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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

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Claire Wolfe

TSA porno-scanners: what they’re really looking for

Friday, November 5th, 2010

The following is from a blog reader and frequent flyer who wishes to remain anonymous.

—–

“Male, anomaly, right thigh.”

“Female, anomaly, right arm”

“Male, clear.”

It’s just after 6 AM. I’m sitting at a gate at Boston’s Logan airport. I had noticed a long line at the checkpoint, and saw that it was because they were using the porno scanners. As a frequent traveler who lives in the Boston area, I know Logan. I went to another checkpoint where I walked through the magnetometer without incident, then made my circuitous way back to my flight’s gate.

I hadn’t realized when I took my seat at the gate that the black cloth surrounding the area next to me held the TSA voyeur ogling the images from the porno scanner.

“Male, anomaly, lower back.”

“Female, anomaly, groin.”

“Male, clear.”

This went on for several minutes, at a rate of about 4 per minute. The porno scanners are much slower than magnetometers. They aren’t any better at detecting explosives or bomb-making parts, as several critics have demonstrated. So why is the TSA so determined to force these extremely expensive, dangerous, humiliating x-ray machines upon us? It can’t be because of the fool who scorched his privates last Christmas; these machines have been in development for many years.

Economists will explain that the TSA is a monopoly, and monopolies always raise the price and lower the quality of goods and services. Raising the price means slower scans and longer lines. But it also means that the TSA will have a perfect excuse to demand larger budgets and more workers to deal with the intolerable lines they create once the porno scanners are in widespread use. It’s a perfectly understandable, rational decision for a tax-feeding bureaucracy immune to competition.

Besides, certain perverts think it is fun to look at naked people.

“Male, anomaly, groin.”

I hear a door open, and soon there is another voice in the room. They talk quietly and I can’t hear what they are saying.

“Female, anomaly, right breast.”

“Female, clear.”

“Male, clear.”

“Male, anomaly, right torso.”

“Female, anomaly, abdomen.”

The two suddenly erupt in laughter. I don’t know the joke, but it is all too easy to imagine what they find amusing.

The litany goes on, and I’m left to contemplate the dying Republic and the loss of any pretense of freedom, dignity, or basic decency. The contempt of the government for its victims is obvious. There is no reason to think that strip searches will stay confined to airports.

The operating procedure for the porno scanners make it clear that control, not security, is the overriding concern. If a TSA agent decides to send you through the magnetometer, usually but not always because the porno scanner is occupied, you can walk through with no further action required. But if you choose the magnetometer, or “opt out” in TSA parlance, you are punished by shouting and being made the center of attention, then subjected to a humiliating public groping.

The procedure is designed to punish those who do not meekly submit to any and every whim of people wearing government-issued costumes. It has nothing to do with security.

Listening, I realize that the TSA voyeurs are not looking for potential threats to aircraft safety. They search for “anomalies.” They are looking for anyone and anything that is different. Colostomy bags, breast prostheses, catheters, money belts, covered piercings, deformities of all kinds, the list of intimate things that many of us conceal beneath clothing is very long, while the list of things truly dangerous to aircraft is short.

The drill is to first identify the sex of the victim by looking at their naked image. This takes some careful scrutiny when the victim is a young child. But the porno scanners are up to the task, the image is so clear the voyeurs can tell if males are circumcised.

When you submit to a porno scan, you can be quite certain that your sex organs are the first thing the voyeur examines. Then the rest of your body is scrutinized for as long as the jaded voyeur finds it pleasurable. Those with unusual or particularly attractive physiques will be given especially careful scrutiny, with the most interesting images captured on cell phones or other devices, including the scanner itself. You will be free to go only if the pervert in the dark room fails to find anything at all different about your body.

65 Responses to “TSA porno-scanners: what they’re really looking for”

  1. Mark Says:

    I’ve recently set up a Facebook page about this nonsense, just in case anyone wants to “like” it. I’ll be posting constant updates on the latest outrages (and linking to your great blog posts, Claire! :-)). http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Flying/126801010710392

  2. Claire Says:

    Mark — THANK YOU.

