Monday, November 29, 2010

THE BY PASSING OF SECURITY BY ALMOST ALL AIRPORT WORKERS: Letter to Kate Hanni from an Airline Captain (Name witheld to protect him)

Hi Kate,

I saw you on Fox news. I’m a Captain for a major Airline based in Seattle and you and the rest of the media are unfortunately completely missing the story here. I park in a remote employee lot and ride the bus in with all the other airport workers. We call it the Mogadishu Express because nearly all airport workers now are Muslim. We all get off the bus together in the basement and ride the elevators up to the Terminal and cross the walkway into the terminal......... and then all these Muslims and other airport workers go downstairs and bypass security while only the Pilots and Flight attendants go up and are paraded through security in full dress uniform.

We Crewmembers are TSA’s pawns so the public can see us and feel like TSA is doing a thorough job, i.e. “ If the pilots have to go through too, then we must be safe Grandma”. TSA is a complete fraud. An army of these Muslim woman that have just bypassed security then come on my plane in full Muslim garb to clean it between flights. ( Please, I’m not picking on Muslims but simply trying to make my point). Then, all the ramp workers( most from Somalia as of this week, hired by Menzies) who have also bypassed security load the bags and then push my aircraft back from the gate so we can taxi.

They have all had complete unrestricted access to every lavatory, overhead bin, seatback, cargo hold, galley, nose gear wheel well as they disconnect the tow bar (read sticky bomb) and every other access panel on my aircraft. I feel a much greater threat from all these unscreened aircraft workers than I do from the passengers boarding my aircraft! TSA is nothing more than a giant overfunded whitewash perpetrated on the flying public to make them feel safe.PERIOD.

The janitors cleaning the restrooms inside the secure area of the terminal have bypassed security, the Mechanics working on my aircraft have bypassed security, the Skycaps pushing the old folks down the jet way in the wheelchairs have bypassed security, all the gate agents boarding the flight have bypassed security. All the construction workers at our airports have bypassed security and on and on. Are you starting to get the picture?

Pistole will first deny this then will relent and tell you they have all had a thorough background check. (Read drivers license check). I have been fingerprinted and checked by the FBI and I still go through security every single day and yet these thousands and thousands of Muslim and other airport workers bypass our nations security....... each and every day! There is no security.......its all a scam. Either every single person in the “secure area” has been screened by TSA or there is no security. Don’t even get me started on the body cavity bomber which makes these obtrusive scans and Genital pat downs instantly obsolete. I wish just one person in the media would pick up what is so obvious to the rest of us. THE BY PASSING OF SECURITY BY ALMOST ALL AIRPORT WORKERS.


Airline Captain Based in Seattle

(Since I don't want to be turned in to Joe the Plumber I prefer to remain anonymous)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Public Concern Over TSA Screening Grows

Public Concern Over TSA Screening Grows
A new poll by Zogby International demonstrates the increasing public concern about full-body scanners that use low-level X-rays and extremely invasive pat-downs. Members of Congress and the flying public are just starting to uncover the numerous problems with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's decision to deploy these scanners without adequate public input.

Ralph Nader
November 23, 2010

An excerpt from the Zogby International news release follows:

Zogby Interactive: 61% Oppose Full Body Scans and TSA Pat Downs; 48% Will Seek Alternative to Flying Frequent Fliers: 59% Oppose Enhancements and 43% Will Seek Alternative to Flying

The implementation of full body scans and pat downs by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as part of security enhancements at our nation's airports will cause 48% of Americans and 42% of more frequent fliers to choose a different mode of transportation when possible, a recent Zogby International Poll finds. Overall, 61% of the 2,032 likely voters polled from Nov. 19 to Nov. 22, oppose the use of full body scans and TSA pat downs. Republicans (69%) and Independents (65%) oppose in greater numbers than Democrats (50%). Of those polled, 52% believe the enhanced security measures will not prevent terrorist activity, almost half (48%) say it is a violation of privacy rights, 33% say they should not have to go through enhanced security methods to get on an airplane, and 32% believe the full body scans and TSA pat downs to be sexual harassment. This is in line with frequent fliers (fly more than once every 3 months), as 53% say the enhanced measures will not prevent terrorist activity, 48% believe it's a violation of their privacy rights, 41% say they should not have to go through it to get on an airplane, and 35% believe it is sexual harassment.

The full text of the Zogby International news release is available at:

A new cartoon by Matthew Marran appears at: Says "Opt-Out" of Scanners!

November 14, 2010
Contact: Kate Hanni 707-337-0328

Flyers Rights Launches “ScannerGate” Petition to protest use of
Scanners and “Enhanced” Pat Down Mechanisms as Primary Screening Method

Flyers Rights ( the largest Airline passenger rights group in the world, today announced the launch of a Petition to protest the implementation of Backscatter Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) Machines as well as the “Enhanced” Pat Down Mechanisms for those who “Opt Out” of the machines.

“The TSA has offered no credible specifications for Radiation emitted by these machines, and multiple constituencies, including the US Airline Pilots Association are declining to be screened. The TSA has also implemented an “Enhanced” Pat Down procedure that includes touching the genitals as well breasts and buttocks. It’s clear the intent behind this new Pat Down process is to discourage Flyers from opting out of the AIT Scanners,” Said Kate Hanni, Director of Flyers Rights.
“We are asking all Travelers to sign this petition:

The Petition is called “ScannerGate: Privacy is Paramount.”

