People with a sweet tooth may not realize that their love for sugar might be an addiction.
This may be hard to believe since unlike most addictive substances, sugar is not illegal. Sweets are available almost everywhere and can even be bought by anyone, regardless of age. However, this only means that people have to be more careful with the amount of sugar that they’re eating to avoid getting addicted to it.
Sugar triggers the reward pathway, the same one that’s activated by any pleasurable activity, and causes neurons to produce more dopamine. This chemical is one of the feel-good hormones in the body. It signals the part of the brain called nucleus accumbens, which is involved in pleasure-related decision-making and motor movements. Furthermore, the process activates hormones that create cellular memory of the pleasurable experience of eating sweets. Because of these, people who are addicted to sugar tend to reach out for more sweets and will crave them more in the future.
Although this process also happens for other foods, it is stronger for sugar and carbohydrates. This is because the brain’s pleasure center has evolved to reward eating energy-giving foods. Sugar is a great source of energy. However, too much of it can cause blood glucose to rise to dangerous levels.
How does sugar addiction affect your body?
Sugar has been shown to work in a manner similar to drugs, causing abnormal dopamine spikes not caused by healthy foods. Studies have also shown that sugar affects the opioid pathway, the same one that’s activated by the use of heroin and morphine. (Related: Sugar junkie? Study suggests excessive sugar intake is similar to drug addiction.)
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Sugar addiction has also been associated with many health problems, including:
- Heart disease — In one study, researchers found that people who ate 25 percent of their daily calorie intake from sugar were twice as likely to die from heart diseasecompared to those who got less than 10 percent of their calories from sugar.
- Depression — A person’s mental health can also suffer from sugar addiction. This is because regular sugar consumption can cause blood glucose levels to fluctuate throughout the day and consequently, induce mood swings. Studies have also shown that sugar can increase the risk of depression, especially in patients with schizophrenia, since it can suppress the hormone known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).
- Excessive inflammation — Inflammation is a natural response that occurs during the healing process. However, too much of it can lead to chronic health problems like heart disease, cancer, stroke, and arthritis. People who eat too much sugar put their body in a constant state of inflammation which consequently increases their risk of these diseases.
- Diabetes — Sugar addiction can lead to insulin resistance, which allows blood sugar levels to rise to unhealthy levels. This condition can progress into Type 2 diabetesand increase the risk of amputation due to the insufficient blood supply to peripheral areas like the legs and feet.
Completely removing sugar from your diet may lead to withdrawal symptoms similar to those that result from a drug detox. These include anxiety, depression, mood swings, irritability, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, headaches, and trembling. In addition to this, you may experience more intense sugar cravings, changes in appetite, and sleeping problems like insomnia.
Overcoming sugar addiction is more easily achieved if you gradually remove sugar from your diet. Go for healthier options like fruit instead of sugar-laden sweets. There are also healthy sugar alternatives that you can use.
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Author: Ellaine Castillo
Have you heard of the new vegan burger that “bleeds” just like a real hamburger? Known as the Impossible Burger, it’s been turning up in hundreds of restaurants and fast food outlets around the country lately.
This food product garnered a lot of hype when it was in development. It attracted $400 million in funding that included contributions from Bill Gates. It’s debuting in 400 White Castle burger outlets this month and is already sold in places like Bareburger, Applebee’s, Whalburgers, and countless independent restaurants. It’s just the sort of menu item that appeals to health-conscious consumers – at least in theory. Vegan? Check. Delicious? Reports from those who have tried it have been generally positive. Organic? Not so fast.
The big beef many health-conscious consumers have with this product is related to this meat alternative’s defining characteristic: the way it bleeds when you cut it.
Although there are a lot of things you might miss when you give up traditional burgers for good in favor of healthier vegan options, one thing you probably don’t miss is their bloody appearance, reminding you that an innocent cow made the ultimate sacrifice for your feast. However, Impossible Foods somehow felt this was a desirable characteristic and went to the trouble of genetically modifying a soy protein called legume hemoglobin to give the product this effect.
