The Chase Ink Bold is my main credit card. Free for the first year, it offers 5x Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR) points for purchases at office supplies stores. Only 1x UR points at Amazon.com.
However, Staples and Office Max both sell Amazon.com gift cards. Yesterday I popped over to the Staples in Spring, Texas to buy 5 $100 Amazon gift cards for $500.00 out the door including tax. By using my Chase Ink Bold card, I received 2500 UR instead of 500. Chase UR are amongst the most valuable “points” currency, transferable to many travel related partners like Hyatt and United.
The gift card rack was right in the front of the store. I went right for the $100 Amazon gift cards
I got 5. Once activated, I just the load the gift card numbers to my amazon account where the credit sits and waits to be used for future Amazon purchases.
If you have the Ink Bold, this is a great way to meet the minimum spend requirements or churn bonus points. These $100 Amazon cards make great Christmas presents too!
A shocking story I just came across from Phoenix, where TSA airport screeners ran a strip search on an elderly passenger with a prosthesis.
An AP Photo of a Passenger Being Screened Without Warrant by a See-Through Body Scanner
Per USA Today:
PHOENIX — An 82-year-old woman in a wheelchair reaches the front of the security-screening line at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal 4 as she waits to board a flight to London on a Friday evening in June 2012.
The metal detector beeps over her chest. She explains she has a prosthesis. She’d opted out of reconstructive surgery after the breast cancer.
Transportation Security Administration agents take the woman to a room and order her to take off her blouse. Then her bra. Then her prosthesis, which they examine. The elderly woman strips to her waist, with nothing to hide her scars.
The 4th amendment says you are to be free of searches and seizures unless a signed warrant is issued against you. Why do these innocent Americans get humiliated and violated? Are Americans really going to stand for searches due to Federal Agency Directive instead of judge-signed warrant? Didn’t we fight a war of secession against Britain partially because the King ordered soldiers could write their own warrants to search whoever, whenever?
That is the headline from Infowars. Inforwars quotes liberty activist Jon Corbett who has made freedom of information act requests of the TSA. He inquired of many of their security procedures and internal memos regarding the use of explosive and body scanners at airports located within the USA. They sent him many documents, some of which were redacted. However, some of the redacted documents were publicly available through on-line searches through the TSA’s public section of their intranet.
This is an embarrassment for the TSA because someone purposefully redacted portions of the documents before sending them to him because they thought it was a public security threat, all the while the redacted portions were available for public viewing online. Here is the redacted and unredacted portion of one document.
What is work is what the redacted portions tell us:
- The TSA admits that terror threats on aviation targets are slim to non-existant;
- The TSA notes that in their period studied, there were 7 airplane hijackings worldwide. Of those, not one used explosives
- The TSA notes that terrorist groups they monitor have likely switched away from focus on aviation targets and are more interested in internal development and recruiting
According to the TSA’s own report:
This begs the question, then, of what evidence the government possesses to rationalize that we should be so afraid of non-metallic explosives being brought aboard flights departing from the U.S. that we must sacrifice our civil liberties. The answer: there is none. “As of mid-2011, terrorist threat groups present in the Homeland are not known to be actively plotting against civil aviation targets or airports; instead, their focus is on fundraising, recruiting, and propagandizing.”
All the while we as Americans have to put up with the unconstitutional body scanners that violate our 4th amendment right to be free of warrantless searches. They annoy and harass us and cause delays for us at the airport. The random explosives swab detection screening that travelers have to take as a condition of travel, are by the TSAs admission, pointless.
So that begs the question, what is the point of the body scanners and explosive detection screenings if the TSA is not worried about that threat? Is this a legitimate use of government tax dollars and loss of our liberty?
Adam Bartsch, a US Air Marshall under the department of Homeland Security was arrested yesterday (October 17) in Nashville for allegedly using his camera phone to take multiple up-skirt photos of another passenger on the flight reports WTOP news in Nashville.
Another passenger confronted him and the cabin crew called the police on arrival.
Now, that guy is certainly entitled to a fair trial before we say he did what is alleged and he is penalized for it. Is this a violation of the woman’s rights who had her private areas photographed without her consent? Yes, absolutely. If what is alleged is true it is certainly a crime.
What I find ironic is that the TSA does the same thing to us, the traveling public, each day and gets away with it. Why? Because they are run by the government and regrettably the government does what it wants even when the constitution forbids them from doing so. With their enhanced scanners (in the name of security) they can see an image of our nude bodies. They can tell how we have groomed ourselves. They can tell if a woman is menstruating and what type of personal care she uses while menstruating. Is this also not a violation of our natural rights?
We will report how this case progresses. In the interim, pray for the day the government and the TSA will stop violating us.
PS – how did someone get an Air Marshall job at age 28? That has got to be a pretty cush gig.