“We believe that all the TSA is doing is adding layers of security- and in this case, more is not better- more is just more. We believe that both the AIT and Enhanced Pat Down Mechanisms are a violation of all Americans 4th Amendment rights against unreasonable search. It’s time for the TSA to adopt Risk Based, Intelligent Screening, and not simply add layers on the existing process.”

Legendary Consumer Rights Advocate Ralph Nader, Attorney Paul Hudson and Flyers Rights Director Kate Hanni had sent a request for a meeting to John Pistole and Janet Napolitano and thus far have not been contacted for that meeting.

“It’s unacceptable that the TSA and DHS would meet with Travel Groups, Pilots, Flight Attendants, Hotels etc. and NOT meet with the largest passengers rights group in the world,” said Kate.

Flyers Rights advice to their membership and all who are traveling through the holidays is as follows:

o Opt out of scanners
o Ask for a private room for your pat down WITH a witness,
o If you have a child under the age of 12 you can ask the ticket agent if your child was pre-selected for additional screening, if they were you can ask to have them de-selected.
o If during the screening process/pat down you feel you or your child was molested call the authorities.
o Don’t wear metal and if you aren’t pre-selected for additional screening you might avoid the dreaded pat down.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Maker of Naked Body Scanners CEO accompanies President Obama to India...

OSI Systems Chief Executive Officer Joins US Presidential Visit to India

HAWTHORNE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- OSI Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSIS), a vertically-integrated provider of specialized electronic products for critical applications in the Security and Healthcare industries, today announced that Deepak Chopra, Chairman and CEO, was selected to accompany US President, Barack Obama, to Mumbai and attended the US India Business Entrepreneurship meeting, which was held by the US India Business Council (US IBC). The goal of the meeting was to promote further trade between US and India.

Deepak Chopra, OSI Systems President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "I am honored to be selected to play a role in this very important cause. Currently the trade between US and India is only one tenth of the amount of trade between US and China. There is substantial opportunity to improve the trade relations with India for mutual economic gain."

The US India Business Council is a business advocacy organization representing America's top companies investing in India, joined by global Indian companies, with an aim to deepen trade and strengthen commercial ties.

About OSI Systems, Inc.

OSI Systems, Inc. is a vertically integrated designer and manufacturer of specialized electronic systems and components for critical applications in the homeland security, healthcare, defense and aerospace industries. We combine more than 30 years of electronics engineering and manufacturing experience with offices and production facilities in more than a dozen countries to implement a strategy of expansion into selective end product markets. For more information on OSI Systems Inc. or any of its subsidiary companies, visit News Filter: OSIS-G

OSI Systems Inc
Ajay Vashishat
Vice President, Business Development

Source: OSI Systems, Inc.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Letter to DHS Secretary Napolitano/Adm.Pistole and Secretary LaHood regarding Body Scanners and Pat Downs

November 7, 2010

Hon. Janet Napolitano
Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528

Hon. Ray LaHood
Secretary, Department of Transportation
US Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20590

Administrator John Pistole
US Transportation Security Administration
TSA-1 Administrator
601 South 12th Street
Arlington, VA 20598

Dear Secretaries Napolitano, La Hood, and Administrator Pistole:

We are writing to urgently request a meeting (if possible on November 15th or 18th) with you on the use and roll out of whole body scanners and enhanced pat downs by the TSA. These new procedures are extreme. They involve invasions of the personal privacy with hands being placed on genital areas and private body parts and/or electronic strip searches of airline passengers. They should require an extreme justification.

This new procedure has been received with shock and horror by many airline passengers and will no doubt involve much litigation and national negative publicity as it becomes a standard procedure employed against millions of airline passengers. See attachments.

At the very least, there should be a robust debate by aviation security experts and a full presentation to an expanded Aviation Security Advisory Committee with opportunity for critics to be heard before these new procedures are implemented.

In virtually every case of attempted bombing or hijacking of airliners by a passenger since 9/11, it has been airline passengers with flight attendants who foiled the terrorists, not TSA. Without public support and understanding, terrorists can have a victory merely by generating fear and opposition by the public to TSA procedures, especially if --as some security experts maintain-- the current back scatter scanners are ineffective, unnecessary and their adoption owes more to the political connections of a former Secretary of Homeland Security with financial interests in this technology, than to actual need and merit.

/s/ Kate Hanni
Executive Director

/s/ Paul Hudson
Executive Director
Aviation Consumer Action Project
Former Member, Aviation Security Advisory Committee (1997-2007)
Member, FAA Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee, Executive Committee

/s/ Ralph Nader
Consumer Advocate

Cc TSA Chief Counsel
US Transportation Security Administration
TSA-2 Administrator
601 South 12th Street
Arlington, VA 20598

Contact Information:
1-877-359-3776 Hotline
1-707-337-0328 cellular

Aviation Consumer Action Project
240-391-1923 fax

Ralph Nader
Consumer Advocate,
P.O. Box 19312 ,
Washington DC 20036
202-234-5176 fax

Stop the Body Scanners and Pat Downs NOW!