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See-Through Scanners Installed In US Airports!

There's been talk about this for years now, and it's finally come to fruition! I grabbed a few notable quips from the full article which you can read in its entirety HERE and added my $.02 along the way.

Security scanners which can see through passengers' clothing and reveal details of their body underneath are being installed in 10 US airports, the US Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday. A random selection of travelers getting ready to board airplanes in Washington, New York's Kennedy, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Miami and Detroit will be shut in the glass booths while a three-dimensional image is made of their body beneath their clothes...

While it allows the security screeners -- looking at the images in a separate room -- to clearly see the passenger's sexual organs as well as other details of their bodies, the passenger's face is blurred (I guess that's supposed to be reassuring!)...

"People have no idea how graphic the images are," said Barry Steinhardt, director of the technology and liberty program at the ACLU.

The ACLU said in a statement that passengers expecting privacy underneath their clothing "should not be required to display highly personal details of their bodies such as evidence of mastectomies, colostomy appliances, penile implants, catheter tubes and the size of their breasts or genitals as a pre-requisite to boarding a plane."

Besides masking their faces, the TSA says on its website, the images made "will not be printed stored or transmitted." (And how long will it take before that rule is broken, and some jackass finds a way to download and transfer images on his/her USB device and makes them public on YouTube? Are we a police state yet? Well, let's see: "Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism." Check. "Disdain for the importance of human rights." Check. "Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause." Check. "The supremacy of the military/avid militarism." Check. "A controlled mass media." Check. "Obsession with national security." Check. "Religion and ruling elite tied together. " Check. "Power of corporations protected." Check. "Rampant cronyism and corruption." Check. "Fraudulent elections.' Check. And there's a lot more.

1 comments:

  1. albertine said...
     

    I believe some other countries are already doing this, so, it was inevitable. Are we in a police state yet? I'd say we're in a police world!

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