Infowars: TSA To Conduct Grope Downs at DNC

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Infowars: TSA To Conduct Grope Downs at DNC: Federal agency running security checkpoints at public events becoming normalized

    The Transportation Security Administration will be conducting grope downs and bag searches at three different locations in Charlotte this week at the Democratic National Convention, illustrating the fact that the TSA has expanded well beyond its remit of transportation and into public venues. The DNC will be held at three separate sites this week, all of which will have security checkpoints staffed by TSA officers.

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    Attendees will be forced to undergo invasive pat downs and have their personal items scanned if they wish to enter any of these venues. The agency is also increasing its footprint of TSA agents at the Charlotte Douglas Airport, adding a whopping 161 extra TSA screeners including 20 “behavior detection” officers who will watch for suspicious activity and conduct “chat downs” with travelers. More than 700 TSA officers in the airport alone will be present for the duration of the convention.
     
  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    The problem with Alex Jones is that he lies. He lied about the TSA gropedowns at the RNC convention. The article he linked to then said only that bags were checked by TSA. It said nothing about being fondled. Jones added that himself. It might be that TSA is rubbing people at the DNC convention, but I doubt it.
     
  3. I thought it was also a little hyperbolic to say that these appearances are becoming "normalized". Normalizing may be the goal, but I think the process is still in the early stages.
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Part of the problem here was that I looked at Drudge (who linked Infowars) this morning before I Googled TSA.

    Both of these Infowars pieces are covered in more mainstream sources today.
     
  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Government Executive: TSA adding security officers for Democratic Convention

    The Transportation Security Administration is boosting its ranks at Charlotte-Douglas Airport in North Carolina, in preparation for the traffic surge from this week’s Democratic National Convention. According to Charlotte’s WSOC-TV, 161 officers are being brought in to help the 550 currently stationed in the airport. The additional personnel will include behavior detection officers, transportation security specialists and explosives teams. WSOC-TV also reported that 55 additional officers will assist the Secret Service with screening at the convention’s primary sites, including Time Warner Arena, Bank of America stadium and the Charlotte convention center.
     
  6. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    What concerns me is that normalization is the goal.

    Obviously the best recourse for citizens is to avoid those venues where goon squads are allowed to openly terrorize citizens. At what point will citizens who don't wish to be pawed and illegally searched be forced to choose between participating in the political process and their 4th Amendment rights?

    Are we there yet? If we're not, we're perilously close. I bet some of those filthy thugs will be loitering around the polls in November.
     
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Reason had an article on this earlier today but the link has already gone bad. From Google News ...

    Why is the TSA Mission Creeping into DNC Convention Security?

    Reason (blog)-2 hours ago
    The TSA is a favorite boogeyman over at Alex Jones' tinfoilhat-stravaganza infowars.com, but contrary to many of their wilder conclusions about, say, how ...
     
  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Amy Alkon: Both Democrats And Republicans Have Been Transporting Us

    (To (expletive deleted) in a handbasket, that is.)

    But, metaphors aside, what is the TSA doing at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions?

    They're supposed to be the Transportation "Security" Administration.
     

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