Yes, that’s right: it’s genetically modified. Why, then, are so many restaurants marketing it as organic? It’s not clear whether they’re simply confused because the company hasn’t been upfront or they’re being intentionally misleading. According to Grub Street, organic burger chain Bareburger says that “everything going into your body is coming from nature” – even though the heme in the burger is created in a lab. Some of its locations even used hash tags like #nongmo and #organic while promoting this Frankenfood.
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Chicago burger chain M Burger calls the product “100% free of hormones, antibiotics and artificial ingredients,” while the Hopdoddy chain placed in on a list of sandwiches that are “made with fresh, all-natural ingredients.” Buyer beware.
Untested GMO ingredient raising concerns
The Impossible Burger is made with a completely new ingredient to the human food supply; there’s never been anything like it before, and while that might make it innovative, that also means we don’t really know if it’s safe. There’s no precedent for exposure to such high amounts of this protein from either the natural form or the lab-grown variety used in the burgers. When the company asked the FDA if it would review the burger’s safety – something it did even though it wasn’t required – the agency initially responded that the safety of the soy leghemoglobin (SLH) had not been established.
It was later revealed that the startup tried to fix the situation by testing the additive on rats, earning the ire of environmental groups that were once on board with its approach, like PETA and the Sustainable Foods Summit.
To be fair, the company doesn’t hide the fact that SLH is GMO. While it does its best not to advertise that fact, it admits it halfway down the FAQ page of its website – explaining it in a way that somehow makes it sound not nearly as risky as it is, of course. They and their restaurant partners obviously know that it’s something many consumers wish to avoid, which is why they do their best not to draw too much attention to it. This situation underscores the importance of doing your homework when it comes to food choices and ensuring they are as healthy as they appear on the surface.
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Originally posted: https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-09-24-trendy-impossible-burger-questionable-ingredients-gmo.html
Author: Isabelle Z.
Within the next year or two, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will instantly know everything about your body, clothes, and luggage with a new laser-based molecular scanner fired from 164 feet (50 meters) away. From traces of drugs or gun powder on your clothes to what you had for breakfast to the adrenaline level in your body—agents will be able to get any information they want without even touching you. And without you knowing it.
The technology is so incredibly effective that, in November 2011, its inventors were subcontracted by In-Q-Tel to work with the US Department of Homeland Security. In-Q-Tel is a company founded “ in February 1999 by a group of private citizens at the request of the Director of the CIA and with the support of the U.S. Congress.” According to In-Q-Tel, they are the bridge between the Agency and new technology companies.
Their plan is to install this molecular-level scanning in airports and border crossings all across the United States. The official, stated goal of this arrangement is to be able to quickly identify explosives, dangerous chemicals, or bioweapons at a distance.
The machine is ten million times faster—and one million times more sensitive—than any currently available system. That means that it can be used systematically on everyone passing through airport security, not just suspect or randomly sampled people.
Analyzing everything in real time
But the machine can sniff out a lot more than just explosives, chemicals and bioweapons. The company that invented it, Genia Photonics, says that its laser scanner technology is able to “penetrate clothing and many other organic materials and offers spectroscopic information, especially for materials that impact safety such as explosives and pharmacological substances.” [PDF]
Formed in Montreal in 2009 by PhDs with specialties in lasers and fiber optics, Genia Photonics has 30 patents on this technology, claiming incredible biomedical and industrial applications—from identifying individual cancer cells in a real-time scan of a patient, to detecting trace amounts of harmful chemicals in sensitive manufacturing processes.
Meanwhile, In-Q-Tel states that “an important benefit of Genia Photonics’ implementation as compared to existing solutions is that the entire synchronized laser system is comprised in a single, robust and alignment-free unit that may be easily transported for use in many environments… This compact and robust laser has the ability to rapidly sweep wavelengths in any pattern and sequence.” [PDF]
So not only can they scan everyone. They would be able to do it everywhere: the subway, a traffic light, sports events… everywhere.
How does it work?
The machine is a mobile, rack-mountable system. It fires a laser to provide molecular-level feedback at distances of up to 50 meters in just picoseconds. For all intents and purposes, that means instantly.
