Jan 112011
 January 11, 2011  Court Comments Off on Charges Dropped Against Airport Stripper

Associated Press reports:

A man who stripped to his underwear at a Richmond International Airport checkpoint to protest security procedures won’t face a criminal charge.

Media outlets report that a disorderly conduct charge against 21-year-old Aaron Tobey of Charlottesville was dropped Monday following a hearing in Henrico General District Court.

Read more on MSNBC.

Jan 012011
 January 1, 2011  Surveillance Comments Off on EVENT: The Stripping of Freedom: A Careful Scan of TSA Security Procedures

For those in the D.C. area or who are willing to travel, there’s an event on January 6th about TSA security procedures that may be of interest.  From EPIC.org:

January 6, 2011

The Carnegie Institute for Science
1530 P St., NW
Washington, DC

Featured Speakers:

  • Ralph Nadar
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz (invited)
  • Rep. Rush Holt (invited)
  • Nadhira Al-Khalili
  • David Greenfield
  • Kate Hanni
  • Prof. Jeffrey Rosen
  • Bruce Schneier

This one-day public conference will be devoted to an assessment of the TSA airport security procedures and recommendations for reform. Experts in law, aviation security, and health safety, advocates for flyers rights, privacy protection, and religious freedom, as well as lawmakers and policy advisors will participate in the event. The event will also include a rich media display, with images from airport protests, YouTube videos, and campaign materials.

Advance registration is preferred.

According to the [email protected] blog, Jim Harper will also be speaking at the event.

Apr 042010
 April 4, 2010  Surveillance, U.S. Comments Off on What TSA is doing

Stewart Baker writes:

The press has been spending a lot of time on TSA’s new policy.   This New York Times story is representative (I’ve linked to it here because it has the first ever MSM reference to Skating on Stilts).

Despite all the attention, though, there’s a surprising lack of certainty about exactly what TSA is doing that’s different.  After making some assumptions that weren’t quite right, I think I now understand and can explain what TSA has done.


So what happened last week? It looks as though the administration tweaked the system further. Now, when TSA scrutinizes the passenger list, it won’t just be looking for known terrorist identities but also for fragmentary identities. So, if we know that a Nigerian is training for an attack and that his first name is Umar, we’ll select a lot of Nigerian Umars for screening. This is a good thing, but not in my view as significant as the earlier step.

For some reason, though, last week the administration didn’t have a good plan for explaining what it was doing.

Read more on The Volokh Conspiracy.