Detroit TSA Security Theater

On a recent layover in Detroit, I was filming roaming squads of TSA agents searching passengers at the gates. I didn’t feel like answering their questions, and their response was, well, see for youself . . .

In part 1 I interact with Janetta a TSA “Behavior Detection Officer”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n7keSr5OrI

The airport police show up to continue the harassment in part 2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jT3ulR3RXc

In part 3 I go on the offensive asking about body scanners, security failures, and more. Check Obscuredtruth.com for part 3 which will be posted soon.

Update: Part 3 will post here when it’s done:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhX-4iPYOmg

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107 Comments

  1. Sweet video's Sam! Thanks for giving us this example of how a bunch of bungling stooges with guns act.

    Reminds me of a whole team of Smokey and The Bandit cops…what a bunch of BOOBS.

  2. I love how Sam is detained and can't move without permission, but is yelled at to get away from the officers.

    Also its all the "Citizen's fault" if everyone stays in line and does what their told, only the criminals will get out of line…right?

  3. Go Sam! Epic video!

  4. Good production value, but if I could make one minor suggestion? Can you take the music down just a hair so it's easier to hear the dialogue? Either way, nice job and thanks for sharing.

  5. It's obvious those TSA agents have never met a keeniac before. You can tell because they are confused to meet a person that cares about freedom and does not blindly do as they are told.

  6. Great work Sam. I think a lot of people are just afraid of missing their flights, so they go along with the criminals. Bet you're on their list now! I think airports are the clearest example of government monopoly gone horribly wrong. I refuse to allow my child into a device that both allows pedophiles to keep pictures and has some pretty horrifying health effects.

  7. I've said it before, but I have to say it again. Sam, you are awesome! Great job!

  8. I amazes me how people can't see that this is playing right into what terrorist want. The TSA is taking this position: "In order to catch a terrorist, we have to become terrorist." It is very simple for me-If this was a private airline protecting it's passengers I would have no problems with these tactics because I know I could just switch airlines. But since the TSA is a monopoly, the abuse is disgusting. Thanks for the great video Sam and for revealing the gun in the room.

  9. The lesson here is that they would have quickly thrown you into a locked room and done whatever they wanted to. I am certain live streaming video saved your ass, Sam. It's like a the holy cross to some nightmare creature; evil shrinks from it with hisses and shrieks.

    This needs to go viral.

  10. Wow, this is a fantastic vid! You handle yourself very well under pressure…this is just awesome.

    And about the music, the volume was perfect when I watched. I was listening with headphones, dunno if that makes a difference.

  11. Videos Doubleplusgood… 😀

  12. Great video

  13. Right On!

    My dad, sister and I had a little altercation with the TSA a few months back.

    When my dad second guessed them about a procedure, one TSA agent said to the other, "Let's give him a little education" as they proceeded him to "secondary."

    I had a couple things to say about that after I had already passed through the "checkpoint."

    My sis also had a few things to say, which we made sure everyone heard. Such as welcome to the police state. "Never question authority sheep" and so on. Things escalated.

    The TSA kid flagged over his supervisor, and exclaimed to her "They're talkin' shit" (referring to us). So, I said "Fo sheezy, I don't like yo' bullshit my neezy." I didn't realize until this encounter that the TSA spoke ebonics. Apparently, they're multilingual. Who knew

  14. Well done.

  15. We're screwed.

  16. Come back when we've got our new 3G and Wi-fi-blockers online and see how we get you back.

    We've also put you on the permanent full-body-cavity search list, and included your mother just for good measure.

    Revenge is sweet.

    What's that? Interwhatchanetthingie? Online? Everybody can read this???? Oh cr*p.

    (Well done dude. Keep it up.)

  17. An insightful intelligent report. Good work pushing the bounds but not overstepping them or letting emotion get the best of you.

  18. Sam,

    You got 'em like King Kong, I'm glad to call you a friend. Mess with them good people anytime you get the chance. It destroys their so-called "legitimacy" bit-by-bit which brings us closer to a free society.

    Also, I am hopeful that you didn't have to go through their body scanners, as they are dangerous. I was told that they are said to cause cancer and have the horrible ability to literally play havoc to a person's DNA strands.

