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Sign the Petition to Investigate TSA Abuse of Power!

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  • Download a Free Know Your Passenger Rights Pamphlet Before You Fly!
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  • Growing number of pilots joining airline passengers frustrated over scanners, pat-downs
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FireDogLake

Pat Bagley

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)'s "porno scanners" are a gross invasion of privacy, and their new, aggressive "patdowns" are clearly designed to punish people who refuse to submit to the scanner. Neither the scanners nor the aggressive patdowns make us any safer, and only serve to threaten a citizen's most basic rights to intimidate the rest of us.

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It's clear that the TSA is out of control. Sign our petition below demanding Congress investigate the TSA and download a free Know Your Passenger Rights flier to learn how to protect yourself next time you fly.

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Growing number of pilots joining airline passengers frustrated over scanners, pat-downs, Michael Tarm, Associated Press/Wopular

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  • "I would say that pilots are beyond fed up," said Tom Walsh, a pilot and sometimes aviation security consultant. "The TSA is wasting valuable time and money searching the crew — who are not a threat."
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  • With new screening outrages, enough is finally enough.
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Federal Judge: CIA Must Disclose Data on Human Experiments

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The experiments, many of which took place at Edgewood Arsenal and Fort Detrick in Maryland, allegedly exposed test subjects to chemicals, drugs and electronic implants.

Citizens for Legitimate Government

A federal magistrate judge in San Francisco ordered the CIA to produce specific records and testimony about the human experiments the government allegedly conducted on thousands of soldiers from 1950 through 1975. Three veterans groups and six individual veterans sued the CIA and other government agencies, claiming they used about 7,800 soldiers as human guinea pigs to research biological, chemical and psychological weapons.

The experiments, many of which took place at Edgewood Arsenal and Fort Detrick in Maryland, allegedly exposed test subjects to chemicals, drugs and electronic implants.

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Growing number of pilots joining airline passengers frustrated over scanners, pat-downs

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"I would say that pilots are beyond fed up," said Tom Walsh, a pilot and sometimes aviation security consultant. "The TSA is wasting valuable time and money searching the crew — who are not a threat."
With new screening outrages, enough is finally enough.

Michael Tarm, Associated Press/Wopular

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Airport security stops one airline pilot because he's carrying a butter knife. Elsewhere, crews opt for pat-down searches because they fear low-level radiation from body scanners could be harmful. And in San Diego, one traveler is told he can't fly at all when he likens an intrusive body search to sexual harassment.

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Annoyance at security hassles has been on the rise among airline crews and passengers for years, but the widespread use of full-body image detectors this year and the simultaneous introduction of more intrusive pat-downs seems to have ramped up the frustration.

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With new screening outrages, enough is finally enough, Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune | IL

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When it comes to protecting against terrorism, this is how things usually go: A danger presents itself. The federal government responds with new rules that erode privacy, treat innocent people as suspicious and blur the distinction between life in a free society and life in a correctional facility. And we all tamely accept the new intrusions, like sheep being shorn.

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Summary | Immigration Reform: Week of November 7

3 New Items including:

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  • GOP Rep. Gohmert (R-TX) Doubles Down on Immigration Wacky Conspiracy Theories
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  • Groups Condemn Merger of Criminal Justice & Immigration Systems
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Jimmy Margulies

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Lawless Courts, Jacqueline Stevens, The Nation

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  • The country's 238 adjudicators in fifty-nine immigration courts rule on everything from asylum applications to whether a marijuana conviction warrants deportation. Many, especially the good ones, are burned out from their share of the massive annual caseload: 390,000 cases were initiated across the country in 2009. The laws, regulations and infrastructure are inadequate to the high stakes of prolonged incarceration or banishment.
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  • Access To Justice In U.S. At Third-World Levels
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GOP Rep. Gohmert (R-TX) Doubles Down on Immigration Wacky Conspiracy Theories, MJ OlahafaImagine 2050

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  • Rep. Louie Gohmert’s (R-TX) influence extends beyond his Texas office; he is also a member of the Immigration Reform Caucus (IRC).
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  • Rep. Gohmert Goes Beyond Immigrant Bashing
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Groups Condemn Merger of Criminal Justice & Immigration Systems, B. Loewe, National Day Laborers Organizing Network/Common Dreams

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  • The day after cities begin process to opt-out from Secure Communities, 500+ groups demand President Obama end Police/Ice Collaborations
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  • Lawless Courts
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University of California Scheme to DNA-Test Students is Stopped

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An American university has been forced to halt a plan to DNA test new students and give them the results following a backlash by public health officials, genetic watchdogs and privacy groups.

Nick Allen, London Telegraph | UK

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An American university has been forced to halt a plan to DNA test new students and give them the results following a backlash by public health officials, genetic watchdogs and privacy groups.

Under the University of California, Berkeley programme called “Bring Your Genes to Cal” around 5,500 people had been sent testing kits for them to submit saliva swabs.

Three of their genes were to be analysed for the ability to break down lactose, metabolise alcohol, and absorb folic aid. Those who supplied a swab would then learn their results confidentially through a website for which they would be given a special code..

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