The County, back in September, flatly denied that security tapes of me being threatened by a Transportation Security Manager existed. I took this to mean that they werenâ€™t in the countyâ€™s possession and therefore the security cameras must belong to the TSA. But, when the TSA also denied their existence a few months later, Broward county admitted that they did own the security cameras, but that â€œifâ€ tapes exist, they cannot be released because they are â€œSensitive Security Information.â€
The idea that the government can lie about records because it thinks they are â€œsensitiveâ€ is founded neither in law nor in the hallmarks of a free country. Both the federal FOIA and the Florida Public Records Act require that documents either be disclosed or they be denied with a reason. There is no provision for falsely denying their existence (which is incredibly stupid given that there are at least 13 visible cameras or camera domes at the FLL E gates checkpoint), with the limited exception of confidential informants or classified foreign intelligence. See Shura v. FBI, Order, Docket #98 (CDCA 2011), p. 13.
The TSA thinks itâ€™s ok to lie to us. This isnâ€™t anything new: they lied to us when they said the nude body scanners were safe, were effective, were not able to save/print images. They lie to us about how they treat the elderly (her story), women, and children (watch in horror as the TSA screener puts her hands inside the childâ€™s pants before rubbing her chest and genitalsâ€¦ how many times has the TSA said they donâ€™t do this to kids?!). Itâ€™s not ok for our government to lie to us, even if they think itâ€™s for our own good. This organization needs to be dismantled, and the body scanners are a great place to start. Please share this story so that those who patriotically tust their government know that this particular government agency is abusing that trust.