Welcome to Airport Security. A "Wizard" Will Be With You Shortly to Engage in Racial Profiling and Violate Your Privacy.

By Falen M. LaPonzina, Washington Legislative Office at 10:58am
Let's talk about a little known program being deployed across the nations' airports called SPOT, Screening Passengers by Observation Technique. According to an article in Nature News, by Sharon Weinberger, America's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has trained 3,000 officers to detect and infer future behavior, in what can only be described as a psychic effort, to determine an individual's intent. The TSA claims that these screeners are trained to observe and identify people who appear to be deceptive and planning hostile acts.

"No-Fly" With Me

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:38pm

Ayman Latif is a U.S. citizen and disabled Marine veteran living in Egypt with no way to travel to the United States, where he was born and raised, to introduce his new baby daughter to the rest of his family who still reside in the states. He also…

Getting Naked with Strangers May Be More Dangerous Than Suspected

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 4:29pm

In a post about body scanners last month, I noted that the health effects of these machines has been a "muted part of the debate." The issue just got less muted. NPR is reporting that a group of scientists at the University of California,…

Body Scanner Humiliation Reportedly Sparks Alleged Assault

Body Scanner Humiliation Reportedly Sparks Alleged Assault

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 5:23pm

The Miami Herald and the Smoking Gun are reporting that a Miami TSA officer has been charged with aggravated battery after he attacked a coworker. The assault was reportedly sparked by the fact that the man's colleagues were making fun of the size…

"America's Tiniest Terrorist"?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:39pm

Sometimes, it feels like we at the ACLU are fighting an uphill battle when we try to draw attention to just how bloated and ineffective the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) airline watchlist is. We've pointed out that dead people,…

Mikey Does *Not* Like It

By Amanda Simon at 5:25pm

The ACLU has, for years, been screaming at the top of our lungs about government watch lists. For. Years. It turns out, though, one of the most powerful voices not heard before today is that of Mikey Hicks, an 8-year-old boy who has been on the…

ACLU Opposes Body Cavity Searches For All Airline Passengers

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 1:56pm

Okay, so no one is explicitly calling for body cavity searches for all airline travelers — yet. But the logic of those pushing for body scanners for all airline passengers, and criticizing the ACLU for opposing that, leads to the inescapable…

How My Lawsuit Against the TSA Made Airports Safe For the Constitution Again

By Steve Bierfeldt at 3:30pm

(Originally posted at Huffington Post.)

On March 29, 2009, I was traveling through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport carrying approximately $4,700 in cash. I'm the Director of Development for Campaign for Liberty, a political organization…

The Naked Truth

By Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:12pm

As we gear up for another holiday season, the Transportation Security Administration has added a new wrinkle: naked travel.

USA Today has just reported that the TSA has purchased “150 security machines at airport checkpoints that enable…

TSA Search Case on CNN

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:17pm

On Friday, Steve Bierfeldt, treasurer of Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty, and Larry Schwartztol, fearless ACLU attorney, appeared on CNN to talk about our new lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security.

We filed the lawsuit on Steve's…

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