Our primary objection is to the very existence of a system under which the government requires common carriers to identify each would-be traveler and get the government’s permission (”clearance”) before they can travel. Such a scheme is made far wor
As the video and transcript make perfectly clear, the driver was courteous and answered all immigration-related questions directed to him. Nonetheless, the federal Homeland Security agent attempted to gain access to the interior of the vehicle for a
Lately, news is bubbling to the surface about federal ID as a way to supplant the political aims of Texas State leaders wishing to appear "tough on immigration". Some Texans have varied ideas about what Real ID is and should be. What Real ID will ne
“The $215 million proposal to acquire 500 scanners next year, combined with the 450 to be bought this year, marks the largest addition of airport-security equipment since immediately after the 9/11 attacks.
Air passengers who refuse to submit to controversial full body scans will be barred from boarding their flights
The cost of an electronic security program at NY's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has ballooned but a severe shortfall in the money needed means it may never be completed. The cost has risen to $833 million from $591 million but only $59 milli
A Jewish teenager trying to pray on a NY-to-Kentucky flight caused a scare when he pulled out a set of small boxes containing holy scrolls, leading the captain to divert the flight to Philadelphia, where he was greeted by police, bomb-sniffing dogs a
The U.S. lost ground on many fronts. Scores declined in seven of the 10 categories of economic freedom. Losses were particularly significant in the areas of financial and monetary freedom and property rights. Driving it all were the federal governmen
A senior counterterrorism official said his agency lacks "Google-like" search capability that could have identified the suspect in the attempted Christmas Day airline bombing. [Send more money and we will study how to add it.]
The FBI illegally collected more than 2,000 US telephone call records between 2002 and 2006 by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist or persuading phone companies to provide records. Officials issued approvals after the fact to justify th
Can any stance that is allegedly pro-freedom and rights for United States citizens while simultaneously advocating government border control possibly be internally consistent? We can begin to investigate that question by looking at what things are a
What he has made little mention of is that the Chertoff Group, his security consulting agency, includes a client that manufactures the machines. The relationship drew attention after Chertoff disclosed it on a CNN program Wednesday, in response to a
Already this week the TSA was caught in a lie about what it likes to call whole body imaging (virtual strip search) machines, when the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) obtained documents showing that, despite TSA claims that “this state-o
Officials say security screeners at a Bozeman-area airport failed to spot a gun in a passenger's luggage last month, but the man turned himself in when he realized his error. The man became aware he had the firearm in his carryon luggage as he was b
We’ve been having a hard time keeping up with events over the last few weeks. Every time we think the keystone cops from the Department of Homeland Security can’t come up with anything dumber to do, they prove us wrong. At this point we’re not sure w
An airline passenger in Miami proclaimed "I want to kill all the Jews" before police forced him off a Detroit-bound plane. Asad was charged with threats against a public servant, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer without violence.
[that's nice] Homeland Security officials say they had flagged the suspect in the Christmas Day airline bombing attempt as someone who should go through additional security when he landed in the United States.
A passenger whose bag tested positive for explosives at a California airport prompting authorities to shut down the facility and divert flights, said he was carrying only bottled honey. Hours later he was still being held for questioning, and investi
A company official says a United Airlines flight headed to Chicago had to return to St. Louis because they had a problem with its computers, and manually checked in passengers. The computers started working after the flight took off and that’s when t
I would respond the same... I was walking up to the terminal checkpoint when The government(TSA) sounded like a Capitol One Credit Card Commercial... What's in your Underwear? I would look for the closest exit also...
He said that terrorist-style tactics carried out against the United States and U.S. interests are a response to occupation of Arab lands. The attempted attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253, he said, was a result of "either awful stupidity or there
"Security theater" refers to security measures that make people feel more secure without doing anything to actually improve their security.
2 federal agencies charged with keeping potential terrorists off airplanes and out of the country have been without their top leaders for nearly a year. It took the Obama administration more than 8 months to nominate anyone to lead the Transportation
As the Obama administration showboats their concerns for air safety while offering even more restrictions on Americans, the truth begins to show its ugly head. Eye witness Kurt Haskell of New Port Michigan told another story of blatant disregard for
Armed officers on Sunday rushed aboard the same Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight that was attacked on Christmas Day, but the perceived threat wasn't much of a danger - just an ill traveler who spent too much time in the bathroom.
Tensions are running high after Friday's attempted terror attack aboard an airplane, and those fears sparked a security scare at Sky Harbor Airport Saturday night -- and 2 men had to be pulled off a plane who were Middle Eastern and acting suspicious
A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer stationed at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on a charge of receiving child pornography. The indictment charges that Eric Higgins, 31, received pornographic ima
Since agents had neither probable cause nor consent in this case, the search of Mz. Cooper and her vehicle were illegal. Additionally, its unlikely the stop itself was legal since conducting a lawful u-turn along a public highway does not constitute
My guess is that the federal agents involved in the beat-down know that whatever Mr. Watts did, it didn't rise to the level of assault. They probably also know that if they tried to charge him with assault themselves, the federal prosecutor would eit