Loss of Privacy

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The Transportation Safety Administration recently opened a new security model to the public. The agency says it wants to move away from a screening process that’s “one-size-fits-all.” Their answer: The Pre-check program. But what, exactly, are TSA officials checking?


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Angel Velazquez, 59, is accused of stealing $8500 from a woman’s luggage at O’Hare International Airport.

Prosecutors in court Wednesday said a 48-year-old woman put the cash in her suitcase and checked the bag as she took a flight on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in mid-November. When she arrived at her undisclosed destination, she realized the money was missing.

Prosecutors said that agent Velazquez was caught on surveillance video going through the woman’s suitcase. He allegedly found the cash, stashed it in a garbage can and later retrieved it and put it in his own backpack.

This is yet another warning that if you are going to carry that much cash, or any valuables, with you when you fly, keep it with you. DO NOT check it in your luggage. You can’t watch the bag and you have no control over the sticky fingers that are going to search your bag. If you have it with you, you will know immediately if it’s been tampered with because the TSA does that too.

The TSA released their usual statement that they don’t tolerate theft, but this time added that they were moving to fire Velazquez.

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The latest Snowden document reveals that individuals’ information was captured from their wireless devices by the airport’s free Wi-Fi system. This continued for two weeks and the individuals were then tracked throughout Canada and parts of the United States whenever they used a hot-spot.

After reviewing the document, one of Canada’s foremost authorities on cyber-security says the clandestine operation by the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) was almost certainly illegal.

Ronald Deibert told CBC News: “I can’t see any circumstance in which this would not be unlawful, under current Canadian law, under our Charter, under CSEC’s mandates.”

The Canadian government says they are not collecting this information on Canadian citizens.

You can read the pdf below.

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The US Department of Justice has issued a press release detailing the arrest of TSA Officer David Alexander Díaz-Torres for conspiracy to transport illegal aliens.

Today, David Alexander Díaz-Torres, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officer, was arrested by special agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Orlando, FL, for conspiracy to transport illegal aliens within the United States, announced U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. Díaz-Torres was charged on September 10, 2013, in a 13-count superseding indictment with five other individuals for bringing, transporting, harboring and shielding illegal aliens within the United States.

Naturally, the TSA has said that they are shocked and hold their employees to high standards. You can read the press release below.

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Eight TSA employees and an American Eagle employee were arrested for stealing employee parking passes at DFW airport and then selling them on to their fellow employees.

EDIT: The video is a bit finicky and will play for some, but not for others. You can try getting it to play on NBC’s website.

Airport spokesman David Magana says via email that in March, DFW police learned that 129 employee parking placards had been stolen from American Eagle Airlines’ offices inside Terminal B at DFW Airport. Investigators discovered that some of the stolen placards had been sold for $100 each to TSA employees, who used them to park in lots designated solely for airport employees.

According to Magana, TSA non-management employees normally pay DFW Airport $34 per month — or $400 annually — for the placards. That money funds a shuttle-bus service that links the lots and the terminals.

The American Eagle employee who originally stole the placards has been arrested and charged with one Class A count of misdemeanor theft; a TSA worker faces the same charge. Six other TSA employees arrested — “so far,” says the airport’s release — will be charged with the Class B misdemeanor of theft of service, stemming from their purchase and use of the illegally obtained placards.

TSA employees are supposed to be trustworthy and protecting airline passengers. The only thing they seem to be doing is finding ways to make money by stealing.

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