  19. I agree with you. Peacefully putting up barriers, and being resistant to unreasonable searches, and exercising speech rights is something everyone should do.

    One thing: complaining to security agents about policy is not helpful to anyone.

    You might as well complain to the Dunkin' Donuts cashier that frosted donuts are making people fat. You may be right, but there isn't a damn thing the cashier can do about it.

    The manager-type guy may have been the only person you encountered with enough of a voice to do anything.

    Unfortunately the end result in the airport is that the TSA complains about you. The people there will not complain about their policies.

    I enjoyed your video and hope it has given people a better understanding of our eroding rights.

  20. Dude you got more balls than I have with the TSA .. I admire what you do It does my heart good to see some younger patriots … It's gonna be a long road … I have pushed them before but not like you did .

    Rhetorical Question :

    You don't think you're gonna get your Constitution back with out a gunfight .. do ya ?

  21. Let me tell you, it doesn't just require you to have a camera to get the TSA's attention. Nor questions! All you have to be is a 68 year old female who has a cane and wheelchair, along with those dangerous laptops to bring them out of the woodwork. The last three times I flew they ran me thru' the whole gambit. Right down to taking my cane and telling me I had to walk thru' the scanner on my own. Afterward they also had moved this cane far out of my area, but were upset when I leaned on their bag conveyor for balance and security. Then too, they wanted me to carry my laptop over to replace it in the case that was on another counter being inspected.

    After this was all complete, taking nearly a half hour, they released me to an airline employee to take me to the gate. He immediately handed me a card with his name on it and the explanation that tips were not required, but accepted. Rape and pillage all in one area. One stop shopping, if you may.

    Due to having a metal plate in my neck I also receive additional examination. The first agent to do so was too damned stupid to believe me when I said it was placed there from the front, including showing her the scar from the surgery. She decided I had to have a necklace on, for whatever reason, and grabbed at my top to pull it down. I pushed her back and held my cane out in defense. This is when her supervisor approached to pass me on. During this, my daughter had been cleared and they tried to order her to move on without me. She refused and when pushed to do so she let them know her mother was covered under the American Disabilities Act and could create a ton of trouble for their lack of respect and knowledge, and extremely poor customer relations. End of that push.

    I could go on re: unprofessional behavior by the airline staff on the ground and in the air. Lets just say I will never again fly Delta after my last trip with them. For one, they dropped my laptop on the tarmac and in the process spilled out my medication (for pain). When I told them it must be picked up due to being narcotic they did so, but instead of putting the case back in the laptop bag it was palmed. Then they tried to keep my chair as belonging to them, regardless of the fact it wasn't marked as theirs. I asked if it made it to luggage and was informed no one knew, but if it was missing on the other end to file a complaint to have it replaced. In flight they put my cane in the overhead, stating I couldn't have it with me. This meant no heading down the aisle to the restroom. Granted it wasn't that far but I don't think others would want me using their seats for support to walk. When I finally arrived at my final destination I watched as the luggage handlers used my chair to pile strollers, etc., to take them inside, tearing one armrest. When I called to let them know what happened they said I couldn't prove it wasn't this way before.

    Shades of "United breaks guitars".

    TSA and the airlines are doing more to ruin the business of flying than the economy has.

  22. Comment by Cutting Torch

    January 21, 2010 @ 8:27 pm:

    My sis also had a few things to say, which we made sure everyone heard. Such as welcome to the police state. “Never question authority sheep” and so on.

    Problem here–and it's my first instinct, too–is that an appeal to conscience doesn't work with these types, however effective it may be with such decent people as you evidently are.

    I first learned this in Cub Scouts, where everyone involved with the organization, adults as well as children, professed a devotion to the "OnmyhonorIwilldomybestotdomydutytoGodandmycountry," stuff, but clearly practiced only a policy of "Might makes right" and of hatred and fear of anything that fell outside narrow parameters of the status quo. It hasn't changed–it carries over into every official institution I've ever been involved with.

  23. First off, you do act like a dick. Sorry but it had to be said. Second, your own behavior triggered a lot of the actions they took; I think they showed a lot of restraint. And, because of the way you were behaving, it was essentially wasting their time, because you were not a threat. Thanks for wasting tax payer dollars. I don't think they thought you were a terrorist, they just thought you were crazy.

