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#310288 - 01/10/19 08:08 PM An excellent description of the TSA (and a couple of other fed actors)
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Edited by jgw (01/10/19 08:10 PM)

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#310358 - 01/14/19 06:04 AM Re: An excellent description of the TSA (and a couple of other fed actors) [Re: jgw]
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Of course it's easy to pick on the TSA, let's all enjoy the fact that the FDA isn't operating, DOJ is shuttered, CDC may wind up going dark at some point, NOAA and NWS are on skeleton duty and may go dark, food stamps will go MIA, the list of actually important real government services is pretty long.

But J.D. Tuccille seems to think it's just a game.
Must be nice to be shielded from the consequences.

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#310369 - 01/14/19 10:49 PM Re: An excellent description of the TSA (and a couple of other fed actors) [Re: jgw]
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When we go someplace, by plane, and go through the TSA stuff my wife tells me, in no uncertain terms; "Do NOT shoot off your mouth and just be quiet" when we go through the gauntlet, get fondled and move on. As far as I am concerned its a complete waste of time. I am also one of the fortunate few that, pretty much, have a free pass except for the very end (never understood why but I think my wife did something). Anyway, as long as I am whining I thought I would add this one too:
https://theintercept.com/2019/01/09/trum...3a33f-131870705

My wife, however, takes a slightly different tac. If they start to ask her to remove her coat, etc. she simply starts to take of ALL her clothes. Since she is 77 years old this is not exactly exciting but it gets the TSA drones REALLY excited (they have no idea what to do so they just push her through as fast as they can). She is a bit foreign looking and has been strip searched throughout the world's airports so she has some experience in all of this <G>.

Its, basically, that the Dems are just the regular old Dems. Kindly, very civilized, unwilling to upset anybody so the non-dems and semi-dems at least stepped up!


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#310383 - 01/15/19 08:14 PM Re: An excellent description of the TSA (and a couple of other fed actors) [Re: jgw]
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I think I might have shared my personal firsthand experience with the underbelly of the TSA a while ago. It's a story that should make most people think long and hard about boarding any commercial aircraft.
I worked in IT and did TSA data center upgrades at something like 29 airports around the country. Do you remember that story?
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#310476 - 01/20/19 11:47 PM Re: An excellent description of the TSA (and a couple of other fed actors) [Re: jgw]
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I do not but I wish I did. Where is it tucked away?

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#310481 - 01/21/19 05:06 AM Re: An excellent description of the TSA (and a couple of other fed actors) [Re: jgw]
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Originally Posted By: jgw
I do not but I wish I did. Where is it tucked away?


It might be somewhere in these archives but damned if I'd know how to dig it up.

I'll try to be brief:
When the TSA was formed they took possession of a lot of old airport security offices in most of the major airports. Datacomm at airports in the era prior to 9/11 was fairly anemic and even a lot of major airports had dialup even as recently as 2003.
The few that had better mostly had weak DSL.
The "White Package" upgrade gave every TSA office a T1 at the very least if not several.

When I arrived at my first install job, at Shreveport (SHV) the entire TSA office was sharing a SINGLE dialup and a fax machine.

Now you might think, "Oh great, so you installed high speed data in all the TSA offices in 29 airports, what's the problem?"

We were instructed to route all the data cables through the floor below, in the suspended ceilings one floor down, with NO CONDUIT and NO other shielding. So, for example, the cable bundles to the server rack might be in the ceiling going through baggage claim or through a storeroom next to a food concession stand. (*might be is a euphemism for "WAS")
It is very easy to siamese or splice a data cable.

What's to stop anyone from doing so, just push up the ceiling tile, it's all there.
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