    Among other things, that’s the first Facebook page I’ve ever visited that didn’t seem boring and trivial! I see familiar names among the people who like it. I look forward to seeing lots of UNfamiliar names, and great links, soon. What a great thing to do. Thanks for kicking it off with a link to this blog. You’ll have no shortage of material, from here, LRC.com and elsewhere.

  3. Mark Says:

    No kidding! I’m inundated with material, already (especially this morning)! I was surprised that no one else had started up a similar page, so I went ahead and did it myself. Now I’m just trying to get the word out. I KNOW there are a lot of people who feel the same way. Thanks for the good vibes! :-)

  4. Claire Says:

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Opt-Out-of-a-Body-Scan-Then-nytimes-3016411705.html?x=0

    And there’s another good link (via Wendy McElroy). This one from a mainstream source. The most interesting thing comes at the very end — with the Orwellian claims that “we’ve always done it this way.” That seems to be a new twist.

    Pity the attitude of the writer is so meek, despite his protests.

  5. Kent McManigal Says:

    Mark- I had already “liked” your page.

    You know, I enjoy looking at naked bodies- well, of certain females- but only if they were naked by choice. I would get no pleasure from forcing someone to show themselves to me. A “expose yourself or you don’t get to go where you want/need to go” ultimatum is force. It is coercion. If I were to do something similar the “authorities” would charge me with some sexual crime. Plus, I would know that I had become a sexual predator. The fact that these “people” can do this “job” and live with themselves shows how devoid of humanity they are. Perhaps they are evolving to be a part of the machines they use. Porno-cyborgs (The Porg?) who can’t even relate to the real humans anymore. It really infuriates me that when my daughter looks up at a plane passing overhead and says “I can ride on a plane someday” I have to lie and say “Sure”.

  6. Mark Says:

    I know, Kent. And I appreciate it. And if you ever feel like it and get a chance to suggest it to your THOUSANDS of “friends”, I’d be ecstatic. :-) . And thanks for the link, Claire!

  7. bumperwack Says:

    well people… I say get a rope…get a lot of ropes…………

  8. Mark Says:

    Either that, or a lot of tar, feathers and rails… :-)

  9. MamaLiberty Says:

    The “monopoly” part made me do a double take. Even most monopolies actually have a product or service at least SOME people want and would pay for.

    The actual market for the prono-groper monopoly would be vanishingly small without the double whammy of government coercion and the need to fly… soon to be bus, train, subway, car, walking down the road…

    It will only change when either the halls of government are echo empty. Preferably with no stone left on another and the ground salted.

  10. MamaLiberty Says:

    OOps, incomplete edit. Originally was going to say “either the halls of government or the airports are echo empty.”

    Lots of things are going to be empty pretty soon, such as grocery stores.

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  12. desert fox Says:

    Could someone manufacture a t-shirt that appears normal in daylight, but in the porno-scanner says “Screw the TSA” (or pithy phrase of your choosing) ?

    LOL.

    Cheers.

  13. FreeNorth Says:

    @desert fox: Embroider the lettering into your clothing with carbon fiber or metallic thread using a zig-zag stitch. It should reflect the terahertz (THz) scanner waves very nicely!

    BTW, terahertz radio is NOT X-ray radiation. It’s in between the infrared and microwave radar parts of the spectrum. X-rays are way out on the other side of visible light, past ultraviolet. THz is used because like radar it can go through clothing, but like infrared it reflects from bodies. The technology to generate and detect THz radiation has only been available in the last ten years – it’s actually much harder to work with than X-rays, but it is presumed to be safe since it’s a lower energy than visible or infrared light.

    Nobody knows if terahertz radiation has any significant physical effects. The question is whether the specific frequencies used match resonant frequencies of molecules in your cells, and whether stimulating these frequencies at the intensity used makes any difference. (Microwave ovens are tuned to match a resonant frequency of water molecules; the excitation of water in the food is what makes it get hot.)

  14. Claire Says:

    FreeNorth,

    Thanks for the info (and the clever idea)!