    Do I believe the TSA is evil? No. I think it is a bloated government agency forced into existence by the real terrorists, and as with any agency it is populated by good and bad people. People have flaws. And, they are doing a better job than when the airlines themselves had responsibility for it.

    I do think our rights are being taken away, but I worry more about my rights on the city street, not in what I would want to be a secure area, so my plane will actually make it to my destination.

    I believe the TSA has tried to perform it's duties in a respectful way in most cases, although some 'people' in the organization are idiots. But, in showing that restraint the terrorists are creative and will push the limits of what is acceptable, and as a result the TSA has to push its activities to 'try' and maintain a secure area. (The whole not getting up are doing anything for the final hour of a flight is just stupid)

    I don't like the idea of the body scanners, and the ability to capture images was misleading. Do I think they are the secret plot of Child pornographers, no! There you were really out of line and I don't know if I would have been as restrained as the officers were. Note: I am the father of two, and I would have been tempted to bitch slap you for making that accusation.

    By the simple fact that you were able to film everything, and walk away from the investigation a free man and take your flight, shows that your rights were intact and generally respected. If this were Russia of old or China, you would not be telling this story.

    I respect your right to film this and make a point to be mindful of our rights and shake people up. But, of all the people you filmed and tried to make look bad, they were respectful of you, even though you were being a complete dick. They were doing their jobs, and while you were trying to make a point… you were just wasting their time and generally insulting them.

    If you want to help protect our rights, take a little of the crazy out of your arguments and focus on some of the other things the government has passed. Warrantless wire taps, NSA taps at AT&T offices, Video and photography bans in New York City and other places, out in public!

  24. Before seeing your video, I didn't care about body scanners. After this, I am 100% against them.

  25. Mitch

    First off, you do act like a dick. Sorry but it had to be said.

    If you want to help protect our rights, take a little of the crazy out of your arguments and focus on ALL of the things the government has passed. Including the violent monopoly that is the TSA.

    Tone down the violence too, it makes you sound like a boot licking idiot:

    "I would have been tempted to bitch slap you for making that accusation."

  26. Comment by Mitch

    January 22, 2010 @ 10:25 am:

    I don’t know if I would have been as restrained . . . I would have been tempted to bitch slap you . . .

    ________________________

    Here you give yourself away as being one with the TSA goons. Like them, your main motivation is obviously to visit violence against someone–anyone. You'll trump up some sort of reason, just as they do, but you really just want to compensate for some inward inadequacy, probably known only to yourself, that physically demeaning others helps to quell. If you'd work on those inner strengths, such brute tactics would be unnecessary.

  27. Sam, you weren't acting like a Dick, you were acting like a human, the TSA was acting worse. Besides, just because there is a sign posted saying that you are subject to random warrantless, unprobable caused search and seazure don't make it right. What if they were to post a sign saying "Attention all minorities, you will be subject to becomeing a slave once you pass this search area." , would that make it OK and right, just because a sign is posted? "Sorry sir, but we need you to put on these shakles and go out with the road gang and pick cotton, because it is important to your safety, and besides, we posted a sign!"

    More power to you Sam, when I get to NH, I'll help ya all I can!

  28. I'll give it to you, its a hard thing to skirt so close to the edge and not trip up to get arrested.

    The lady said the security procedures were online, which makes it seem like their easy to get, but if you ask them what they are, they get suspicious. Whats that about?

    I also dont like…at all… the imaging tech. I like taking the train and will do so from now on. I will never fly while that technology is required.

  29. Rock On, Sam

  30. Mitch,

    Why was Sam being a dick when all he did was film? The ones that approached him for operating his camera in a lawful manner were the ones wasting taxpayer dollars.

    If a police officer harasses someone for doing something completely legal, say, walking down a sidewalk, is it the person that was walking that is at fault?

