TSA will now pre-screen your taxes, car registration, passport, employment history, and more

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Travelers are now being subjected to even more invasive screening procedures by the infamous Transportation Security Administration (TSA).   Before “allowing” people to travel, the TSA is performing unwarranted checks of a wide variety of personal documents, going further than ever before into the lives of innocent passengers.  As expected, Americans will roll over for the new intrusions and accept that they are necessary to protect the Homeland.
The new pre-screening procedure is more exhaustive than a federal background check. The TSA will now be dramatically expanding their reach into the lives of every passenger, and scouring all of the following documents, according to the New York Times:
  • private employment information
  • vehicle registrations
  • travel history
  • property ownership records
  • physical characteristics
  • tax identification numbers
  • past travel itineraries
  • law enforcement information
  • “intelligence” information
  • passport numbers
  • frequent flier information
  • other “identifiers” linked to DHS databases
“I think the best way to look at it is as a pre-crime assessment every time you fly,” said Edward Hasbrouck to the New York Times.  Hasbrouck is a consultant to the Identity Project, one of the groups that oppose the prescreening initiatives. “The default will be the highest, most intrusive level of search, and anything less will be conditioned on providing some additional information in some fashion.”
What gives the TSA this authority?  The constitution does not even provide for the TSA’s existence.  In fact, the constitution ensures that the federal government will not perform these kinds of searches without probable cause or a warrant.  Yet all day, every day, the agency devotes itself to performing warrantless searches of travelers.   Its existence is a travesty, and its mission-creep is alarming (and predictable). Continue reading

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