    Just to clarify (and I hope some rocket scientist will step in and clarify me if I wrong). But my understanding is that there are two porno-scan technologies: backscatter, which is a form of x-ray; and millimeter wave, which operates just under the terahertz range.

    Backscatter is the more “proven” technology — though really not so well proven for this use. Although it supposedly delivers a “safe” dosage of radiation, the two big question marks are 1) that it concentrates that dose entirely on the skin and b) that frequent travelers are now going to get one whale of a lot of x-ray exposure, and the exposure is cumulative. The fedgov expects one cancer death for every 200 million scans. That’s one death. No info on how many curable cancers the new exposures will cause.

    My understanding is that virtually nobody knows what millimeter wave will do to the human body because there’s been little or no testing. But limited experiments done in Los Alamos with terahertz wave show DNA damage.

    But again, I know only what I learned while researching an article. From that, my overwhelming impression is that we’re being exposed to unknown risks for the profit of the security-industrial complex and Michael Chertoff. You science-minded folks please feel free to speak up.

  15. Ellendra Says:

    Doing a zig-zag stitch with metallic thread would mean the message showed with or without the scanner. To make it show only when scanned, try using metallic fabric paint on the inside of the shirt. Remember that you’re writing in reverse.

  16. Ellendra Says:

    Rethinking: Some items of clothing have 2 layers, if the message was stitched into the lining but not the outer layer, it could be done with the metallic thread. Or if you were just wearing an undershirt with the message. Metallic thread gets itchy fast though, keep that in mind.

  17. -S Says:

    Claire has it right. Most of the porno scanners are backscatter. An intense, pencil-diameter x-ray beam is scanned across the victim’s body. A large array of detectors on either side of the machine detect radiation that is scattered back from the victim’s surface tissues. The beam is powerful and energetic enough to penetrate clothing but is adsorbed in the skin and eyes.

    Details about the energy spectrum of the x-rays are difficult find. Certainly the method used to claim perfect safety is grossly flawed. The calculations assumed the radiation dose was adsorbed uniformly throughout the body, when it is almost certainly 90% adsorbed in the first few mm, perhaps 1/8″.

    So the dose is understated by a factor of 20 or more, perhaps as much as 100 times. The intense x-ray beam is certainly energetic enough to break chemical bonds and damage cellular DNA.

    The effects of high intensity scans using these x-ray energies are not well documented. Medical and dental x-ray machines use metal filters to remove these wavelengths because they can burn the skin.

    The eyes and particularly the cornea and lens are vulnerable to damage from intense x-rays.

    The claims that they are safe are pure fabrication and deliberate falsification. If a private-market firm had tried to sell these things for use in medical imaging the FDA would have forced them to calculate the dose correctly and provide documentation of studies on animals and people measuring the level of harm. But the TSA does not have to follow basic public safety rules, even though they will expose hundreds of millions of people to these dangerous machines, far more than any medical imaging application.

  18. clark Says:

    I’m trying to think of the reason a TSA Porg would give to search or backscatter someone who walked in wearing a bikini or speedo?

    I’m sure there’s an obvious reply. i guess I don’t think like they do.

  19. Terry Says:

    Sounds to me like the real reason for all of this is that they’re checking for the tractability of the American people; the potential to become ‘sheeple’. Kind of like those poor souls in Auschwitz.

  20. V Says:

    @clark

    Because they can.

  21. Joseph_M Says:

    Amazing the idiocy that Americans will put up with at the airports. I’d call it Orwellian, but then again, we do seem to be living in AirSTRIP Two.

    Here’s my website on the TSA (or Terminally Stupid Algorithm as I like to call it):

    http://home.earthlink.net/~jamiranda/terminallystupidalgorithmtsa/index.html

  22. Raxzorx Says:

    I wonder how a metallic spray (like gold spray paint) sprayed all over the body would affect these machines.

  23. Dave Says:

    All of these infringements and abuses (and the ones yet to be implemented) are the result of our sick, parasitic relationship with Israel.
    We never had Arabs trying to bomb or destroy our buildings prior to 1948 (the founding of Israel).
    Is it worth it?
    What on earth do we Americans get out of this deal aside from death, debt and destruction of our liberties?