  31. Mitch –

    I think you misunderstand why this interaction happened, and what started it. Sam was filming, and the TSA approached him (despite the manual instructions to not approach people filming or taking pictures) and asked him if he was "press". His reply of 'i'm not answering questions' may seem like a "dick move" to you, but consider this:

    A few years ago I worked on the show 'Trading Spouses'. One of my jobs was to take a rental van, make it look like a taxi cab, and pick up the "new mom" from the airport with the camera crew set up in the van and another following the characters in the airport (outside the 'secure area' of course). While waiting for everyone to load up in the van so we could go, a TSA agent came up to the driver side window, and asked me what taxi service i was with. Not thinking anything of it, i replied, "oh, i'm not with a taxi service, we are filming a TV show and this is just a prop taxi cab."

    doesn't seem like a big deal right? and i answered the question in a friendly tone, with no intent of hiding anything, cause why would i need to? well, it nearly cost me my job, because we were given a $950 ticket for using an 'unregisterd airport taxi service'… apparently you have to register (aka pay dues) with the airport if you are a taxi who picks up people at the terminal.

    so, knowing that the economy is down, government is growing and in need of more money, and they don't see anything wrong with charging people HUGE fees for breaking "laws" that they didn't know existed and are stupid to begin with… where is the reasoning that refusing to answer TSA agent's questions makes one "a dick"? cause that is what started all this. and if the original cause of the interaction was a gross abuse of authority, where is the sense in treating those who abuse that 'authority' with any respect what so ever? they need to be told what they are doing is wrong; and moreover, they need to be treated with the amount of respect they have earned by implementing these abusive actions… to do otherwise would only give them more strength in their bloated egos and sense of authoritarianism.

  32. also, to zholzapfel:

    enjoy the train while you can. TSA has been taking over train stations as well. if they aren't stopped soon, it's only a matter of time till train stations, ship yards, highway checkpoints, boarder crossings, and even special events (like presidential appearances) are all just as bad as the airports.

    and as if the body scanners weren't bad enough… i have seen studies about the possible use of a tazer bracelet that every airline passenger would be required to wear in the airport and on the flight. would those who support the TSA be cool with that too? after all, it's not like they would fuck up and taze an old lady with a heart problem… or a kid making too much noise… or someone with a stomach ache taking a little too long in the bathroom… would they?

  33. "America does not have an airline security system designed to stop terrorists. It has an airline security system designed to bother people."

    Yeffet Isaac, former head of security for Israeli El Al Airlines.

  34. So nice to see that ThinkLiberty hasn't given up on his brilliant "I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I" form of argumentation. It's like the smile on the face of a drunken alcoholic; most people can see that he's an idiot, but at least he's come up with a mechanism for dulling his pain. Congrats.

  35. <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    First off, you do act like a dick. Sorry but it had to be said.

    Yeah, no kidding. All the TSA did was try to film Sam, in public, where he has no expectation of privacy. Then Sam started following the TSA agents, came over with a gun, forced the TSA agents to show ID, on threat of violence, and asked them a bunch of personal questions, which were none of his business. Sam then dumped their luggage out, and searched through it, with no warrant or permission. I agree — totally unacceptable.

    Oh wait, I got that completely backwards. Looks like the TSA were dicks, and it looks like you're a run of the mill boot licker.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    Second, your own behavior triggered a lot of the actions they took;

    How does that make it ok? If you piss me off, and I slug you, does that make my assault justified because you "triggered" my action? The TSA agents are morally responsible for everything they did, and you're morally responsible for supporting it.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    I think they showed a lot of restraint.

    I think it had a lot to do with the camera. I have no doubt that without it Sam would have been arrested, and maybe beat up too.

    It's kind of interesting how these people hate getting filmed, don't you think? — They film us a ll the time. Cockroaches fear the light, and scumbags fear accountability.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    And, because of the way you were behaving, it was essentially wasting their time, because you were not a threat.

    Sam didn't force them to harass them, they did that. He wanted to be left alone, and asked to be left alone repeatedly. Again, they're responsible for their own actions. They wasted their time, and his, and violated his rights.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    Thanks for wasting tax payer dollars.

    Wow, that's some serious Freudian projection. Does Sam get paid with tax money? No. Was it his idea for them to harass him? No, he just wanted to be left alone.

    Talk about blaming the victim.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    I don’t think they thought you were a terrorist, they just thought you were crazy.

