U.S. Attorney Discusses TSA Case with Judges — Without Informing Other Side

My petition to review the constitutionality of the TSA’s nude body scanner programs is presently before three judges of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, who are trying to figure out how much information the TSA can refuse to provide to me (or require me to keep secret), some of which is clearly non-disclosable (classified information) and others of which are laughable (copyrighted documents, documents stamped “For Official Use Only” — a designation invented by the TSA with no legal significance, etc.).

I received notice today that the government has filed these documents under seal (meaning not publicly) and ex parte (meaning I don’t get a copy) “at the request of the Court.” But, I’ve never seen that request. I’ve never been a party to — or even aware of — discussions where the Court woud have made such a request.

If the Court is going to insist on secret filings, it could at least be up front about it.

Corbett v. DHS – Notice of Lodging (.pdf)

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  1. The more I read your comments and the issues regarding your case against the TSA (i.e. the U. S. Government) the more I’m convinced the legal system in this country is broken.

    How sad and shameful that is.

    God bless America, what’s left of it.

  2. I have pain in my chest just from reading this Kafkaesque story. I always thought we live in a democratic country but through your story I’m learning the sad truth that it’s just an illusion.

    1. If you are willing to entertain a few more holes in your illusion, try watching a few episodes of Rachel Maddow’s podcast (news), and hear about what the Republicans are busy doing while they are saying they are not.

  3. Man who stripped at Portland airport fights $1G TSA fine:

    An Oregon man who stripped naked during a security check at Portland International Airport says he expects the Transportation Administration Security Administration to uphold its $1,000 fine at a hearing Tuesday,

    John Brennan, of Portland says he plans to appeal in federal court to force a review of the constitutionality of TSA searches and inspections.

    Brennan, 50, made headlines last year when photos showing him standing near a metal detector without any clothes on went viral.

    He was fined for disrupting the screening process. Brennan said he was cooperative but stripped to show he wasn’t hiding anything after a screener reported finding traces of nitrites, which could indicate an explosive.

    “I totally support airport screening,” Brennan told OregonLive.com. “I just don’t want ti to e at the expense of my constitutional rights.”

    He was acquitted of charges in county court.

    “I’ve had this could hanging over my head … for months and months,” Brennan told OregonLive.com.

    Brennan says he hopes his case leads to more effective, non-invasive procedures.

  4. Terahertz technology helps to see more with less:
    Terahertz technology is an emerging field which promises to improve a host of useful applications, ranging from passenger scanning at airports to huge digital data transfers. Terahertz radiation sits between the frequency bands of microwaves and infrared radiation, and it can easily penetrate many materials, including biological tissue.

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