Gerry Canavan

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Just Abolish the TSA

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February 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm

No One Could Have Predicted

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August 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Wednesday Links

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US nuke plants ranked by quake risk. As I understand the situation in Japan it was actually the tsunami’s knocking out of the diesel generators, and not the earthquake itself, that has caused the crisis. But this is chilling nonetheless.

* Survivor’s guilt on the academic job market. See also zunguzungu.

* Government shutdown watch: Is Boehner checkmated, or is the shutdown on its way?

* Hard to believe TSA would get a little thing like pornoscanner radiation wrong.

* And because you demanded it: super-routes from Earth to Krypton.

Intolerable, Humiliating, Vulnerable to Abuse

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November 17, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Civil Disobedience

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While it is probably illegal to fly without pants, I can’t imagine that it’s illegal to fly without underpants.

(This TSA followup via MetaFilter.)

UPDATE: The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lobbyists.

If you’ve seen one of these scanners at an airport, there’s a good chance it was made by L-3 Communications, a major contractor with the Department of Homeland Security. L-3 employs three different lobbying firms including Park Strategies, where former Sen. Al D’Amato, R-N.Y., plumps on the company’s behalf. Back in 1989, President George H.W. Bush appointed D’Amato to the President’s Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism following the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Also on Park’s L-3 account is former Appropriations staffer Kraig Siracuse.

The scanner contract, issued four days after the Christmas Day bomb attempt last year, is worth $165 million to L-3.

Rapiscan got the other naked-scanner contract from the TSA, worth $173 million. Rapiscan’s lobbyists include Susan Carr, a former senior legislative aide to Rep. David Price, D-N.C., chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee. When Defense Daily reported on Price’s appropriations bill last winter, the publication noted “Price likes the budget for its emphasis on filling gaps in aviation security, in particular the whole body imaging systems.”

An early TSA contractor for full-body scanners was the American Science and Engineering company. AS&E’s lobbying team is impressive, including Tom Blank, a former deputy administrator for the TSA. Fellow AS&E lobbyist Chad Wolf was an assistant administrator at TSA and an aide to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who sits on the Transportation and Defense subcommittees of Appropriations. Finally, Democratic former Rep. Bud Cramer is also an AS&E lobbyist — he sat on the Defense and Transportation subcommittees of the Appropriations Committee.

Defund TSA

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November 14, 2010 at 5:12 pm