    Ah, so they like following and harassing crazy people, violating their privacy and personal property rights, and threatening them. Figures.

    Of course, the truth is, they just can't abide the thought of a person who doesn't lick their shoes on command.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    Do I believe the TSA is evil? No. I think it is a bloated government agency forced into existence by the real terrorists

    Yes, because as we all know, bloated government agencies are the best way to deal with societal problems. Why, just look at the great job the DMV does, or the great job FEMA did after Katrina. Examine the terrific education students receive at public schools, the outstanding job the Federal Reserve does at managing the economy, and the financial soundness of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Check out how medical prices have fallen and quality has improved since government got heavily involved in medicine, in the mid 60s. I mean, it's far better than the free market of the computer industry, where quality doesn't improve, and prices go up.

    Oh, wait, I got that completely backwards again.

    By the way, if the FAA hadn't had a rule against pilots and others having guns on planes, and a policy that said you had to submit to hijackers, 9/11 would never have happened.

    How about this: Let each airline set their own security measures, and let people choose what airline they use. Some pay prefer lots of security measures, some may not. It's called free choice, and it's a heck of a lot better than coercive monopolies.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    , and as with any agency it is populated by good and bad people.

    The "good people" should get a job where they don't violate peoples rights.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    People have flaws. And, they are doing a better job than when the airlines themselves had responsibility for it.

    Actually, I'd much prefer the airline industry operate more like it did before 9/11. The improvement in security has mainly come by people just being aware of what's going on — hijackers get jumped by passengers. Letting the pilots have guns, and locking the cockpit would solve most of the rest of the problem.

    We are descended from people who said, "Give me liberty or give me death". Now we say, "Sure, take my privacy rights, and take my dignity too — also, go ahead and take naked pictures of me and my kids, just pweese, make me feel a wittle bit safer".

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    I do think our rights are being taken away, but I worry more about my rights on the city street, not in what I would want to be a secure area

    You have the same rights in a plane terminal as you would on the street. If you want to pay for an airline to fly you somewhere, that's between you and the airline. The TSA doesn't own you, the airline, your stuff, or the airport.

    Don't worry though, I don't doubt that once they take all your rights away on the street too, they'll be sure to call it a "secure area", so you'll be fine with it.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    , so my plane will actually make it to my destination.

    Lol at the belief that the TSA is effective.

    Also, don't be so afraid. There are thousands and thousands of flights every day, and maybe one wannabe terrorist attack per year, if that, most of which fail. You're more likely to get run over walking to the store.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    I believe the TSA has tried to perform it’s duties in a respectful way in most cases, although some ‘people’ in the organization are idiots. But,

    If wishes and buts were candy and nuts … we'd still have a constitutional republic.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    in showing that restraint the terrorists are creative and will push the limits of what is acceptable, and as a result the TSA has to push its activities to ‘try’ and maintain a secure area.

    Right, so because one nutso tries and fails to blow up his crotch, they must examine the crotches of each of the millions of passangers that fly every year. That makes sense. Wait, no it doesn't.

    I can't wait for the guy who swallows a balloon with explosives or something, so we can all get our stomachs pumped before boarding planes.

    The method of: "Bad guy tried to attack us by doing x, therefore we must forcibly prevent anyone from having the capability to do that ever again" is a recipe for total tyranny.

    Let's apply that to general life: Bad guy used a gun in a robbery. So, we must outlaw all guns. Bad guy used a knife in a robbery, so, we must outlaw all knives. Bad guy used a rope to choke victim, therefore, we must outlaw all rope. Bad guy used fists to commit assault, therefore we must all wear handcuffs. Bad guy drinks too much and gets into a fight, so we must outlaw all alcohol. Bad guy runs someone over intentionally, so we must outlaw all cars.

    Being free IMPLIES that there will always be some risk. A person who pledges to eliminate all risk is a person who wants to be a tyrant.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    (The whole not getting up are doing anything for the final hour of a flight is just stupid)

    No kidding. I think if the bomber had been singing "mary had a little lamb", they'd have outlawed that too.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    I don’t like the idea of the body scanners, and the ability to capture images was misleading. Do I think they are the secret plot of Child pornographers, no!

