November 23rd, 2010
10:57 AM ET

On the Radar: Korean fire, pat-downs, terror arrests

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Battling Koreas¬†-¬†North Korea and South Korea exchanged fire¬†for about an hour Tuesday as the South's military conducted routine drills in¬†the Yellow Sea¬†off ÔĽŅYeonpyeong Island, about¬†six miles from the North.

"Our revolutionary forces will continue to mount merciless military strikes without hesitation if the puppets in the South trespass even 0.0001 millimeters into our waters," North Korea's military command said, according to South Korea's Yonap news agency. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak called on his military forces to use "action" and not talk to punish North Korea for the attacks.

Two South Korean marines were killed, and 15 soldiers and civilians were wounded, South Korean authorities said. The U.S. is strongly condemning North Korea's action and said it is committed to helping its South Korean allies.


November 22nd, 2010
10:19 AM ET

TSA pat downs get the full parody treatment

Taiwan's Next Media Animation gave the TSA pat downs the full animation parody treatment.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery - but what about mockery?

It's something the TSA is battling as backlash grows regarding their pat down procedures - and they are getting the full treatment, a la Tiger Woods scandal.

No doubt there are very real concerns about the pat downs and full body scans: a flier had to show her prosthetic breast and just recently a video of a shirtless boy getting a pat down has gone viral. But that doesn't mean people are shying away from mocking the griping-about-groping issue.

From a "Saturday Night Live" skit, to a fake Twitter account and a Taiwanese animation mocking the outrage and procedure, the TSA is getting hit hard.

"SNL" couldn't shy away from the sexy side of the TSA pat downs. With music in the background that rivals the late night dating hotline treatment, "SNL" agents blow kisses, speak in porn star-esque voices and tout the full pat-down treatment.

And if "SNL" isn't an indicator the story has hit big time - leave it to Twitter.


November 18th, 2010
09:15 PM ET

Security measure myths: How the TSA sees it

The TSA is not as bad you think they are. Or at least, that's what a list of "myths and facts" issued Thursday by the TSA about pat-downs and other security measures would like you to consider.

Many Americans have reacted with displeasure and outrage, over recent high-profile stories about intrusive searches at airports.

But in its fact sheet, the TSA says that pat-downs only occur when a passenger sets off a metal detector or opts out of an X-ray scan.

Some see the pat-downs as a punishment for refusing to get scanned, but the TSA says that is not the case.

"There is nothing punitive about it - it just makes good security sense," the TSA said. "And the weapons and other dangerous and prohibited items we've found during pat-downs speak to this."


November 17th, 2010
10:52 AM ET

On the Radar: Pat-downs, publicist slain, terrorism trial

To pat or not to pat? - Amidst a flurry of complaints from passengers who said they'd been inappropriately touched while airport security screeners patted them down, the chief of the Transportation Security Administration is expected to  defend the method Wednesday. John Pistole will testify before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. His appearance was scheduled before this week's "Don't touch my junk" controversy, during which a passenger videotaped his pat-down experience. Two pilots who refused full body scans and pat-downs are suing the Department of Homeland Security. Former commercial pilot C.B. "Sully" Sullenberger, who famously landed a plane in the Hudson River, says pat-downs for flight crews aren't "an efficient use of our resources." The organization suing TSA on behalf of the pilots said the agency is "forcing travelers to consent to a virtual strip search."

Movie publicist killed - Hollywood is reeling after a well-known publicist was gunned down in Los Angeles, California, early Tuesday after a party celebrating the new Cher/Christina Aguilera movie, "Burlesque."  Ronnie Chasen, 64, died after "multiple shots" were fired into her Mercedes, seconds after she drove past the Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard, police said. Chasen crashed the car into a light pole at 12:20 a.m. She died later at Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

"We were all on such a high," songwriter Diane Warren said. "And then she left - I'm guessing about 10 minutes before I did. What on earth? What happened? Why?"


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