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Watch Lists – Easy to Get On, Impossible to Get Off

Watch Lists – Easy to Get On, Impossible to Get Off

By Amanda Simon at 3:26pm
The New York Times had a great editorial in its Sunday paper that outlined the continuing issues with terror watch lists.
Stranger Danger: TSA Frisks Another Little Kid

Stranger Danger: TSA Frisks Another Little Kid

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:05pm

I think most people would agree that little kids shouldn't be subjected to pat-downs at the airport, like little Mikey Hicks was last year. Well, it's happened again.

The TSA's latest victim? Six-year-old Anna Drexel, who was selected for…

Airline Passenger Profiling: Back From the Grave?

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 5:27pm

Does your government trust you? You may find out. The TSA wants to resurrect "airline passenger profiling" schemes from the Bush era, which would gather data about everyone who flies to label them as "trusted," "normal," or "un-trusted."

TSA Pulls Aside Humorist Dave Barry for "Blurred Groin"

TSA Pulls Aside Humorist Dave Barry for "Blurred Groin"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:07pm

We have been hearing (and repeating ourselves) that you have options when you go the airport. That is, if you're pulled aside for secondary screening, you have a choice between going through the strip-search machine or being given an "enhanced…

TSA Has No Time to Train its Screeners

TSA Has No Time to Train its Screeners

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:19pm

Today, the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a new report (PDF), and really, the title says it all. Called "Transportation Security Administration's Management of Its Screening Workforce Training Program…

Homeland Security Wants to See You Naked

Homeland Security Wants to See You Naked

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 3:31pm

Yesterday, in a guest opinion column for USA Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano made a plea to the American public to cooperate with the Transportation Security Agency's (TSA) efforts to virtually strip-search air travelers…

TSA Meets "Resistance" with New Pat-Down Procedures

TSA Meets "Resistance" with New Pat-Down Procedures

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:42pm

The Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) even-more-invasive pat-down searches for people who opt-out of the strip-search machines at airports have generated some striking stories of people's encounters with TSA agents. Jeffrey Goldberg…

"Sexytime Pat-Downs," or an Invasion of Privacy?

"Sexytime Pat-Downs," or an Invasion of Privacy?

By Danielle Riendeau, ACLU of Northern California at 10:51am

If you've traveled through Boston's Logan airport lately, you'll surely have noticed a few changes at the security aisles. Most notably, ominous "naked body scanner" machines now dot each entrance to the gates, and, as was noted in a minor…

Senators Push Back on Storing Naked Security Images

Senators Push Back on Storing Naked Security Images

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:20pm

Earlier this month, the U.S. Marshals Service admitted that it had stored more than 34,000 images of people who had passed through the millimeter wave body scanners at a courthouse in Florida. They were stored despite federal agencies' previous…

A Happy Ending, So Far

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 9:39am

Last week, we got some good news in the case of Adnan Tikvesa, an airline employee whose security clearance was unexpectedly suspended by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) without any reason or reasonable opportunity for him to defend…

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