    Perhaps not, but will those who want too look at naked people, or naked kids, try and succeed at getting their hands on them, or being the ones in the booths? Quite possibly.

    The point is, we don't know — and free people should not be forced to hope that the government will not abuse them.

    We should not be totally reliant on and subservient to the government. Always think: If the government became truly abusive, what could they do with the power they have?

    Because governments, historically, always have.

    Give up all your rights to the government, and hope they'll treat you well, is not the recipe for a free society. It is the recipe for fascism, and genocide.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    There you were really out of line and I don’t know if I would have been as restrained as the officers were. Note: I am the father of two, and I would have been tempted to bitch slap you for making that accusation.

    Violence. Nice.

    So I get it, he's supposed to just trust these guys, because ….. ?

    Would you let someone take naked pictures of your kids, just because they double pinky promised that they weren't scumballs?

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    By the simple fact that you were able to film everything, and walk away from the investigation a free man and take your flight, shows that your rights were intact and generally respected.

    Oh, I see, so so much for the fourth amendment. Why, government officials can go through your stuff at any time, just for the heck of it, take naked pictures of you, perhaps rough you up a bit, demand personal information, threaten you, and it's all ok, as long as you can walk away.

    Apparently that's our only right left now: after you get abused, you can probably sometimes walk away.

    Oh, and newsflash: probably the only reason he did walk away was because of the camera.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    If this were Russia of old or China, you would not be telling this story.

    So, because there have existed regimes, in the past, which were even more tyrannical, this one's ok.

    Basically, Vinny from Cleveland, who breaks fingers for a living, is ok, because he's not Al Capone.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    I respect your right to film this and make a point to be mindful of our rights and shake people up. But, of all the people you filmed and tried to make look bad, they were respectful of you, even though you were being a complete dick.

    They weren't respectful. They dumped his stuff, harassed him, threatened him, followed him, and demanded personal information on threat of violence.

    Sam just filmed them.

    Your double standard is mind-boggling.

    If sam had done to them what they did to him, he'd be in jail for a long time.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    They were doing their jobs

    So? The fact that they get paid (with his stolen money) to abuse him makes it all ok?

    Immoral jobs should not be done.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    , and while you were trying to make a point… you were just wasting their time and generally insulting them.

    The interaction was initiated and maintained by them. Sam just wanted to be left alone. He didn't waste their time, they wasted his.

    <blockquote cite="Mitch">

    If you want to help protect our rights, take a little of the crazy out of your arguments and focus on some of the other things the government has passed. Warrantless wire taps, NSA taps at AT&T offices, Video and photography bans in New York City and other places, out in public!

    The airport is public too.

  36. I posted a comment, which apparently got dumped. Could it be restored? Thanks!

    Edit: Ok, it's up now — thanks again.

  37. So unpleasant to see that ANAMAZEDREADER hasn’t given up on his retarded “You are a poo poo face” form of argumentation. It’s like the old bigoted man that calls everyone names for no reason; most people can see that he’s a hate filled idiot, but at least he’s come up with a mechanism for dulling his pain. Congrats.

    I like speaking to people in a way that they can comprehend. If I use a lot of the same words that they use, I feel like it will help them understand me better. 🙂

  38. Seems to me that Sam is the juvenile weirdo. What a self-centered, self-important jerk!

  39. @THINKLIBERTY wrote

    "So unpleasant to see that ANAMAZEDREADER hasn’t given up on his retarded “You are a poo poo face” form of argumentation. It’s like the old bigoted man that calls everyone names for no reason; most people can see that he’s a hate filled idiot, but at least he’s come up with a mechanism for dulling his pain. Congrats."

    Q.E.D.

  40. Yes, cinco, how dare he claim to own himself or his property. Doesn't he know that the government owns everything, and has a right to do whatever it pleases? If they want to force him to give them his personal information, to go through his personal effects without a warrant, to stop his filming in public, and want to force him to pay for the privilege, there's nothing for him but to say, "Yes masters. Thank you masters. Would you like naked pictures of me too, masters?

    Why, what does that serf think he is, a free man?!

    We should all remember the immortal words of Patrick Henry: "Take my liberty, and my dignity too — just please make me feel a little safer". That is how it went, right?

