Boston Herald | Logan airport security just got more up close and personal as federal screeners launched a more aggressive palms-first, slide-down body search technique that has renewed the debate over privacy vs. safety. Continue reading
(BostonHerald) – Logan airport security just got more up close and personal as federal screeners launched a more aggressive palms-first, slide-down body search technique that has renewed the debate over privacy vs. safety.
The new procedure – already being questioned by the ACLU – replaces the Transportation Security Administration’s former back-of-the-hand patdown.
Boston is one of only two cities in which the new touchy-feely frisking is being implemented as a test before a planned national rollout. The other is Las Vegas.
“We’re all for good effective security measures,” American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts spokesman Christopher Ott said. “But, in general, we’re concerned about this seemingly constant erosion of privacy, and we wonder whether or not it’s really going to be effective. Full article here
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(SFGate) – Just as Oakland became the last of the Bay Area’s three airports to install full-body scanners at security checkpoints this week, a new scandal has erupted.
The TSA has insisted all along that these machines cannot capture, store or transmit images of travelers’ naked bodies.
According to a CNET report, another federal agency, the U.S. Marshall’s service, admitted that it had actually stored over 30,000 images recorded by a full-body scanner used at a Florida courthouse.
EPIC also discovered that the TSA actually specified to manufacturers that the machines have the ability to send and store images. The TSA says that these functions are only for testing and training and insists on its web site that the airport body scanners are delivered to airports with storage and recording functions disabled. Read More Here
(AaronDykes) – NBC New York has reported the announcement that full body scanners will soon descend on JFK, Newark and LaGuardia airports, the major transportation hubs of the New York City metropolitan area.
However, an informal poll on NBC NY’s website shows that more than 70% of its local readers are “furious” at the announcement. Another 3% described their reaction as “sad.” Only 14% demonstrated any support for the measure. The overwhelming negative reaction is all the more telling in the context of NBC NY, an affiliate and very mainstream source that likely draws very typical readers. The response demonstrates a rejection of a technology that many critics say is an invasion of privacy, violates the 4th Amendment and may pose health risks. Continue reading
(BostonGlobe) – A privacy advocacy group is suing the Department of Homeland Security to suspend the use of the controversial full-body scanners employed at airports across the country, including at every major checkpoint at Logan International Airport.
The machines, which use X-rays or radio frequency energy to detect weapons and explosives beneath passengers’ clothing, have been much criticized because of privacy concerns. Continue reading
(RedIceCreations) – Ever since it was first installed at Denver International Airport, the 32-foot-tall blue “Mustang” has been the talk of the town, but a new addition is sure to get plenty of attention.
A crew is installing a seven-ton, 26-foot-tall concrete sculpture of an Egyptian god at the airport.
Anubis, a statue with a jackal-head, will be built south of the Jeppesen Terminal.
Although part of the lore of the 9,000-pound “Mustang” is that its creator, Luis Jiménez, was tragically killed while making the piece, Anubis may be even more notorious. He’s the Egyptian god of death and the afterlife. Read entire article
(PressTV) – A passenger plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski has crashed on approach to Smolensk Airport in southwest Russia, killing all on board.
Russian news agencies reported all 132 on board died in the crash on Saturday, citing the Russia’s Emergencies Ministry. Read More Here
Also On Board:
Mr. Janusz Kurtyka, head of the IPN,
p. Sławomir Skrzypek, prezes NBP, Mr Sławomir Skrzypek, President of the NBP,
p. Władysław Stasiak, szef Kancelarii Prezydenta, Mr. Wladyslaw Stasiak, head of the Presidential Office,
p. Ryszard Kaczorowski, ostatni prezydent RP na uchodźstwie, Mr Ryszard Kaczorowski, the last president in exile,
p. Aleksander Szczygło, szef Biura Bezpieczeństwa Narodowego, Mr. Aleksander Szczyglo, head of the National Security Bureau,
p. Janusz Kochanowski, Rzecznik Praw Obywatelskich, Mr. Janusz Kochanowski, the Ombudsman,
WCz. Enable. Przemysław Gosiewski, przewodniczący Klubu Parlamentarnego PiS, Przemyslaw Gosiewski, Chairman of the Parliamentary Club of Law and Justice
WCz. Enable. Jerzy Szmajdziński, wicemarszałek Sejmu z SLD , Jerzy Szmajdzinski, Deputy Speaker of the Sejm of the SLD,
WCz. Enable. Zbigniew Wassermann, poseł PiS, Zbigniew Wassermann, PiS MP,
WCz. Enable. Grzegorz Dolniak, poseł PO, Gregory Dolniak, MP,
p. Paweł Wypych, sekretarz stanu w Kancelarii Prezydenta, Mr. Pawel Wypych, State Secretary in the Office of the President,
p. Andrzej Kremer, wiceminister spraw zagranicznych, Mr. Andrzej Kremer, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs,
gen. Franciszek Gągor, szef sztabu generalnego WP, Gen. Franciszek Gągor, Chief of Staff HR,
p. Piotr Nurowski, prezes Polskiego Komitetu Olimpijskiego. Mr Peter Nurowski, president of the Polish Olympic Committee.
