it's turned into a "big Kabuke dance"

Things to tell a TSA fondler: "Do I get to pick the screener?.. I'll take that Guy, he has nice firm hands.". . . "I feel like I should buy you dinner after this.". . . "I feel like I under performed, can we go again?

Taiwanese new video explains the TSA furo

There is broad political opposition to the false choice between strip search and sexual assault. Full body scanners are notably opposed by Ralph Nader and Matt Drudge, Green, Libertarians, and the Constitution Party.

Tweet from Clarko: Do you have any idea how much I usually have to pay people to look at me naked and touch my testicles? This TSA thing is a bargain

If terrorism is so dangerous why aren't more of us dead?

The number one threat to the United States is said to be international terrorism. So you'd think it would easy to find out exactly how big a threat. Unfortunately, Google will pretty much fail you on this, perhaps because, well, the numbers just aren't all that exciting.

For example, the State Department, well buried in its annual report, was able to find just nine Americans worldwide who died in 2009 as a result of terrorism.

And Firedog Lake came up with this domestic calculation: "If you count the Ft. Hoot shooting as a terrorist attack, 16 people have died in the United States as result of terrorism in 2009. The other three deaths include the Little Rock military recruiting office shooting, the Holocaust Museum shooting, and Dr. George Tiller’s assassination, the last two coming at the hands of right-wing extremists."

And we also came upon this chart from Wired in 2006, which while a little out of date (and includes 9/11), shows terrorist risk over a ten year span compared to other ways you could die.

Why does TSA assume that terrorists overwhelmingly prefer flying in planes to going to shoppng malls, riding subway, or attending football games?

Members of the Pirate Party in Germany organized a fleshmob of people who stripped down to their skivvies last Sunday and converged on the Berlin-Tegal airport.The protesters marked their bodies with a number of messages such as, Something to hide? and Be a good citizen — drop your pants.

Israeli security expert says scanners don't work

Scientists warn of scanner danger

TSA's war for lobbyists

Some things you may not know can't be taken on board in your carry bag: box cutters, meat cleavers, ice axes, sabers, cricket bats, spear guns, cattle prods, throwing stars, cordless portable power saws, "tools greater than seven inches in length", dynamite, hand grenades, plastic explosives, and vehicle airbags

Herald Tribune, FL - In recent weeks, representatives from the International Air Transport Association, the U.S. Travel Association, the Allied Pilots Association and British Airways have criticized the T.S.A., saying it adds intrusive and time-consuming layers of scrutiny at airport checkpoints, without effectively addressing legitimate security concerns.

TSA GOES WACKY

TSA HAS SECRET NO DEPORTMENT LIST

TAKING PHOTO IS AN ACT OF TERRORISM

GAO says TSA program to catch terrorists has failed

Flight attendants join protest against TSA fondling

TSA CONSIDERING MIND READING SCANNERS

ACLU HITS EXCESSIVE COMPUTER SEARCHES BY CUSTOMS POLICE

HOUSTON & HOMELAND POLICE TEST DRONE TO SPY WITHOUT WARRANT ON CITIZENS

REPORT: TSA DECEIVED PUBLIC ABOUT SCANNER PRIVACY

TSA CONSIDERING MIND READING SCANNERS

HOUSTON & HOMELAND POLICE TEST DRONE TO SPY WITHOUT WARRANT ON CITIZENS

OCTOBER 2009

HOMELAND POLICE PAYING FOR LOCAL TORTURE WEAPONS

APRIL 2009

HOMELAND POLICE SAY SUPPORT OF SECOND OR TENTH AMENDMENT COULD BE SIGN OF POLITICAL EXTREMISM

OCTOBER 2008

HOMELAND POLICE PROCEEDING WITH NEW PLAN TO SPY ON YOU

YOU CAN'T EVEN GO TO THE HOMELAND SECURITY WEBSITE
WITHOUT THEM SPYING ON YOU

HOMELAND POLICE FIND NEW WAY TO INSULT CONSTITUTION

AMERICAN ARTIST ARRESTED AT U.S. BORDER
FOR DRAWNG THIS PICTURE

AUGUST 2008

HOMELAND POLICE ABUSE PASSENGERS AT JFK AIRPORT

Emily Feder, AlterNet - I arrived at JFK Airport two weeks ago after a short vacation to Syria and presented my American passport for re-entry to the United States. After 28 hours of traveling, I had settled into a hazy awareness that this was the last, most familiar leg of a long journey. I exchanged friendly words with the Homeland Security official who was recording my name in his computer. He scrolled through my passport, and when his thumb rested on my Syrian visa, he paused. Jerking toward the door of his glass-enclosed booth, he slid my passport into a dingy green plastic folder and walked down the hallway, motioning for me to follow with a flick of his wrist. Where was he taking me, I asked him. "You'll find out," he said. . .

