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Why Can’t We Sue the TSA For Assault?

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When I was in Congress and had to regularly fly between DC and Texas, I was routinely subjected to invasive “pat-downs” (physical assaults) by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). One time, exasperated with the constant insults to my privacy and dignity, I asked a TSA agent if he was proud to assault innocent Americans for a living.I thought of this incident after learning that the TSA has been compiling a “troublesome passengers” list. The list includes those who have engaged in conduct judged to be “offensive and without legal justification” or disruptive of the “safe and effective completion of screening.” Libertarian journalist James Bovard recently pointed out that any woman who pushed a screener’s hands away from her breasts could be accused of disrupting the “safe and effective completion of screening.” Passengers like me who have expressed offense at TSA screeners are likely on the troublesome passengers list.Perhaps airline passengers should start keeping a list of troublesome TSA agents. The list could include those who forced nursing mothers to drink their own breast milk, those who forced sick passengers to dispose of cough medicine, and those who forced women they found attractive to go through a body scanner multiple times. The list would certainly include the agents who confiscated a wheelchair-bound three-year-old’s beloved stuffed lamb at an airport and threatened to subject her to a pat-down. The girl, who was at the airport with her family to take a trip to Disney World, was filmed crying that she no longer wanted to go to Disney World.

The TSA is effective at violating our liberty, but it is ineffective at protecting our security. Last year, the TSA’s parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), conducted undercover tests of the TSA’s ability or detect security threats at airports across the country. The results showed the TSA staff and equipment failed to uncover threats 80 percent of the time. This is not the first time the TSA has been revealed to be incompetent. An earlier DHS study fund TSA screenings and even the invasive pat-downs were utterly ineffective at finding hidden weapons.

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Government Eyes Are Watching You: We Are All Prisoners of the Surveillance State

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The Rutherford Institute

 

By John W. Whitehead
June 18, 2018

 

 

 

“We’re run by the Pentagon, we’re run by Madison Avenue, we’re run by television, and as long as we accept those things and don’t revolt we’ll have to go along with the stream to the eventual avalanche…. As long as we go out and buy stuff, we’re at their mercy… We all live in a little Village. Your Village may be different from other people’s Villages, but we are all prisoners.”— Patrick McGoohan

First broadcast in America 50 years ago, The Prisoner—a dystopian television series described as “James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafka”—confronted societal themes that are still relevant today: the rise of a police state, the freedom of the individual, round-the-clock surveillance, the corruption of government, totalitarianism, weaponization, group think, mass marketing, and the tendency of humankind to meekly accept their lot in life as a prisoner in a prison of their own making.

Perhaps the best visual debate ever on individuality and freedom, The Prisoner (17 episodes in all) centers around a British secret agent who abruptly resigns only to find himself imprisoned and interrogated in a mysterious, self-contained, cosmopolitan, seemingly tranquil retirement community known only as the Village. The Village is an idyllic setting with parks and green fields, recreational activities and even a butler. More

Minnesota Gun Rights

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 The North Star’s ONLY No-Compromise Gun Group

I just got back from the capitol and I have an exciting update for you.

As you know, Representative Nick Zerwas was working a backroom deal to put the A18 Amendment on SF3019 which would destroy your data privacy rights with health care providers.

If his amendment were to become law, health care providers would be able to share your most sensitive information with any government agencies they see fit.

That includes your medical records, gun ownership, how much money you make per year, and virtually anything you’ve ever told your doctor would be accessible by government agencies to use as they please.

In the last couple days, gun owners POURED on an avalanche of pressure telling the legislature HECK NO on ANY gun control bills of any kind.

Capitol insiders were telling us that the phones were ringing off the hook and that the legislature was “freaking out”.

Minnesota Gun Rights was at the capitol all day to see the outcome of the vote and in the end, it went out with a whimper.

The bill was never brought up for a vote and the amendment was not offered up.

That doesn’t mean this amendment, or any gun-control bill for that matter, is entirely dead. More

Dial T for Tyranny: While America Feuds, the Police State Shifts Into High Gear

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By John W. Whitehead
April 30, 2018

“Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility.” — Professor Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Discourse in the Age of Show Business

What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing.

Played out on the national stage and eagerly broadcast to a captive audience by media sponsors, this farcical exercise in political theater can, at times, seem riveting, life-changing and suspenseful, even for those who know better. READ MORE HERE!

Crimes of a Monster: Your Tax Dollars at Work

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By John W. Whitehead

April 16, 2018

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“This is true whether you’re talking about taxpayers being forced to fund high-priced weaponry that will be used against us, endless wars that do little for our safety or our freedoms, or bloated government agencies such as the National Security Agency with its secret budgets, covert agendas and clandestine activities. Rubbing salt in the wound, even monetary awards in lawsuits against government officials who are found guilty of wrongdoing are paid by the taxpayer.”

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“Is ours a government of the people, by the people, for the people, or a kakistocracy rather, for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools?”— James Russell Lowell, 19th century American novelist…..

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5 Privacies you didn’t know you lost

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 Published on Mar 22, 2018
We all know that privacy is a thing of the past, right? Pfff.
The government spying on everyone? That’s yesterday’s news.
But if you think you’ve heard it all when it comes to the obtrusive police state panopticon,
you’ve got another thing coming.
Here are five privacies you didn’t even realize you lost.

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DHS to Monitor All Media and Journalists: Guess What’s Coming?

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The Daily Sheeple

Let’s start out with a revealing statement from an individual named Tyler Q. Houlton, listed as a “spokesperson for DHS,” regarding the agency’s

latest maneuver. Here’s what Houlton had to say:

“Despite what some reporters may suggest, this is nothing more than the standard practice of monitoring current events in the media. Any suggestion otherwise is fit for tin foil hat wearing, black helicopter conspiracy theorists.”

This statement on Houlton’s Twitter account came on the heels of a release that DHS is now going to monitor all journalists. The article is entitled Homeland Security to compile database of journalists and ‘media influencers. Here are two noteworthy excerpts: More

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