The small, inconspicuous machine is attached to a computer running a program that will show the information in real time, from trace amounts of cocaine on your dollar bills to gunpowder residue on your shoes. Forget trying to sneak a bottle of water past security—they will be able to tell what you had for breakfast in an instant while you’re walking down the hallway.
The technology is not new, it’s just millions times faster and more convenient than ever before. Back in 2008, a team at George Washington University developed a similar laser spectrometer using a different process. It could sense drug metabolites in urine in less than a second, trace amounts of explosive residue on a dollar bill, and even certain chemical changes happening in a plant leaf.
And the Russians also have a similar technology: announced last April, their “laser sensor can pick up on a single molecule in a million from up to 50 meters away.”
So if Genia Photonics’ claims pan out, this will be an incredible leap forward in terms of speed, portability, and convenience. One with staggering implications.
Observation without limits
There has so far been no discussion about the personal rights and privacy issues involved. Which “molecular tags” will they be scanning for? Who determines them? What are the threshold levels of this scanning? If you unknowingly stepped on the butt of someone’s joint and are carrying a sugar-sized grain of cannabis like that unfortunate traveler currently in jail in Dubai, will you be arrested?
And, since it’s extremely portable, will this technology extend beyone the airport or border crossings and into police cars, with officers looking for people on the street with increased levels of adrenaline in their system to detain in order to prevent potential violent outbursts? And will your car be scanned at stoplights for any trace amounts of suspicious substances? Would all this information be recorded anywhere?
There are a lot of questions with no answer yet, but it’s obvious that the potential level of personal invasion of this technology goes far beyond that of body scans, wiretaps, and GPS tracking.
The end of privacy coming soon
According to the undersecretary for science and technology of the Department of Homeland Security, this scanning technology will be ready within one to two years, which means you might start seeing them in airports as soon as 2013.
In other words, these portable, incredibly precise molecular-level scanning devices will be cascading lasers across your body as you walk from the bathroom to the soda machine at the airport and instantly reporting and storing a detailed breakdown of your person, in search of certain “molecular tags”.
Going well beyond eavesdropping, it seems quite possible that U.S. government plans on recording molecular data on travelers without their consent, or even knowledge that it’s possible—a scary thought. While the medical uses could revolutionize the way doctors diagnose illness, and any technology that could replace an aggressive pat-down is tempting, there’s a potential dark side to this implementation, and we need to shine some light on it before it’s implemented.
Let’s make it go viral: Video by engineer Jon Corbett reveals how TSA body scanners are completely useless
Since first posting his video analysis explaining how theU.S. Transportation Security Administration‘s (TSA) naked body scanners do nothing to prevent terrorists from smuggling weapons and other paraphernalia through security, engineer Jon Corbett’s eye-opening revelation has quickly met the heavy hand of attempted censorship. During a recent interview with Alex Jones on theAlex Jones Show, Corbett explained how his video had already begun to go “viral” across the internet within just a few hours of its posting, upon whichYouTubecensored it as containing “inappropriate” content.
Corbett originally posted theYouTubevideo link on his blogTSA Out of Our Pants!on March 6, upon which it was quickly picked up by the U.K.’sDaily Mail, the U.K.’sGuardian,CNET,DailyTech,Russia Today, theHouston Chronicle, theNew York Daily News, and hundreds of other news sources. But as was pointed out by Alex Jones during the recent interview, the original video, which was posted toYouTube, was also quickly censored in the process.
You can view Corbett’s original posting here:
As you will notice upon clicking the directYouTubelink for the video rather than the “Play” button, a message pops up explaining that the video “may contain material flagged by YouTube’s user community that may be inappropriate for some users.” In order to actually watch it, in other words, an individual must log into his or herYouTubeaccount, or sign up for account if he or she is not a registered user, an obstacle that detracts the vast majority of potential viewers from ever watching the video.
