Homeland Security Wants More 'Naked Scanners'

Thanks to the Detroit-bound crotch bomber pretending to be a terrorist on Christmas Day, Homeland Security now wants to beef up security by installing more "naked scanners." It's either that, Homeland says, or getting a thorough "pat-down" before getting onto an airplane. Homeland, so it seems, would rather choose the former (and who can blame them--some people refuse to shower or use deodorant).

The problem with naked scanners, as the unofficial label obviously reveals, is that passengers are subject to digital strip searches of sorts, exposing areas best kept behind bedroom doors or within adult magazine covers. The Electronic Privacy Information Center is of course all over the possibility, literally stating that the whole-body imaging technology violates privacy rights. The group also claims that the devices "capture, record, and store detailed images of individuals undressed."

Currently the Transportation Security Administration has 40 full-body scanners installed in 19 airports nationwide: 6 use the machines for primary screenings, while the other 34 machines are used in 13 airports for follow-up searches. According to Wired, the TSA has forked over a $25 million contract to Rapiscan Security Systems this past October. The contract is for an additional 30 scanners.

The TSA is also ordering more backscatter x-ray scanners, devices that send out low-intensity beams. Apparently this type of device is excellent in imaging organic material. But despite what privacy advocates claim, the TSA naturally claims that there's no privacy issue. In fact, the agency said that the images could be pinned up in preschool classrooms. Thanks, but I'll just drive.

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  • yrmoma
    Or, we could just take that literally one in a million chance and travel without scanning me. You know, the old fashioned way of flying. Pretty sure we went many years without this being a problem, and will continue to have many more without them.

    I'd rather have liberty with less security than no liberty and a greater sense of security.
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  • thackstonns
    AMW1011I'm not partial to the idea, nor do I really think it will stop anything, but oh well if it makes some people feel safer than why not.


    So by that arguement you should allow me to place camera's in your home, cause then I could make sure you werent building a bomb in your bedroom. Or better yet the womens locker room at the local health club, because you know I think they are planning something fishy. Seems like they might be getting in shape to overthrow someone. Its people like you that are killing this country. Give me liberty or give me death.
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  • princeofdreams
    Seems strange to me, I am not American and so it hardly concerns me, but according to this report, they are using these in 19 airports in the USA, and only 6 of those are being used as initial screening devices, Do homeland security have fore knowledge on which airports a terrorist will use and the others are safe?

    Your rights will be continually eroded, your basic freedoms which you take for granted will all be stripped away in the name of national security, they just continually build fear until you surrender every freedom you have and completely give all of your life to the state.

    Answer this simple question, how many terrorists have been caught by these body scanners so far? The answer is a whopping great 0 :) guess you need them on every street corner soon then.
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  • yrmoma
    Or, we could just take that literally one in a million chance and travel without scanning me. You know, the old fashioned way of flying. Pretty sure we went many years without this being a problem, and will continue to have many more without them.

    I'd rather have liberty with less security than no liberty and a greater sense of security.
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  • lifelesspoet
    I'm not turned on the least bit by the pictures, but I would not always assume the same from random and perhaps very bored security officals.
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  • deathmustard
    This would not bother me and i am a fat guy so hey some times people just have to take naked scanner pictures of you. It happens.
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