Loss of Privacy

Keeping you informed on recent losses to privacy and civil rights worldwide.

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The United States Transportation Security Administration has reached a tentative settlement in the highly publicized lawsuit filed by a mother who was allegedly harassed by TSA officers when she requested her breast milk not be x-rayed, authorities announced Tuesday.

The TSA again apologizes to Stacey Armato for the incident that took place at the Phoenix Airport on Jan. 25, 2010 and also agreed to clarify its internal procedures for screening breast milk in the tentative deal.

“We brought this lawsuit for one reason — to bring clarity and policy change for breastfeeding mothers traveling with breast milk,” Armato said. “Hopefully what I experienced at the Phoenix Airport in 2010 will never happen to another mother traveling with her breast milk.”

TSA is expected to update its public website to better guide breastfeeding mothers traveling with breast milk and train its screening officers on the new policies if the agreement is finalized.

Armato says she’ll see very little of the money, which will go towards attorney fees. She also plans to donate a portion to BreastfeedLA, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to improving the health and well being of infants and families through education, outreach, and advocacy to promote and support breastfeeding.

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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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From YouTube:

My recent experience with TSA at IAH, George W. Bush Airport in Houston, Texas.

First they groped me for opting-out of the body-scanner, and then they false-positive alerted on me after the gloves they groped me with alarmed “explosives”.

Having been sexually assaulted by TSA before in the Miami Airport, I was concerned. I asked what they were going to do next, and they replied, “Something that’s going to make you want to leave the country.”

I repeatedly requested that the following procedure be done in public, for all of our interests, and they insisted on taking me into the private room. I stood firmly on the position that I would only leave the public view if the act were filmed by my wife.

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A look at the suspension of rights at the border, murkiness of border policies, and lack of answers from the federal government.

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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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