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“It happens with my natural Afro, when I have braids or two-strand twists. Regardless,” said Wanzer, who lives in Washington, D.C. “At this point in my life I have come to expect it, but that doesn’t make it any less invasive and frustrating.” Wanzer, who had her hair patted down by Transportation Security Administration officers […]

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Dorian Wanzer travels frequently for work. And almost every time she steps out of an airport body scanner, security screeners pull her aside and run their fingers through her hair. It’s called a hair pat-down. “It happens with my natural Afro, when I have braids or two-strand twists. Regardless,” said Wanzer, who lives in Washington, […]

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Photograph Source thierry ehrmann – CC BY 2.0 The arrest of Julian Assange has produced rapturous cheering from the American political elite. Hillary Clinton declared that Assange “must answer for what he has done.” Unfortunately, Assange’s arrest will do nothing to prevent the vast majority of conniving politicians and bureaucrats from paying no price for […]

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Have TSA Agents Searched Your Hair in Airport Security Lines? Tell Us.

March 15, 2019           |                                       

We want to know if airline passengers believe they have faced discrimination in hair pat-downs. In 2015, the Transportation Security Administration agreed to train airport security screeners in hair pat-downs, particularly of African-American women, and to monitor complaints about the pat-downs to assess any potential racial discrimination. This followed a complaint letter filed in 2014 […]

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The shutdown is causing a so-called “blue flu” epidemic among TSA employees who are suffering economic distress. What can they do? We speak to labor organizer Gary Stevenson, co-author of a New York Times OpEd on the topic The post Blue Flu Epidemic Caused by Shutdown: Will it Turn into a Strike? appeared first on […]

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Number of No-Shows Jumps Among Airport Security Screeners

January 14, 2019           |                                       

ATLANTA—The number of airport security screeners failing to show up for work around the country is soaring as the partial government shutdown goes into its fourth week. No-shows among screeners jumped Sunday and again Monday, when the Transportation Security Administration reported a national absence rate of 7.6 percent compared with 3.2 percent on a comparable […]

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ACLU Files Complaint With DHS Over Unfair Blacklisting of U.S. Citizen

August 14, 2018           |                                       

WASHINGTON – The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a formal complaint with the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of Zainab Merchant. Since September 2016, Merchant has been subjected to excessive and humiliating searches, questioning, and detention by federal officers every time she has traveled by air or reentered the United States from a […]

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Boston Globe Exposé Reveals TSA Is Secretly Surveilling Thousands of Travellers

July 31, 2018           |                                       

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