The TSA critic’s guide to America’s 2012 election

Now that the Democrats have wrapped up their political convention in Charlotte, it's time to take a hard look at both major parties and their official positions on our valued travel freedoms in America.

TSA watch: A crazy agency finally gets an official diagnosis

You probably already suspected that the idea of a Department of Homeland Security in general, and the Transportation Security Administration, specifically, was a little crazy.

Can things get any worse for the TSA?

To say the TSA just had a bad week would be a lot like saying Muammar Gaddafi is dealing with a little opposition in Libya.

“Everything is objectively better than it was two years ago, particularly in the aviation environment”

The transcript from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's interview on CNN's "State of the Union" isn't available yet, but here's what we know: There was a lot of hemming and hawing -- here's a sample -- and one keeper quote that could define her tenure.

“We don’t like the idea that Metro riders are being treated as if they are potential terrorists”

Sue Udry is the executive director the Defending Dissent Foundation, a 50-year-old organization whose mission is to protect and advance the right of dissent. Her organization has teamed up with two other civil rights groups to protest the Washington Metro Transit Police's decision to begin searching subway passengers in the nation's capital. They'll be at Union Station between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. today, collecting signatures. I asked Udry to explain why her group objects to the new searches.

Coming soon: full-body scanners at salad bars?

Sounds absurd, I know, but after the latest report that terrorists are targeting our all-you-can-eat restaurants, would anyone be surprised?