  24. TSA Porno-Scanners: What They’re Really Looking For | RevolutionRadio.org Says:

    [...] by Claire Wolfe BacwoodsHomeMagazine.com [...]

  25. Rob Says:

    . . . As the child inched up further in the line, she couldn’t help but remark to her mother, “But mommy, it smells so bad here, I don’t want to go on the big plane!”. The dutiful mother explained as she pointed toward the source of the odor,
    “Baby, we’ll be past in just a little while.
    There, in the stupid costume.
    Its only a big, fat Turd Stench Asshole!
    Remember what we sing about them;
    ‘TSA, TSA, try to use perfume today,
    just until we get away!’

  26. DC Wornock Says:

    This is so typical! Everyone is blaming the hired TSA thugs and perverts instead of the criminals responsible for the policies. Criminals with enough money can always hire low-lifes that will do their bidding.

    Claire is right! This is about control; it has nothing to do with security. I flew in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s; and guns were allow if I wanted to carry one on the plane, nor was there any metal dectectors or other screening. Millions of flights and no planes in the USA were bombed. Airlines were friendly then. We need to return to how it was in the 50’s where Americans had freedom.

  27. Michael Says:

    As a nation, we seem to be a pretty stupid lot. We’re living in a corporate-controlled facist police state of sorts, while it only took an increase in the tea tax to get our forefathers to say “enough is enough”.

    Not to worry. The blundering idiots that currently run this country are about to run it into the ground and destroy us economically. I can only hope the survivors will go back to the idea of the citizens watching the government, instead of the opposite as it is now.

    It’s really disturbing that the people voted against their own self-interests in the recent election and put the people back in power that caused the problems in the first place.

    We really need to get to the point where all incumbents are voted out at every election, while we still have elections.

  28. Annwas Adeniawc Says:

    Aluminized Mylar might do the trick. Sew it into your cloths or make under garments out of it. You can get this stuff at any drug store or camping supply as survival blankets. Note that it reflects bodyheat so it will keep you warm, I do not think it will set off the metal detectors, but it certainly reflects EMF. Worth a try

  29. KirstenA Says:

    Here’s an ongoing blog on flyertalk.com regarding the nude-o-scopes:

    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/travel-safety-security/1116005-nude-o-scope-opt-out-stories-merged.html

  30. No More Flyin" Says:

    Slogan suggestion: No More Government Sponsored Molestation!

    To Michael:

    If elections actually changed things, they would have been eliminated long ago.

  31. Strider Says:

    Ropes (@ bumperwack)? No.

    Tar, feather & rails (@ Mark)? No.

    Handguns, shotguns, AR-15s, AK-47s, etc.? Definitely.

    My favorite scene in the film “V for Vendetta” (other than the references to “the former United States”) is after the Fingerman murders the little girl. An angry mob gathers; the Fingerman flashes his badge; the mob advances anyway; the Fingerman pulls his gun; a man raises a blunt instrument. The sequence stops there, but it’s easy to figure out the final outcome — a dead Fingerman.

    The same thing will eventually happen here. I don’t know when or how the line will be crossed, but one fine day a federal badge will no longer cause fear, or even carry any authority. On that day the TSA perverts will be at the very top of the “hunt down and liquidate” list. Advice for anyone who absolutely must fly: Write down the names and/or badge numbers of every TSA thug you see., then file that information away for future reference.

  32. zonie Says:

    one thing not mentioned often enough….is who is behind who pushed these scans and who has s HUGE FINANCIAL INTEREST IN RAPEscan….

    http://www.nowpublic.com/world/full-body-scanner-lobby-michael-chertoff-rapiscan-2552674.html

    http://www.reddit.com/r/news/duplicates/e183s/the_full_body_scanners_are_manufactured_by/

  33. Bagrman Says:

    The prono scanners came to be after the X-mas bomber and now because the US public is so easily cowed, they won’t be going away. IF you haven’t looked into it the x-mas bomber it was a total farce, a black operation that did just what was exposed to, put the public further under the thumb of the government. Easy to disprove their story, lets see the security film when the guy was checked in,

    http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2009/12/flight_253_passenger_says_at_l.html

  34. Jeff Says:

    You want to take these things down? Get a job with the TSA and take a picture of the image with your cell phone and spread it around the internet. Record conversations TSA agents have when looking at the images and spread it around the internet. Then when the TSA is on to you they will give you a promotion and a raise because they are not allowed to fire you. You can retire at 57.

