I’ve been on the phone all day for the last 2 days with reporters and journalists of all kinds, including the big bad MSM, and one South Florida reporter told me that he had been “strongly cautioned” by the TSA not to cover my viral YouTube video showing TSA nude body scanners to be completely worthless. Absolutely unbelievable:
Update: The name of the TSA spokeswoman who attempted to intimidate this journalist is Sari Koshetz.
Update 2: Second journalist comes forward in comments on this post: SmarterTravel March 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm | #11 Reply | Quote | Edit We were also “strongly cautioned” not to cover the story. We did anyway at SmarterTravel: http://tinyurl.com/7te5wj8
The TSA is clearly no fan of the 4th Amendment, nor of 5th Amendment due process rights, and now this blatant attempt to manipulate the free press with “strong caution” hits at Amendment the First. Why strong caution? Are there repercussions for journalists that fail to heed this “advice?” Because, you know, if I were a member of the free press and the federal government asked me to censor myself, I’d happily comply . . . . . . . . . riiight.
I have news for the federal government: Americans will not take censorship in any form. We thought we made this clear when you tried to force SOPA on us.
So what should we do about this? If you’re a journalist who has received any kind of similar warning, please contact me. Everyone else, please take a moment to contact your local mainstream media outlets (Fox, ABC, NBC, CNN, etc.) to request that they cover the original story. The Internet has been absolutely amazing as have large alternative programs (Alex Jones, for example) and I do believe that we have successfully spread the word. But, if the TSA doesn’t want the MSM to cover it, there’s probably a reason, so let’s take the battle there!
I would buy 3… if you said “cheese and pepperoni and sausage” that would be 2, but no and between cheese and pepperoni allows us to infer that pepperoni and sausage are separate pizzas.
Fuck the TSA, trying to look at my wiener anyways.
Well done JC!
You da man!! Bob is NOT!!!
“You’re” is the contractive form of ‘You are’, as is “didn’t” is to ‘did not’ or “they’re” is to ‘they are’. Saying either one interchangeably is acceptable; In fact ‘you are’ is more formal than “you’re”. That being said, make sure that you know what you are talking about before you start correcting everyone’s grammar.
Yeah I agree…..
Please, enlighten us with all these saving grace events? Last I heard, the only recent real attempts to get a bomb on a plane where aided by federal agents who gave suspects faulty devices and helped them board planes. And if you make socks a prohibited item, you are going to confiscate a lot of them at the gates. I guess you might technically then be safer from ‘sock-based bombs’ but I have to first register something as an issue before I feel happy the government decided to save me from it.
Palestinians definitely should be promoted politically.
you just made yourself look really stupid. ciao
NDAA 2012 was here.
Section 1021 and 1022 have been called a violation of constitutional principles and of the Bill of Rights – Curated by Randy L. Dixon Rivera
My husband was wearing his “Scope? Grope? Nope!” t-shirt on a shopping trip to Costco today, and the checker there said “Hey did you hear about the engineer who found a problem in those machines?” and my husband smiled.
The word is getting out there to the masses Jon!
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TSA weenies like you should not try and post rebuttals, it makes you look foolish because THE TSA HAS NOT STOPPED ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry for yelling, but you were being “silly”. Only passengers and intelligence agencies have stopped anything. The TSA’s record is 0…
Great story. We’re looking for someone to come and speak on the TSA at FreedomFest this year: http://www.freedomfest.com, the world’s largest gathering of free minds. Steve Forbes, John Mackey (Whole Foods Market), Judge Andrew Napolitan, Steve Moore (WSJ) are speakers…..over 2500 expected in attendance. Please contact me to discuss.
July 11-14, 2012, Las Vegas
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SOPA wasn’t about privacy, just like the TSA’s multi-billion-dollar super-seecrit scanners aren’t about security.
I wrote about the Save Our Political Assets Act in my own blog (http://billhorne.com/?p=45), and I’d like to point out that, like SOPA, the entire TSA is a ham-handed, clumsy attempt to accomplish the goal of putting lots of money into the hands of a few well-to-do contractors, and then into the “Congressional Water Slide” that leads from the toilets of the rich into the campaign coffers of the best elected representatives that money can buy.
That is, of course, just one man’s opinion, and it will remain so until the Department of Homeland Security stops “Strongly Cautioning” our press, and starts dictating. I have seen this behavior before: it was called “Patriotism” and it was directed at anyone who dared to question Joseph McCarthy and his friends.
Wow… (please note: that was not an attempt to be grammatically correct in my use of the period. I was simply trying to indicate an astonished pause similar to the one I experienced when reading that particular thread. A “gathering of my thoughts” if you will.)
The fact that you can even figure out what most of the people posting here are trying to say makes it one of the more educated blogs on the Internet.
And, nototolingga, I think it’s somewhat presumptuous of you to assert that simply buying arsenic indicates murderous intent. It could also indicate suicidal intent. Additionally, what freaking stores do you go to where you can buy coffee, donuts, and arsenic? Is that your local Jiffy Mart or what?
Arsenic used to be a common pest control item for flower gardens. It also used to be used to taint bread to kill mice and rats.