Corbett’s video has since been uploaded elsewhere, including atNaturalNews.TV(http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=91718591ABF48A76EB2423DA212DC115), but the fact that the original was flagged speaks volumes about how badly those in authority wish to hide the truth about the TSA and its fraudulent security theater from the public. Even so, the truth is still getting out, and you can help keep it going viral by sharing this article and sharing the link to Corbett’s video onNaturalNews.TV:
“I’ve been working through the court system for about the past year and a half,” explained Corbett to Jones during his interview segment about a lawsuit he has already filed against the TSA for its illegal and unconstitutional naked body scan and pat-down procedures. “If the TSA standards are proven to be ineffective, that will be the quickest way to get them removed from our airports. The nude body scanner is nothing but a giant fraud.”
Be sure to check out Corbett’s original posting here:
Poll finds travelers would rather take on terrorists than risk exposure to radiation
December 8, 2011
A new survey has found that almost half of Americans want to see the TSA’s X-ray body scanners removed from the nation’s airports owing to concerns over potential health risks.
46% of Americans do not believe that the risks associated with the machines are worth any potential pay offs in terms of terrorism prevention.
The Harris Interactive poll, conducted for media group ProPublica, asked: “If a security scanner existed which would significantly help in preventing terrorists from boarding a plane with powder, plastic, or liquid explosives, do you think the TSA should still use it even if it could cause perhaps six of the 100 million passengers who fly each year to eventually develop cancer?”
Out of 2,198 respondents, 46% said no, 36% said yes, and 18% said that they were not sure.
The figures cited in the question originated from a peer-reviewed research paper written by a radiology and epidemiology professor at the University of California, San Francisco, which was also published on the TSA’s website.
The poll was commissioned in response to the TSA’s promotion of a number of other recent surveys that have found in favor of the scanners, only where privacy issues are concerned.
The issue of body scanner safety was once again thrust into the spot light recently with the publication of a report by ProPublica, in conjunction with PBS NewsHour, detailing how the “U.S. Government Glossed Over Cancer Concerns” as it rolled out the scanners into airports.
Despite promising a Senate homeland security committee hearing that the TSA would commission further independent research into the safety risks associated with full body scanners, TSA head John Pistole later reneged, suggesting that a forthcoming inspector general’s report validates earlier conclusions that the machines are not harmful.
Last month, the European Commission formally adopted guidelines prohibiting the use of X-ray body scanners utilizing ionizing radiation in European airports.
“In order not to risk jeopardizing citizens’ health and safety, only security scanners which do not use X-ray technology are added to the list of authorized methods for passenger screening at EU airports.”a press release read.
The findings in the new Harris poll contrast with a recent poll that asked the same question of UK residents.
When asked ‘Do you think airport ‘strip-search’ scanners should be banned, in light of the cancer risks they could pose?’ a majority, 67%, said ‘no’. They were then asked to explain their reason for this decision, to which 54% said they would rather ‘risk their health and travel safe’, whilst a fifth, 22%, said they didn’t believe the health risks.
The British government has indicated that it will not comply with the EU directive on the scanners, and will instead continue to operate a “no scan, no fly” policy for any travelers who refuse to step through the x-ray machines when requested to do so.
SOURCE: Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, andPrisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England., http://www.prisonplanet.com/cancer-no-thanks-half-of-americans-want-x-ray-body-scanners-scrapped.html
The European Union on Monday prohibited the use of X-ray body scanners in European airports, parting ways with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, which has deployed hundreds of the scanners as a way to screen millions of airline passengers for explosives hidden under clothing.
The European Commission, which enforces common policies of the EU’s 27 member countries, adopted the rule “in order not to risk jeopardizing citizens’ health and safety.”
As a ProPublica/PBS NewsHour investigation detailed earlier this month, X-ray body scanners use ionizing radiation, a form of energy that has been shown to damage DNA and cause cancer. Although the amount of radiation is extremely low, equivalent to the radiation a person would receive in a few minutes of flying, several research studies have concluded that a small number of cancer cases would result from scanning hundreds of millions of passengers a year.
European countries will be allowed to use an alternative body scanner, on that relies on radio frequency waves, which have not been linked to cancer. The TSA has also deployed hundreds of those machines – known as millimeter-wave scanners – in U.S. airports. But unlike Europe, it has decided to deploy both types of scanners.
The TSA would not comment specifically on the EU’s decision. But in a statement, TSA spokesman Mike McCarthy said, “As one of our many layers of security, TSA deploys the most advanced technology available to provide the best opportunity to detect dangerous items, such as explosives.