  35. IfNotNowWhen? Says:

    When are we as a people going to stop acting like sheep?

    We will submit to anything the government decided to throw at us, and then ask for more.

    I line needs to be drawn and there need to be serious consequences for crossing it.

    I will NEVER fly again until the scanners and the palm pat downs are gone. Vote with your pocket book and give the TSA and the airlines the high hard one!

  36. j r Says:

    If Americans had any common sense and even a trace of balls, TSA agents across the country would have bloodied, broken noses.

  37. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED | The Ruthless Truth blog Says:

    [...] TSA porno-scanners: what they’re really looking for [...]

  38. rachel Says:

    enough people protest they will taken out. It’s already backfiring and even the pilots and air crew are refusing it.

    maybe marching on the TSA air ports would another tactic in the revolution.

  39. Allen Says:

    Minority TSA agents endlessly humiliating young white women, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):
    http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

  40. JJRousseau Says:

    TSA is now trying to bribe passengers and let them vote in their new scheme:

    http://wp.me/pKBYM-eW

  41. Claire Says:

    Allen,

    While I think you’re spot-on about all the constitutional violations perpetrated by the government … do you really somehow believe it would be more acceptable for white TSA agents to feel up minority women? Or for Hispanic TSA goons to ogle unwilling blacks? Or for Asian thugs to grope horrified Asians?

    C’mon. We’re all in this together. Race should have nothing to do with rights.

  42. flek Says:

    Talk about a pedophile dream…getting name, address, and nude image database of all kids who fly, at their fingertips. Bet that info will end up on hidden websites, and eepsites accessible for a fee.
    Complete with Google maps…etc.

    We can see where this is going.

    Scary times indeed.

    This needs to be stopped dead in it’s tracks.

  43. ROCK in DC Says:

    Lets face facts, it will eventually come down to this: when a sufficient number of people have had enough, we will simplyhave to hunt them down and kill them all: starting with tsa thugs, ending with all who voted for any policy or program that destroyed freedom and instituted tyranny. Evil never goes down w/o a fight, so prepare yourselves.

  44. Bonnie Says:

    They are, in fact, looking for genetic differences and dirrent organ positions, anything like that, that will inform the ptb of any advancement in evolution of the Human Being. . And whether, the entity is a Human, Clone or bionic. They store photos to study/scan them, in detail, later.

    This includes changes in the DNA of the Humans. This is not far-fetched as the U.S. gov. /military, has admitted that there are 56+ Humanoid Races among us. Science has also been recognized as being to 100s if not thousands, of yrs ahead of what we, The Public, knowy.

    And by way of passing, you know, killing two birds…they make sure DNA, normal or advanced, is destroyed.

  45. Mike P Says:

    I just saw the TSA Groping T-shirt ad.

    I want one that says:

    Thank you but no, that’s not a pipe bomb in my pants.
    But thanks for touching.

  46. Claire Says:

    Heck of a Hollywood fantasy, ROCK in DC. But let’s never forget there are other ways to fight. Non cooperation. Ridicule. Organizing ourselves to shut out those who would rule us.

    Not saying there’s never a justification for violence. But a society that feels the need to hunt down and slay as many people as you’re talking about is a society that’s got serious problems of its own — problems that will end up being worse than the one’s it’s attempting to solve.

    Have you read up on the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror lately? Not pretty.

  47. Mark W. Says:

    As reported on NPR news, former Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff
    is now a “consultant” who profits from sales of full body scanners and “a lot of other security measures.”

