Monthly Archives: November 2010

Is the Transportation Security Administration America’s SS?

Olivia High Key 13 It’s an extreme proposition, but I’m seeing too many uncomfortable parallels between Nazi Germany of the 30s and 40s and the present totalitarian mini-domain ruled by TSA.  Making allowance that the underlying societies were and are … Continue reading

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TSA Takes Constitutional Heat

Paige 1 The backlash against the nudie scans and the gropings begin to turn toward legal analysis.  It’s about time. First, there is this superficial analysis by Connor Boyack in The Salt Lake Tribune: During the ordeal, the TSA agent … Continue reading

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“First …” — Nudes, 2001-03

Jesse in the Basket Those with sharp eyes will note a new banner at the top of the column at right.  A new book, First …, a collection of thirty-six photographs from the first three years I was photographing the … Continue reading

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A Few TSA Addendums

Sarah 16 Worth reading this morning.  I have generally admired Whoopi Goldberg for her work, her comedy, her willingness to stand up to right-wing crap.  But this takes her off the pedestal: Whoopi Goldberg displayed sheer ignorance by stating that … Continue reading

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Donna Returns 20 How Soon We Forget Department (II) I know I said I’d let you enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday without interruption (and, in any case, none of you should be reading this until Friday at the earliest), but I … Continue reading

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TSA and Photography

Ailuros 10 The “enhanced pat downs” currently performed by TSA represent violations of personal privacy and constitutional rights on so many levels.  Now, it appears, individual TSA agents, TSA locations, or the local airport cops who come when they call, … Continue reading

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Continuing the Dialog

Jessika at Home 31 Yesterday I presented in full Dave Levingston’s comment regarding my condemnation of the nudie scanners as well as the pat downs for unwarranted invasion of privacy and unconstitutional search. I then offered my own supplemental thoughts … Continue reading

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Thought Experiments, Continua and Paradigm Shifts

Erin’s Valediction 16 Thought Experiments First off this morning, let me make clear that one reason I find the government-imposed intrusions on one’s privacy and body searches unacceptable is that they are unavoidable, and once a passenger is in the … Continue reading

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Evolution of a Radicalized Traveler

Carissa 1-14 Events far back in my youth probably lie at the root of my emotional abhorrence of strangers touching me.  I won’t go into any of that, but those events echo down the years to today.  I do not … Continue reading

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In the Hamper Issue Du Jour Remains Du Jour Department Continuing reportage on complaints against TSA and its new scanners and pat-down procedures.  Now The NY Times has picked it up, on its first Business Section page — which shows … Continue reading

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