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Video 1 of 8 by Adam Kokesh.

Celebrating the Success of National Opt-Out Day! We did it! We effectively shut down the body scanners in most airports and without even causing any delays. If anything, just the threat of mass opt-outs caused the security process to be expedited for passengers so as not to further threaten the existence of the TSA. If you go through security faster than you anticipated today, you have George Donnelly to thank. Much of the mainstream coverage seems to have missed the point and is not even close to factually correct in reporting this story. We also covered some of the recent foreign policy issues that are going to big stories in the coming weeks.

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From the Jimmy and Eric show:

My friend Jimmy successfully navigated a TSA security checkpoint in a speedo swimsuit at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 with the words, ‘SCREW BIG SIS’ written on his back.

Why the speedo? With the way TSA screening is going it only seems like the next logical requirement for getting on an airplane. Soon TSA will be having us strip down to make the screening process more efficient, but not if we take a stand. In this sense Jimmy was merely obliging the TSA, but he was also exposing the ridiculousness of their policies. With the full-body scanners and TSA agents putting their hands down our pants, let’s be honest, a speedo is pretty modest.

If you’re traveling this holiday season, join the protest and let ‘Big Sis’ know she’s being watched too!

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YouTube user, SpinRemover, shows you what John Pistole really meant.

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Due to a knee implant, Antonia Riggs Miernik is always picked for extra screening at the airport.

One of the effects of the implant is that whenever the New Port Richey woman flies, she triggers the metal detectors at airport security. She says the normal procedure is that she is then subjected to a TSA pat down. She has experienced multiple pat downs since Sept. 11.
“I feel molested. I’d like to go take a shower with Lysol (afterwards),” Miernik said, describing the pat downs, which she said includes being “touched all over.”

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John Pistole, the head of the TSA said today that a pat down of a woman went too far when a TSA agent felt inside the woman’s underwear.

An ABC News employee said she was subject to a “demeaning” search at Newark Liberty International Airport Sunday morning.

“The woman who checked me reached her hands inside my underwear and felt her way around,” she said. “It was basically worse than going to the gynecologist. It was embarrassing. It was demeaning. It was inappropriate.”

That search was against protocols and “never” should have happened, TSA administrator Pistole told “Good Morning America” today.

“There should never be a situation where that happens,” Pistole said. “The security officers are there to protect the traveling public. There are specific standard operating protocols, which they are to follow.”

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