  48. robertsgt40 Says:

    You forgot mention Chertoff(former head DHS) has a vested intrest in the scanners. He runs the compny that makes them. Such a deal daaahling

  49. ROCK in DC Says:

    @ Claire

    No, its neither Hollywood nor the french for me. If you want a more accurate historical metaphor, try the Nurnburg and Tokyo trials, where the guilty were justly punished. Try the dirty mop-up operations on a hundred Pacific islands wrested from the Japanese, where we had to fight hole by hole to root out the fanatics while pretty boy MacArthur held his next courtly press conference – we had to hunt them down and kill them all, or they’d come back when we let down the guard and kill us…in spite of celebrated “victory”. I’m all for peace, and I wish the republic still worked as planned. But it doesn’t. Eventually, it may well come to armed resistance, and when we finally win, it will be time for judgment and retribution. “Against ALL enemies, foreign AND DOMESTIC”…remember?

    When liberty wins, and freedom reasserts itself (as it did the first time – thru armed victory), we will purge the traitors from our midst. You don’t find a cancer in a lung and offer it peace and fellowship – you cut it out, you destroy it before it destroys you. So it is with the cancer of tyranny in our country.

    For what are you advocating all the planning and escape to the “backwoods home” tales if not to reclaim and preserve such freedom as is ours by right? Do you really think that such evil as is abroad in plain sight today will give up without a fight? “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” Yes, I know Trotsky said that, so don’t damn me for quoting a communist – we must be brave enough to learn even from our enemies.

    If you aren’t willing to do what it takes, should it come to it, in order to win, then you might just be part of the problem.

    Signing off – wishing you luck with your approach – but this isn’t India, and you’re no Gandhi. Jefferson said that “every generation needs a revolution.” Its getting close to the time for ours.

  50. Claire Says:

    ROCK in DC wrote: “If you aren’t willing to do what it takes, should it come to it, in order to win, then you might just be part of the problem.”

    Well, then, ROCK. Just know that when you and your blood-lusting gang come for me (since you plan to come for everyone you define as being “part of the problem”), I’ll be well armed to resist. You’re no more a friend to liberty than the fedgov is.

  51. ANU News.net TSA Porno Scanners — What They’re Really Looking For Says:

    [...] It’s just after 6 AM. I’m sitting at a gate at Boston’s Logan airport. I had noticed a long line at the checkpoint, and saw that it was because they were using the porno scanners. As a frequent traveler who lives in the Boston area, I know Logan. I went to another checkpoint where I walked through the magnetometer without incident, then made my circuitous way back to my flight’s gate. I hadn’t realized when I took my seat at the gate that the black cloth surrounding the area next to me held the TSA voyeur ogling the images from the porno scanner. “Male, anomaly, lower back.” “Female, anomaly, groin.” “Male, clear.” http://www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/ClaireWolfe/2010/11/05/tsa-porno-scanners-what-theyre-really-look… [...]

  52. prof77 Says:

    Also see: Full-body scanners ‘useless,’ air security expert says–and expose us to excessive radiation

    http://prof77.wordpress.com/2010/04/24/full-body-scanners-useless-air-security-expert-says/

  53. Brian McCandliss Says:

    http://SueTheTSA.webs.com

    STOP WHINING AND START FIGHTING!

    Once you know there’s a problem, the next step is FIX IT.

    So I’m mounting a federal lawsuit to bring this matter before the US Supreme Court!

    http://SueTheTSA.webs.com

    So unless you are part of the solution, you’re part of the problem, since whining only makes it worse… but it gives some the illusion that they’re DOING something about it.

    http://SueTheTSA.webs.com

    They’re NOT.

    http://SueTheTSA.webs.com

  54. Farming Jimsey Says:

    Michael Chertoff-former Secretary of Homeland Security-currently of the Chertoff Group- despite the obvious and unethical conflict of interest, represents one of the companies (Rapiscan Systems) that manufactures the “porno” scanner. Perhaps Chertoff should be indicted for aiding and abetting the violation of child pornography statutes. The TSA gropers should be arrested for pedophilia and sexual molestation. There is no other option and, we the people, better insist on it now!