“We rigorously test our technology to ensure it meets our high detection and safety standards before it is placed in airports,” he continued. “Since January 2010, advanced imaging technology has detected more than 300 dangerous or illegal items on passengers in U.S. airports nationwide.”
Body scanners have been controversial in the United States since they were first deployed in prisons in the late 1990s and then in airports for tests after 9/11. Most of the controversy has focused on privacy because the machines can produce graphic images. But the manufacturers have since installed privacy filters.
As the TSA began deploying hundreds of body scanners after the failed underwear bombing on Christmas Day 2009, several scientists began to raise concerns about the health risks of the X-ray scanner, noting that even low levels of radiation would increase the risk of cancer.
As part of our investigation, ProPublica surveyed foreign countries’ security policies and found that only a few nations used the X-ray scanner. The United Kingdom uses thembut only for secondary screening, such as when a passenger triggers the metal detector or raises suspicion.
Under the new European Commission policy, the U.K. will be allowed to complete a trial of the X-ray scanners but not to deploy them on a permanent basis when the trial ends, said Helen Kearns, spokeswoman for the European transport commissioner, Siim Kallas.
“These new rules ensure that where this technology is used it will be covered by EU-wide standards on detection capability as well as strict safeguards to protect health and fundamental rights,” Kallas said.
Five-hundred body scanners, split about evenly between the two technologies, are deployed in U.S. airports. The X-ray scanner, or backscatter, which looks like two large blue boxes, is used at major airports, including Los Angeles International Airport, John F. Kennedy in New York and Chicago’s O’Hare. The millimeter-wave scanner, which looks like a round glass booth, is used in San Francisco, Atlanta and Dallas.
Within three years, the TSA plans to deploy 1,800 backscatter and millimeter-wave scanners, covering nearly every domestic airport security lane. The TSA has not yet released details on the exact breakdown.
The European Union has decided to ban all X-ray scanners from EU airports in order to protect the health and safety of EU citizens, yet the TSA still claims that the scanners are completely safe.
The ban comes after the recent media outburst regarding the 1998 report that linked the X-ray scanners to cancer. The report found that the machines could be causing 100 cases of cancer per year, conservatively.
It is quite clear that the TSA is clinging on to the X-ray scanners for dear life, while the EU is taking the appropriate steps in protecting the health of travelers. This is evidenced by how differently the two governing bodies responding to the X-ray scanner cancer issue.
The European Union, following the news that the scanners are causing a threat to public health, decided to address the threat by removing the scanners. The European Commission issued a press release on November 14th calling for members of the European Union to remove X-ray scanners from its airports to avoid risking “citizens’ health and safety.” The United States on the other hand,went back on a promise to launch an independent safety into the machines.
Instead of commissioning the independent review, TSA administrator John Pistole has declared a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ‘draft’ that focuses primarily on the upkeep and maintenance of the machines to be sufficient evidence that the machines are safe. The draft has not yet been released,though Pistole assures the American people that it is very conclusive and reassuring.
In fact, Pistole actually states that it is his ‘belief’ that the scanners are safe during a Senate hearing that was to be centered around hard evidence regarding X-ray scanner safety.
‘My strong belief is those types of machines are still completely safe,’ Pistole said. ‘If the determination is that this IG study is not sufficient, then I will look at still yet another additional study.’
Of course there is hard evidence that the machines are posing a risk to the health of citizens, just as the European Union has stated.
The scanners admittedly use ionizing radiation, which is known to cause DNA damage as well as cancer. The 1998 estimate of 100 cancer cases per year as a result of the body scanners is most likely far below the real numbers, considering that the radiation level of the machines was often-times found to be “10 times more” than expected.
It is quite outlandish how the TSA still expects citizens to blindly accept their lack of evidence on the supposed safety of the machines in place of the real evidence highlighting the powerful dangers.
(NaturalNews) Recently trials of the naked full-body scanning machines in Australia have revealed that the highly invasive technology has a huge error rate of up to 40%, but Australian government officials plan to set up the scanners in airports regardless.
