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Congressman: Secret Report On TSA Pat Downs, Body Scanner Failures Will “Knock Your Socks Off

Congressman: Secret Report On TSA Pat Downs, Body Scanner Failures Will “Knock Your Socks Off

Steve Watson


“Off the charts”
failure rate “sort of like the record of the Marx Brothers”

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which oversees the TSA, has asserted that the release of a classified report on TSA security failures will renew calls for the replacement of the agency with private airport security personnel.

The failure rate (for body scanning equipment) is classified but it would absolutely knock your socks off,” Florida Republican, Rep. John L. Mica told reporters during a briefing Monday.

Mica also asserted that recorded instances of pat downs failing to detect contraband are “off the charts.” This information is also currently still classified, but is due to be released within weeks as part of an upcoming committee report on the TSA’s first decade.

Mica suggested that the TSA’s performance report would read “sort of like the record of the Marx Brothers”.

The TSA has withheld results of its official security tests, despite repeated requests to release the information under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Department of Homeland Security has classified the results of the most recent random, covert “red team tests,” where undercover agents try to see what they can get past airport security. The reason they have done so, according to MIca, is because the results have been so shockingly and consistently bad for the past nine years.

Mica further slammed the TSA Monday, ripping into the agency’s latest experimental security “chat down” procedure.

The chairman referred to the pilot program of “behaviour detection” being tested at Boston Logan airport as an “idiotic mess”.

Describing the program as a poor man’s version of Israeli interrogation security techniques, Mica noted that that the pilot is merely an extension of an already existing program that the Government Accountability Office concluded had little scientific credibility and had cost “a quarter billion” in hiring additional TSA officers.

“This is no joke,” Mica told reporters at the briefing, adding that he had personally visited Logan airport and witnessed first hand the failures of the program.

“I put my ear up and listened to some idiotic questions,” Mica said of the “chat down” procedure, also noting that TSA officers expressed a lack of understanding of the program they had supposedly been trained to engage in.

“I talked to them about their training, which was minimal,” Mica said, adding “It’s almost idiotic… It’s still not a risk-based system. It’s not a thinking system.”

The program is set to be beta tested in Detroit next, before being rolled out nationwide.

Mica repeatedly argued that the TSA’s role at airports could be undertaken in a more efficient and less costly manner by private companies, albeit ultimately still under the supervision of the federal government.

Back in March, the Congressman charged that the TSA intentionally fixed data to ensure that federal workers were employed to screen airport passengers, rather than private contractors.

“TSA cooked the books to try to eliminate the federal-private screening program,” said Mica at the time.

The Congressman was referring to revelations from federal auditors that cost differentials between federal employees and private contractors were overstated by the TSA.

Though the agency contends it was an “error”, The TSA made it appear that it was more cost effective for airports to use federal government workers for security “by increasing the costs for private-contractor screeners relative to federal screeners,” government auditors wrote.

The 2001 Aviation Transportation Security Act, which created the TSA, contained an option written in by Congress allowing airports to choose between using TSA workers and private screeners. It is known as the Security Partnership Program (SPP).

Currently, sixteen airports throughout the country use private contractors under the SPP, however, the TSA has since actively prevented other airports from joining the program, as more and more express an interest in dropping the federal workforce in wake of an epidemic of TSA scandals and failures.

Mica, who helped create the TSA after 9/11, has repeatedly stated that he believes the agency is now completely out of control and believes it should be radically reformed.

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Nullify REAL ID or Get Ready for a Global ID Card


Written by: Tona Monroe

It wasn’t so long ago, that our parents and grandparents fought a world war and were victorious against the genocidal tyrant Adolf Hitler, who pushed for world government and had implemented a papers please society in Germany. Unfortunately most Americans today don’t realize that we also live in a “papers please” society.

What are these papers?

Your driver’s license or “state issued” ID card.

In 2005, under the guise of fighting terrorism, the federal government passed REAL ID as an amendment to a tsunami relief bill, without any debate in the Senate. It had failed twice before as a standalone bill, but as Rahm Emanuel said, the government never wants to waste a good crisis. In a bill for financial aid to tsunami victims, the District of Criminals (DC) thrust a global ID card on this country.

REAL ID is an unconstitutional mandate with 18 benchmarks for the driver’s license (DL) and State issued ID cards. The Department of Homeland Security adopted the International Civil Aviation Organization, an U.N. agency, standard for the digital facial photographic image on driver’s licenses. The photo must be facial recognition compatible linking you to a global ID card that affects your ability to buy, sell and travel.

The cost of REAL ID implementation is enormous, resulting in the States resurrecting the founding fathers method of dealing with federal tyranny, which is nullification. In essence, nullification occurs when the states tell the federal government we’re not going to take unconstitutional orders from you and we refuse to comply.

If only it were that simple. Despite about half of the States enacting laws prohibiting or resolutions opposing REAL ID, most States are actually working toward compliance of all 18 benchmarks.

Why are States proceeding ahead with REAL ID?

