Archive for the ‘opt-out day’ Category

“From checkpoints and electronic strip searches at airports… to your banker being forced to report suspicious deposits to being locked up for not disclosing all of your assets to the IRS… the signs are clear: 1984 is here. Whether it’s a War on Drugs, Illegal Immigration, or Terrorist… it is all a war on individual sovereignty.” 

– John Pugsley, a man who woke up Orwell  

:::MORE HERE::: 

Here is second life for news that matters.

Failed UK ID Card project racks up another £400,000 in expenses

No plans for Aussie online ID (Y’know… in case you’re an Aussie freaked out about NSTIC, right?)

Please check out Dana Priest’s newest work on domestic surveillance, on PBS’ Frontline featuring the history of DHS and US Fusion Centers in Are We Safer?

D.C. expanding public surveillance camera net

TSA is definitely not in favorable light with US public. We are looking for follow up stories on the Phil Mocek trial. 

Technology can scan fingerprints from 6 feet away 

GAO: “E-Verify better, but still flawed”

DIY Government: Challenge FBI Abuses

Advertisements

Happy Thanksgiving: Travel laughs

Posted: November 25, 2010 in opt-out day, tsa

11-24-2010:  Report Abuse During Passenger Screening in U. S. Airports

c/o Paper’s Please – Edward Hasbrouck 

What you need to know about your rights at the airport 

  1. TSA “screeners” are not law enforcement officers. Despite wearing police-type uniforms and calling themselves “officers”, they have no police powers and no immunity from any state or local laws.  At some airports, notably San Francisco (SFO) and Kansas City (MCI), they aren’t government employees at all, but rent-a-cops employed by a private contractor. They cannot legally arrest or detain you (except as a citizen’s arrest, the same way you can arrest them if they commit assault or battery). All they can do is call the local police.
  2. You have the 1st Amendment right to film, photograph, and record what happens in public areas of airports, including your interactions with TSA and screeners.  Photography and recording in airports and at TSA checkpoints violates no Federal law or TSA regulation. Any state or local laws that purport to prohibit this are likely to be unconstitutional. You have the right, for your own protection, to document what happens to you and what is done to you.
  3. You have the right not to be assaulted or battered (sexually or otherwise), falsely arrested, unlawfully detained, or kidnapped.  You should consult the applicable laws, including local laws, and/or an attorney if you plan to do any of these things, but you have the right to make a criminal complaint and/or a citizen’s arrest of someone who assaults you, and/or to sue them for damages.
  4. Under most airlines’ conditions of carriage, you have the right to a full and unconditional refund if the airline refuses to transport you because you won’t show ID or won’t “consent” to whatever they want to do to you in the name of “screening”. Read this first:Here’s what to do to protect your right to a refund.  If the airline refuses to give you a full refund, you can sue them for damages and request that the US Department of Transportation investigate and fine them.
  5. If an airline cancels your reservation or refuses to transport you, you may be entitled to collect damages, and you can request that the US Department of Transportation (and, if you were denied passage to the USA from another country, that country’s authorities) investigate and fine or impose other sanctions on the airline.
  6. You have the right to freedom of movement, guaranteed by the First Amendment (”the right of the people… peaceably to assemble”) and Article 12 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a human rights treaty to which the US is a party: “Everyone lawfully within the territory of a State shall, within that territory, have the right to liberty of movement and freedom to choose his residence. Everyone shall be free to leave any country, including his own…. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of the right to enter his own country.”

ALSO:

IMPORTANT TSA numbers & contact URLS

Office of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs is (571)227-2829.
http://www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/layers/portstep/editorial_with_table_0063.shtm

The Office of Civil Rights can be reached toll free at 1-877-EEO-4-TSA (1-877-336-4872) or (800) 877-8339 (TTY), or by E-mail at TSA.Civilrights@dhs.gov.

Source: http://www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/civilrights/contact_us.shtm

Other TSA contacts: http://www.tsa.gov/contact/index.shtm

DHS & TSA: Making a list, checking it twice

Filming the TSA may get you persecuted, laws or not