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Submission + - TSA Defends Pat Down of 4 Year Old Girl (

cosm writes: "With public outcry against the TSA continuing to spread, the TSA is defending a recent episode in which a four-year-old was patted down while kicking and screaming at Wichita Airport in Kansas. Was this a rational decision by the protocol-following security screeners, or another overreach by what some perceive as a tyrannical, gestapo-like organization? From the AP article: "The grandmother of a 4-year-old girl who became hysterical during a security screening at a Kansas airport said Wednesday that the child was forced to undergo a pat-down after hugging her, with security agents yelling and calling the crying girl an uncooperative suspect.""
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Submission + - TSA Warns of Implanted Body Bombs (

cosm writes: Apparently after the string of bad publicity the TSA is really reaching to justify their existence (when were they not?) FTA:

The government has warned airlines that terrorists are considering surgically implanting explosives into people in an attempt to circumvent screening procedures, according to U.S. officials. There is no indication of an immediate plot, but the new information could lead to additional screening procedures at the nation’s airports. Existing scanners would not necessarily detect bombs implanted under a person’s skin, experts said.

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - DOE Raids Home Over Student Loans ( 3

cosm writes: Better pay those students loans, and don't forget to never tell a lie on those paper Rubik's cubes you fill out to obtain them. FTA:

A California man who initially claimed to a local television station that he was roughed up by "SWAT team" members who allegedly battered down his front door to execute a search warrant related to his estranged wife's unpaid student loans was targeted due to an ongoing probe into alleged financial aid fraud....While it was reported in local media that the search was related to a defaulted student loan, that is incorrect," the statement read. "This is related to a criminal investigation. The Inspector General's Office does not execute search warrants for late loan payments. Hamilton declined to comment on the specifics of the case, citing an ongoing investigation.

There have been stories floating around about this, and it hasn't been talked about too much by the mainstream in light of 'Wienergate' **ducks***. From the sounds of it, the Dept. of Education has their own Gestapo for student loan malfeasance. Is this a blatant overreach of power, something that should be handled in the courts or via litigation, and without men in armor, armed to the teeth? Granted it is a 'criminal' investigation, are SWAT teams really a necessity for financial matters?

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Feds Seizing Gambling Domains (

cosm writes: Going with the running theme, the Feds are now seizing gambling domains that they feel are illegally operating in the United States. A quick trip to the Absolute Poker site shows the good 'ole FBI logo and a seizure notice. These DOJ folks really don't want us to gamble. I feel the Governet is slowly coming upon us.

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