No one who had been detained knew precisely why they were there. A few people were led into private rooms; others were questioned out in the open at desks a few feet from the crowd and then allowed to pass through customs. Some were sent to another section of the holding area with large computer screens and cameras, and then brought back. . .

There was one British tourist in the group. Paul (also not his real name) was traveling with three friends who had passed through customs soon after their plane landed and were waiting for him on the other side of the metal barrier; he suspected he had been detained because of his dark skin. When he asked if he could go to the bathroom, one of the guards said, "I wouldn't." "What if someone has to?" I asked. "They will just have to hold it," the guard responded with a smile. Paul began to cry. I watched as he, over the course of four hours, went from feeling exuberant about his trip to New York to despising the entire country. "I speak the Queen's English," he said to me. "I'm third-generation British. I came to America because I've always wanted to come here, and now they've got me so scared that all I want to do is go home. We're paying for your stupid war anyway.". . .

Within a few hours of my arrival, I saw at least 10 people denied the right to use the bathroom or buy food and water. . .

After four hours, I finally demanded to speak to the guards' supervisor, and he was called down. I asked if the detainees could file a formal complaint. He said there were complaint forms (which, in English and Spanish, direct one to the Department of Homeland Security's Web site, where one must enter extensive personal information in order to file a "Trip Summary") but initially refused to hand them out or to give me his telephone number. "The Department of Homeland Security is understaffed, underfunded, and I have men here who are doing 14-hour days." He tried to intimidate me when I wrote down his name -- "So, you're writing down our names. Well, we have more on you" -- and asked me questions about my address and my profession in front of the rest of the people detained. I pointed out a few of the families who had missed their flights and had been waiting seven hours. His voice barely controlled, his lip curled into a smirk. . .

JULY 2008

CUSTOMS OFFICIALS ROUTINELY SEIZING 5-10% OF LAPTOPS

WHY VIRTUAL STRIP SEARCHING AIRLINE PASSENGERS IS WRONG

APRIL 2008

MARCH 2008

HOMELAND POLICE BACK DOWN A BIT ON REAL ID

DECEMBER 2007

STUPID HOMELAND SECURITY TRICKS: YOU CAN'T BE RESCUED WITHOUT A BACKGROUND CHECK

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5380868.html

HOMELAND POLICE USING FIRE DEPARTMENTS TO SPY ILLEGALLY ON CITIZENS

SEPTEMBER 2007

HOMELAND POLICE STORING WHAT AIR PASSENGERS READ IN THEIR FILES

RYAN SINGEL, WIRED - International travelers concerned about being labeled a terrorist or drug runner by secret Homeland Security algorithms may want to be careful what books they read on the plane. Newly revealed records show the government is storing such information for years.

Privacy advocates obtained database records showing that the government routinely records the race of people pulled aside for extra screening as they enter the country, along with cursory answers given to U.S. border inspectors about their purpose in traveling. In one case, the records note Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Gilmore's choice of reading material, and worry over the number of small flashlights he'd packed for the trip.

The breadth of the information obtained by the Gilmore-funded Identity Project (using a Privacy Act request) shows the government's screening program at the border is actually a "surveillance dragnet," according to the group's spokesman Bill Scannell.

"There is so much sensitive information in the documents that it is clear that Homeland Security is not playing straight with the American people," Scannell said. . .

One report about Gilmore notes: "PAX (passenger) has many small flashlights with pot leaves on them. He had a book entitled 'Drugs and Your Rights.'" Gilmore is an advocate for marijuana legalization.

Another inspection entry noted that Gilmore had "attended computer conference in Berlin and then traveled around Europe and Asia to visit friends. 100% baggage exam negative. Resides 554 Clay Street , San Francisco, CA. PAX is self employed 'Entrepreneur' in computer software business."

"They are noting people's race and they are writing down what people read," Scannell said.

http://www.wired.com/politics/onlinerights/news/2007/09/flight_tracking

AUGUST 2007

IF YOU'RE AFRAID OR DISGUSTED AT THE AIRPORT, HOMELAND SECURITY WANTS TO QUESTION YOU

KAITLIN DIRRIG, MCCLATCHY - Next time you go to the airport, there may be more eyes on you than you notice. Specially trained security personnel are watching body language and facial cues of passengers for signs of bad intentions. The watcher could be the attendant who hands you the tray for your laptop or the one standing behind the ticket-checker. Or the one next to the curbside baggage attendant.

They're called behavior detection officers, and they're part of several recent security upgrades, Transportation Security Administrator Kip Hawley told an aviation industry group in Washington last month. He described them as "a wonderful tool to be able to identify and do risk management prior to somebody coming into the airport or approaching the crowded checkpoint."

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/18923.html

POLL: 78% APPROVE OF AIRPORT STRIP SEARCHES

THE TSA SCAN SCAM

ACLU SUES TSA, JET BLUE OVER ARABIC T-SHIRT BAN

WHAT IT SAID