Wg Konstytucji obowiązki JE Lecha Kaczyńskiego przejmie WCz. According to the Constitution, the duties HE Lech Kaczynski will take over Enable. Bronisław Komorowski, marszałek Sejmu, który w ciągu 14 dni powinien ogłosić wybory prezydenckie. Bronislaw Komorowski, Marshal, who within 14 days shall announce presidential elections.
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(AmericanFreePress) – If, God forbid, Americans are ever rounded up in large numbers during a natural or manmade disaster, where could they be detained? Well, perhaps look no further than the school building next door, the office building around the corner or the stadium downtown. And besides existing military installations, state fair grounds, horse stables, airports “and maybe even a hotel” also could be used as detention centers. Continue reading
The Machine that Reads Minds!! Continue reading
(PaulWatson) – But historical record clearly shows that devices are a completely illegal violation of human rights Continue reading
The Underwear Bomber case indicates that whoever is behind these bomb scares is laughing at our gullibility.
How realistic is it that al-Qaida, an organization that allegedly pulled off the most fantastic terror attack in world history, would in these days of heightened security choose for an attack on an airliner a person who is the most conspicuous of all? Umar Farouk Mutallab had a one-way ticket, no luggage, no passport, and his father, reportedly a CIA and Mossad asset, had reported him to the CIA and Mossad. Does anyone really believe that al-Qaida would choose as an airliner bomber a person waving every red flag imaginable? Continue reading
What are we to make of the failed Underwear Bomber plot, the Toothpaste, Shampoo, and Bottled Water Bomber plot, and the Shoe Bomber plot? These blundering and implausible plots to bring down an airliner seem far removed from al-Qaida’s expertise in pulling off 9/11. Continue reading
(TheHill) – The debate over full body security scans just got a lot more graphic, thanks to Democratic political strategist and frequent flyer James Carville. Continue reading
(RawStory) – Amid the media furor over the attempted Christmas Day attacks and a renewed political focus on enhancing airport security, attention is turning to a technological advancement that will have civil rights activists — or, for that matter, anyone with a secret –seriously worried: Mind-reading machines. Continue reading
(Washington) – Obama orders $1B spent on airport body scanners
President Obama yesterday ordered intelligence agencies to streamline how terrorism threats are pursued and analyzed, saying the government has to respond aggressively to the failures that allowed a Nigerian man to ignite an explosive on a jetliner on Christmas Day. Read More Here
(Fox) – Fmr. CEO of American Airlines Calls Full-Body Scanners in Airports a ‘Waste of Resources’
This is a rush transcript from “Your World With Neil Cavuto,” January 6, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. Read More Here
AAPA warns against use of full body scanners
The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has warned against regulators over reacting in the wake of the recent terrorist attempt on a Delta Air Lines passenger aircraft bound for the USA. Read More Here
(PaulWatson) – Inverted Body Scanner Image Shows Naked Body In Full Living Color
The full body scanners that President Obama last night authorized to be rolled out in airports across the country at a cost of over $1 billion dollars not only produce detailed pictures of your genitals, but once inverted some of those images also display your naked body in full living color. Read More Here
(PaulWatson) – Now Mobile Devices Will Scan Your Naked Body On The Streets
Naked body scanners are being readied to go mobile and scan you on the street, at football games and any other event where masses of people are congregated, according to a leaked paper written by Dutch authorities. Read More Here
(KurtNimmo) – Israeli Proposes Absurd Mind Reading Technology at Airports
Not only does the government want to see your naked body in full, living color, they also want to read your mind. “A would-be terrorist tries to board a plane, bent on mass murder. As he walks through a security checkpoint, fidgeting and glancing around, a network of high-tech machines analyzes his body language and reads his mind,” reports the Associated Press. Read More Here
(SteveWatson) – Mind Reading Machines: The Next Step If We Accept Naked Body Scanners
Two weeks later the U.S. government ordered the Department of Homeland Security Department to acquire $1 billion in advanced-technology equipment, including naked imaging body scanners, for screening passengers at airports, pushing all foreign governments to do the same. Read More Here
(TheRegister) – Trouser-bomb clown attacks – how much should we laugh?
