Morning Links

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
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  1. #1 |  Windypundit | 

    In other words, even the TSA doesn’t believe their own bullshit.

  2. #2 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    • . . . so it only makes sense to expand the agency to start policing ” cruise ships, at NASCAR races, on buses, and at train stations.“

    Possible, but not likely. The youtube video of TSA in Savannah GA
    groping kids getting OFF the train left such a bad taste
    in people’s mouthg it seemed to backfire.
    With airplanes they can still hide behind 911 fear and loathing, even though
    anyone attempting to hijack a jet post-911 would be killed by angry passengers. Take Shanksville.

  3. #3 |  Chris | 

    “The Fist Amendment”… Excellent typo.

  4. #4 |  KBCraig | 

    Delightful typo on your Oregon recording case link.

  5. #5 |  bd | 

    I like “The Fist Amendment”. It adds new meaning to “fisting”.

  6. #6 |  Jozef | 

    Dear TSA: the difference between a hijacked plane and a hijacked train is that with the plane you can potentially change the course and crash into a building, while the train can’t leave the freakin’ rails.

  7. #7 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Love Gary Johnson, but I’m off to find out why he supports Israel. Maybe he will change his mind like he did on the death penalty.

  8. #8 |  Scooby | 

    The FDA monitoring of personal emails…

    …took place over two years as the plaintiffs accessed their personal Gmail accounts from government computers.

    Note to any potential whistleblowers (and anyone else that doesn’t want their boss in their personal business): don’t check your gmail on your work computer. Get an entry-level android smartphone for under $100 with a $35/mo unlimited data plan if you want to check your gmail at work (bypassing both the employer’s computers and network infrastructure).

  9. #9 |  BamBam | 

    @7, because the talking point this year is to fellate Israel. It is seriously insane for all of this Israel fellating to be going on. It’s all about empire, establishing “democracy” in the Middle East, having a presence to go after “our interests”. There is the bullshit “Iran will blow up the world” threat. Plenty of reports, and even the Israeli intelligence chief, have said that Iran is not a threat to them or the region. The reports are interviews are out there, just not in the mainstream (propaganda) media.

    It all equates to beating the drums of war.

  10. #10 |  Bad Medicine | 

    What #8 said. I’m not saying it was ethical to terminate someone for blowing the whistle, but I know for a fact that everything I do on my work computer (like type this comment) is recorded in case of future problems, and I have no expectation of privacy at work. And it’s not even my employer being over-zealous, it’s required by Federal Law…

  11. #11 |  Mannie | 

    The T&A “pipebomb” story is an example of why intelligent profiling, like the way Israel combats air terrorism, won’t work here. It is impossible to do it with the half trained Benobo monkeys employed by T&A.

  12. #12 |  Marty | 

    I can’t believe the tsa hasn’t just set up shop in dmv offices, jiffylubes, etc…

  13. #13 |  Eric | 

    I love how in the Breaking Bad video game, the Mexico music is Tamacun by Rodrigo y Gabriela: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-qgum7hFXk

  14. #14 |  jrb | 

    I’m seeing TSA agents (or at least people wearing TSA jackets) all over downtown Indy today. They don’t seem to be groping anybody, yet.

  15. #15 |  Bob Mc | 

    Radley tweeted this story today:

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2012/01/recording_police_making_arrests_the_outrageous_illinois_law_that_makes_it_a_felony_.html

    This quote bothers me:

    “Often, arrests of journalists are used to interrupt the recording, and all charges are dropped once the reporters are transported to police stations. That means the First Amendment isn’t technically violated, but reporters are unable to file their stories and may be held for hours before being released”.

    Really dude? Police can arrest you on some pretext with the purpose of keeping you from filing your story, and “the First Amendment isn’t technically violated”?

    Scary if this is the kind of thinking that prevails at The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, that police can do whatever they want and as long as no charges are filed, no harm-no foul.

  16. #16 |  Ken | 

    FDA monitored the personal email accounts of suspected whistleblowers.

    So? This is only a story if the FDA used illegal means to monitor these accounts. If the FDA monitored these accounts because the whistleblowers were using government computers when sending the emails, then this is a non-story. Every single computer that I’ve used at work, in the public and private sector, has a warning when logging on saying that using that computer implies consent that the usage of the equipment will be monitored by the owner of that computer.

    In fact, here’s the relevant quote:

    FDA computers post a warning, visible when users log on, that they should have “no reasonable expectation of privacy” in any data passing through or stored on the system, and that the government may intercept any such data at any time for any lawful government purpose.

    If they didn’t want these emails to be monitored, they should have sent them from their personal computing devices, not the FDA’s.

  17. #17 |  omar | 

    The T&A “pipebomb” story is an example of why intelligent profiling, like the way Israel combats air terrorism, won’t work here.

    Their profiling is not intelligent, it’s brute force. When attempting to depart Israel from Ben Gurion airport, I have been strip-searched, heavily (HEAVILY) interrogated, locked up, denied food/water/bathroom, and all the other nasties that I would ever care to go through. Once they were satisfied I was not a risk, I was allowed to move forward.

    It is impossible to do it with the half trained Benobo monkeys employed by T&A.

    Nothing brings out the fail like trying to call someone stupid.

  18. #18 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “I’m seeing TSA agents (or at least people wearing TSA jackets) all over downtown Indy today. They don’t seem to be groping anybody, yet.”

    By all means, get this on film. If these goons have resorted to moping around town en masse, not doing anything, and getting paid for it with taxpayer money, now that’s a story.

  19. #19 |  AlgerHiss | 

    #15:
    Someone, far brighter than myself, has dubbed this quite calculated bit of intimidation as “catch and release”.

  20. #20 |  jrb | 

    By all means, get this on film. If these goons have resorted to moping around town en masse, not doing anything, and getting paid for it with taxpayer money, now that’s a story.

    They seemed to have just been there to augment the standard police for the Super Bowl security. There were a LOT of events going on. And there was that pretty large (for Indy, anyway) protest against the “right to work” bill at the statehouse, just a couple of blocks away. The anarchocapitalist in me initially screamed about the TSA presence, but realistically I understand (though do not agree) why the city may have decided to bring them in.

  21. #21 |  Daze | 

    NASCAR? Does it count as transportation even if they just drive in circles?

  22. #22 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    GJ’s support of Israel is pretty much the same as guys like Joe Biden, Santorum, Mitt, Newt, and Obama. And, the same as women like Palin and Bachmann. That alone doesn’t mean it is bad, but is cause for concern.

    Encarta didn’t have any recent quotes from GJ, so I had to use Bing for research. Reading through interviews and policy statements I have to say I disagree with GJ’s Israel policy–believing it to be more of the same bad ideas that continue to put USA in danger while also contributing to abuse of several groups of people.

  23. #23 |  Burgers Allday | 

    Intriguing “woman bites sheepdog” story over at Packratt’s today involving a cell phone allegedly smashed by a policeman (now fired?):

    http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21006583735130/deputy-arrested-charged-in-road-rage-incident/

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