Another TSA Abuse of Privacy

Thank you all so much for the support I’ve received over the last few days!  It’s been incredible, and I really hope I’m able to help us all with this suit.

I’d like to point out one more abuse of privacy involving the TSA as well as US Customs, which I’ve read stories of several times before, including this one today:

In brief summary, the US maintains lists of people whom it would like to search, but ordinarily has no right to and is unable to get a warrant to do so.  It then waits for these people to take an international flight and detains them, searching them there because the law allows for additional rights to search at the border.  However, these searches are not to find dangerous items that may bring down a plane, but rather are targeted at the contents of laptops and cell phones.  That’s right — the US has the “right” to read all your e-mails, look at your pictures with your wife, and copy down every text message that you’ve ever sent.

Luckily, we don’t need a lawsuit to protect ourselves against this type of intrusion, but even simpler: the proper use of encryption.  Encryption is technology that allows you to password-protect your data in a way that makes it unreadable without the password.  Crime TV shows generally portray the government as being able to crack encryption, but if done right, your data cannot be read even by the techs at government crime labs.

One piece of software that does it right is both free and particularly user friendly, called TrueCrypt.  All one needs to do is install and complete the process to encrypt the “system drive.”  Thereafter, all of your “My Documents” folder, browsing history and favorites, e-mail that has been temporarily saved (“cached”) to your computer, and more will be protected from even the most sophisticated prying eyes.

I’ve instructed the support team at my software & networking company, FourTen Technologies, Inc., to assist anyone who needs technical support for installing TrueCrypt at no charge by e-mail.  If the help on TrueCrypt’s Web site isn’t enough to get you going, just e-mail support [at] for assistance (provided as we have availability and without warranty — but free :)).


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    BECAUSE you HAVE THE ABSOLUTE GALL TO promulgate the LIE of 9/11
    and then CRY ABOUT T.S.A.??
    shut up and get in line
    do as you’re told [period]

    1. While I do appreciate that you’re being sarcastic, I’d like to point out that I’m not at “truther” and see no convincing evidence that 9/11 was purpetrated by anyone other than Islamic terrorists. That said, I do think that we’re seeing the government hype a lot of threats right now beyond what they are in order to scare the American public into submission. But that doesn’t negate that 9/11 happened, 3,000 people died, and that al Qaida is to blame.

  2. Best of luck to you! Do you have a court date yet? It will be interesting to see how this turns out. Were you patted down or body scanned on your latest flight?

    1. Lawsuits in federal court are a bit more complex than that. Most of the arguing is done in writing, and there are many, many steps before I even set foot in a court room (and that first time is usually just a scheduling conference).

      The first step after filing is to serve the other party and wait for a response. In the meantime, the court has a motion for a temporary restraining order in front of it, which it may decide at any time. I’m hoping for this coming week.

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