  41. Enough bickering. How about some action? Webmail some complaint to TSA: https://contact.tsa.dhs.gov/DynaForm.aspx?FormID=

    Let them know–politely–that some of their agents could use some basic training to avoid turning a molehill into a mountain.

    Love,

  42. Great Video.

    A little advise. Carry the Constitution and Bill of Rights with you.

    God Bless America!

  43. Sam, I thought the loaded questions to the officers about "child pornography" was out of line. It didn't help your cause; if anything, it just pissed off any that were potentially sympathetic to our cause.

    That said, good job. Some of these officers wouldn't know a constitutionally protected right if it bit them on the ass. I don't think a lot of them realize (a) what rights are actually guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and (b) that these trump any and all contradictory federal laws, regulations, departmental policy, and any training they undoubtedly have received. I would be willing to bet that the officer asking you "What is the Bill of Rights?" would be hard pressed to answer that question *correctly* himself.

    Officer Friendly with the K-9 was a real piece of work. It's amazing what sorts of people gravitate towards jobs like this containing lots of opportunity for bullying the general public. I would have found it really hard not to get arrested in that situation.

    Do you think you're on a no-fly list now?

  44. > Sam, I thought the loaded questions to the officers about “child pornography” was out of line. It didn’t help your cause; if anything, it just pissed off any that were potentially sympathetic to our cause.

    If the officers weren't harassing him the comment wouldn't have been made. I know when I get harassed by these goons I tend to get a little upset too.

    Freedom of speech is just that – freedom of speech. If you don't want to hear what someone has to say, don't engage them.

  45. O.K. Sam, Heres the truth. First of all, as your fellow bloggers can see, if you look at the numbers in the upper right hand corner of each blog, you will see that if SAM does not like what you have to say, he just removes your comment. If SAM doesnt like it, your comment gets removed. Wait a minute, what about "Freedom of speech"??? Im sure this post will be removed also. Anyway, just wanted to expose SAM'S scam. Now, lets get to the real issue….Sam talks about child porn and pediphiles, which brings us back to the real issue of why SAM does what he does. Sam has a real problem with Law Enforcement, and I will tell you why. I think Sam was a victim of some sort of assault when he was a young boy. Most likely a sexual assault. Thats why he has the fear of child molesters & pediphiles. The police never came to help him during these assaults. Because SAM never had the guts to call and report it. Now, years later, SAM hates the police. So he gets his camera and tries to make the police look bad. Its very sad SAM but the police are not your enemies. If you would have reported the incidents when they were happening, you wouldent be acting like a silly "CODE 30". I suggest you take your cameras and go to Washington to focus on the real GOONS and criminals…the current admin. These are the people to be afraid of SAM, not the police. And the next time you visit the Airport, try to be a good boy SAM. You WILL end up in jail. Your lucky that you were not arrested the last time. You just happend to have police, that are trained to handle people with mental illness, show up at your circus video production. Next time you may not be so lucky. Good luck SAM, i hope you get the help you need and im sorry about your past. So sad…So very sad.

  46. Hey, I wonder what happened to post numbers 86075 and 86076 ?

  47. Responding to Chumlee:

    Sam has every right to delete whatever he wants from his own property. He's in no way obligated to let *anyone* say what they want on *his* property. He has absolutely no moral reason to let anyone that opposes his views on liberty trash him on his own property.

    That said, how is he scamming you when *you* came here to voice *your* opinion?

    Why should he be afraid of being jailed in an airport when the state is pretty much allowed to jail you anywhere and anytime with no reason right now?

    You are right, he should be afraid of being imprisoned. Problem is, we're already being imprisoned, ever so slowly. You should be afraid too, and willing to step out of the kool-aid line.

  48. Anonymous…First of all I can see that you also are a COWARD posting as "anonymous". Secondly, he complains and cries about FREE SPEeCH, yet you say he can remove any comment that he does not agree with? Played right into my hand. And speaking of a "KOOL-AID" line? The only kool-aid line there was is the one you and sam were in on November 4th 2008. When you took a gig giant gulp, and cast your vote for the government that is controlling the very people that your in fear of. Your pathetic ANONYMOUS. You will follow the rules and you will like it. PERIOD.

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