YAL in Action

Check out YAL activities on campus and updates from around the liberty movement.

Tag: TSA
  • Judge Upholds Arrest for Arabic Flashcards

    Back in 2009, a college kid named Nicholas George was arrested by the TSA in Philly as he attempted to board his plane. Their excuse? He was learning Arabic in school, and had brought along flashcards to study on the trip. His interested in Arabic stemmed from a desired career in — you guessed it …

  • It’s About Liberty, Not Privatization

    A recent Bloomberg piece brings up an agency of especially sore repute among libertarians (not to say that there are many agencies of good repute) and looks into a Republican Party “solution” in dealing with some problems facing that agency.   The agency is the TSA.  The problem is theft; or, “sticky fingers” as Bloomberg puts …

  • TSA Inspects Parked Cars

    Everyone knows the TSA is in the business of making us drink the last drop of our open water bottles and patting down our potentially dangerous grandmothers, but did you know they are also inspecting parked vehicles at airports around the country? That’s right America, everyone’s favorite government safety squad is now making sure you aren’t a potential …

  • “Batman” Shooting Provokes Twitter TSA Fears

    In response to Friday’s tragic shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, Twitter users took to their timelines to express their worry. Their concern was:  how will government respond to this event?   Far from demanding total security and safety, many Twitter users, already upset by TSA pat downs and screenings at airports, feared …

  • More restrictions on travel forthcoming?

    The TSA search requirements may no longer be the only restriction on travel in the US. According to this article on MSN Money, new legislation is looking to prevent Americans from leaving the country if they owe more than $50,000 dollars in taxes. The legislation in question is Senate Bill 1813, which passed the Senate back in April …

  • Government Gone Wild @ GCSU

    NB:  This report is a little late, but we still wanted to share it with you! The week after spring break, the YAL chapter at Georgia College and State University decided to stop and frisk random strangers on campus. Unlike the TSA, we asked for consent first. Most people said “no” because they don’t like …

  • The TSA comes to UIUC’s Main Quad!

    YAL at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign held a TSA: Gone Wild event on the Main Quad last Thursday. “Free Freedom Frisks! Patriotic Patdowns!” I chanted as hordes of students power-walked across the quad.  Most people got a laugh out of it, and we had plenty of double takes.     I was …

  • YAL at UCF Protest the TSA

    Our activism video:  On February 29th the Young Americans for Liberty at UCF held our first activism event of the semester, Government Gone Wild. In less than a week, we built a 7′ x 3′ faux body scanner and made 300 4th Amendment luggage tags. We set up our activism event in front of the …

  • YAL @ CU Protests the TSA

    The Young Americans for Liberty at the University of Colorado at Boulder protested the TSA during the last week of school before spring break!  We constructed a mock body scanner, had a member dressed up as an agent, and displayed a large poster of the 4th Amendment. In addition to getting a lot of sign-ups …

  • More ‘Gov’t Gone Wild’ Event Resources

    YAL’s National Activism Project for this month, “Government Gone Wild: Spring Break with the TSA,” is underway, and I have some additional resources for chapters that haven’t had their event yet, including:  infographics, new relevant news stories, and information with supporting evidence to help inform students about their rights and how they’re being violated — because if we …