These radiation-launching machines, also known asAdvanced Imaging Technology(AIT), have once again been proven completely incompetent and absurd even though Australian Transport Minister Anthony Albanese described the scanners as the “most advanced passenger screening technology available in the world.”
The Australian Office of Transport Security announced this week that out of 23,500 scans carried out at Melbourne and Sydney airports throughout the months of August and September, around 20 to 40% of the alarms set off were done so in error. What’s even more ridiculous is the lack of certainty as to what exactly caused the machines to raise false alarms in the first place.
In other words, not only are thesedangerous and ineffective naked scannersbeaming serious amounts of radiation into passengers, they’re needlessly setting off alarms for unknown reasons– and STILL the Australian government plans to continue installing them. This isn’t comforting considering NaturalNews learned earlier this year that the energy emitted by these machinesmay damage human DNA(http://www.naturalnews.com/027913_f…).
Sound the alarm — this sweaty passenger is clearly a terrorist!
Prison Planet reported in August that it was suspected that passenger sweat is one of the main causes of the error, although this possibility has not been confirmed (http://www.prisonplanet.com/airport…). During a $6 million trial of the scanners, the alarms were set off repeatedly at an Australian airport by passengers with sweaty armpits. In fact, one of the machines unnecessarily set off an alarm three different times on the second person to walk through it at a Sydney airport.
TSA plans to keep the scanners coming despite their now-proven inefficiency
Despite themassive glitch ratethat has become apparent through the scanner trials, Office of Transport Security executive director Paul Retter told a recent Senate estimates committee hearing that the technology was improving “on a weekly and monthly basis.” And while security experts have repeatedly warned that the scanners cannot even detect explosives successfully, Retter still insisted the inefficient and dangerous technology provides “the best chance in the world today to detect explosives, including home-made explosives.”
He also claimed that while the government has not yet decided whether to entirely adopt the technology, he plans to recommend the scanners be installed at eight international airports. This “rollout” of scanners will likely begin in the early part of 2012.
The German government says, ‘No futile radiation for us’
Before the Australian trials, the German government decided to abandon plans to use the full-body scanners. This occurred after police described the radiation-heavy machines as “useless” following a 10-month trial.
According to a German federal police report (http://www.prisonplanet.com/german-…), 35 percent of the 730,000 passengers checked by the deficient scanners set off the alarm multiple times although they had nothing prohibited on their person whatsoever. In fact, the same report noted that an alarm was raised without reason in roughlyseven out of every ten cases, adding that the scanners did not deal well with people wearing layers of clothing or boots and zip fasteners. Even the posture of passengers passing through seemed to affect the probability of a false alarm!
The German report concluded that the machines are far too sensitive to movement, and they operate too slowly to be of any practical use.
Potentially dangerous AND ineffective? The TSA could care less
These findings clearly reveal that these defective full-body scanners do not yield reliable results and are more than undependable — they are useless. Theyfire radiationinto passengers andraise false alarmsover absolutely nothing. They require people to pass through them multiple times and therefore repeatedly shower them with radiation WITHOUT CAUSE.
Yet the Department of Homeland Security in the US continues to roll out hundreds more of the scanning machines into airports across the country, all the while falsely claiming the machines have passed rigorous safety and efficiency tests. Their statements about the scanners, in fact, have been reported by Prison Planet to be “highly questionable at best” (http://www.prisonplanet.com/big-sis…).
These very same scanners — which now have beenPROVEN ineffective— have never been proven safe for human use, and even the TSA couldn’t tell us whether or not the long-term effects of their radiation could cause everything from cancer to infertility. In fact, the president of the Allied Pilots Association (APA) even issued a letter urging all pilots to opt out of the full-body scanning (http://www.naturalnews.com/030339_p…). Yet the scanners are still carelessly being rolled out in airports all over the US.
Read more about the potential detrimental effects of these machines here:http://www.naturalnews.com/027913_f…
Read more about TSA’s lies here:http://www.naturalnews.com/027914_T…
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Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/034034_naked_body_scanners_errors.html, 2 nov 2011, by: Christina Luisa
Federal agency tasked with airport security now routinely interrogates Americans about their financial affairs
A traveler flying into Las Vegas was questioned by the TSA about his small collection of silver coins, another example of how the federal agency is acting more like a secret police unit than an airport security outfit, routinely interrogating Americans about their financial affairs.