As the smoke clears following the case of Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the failed Christmas Day “underpants bomber” of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 fame, there are just three simple points for us Westerners to take away. Read More Here
The Great Airport Scanner Scam
Scan, baby, scan. That’s the mantra among politicians at all levels in the wake of the thwarted terrorist attack aboard a Detroit-bound passenger jet. According to conventional wisdom, the would-be “underwear bomber” could have been stopped by airport security if he’d been put through a full-body scanner, which would have revealed the cache of explosives attached to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s groin. Read More Here
(ChinaDaily) – Trains stopped in their tracks
The heaviest snowfall to hit northern China in nearly six decades continued to snarl traffic yesterday, stranding thousands of passengers on railways and at airports. Read More Here
(MailOnline) – Up to 16 inches of snow, grit and gas supplies running low, airport and road chaos but we’ll cope … at a push
Snowstorms were sweeping across the country last night as Britain faced the prospect of a freeze lasting for weeks. Read More Here
How Low Can It Go? Sun Plunges Into The Quietest Solar Minimum In A Century
The sunspot cycle is behaving a little like the stock market. Just when you think it has hit bottom, it goes even lower. Read More Here
Video: The Weather Channel Lies about Global Warming ……..again! – Video Link Here
(Telegraph) – Are you sceptical about climate change?
Climate change scepticism is set to surge in 2010, the chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has predicted. Read More Here
(NYTimes) – Extended Period of Cold Raises Fears for Florida Crops
As a cold spell continued its rigid hold on much of the eastern United States on Tuesday, farmers in central and southern Florida were bracing for freezing temperatures overnight that could damage orange, strawberry and tomato crops. Read More Here
(CNN) – States battered with record lows face more frigid weather
Another band of frigid weather will blanket the eastern two-thirds of the nation Wednesday, battering states already dealing with record-low temperatures that have been blamed for at least five deaths. Read More Here
Big Chill continues to cause chaos in Europe
Hundreds of schools were shut, and travellers faced air, rail and road delays as snow and icy weather swept Europe Tuesday. Read More Here
(Fox40) – Governor David A. Paterson today advised passengers traveling into or out of New York airports to allow extra time to check in and continue through security screenings prior to their flights. As these measures will add time to standard pre-flight procedures, travelers should arrive an additional hour earlier to mitigate delays. Continue reading
A passenger who boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 253 in Amsterdam with attempted plane bomber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab says the would-be terrorist had no passport and was aided by a sharp-dressed man who claimed Mutallab was a Sudanese refugee, just one of a plethora of startling inconsistencies surrounding an incident that has led to ramped up security. Continue reading
Atlanta based AeroClinic announced it will start offering the H1N1 flu shot to travelers at a series of concourse based kiosks at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. Continue reading
The Department of Homeland Security is expanding a pilot project that uses fingerprint scanners and kiosks to speed travelers headed overseas through airport security. Continue reading
Honduran troops on Sunday fired on anti-coup demonstrators outside the airport in the capital, Tegucigalpa, killing at least two and wounding many more. Continue reading
Cynthia McKinney’s mom said she’s learned that her daughter is on the way home. Continue reading
At JFK Airport, Denying Basic Rights Is Just Another Day at the Office
It’s been at least five years since I’ve flown commercial, and for good reason: I don’t wish to be arrested for questioning actions by often arrogant, rude Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers. Continue reading