  55. Snowbell Says:

    Some interesting thoughts. Control is indeed what is being sought here. Who are the architects of this debacle? To find the answer to that you have to go straight to the top in the federal government and certain corporations, and also internationally. Dave mentioned it in his blog. There is a lot information to back this up but unfortunately it doesn´t get discussed publicly. There´s basically been a “gag order” on this topic since the 40s/50s.

    Be that as it may, the task at hand right now is to slay this dragon at the airports. I mean that figuratively, of course, hopefully. Are lawsuits going to be effective? Non-cooperation? Really important issues in the past have had to be settled by fighting. Let´s hope it doesn´t come to that, but it´s going to be tough and will take persistence and resolve. Again and again…

  56. Ellendra Says:

    Bonnie: you made a number of far-fetched claims in that one little post, with no evidence whatsoever to back yourself up with. Care to share your source for that data?

  57. MScott Says:

    I am set to fly in a few weeks and I am DREADING it!

    Does anyone know if they are scanning everyone or is it selective? I wonder how they determine who gets screened or not??

    It is just disgusting!

  58. Jody Says:

    1) Any screener with a cell phone camera can have your naked image on the internet before you get on the plane.
    2) T-hey S-hame A-merica …….. T-aking S-omething A-lways …… T-ourism S-uppression A-gency
    “Integrity, Team Spirit, Innovation” is sewn around the border of the newest TSA patch.
    Have you EVER seen an organization that had to SEW A REMINDER not to STEAL, LIE, and CHEAT on their own shoulders!!!!
    “INTEGRITY” ……….. STEAL from the passengers.
    “TEAM SPIRIT” ……. BACK-STAB your CO-Workers and the PASSENGERS
    “INNOVATION” …….. IN CHEATING on their own tests.
    Supervisors padding their hours to make house payments.
    Supervisors staggering in drunk.
    Supervisors yelling all NON-Christians should leave the country
    Supervisors expressing their desire to see certain U.S. Senators DEAD
    Real good organization.
    By the way, The x-rays that take “virtual photos” destroy your DNA at relatively low energy levels.
    But hey, Michael Chertoff is making lot of MONEY using his status as FORMER HEAD of DHS/TSA to sell them for RAPISCAN.
    A fish rots from the HEAD..
    ——————
    http://calorielab.com/labnotes/?area=ViewItem&urlStub=fda-defends-full-body-x-ray-scanners
    A Full-Body Scan Shortens Life Span by 42 Minutes

    The Food and Drug Administration has responded to concerns from medical researchers at the University of California, San Francisco by releasing a statement minimizing the dangers from full-body scanners. The devices are appearing in greater numbers at airports, courthouses and other locations. According to the FDA, you would only lose 42 minutes of life per scan if the scan resulted in the development of a fatal cancer, or about 3 days if you received 100 lifetime full-body scans. But the UC medical researchers point out that comparisons to radiation doses from airplane flights and chest X-rays are misleading, because the body scanners deposit their radiation in a more concentrated manner over a thin layer of skin. In addition, they express a particular concern about breast cancer risk.

  59. L. Ratcliff Says:

    It’s all about the lobbyists making money. It’s beyond disgusting. However, there are things you can do to join the protest.

    http://www.onlinecollegemoms.com/2010/11/12/guess-whos-a-lobbyist-for-the-naked-radiation-scanners-public-servant-my-a/

  60. Pat Says:

    Somebody else is speaking out.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_newsroom/20101114/tr_yblog_newsroom/san-diego-man-balks-at-scan

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  63. Julie Walker Says:

    The TSA is out of control. I can not believe it’s arrived at this in the united states. Reports regarding TSA agents acting like power mad lunatics and going on petty delusional power trips to harass everyday persons have gone completely of control and yes it has to cease right now. Even disregarding the primary concerns of major violations of rights and decency, in truth that a many of the people have merely refused to travel to The us any more

  64. myfarelady Says:

    After viewing this recent video of a pat down at LAX, my “choice” is for the body scanner–hands down! bit.ly/bM20zl

  65. Mike Says:

    I know an official who got a fully loaded AK47 through TSA scanner as part of a test. Also passing grade for TSA screener practical exam is 50%. Just like a coin toss

 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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