Alex Jones talked to Jeff, a software engineer, after he passed through security, who told him that TSA agents had questioned him about why he was carrying silver coins and demanded to know their value. The screeners also asked if Jeff was collecting them for a hobby or an investment.
Jeff explained that he was simply planning to cash in the coins and use that money on his vacation instead of dipping into his bank account. The total value of the coins was no more than $600 dollars.
The delay led to TSA agents telling Jeff they couldn’t guarantee that his bags would even make it onto the plane.
This is not the first time US citizens have been harassed by TSA screeners for carrying items of any value, or refusing to answer invasive questions about their financial affairs.
In 2009, Ron Paul campaign treasurer Steven Bierfeldt was detained and interrogated for nearly half an hour by TSA officials for the crime of passing a cash box through a metal detector which contained $4,700 in campaign funds.
During the interrogation, Bierfeldt was threatened with arrest and bombarded with questions about his personal life and political viewpoints.
“I do not believe I should give up my constitutional rights each time I choose to travel by plane. I was doing nothing illegal or suspicious, yet I was treated like a potential criminal and harassed for no reason,” said Bierfeldt.
The Department of Homeland Security is training TSA agents to act like secret police, quizzing people on their financial status and political persuasions. This has nothing to do with airport security.
Another example involved war reporter Michael Yon, who was handcuffed and detained after TSA officials demanded to know Yon’s personal income.
“No country has ever treated me so badly,” Yon wrote in a Facebook message. “Not China. Not Vietnam. Not Afghanistan. Definitely not Singapore or India or Nepal or Germany, not Brunei, not Indonesia, or Malaysia, or Kuwait or Qatar or United Arab Emirates. No county has treated me with the disrespect can that can be expected from our border bullies.”
Yon said he stood firm and refused to allow his privacy to be violated by TSA thugs because his friend had told him of how she was forced to hand over her Internet passwords and watched in horror as TSA screeners read her private emails.
Eventually, Yon was released by Port Authority police because the TSA had no legitimate grounds to hold him.
Given that TSA goons are now stationed at highway checkpoints in order to conduct searches of vehicles, we can expect to see many more examples of invasive interrogations where Americans are guilty until proven innocent, as the country begins more and more to resemble an authoritarian police state where citizens are constantly mandated to show their papers in order to travel anywhere.
Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones, Prison Planet.com, Monday, October 24, 2011
PORTLAND, Tenn. – You’re probably used to seeing TSA’s signature blue uniforms at the airport, but now agents are hitting the interstates to fight terrorism with Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR).
“Where is a terrorist more apt to be found? Not these days on an airplane more likely on the interstate,” said Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons.
Tuesday Tennessee was first to deploy VIPR simultaneously at five weigh stations and two bus stations across the state.
Agents are recruiting truck drivers, like Rudy Gonzales, into the First Observer Highway Security Program to say something if they see something.
“Not only truck drivers, but cars, everybody should be aware of what’s going on, on the road,” said Gonzales.
It’s all meant to urge every driver to call authorities if they see something suspicious.
“Somebody sees something somewhere and we want them to be responsible citizens, report that and let us work it through our processes to abet the concern that they had when they saw something suspicious,” said Paul Armes, TSA Federal Security Director for Nashville International Airport.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol checked trucks with drug and bomb sniffing dogs during random inspections.
“The bottom line is this: if you see something suspicious say something about it,” Gibbons said Tuesday.
The random inspections really aren’t any more thorough normal, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott who says paying attention to details can make a difference. Trott pointed out it was an Oklahoma state trooper who stopped Timothy McVeigh for not having a license plate after the Oklahoma City bombing in the early 1990s.
Tuesday’s statewide “VIPR” operation isn’t in response to any particular threat, according to officials.
Armes said intelligence indicates law enforcement should focus on the highways as well as the airports.
Adam Ghassemi, News Channel 5, October 20, 2011
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