In 2009, Tennessee passed HJR 285 urging a two year extension for REAL ID compliance or repeal of the act in its entirety. The Tennessee Department of Safety ignored this resolution and accepted federal grant money, which paid only a small portion of the cost, to implement REAL ID. Bureaucrats rarely resist the intoxicating urge of “free” grant money, no matter what it commits us to.

The TN Dept. of Safety recently announced a new driver’s license complying with REAL ID benchmarks and on March 24 introduced State legislators to a new self-service DL and ID kiosk where you’ll be able to renew your global ID card without waiting in line at the Dept of Safety. How will the kiosk know it’s you? Face recognition software will compare your face with your current picture on file. This means the globalist already have a biometric photo of you and that one world government is coming unless you peacefully resist it now. You can resist now or resist later, but we have a better chance if you start right now!

Call your State legislators, and the House and Senate Transportation Committees and ask them to support HB1874 and SB1638 to ban REAL ID in Tennessee, although this is not enough. State nullification of REAL ID is step one, and we must build upon that.

What else can you do?

Ask your State legislators to ban government use of biometrics and RFIDs
Pass an image waiver bill similar to New Hampshire’s law
Repeal the 6th plank communist manifesto driver’s license restoring our God-given right to travel.
Do not participate in the Drivers License Agreement (DLA)
Defund Fusion Centers
Refuse to renew your driver’s license if the State doesn’t resist federal tyranny (peaceful civil disobediance has made this country great)

Tona Monroe is the chapter coordinator for the East Tennessee Tenth Amendment Center. She is a motorist rights advocate working to stop draconian legislation like REAL ID and the PASS Act, along with Orwellian surveillance devices, or scameras as she calls them. She believes that we need to strike at the root of the problems with all of this by repealing the drivers license statutes and exercising our God given natural inalienable right to travel freely upon the public right-of-ways. She maintains a blog on scameras and our right to travel at www.naturaltreasure.net/scameras

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The views expressed in the above post are those of the individual author only. The article is presented here to foster discussion, and does not necessarily represent the views or positions of the national Tenth Amendment Center.
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http://tennessee.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2011/04/nullify-real-id-or-get-ready-for-a-global-id-card/

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Connecticut will move on “Real ID” license program this fall
Martin B. Cassidy, Staff Writer
Published 10:55 p.m., Friday, May 13, 2011
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STAMFORD — This fall, state drivers will need to go through a new system for renewing and obtaining licenses that will require a variety of identifications to obtain a new photo ID to flash as they enter airports, courthouses and other federal buildings.

The program, called CT Select ID, would start Oct. 3, and has been recognized as compliant with the security guidelines of the federal Real ID Act, Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles spokesman William Seymour said.

The Real ID Act was enacted by Congress in 2005, in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon, to require state motor vehicle officials nationwide to create a process to check the legal immigration or citizenship status during license application or forfeit federal recognition of the documents for official purposes such as travel.

DMV customer service staff and employees of American Automobile Association branch offices who conduct renewal processing will be trained during May in how to process the license material and winnow out phony documents, Seymour said.

Eligibility and what combination of birth certificate, U.S. passport and documents showing legal presence in the country are needed to gain the license will vary from scenario to scenario, based on whether applicants are U.S. citizens, married, and a variety of other factors, Seymour said.

For instance, an unmarried male U.S. citizen applying for the license could present their birth certificate, a U.S. passport, Social Security card, and proof of residence to get the license.

A divorced female whose name is different on her driver’s license than on her birth certificate would additionally need marriage licenses and divorce records to demonstrate their name change.

Foreign citizens studying or working in the U.S. would be required to show a variety of additional documents to corroborate their claims, such as an I-94 form which shows when one entered the country, and for students, various proof of enrollment from an academic institution.

A full list and discussion of the requirements can be found on the DMV’s website at ct.gov/selectCTid.

Drivers who wish to avoid the more extensive check of immigration status and background information can still renew their licenses using the old renewal process which only requires providing your current license, Seymour said.

Those applicants will receive a non-compliant license that can subject them to more scrutiny at airports and elsewhere, Seymour said.

“There is nothing in the Real ID law that prevents us from continuing our current process which does not involve a check on people’s legal status so all we’re doing is continuing the current process,” Seymour said. “We also felt some people may not need the new license to travel and we thought we should give them the option to opt out.”

Foreigners with legal presence in the U.S. expected to last less than six years, including those with student and work visas, will be ineligible at the time of renewal to seek the Real ID compliant licenses and can only apply for the non-verified licenses.

Earlier this spring, the federal government granted an extension of the deadline to states to implement the new standards, which were created in direct response to recommendations of the 9/11 Commission to create more secure driver’s license standards to help prevent similar attacks.

More than 20 states including Maine, Georgia, Washington, and New Hampshire have adopted legislation rejecting the requirements of the act out of a range of concerns for privacy and potential increased risk for identity theft.

Connecticut lawmakers discussed proposed legislation in 2009 to opt of Real ID, which was supported by the ACLU of Connecticut.

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