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BTC – According to grassroots airline boycott organizer James Babb, recent TSA patdowns include “pushing into your testicles” and “squeezing your breasts”. These accounts are some of the reasons why he and his family are telling airlines “We Won’t Fly“.
In instances like this, one always has more questions than answers as to why the feds can’t just focus on actual terrorist threats vs. invasive national dragnet strategies. If you are already at the ENOUGH level, you may be considering an airline boycott this season by opting to drive or use alternate transport.
More independent grassroots groups, just like We Won’t Fly[.com], have been springing up around the country since the UPS terror threat. Despite coverage in national media, there are still transport workers and passengers who don’t understand the risks involved with using the virtual strip search machines installed in airports.
We interviewed James Babb about his approach to an airline boycott this Thanksgiving and how We Won’t Fly is working to inform others about common privacy concerns. [Witness the entrepenurs at work!]
OMAHA, Neb. — Omaha’s Eppley Airfield now has a full-body scanner that will allow security officers to effectively see through a passenger’s clothes during screening.
The Transportation Security Administration demonstrated the new imaging technology Monday, a day before the scanner was to go into use. By mid-June, Eppley is expected to have two of the body-scanning machines that the American Civil Liberties Union has complained can violate a passenger’s privacy.
The TSA has been deploying the technology in an effort to ensure that airports can detect hidden explosives and other weapons. The machines use low-dose x-rays aimed at a passenger’s chest and back to create an image showing what’s under the passenger’s clothing.
But TSA officials say they have taken precautions to protect passenger privacy. Genital and facial areas are automatically obscured, and passengers have the right to opt out of a full-body scan for a more intense but traditional pat down.
TSA officials have said the units won’t be able to print or store images, and that the officer viewing them won’t have direct contact with passengers. The officer viewing the scans remotely will radio an all-clear to another officer standing with the passenger.
But the ACLU has denounced the new screening machines as a “virtual strip search.”
The new Omaha scanner is one of about 150 that were bought with federal stimulus money. The new machines will join 40 other scanners already in use, and the TSA plans to buy at least 300 more scanners for use at airports nationwide.
Perhaps the new airport body scanners are a bit too revealing.
A TSA worker in Miami was arrested for aggravated battery after police say he attacked a colleague who’d made fun of his small genitalia after he walked through one of the new high-tech security scanners during a recent training session.
Rolando Negrin, 44, was busted for assault after things got ugly at Miami International Airport between Negrin and some of his fellow Transportation Security Administration workers on Tuesday. Sources say Negrin stepped into the machine during the training session and became embarrassed and angry when a supervisor started cracking jokes about his manhood, made visible by the new machine.
KANSAS CITY – BTC- Sidewalk sign waves can be a thankless dish of humble pie. However, the brave souls of Missouri’s liberty activist strongholds are [so mmmm…Heavy Metal?] that they held the attention anchor of at least three televised news services.
11 new scanners have been dispersed over America. It’s 11 more than we ever intended to deal with.
Liberty Restoration Project keeps on rocking for a free-world. And here are the news totals c/o Kansas City LOLA, Tracy Ward:
Contrary to public statements made by the Transportation Security Administration, full-body airport scanners do have the ability to store and transmit images, according to documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
The documents, which include technical specifications and vendor contracts, indicate that the TSA requires vendors to provide equipment that can store and send images of screened passengers when in testing mode, according to CNN.
The TSA has stated publicly on its website, in videos and in statements to the press that images cannot be stored on the machines and that images are deleted from the scanners once an airport operator has examined them. The administration has also insisted that the machines are incapable of sending images.
But a TSA official acknowledged to CNN that the machines do have these capabilities when set to “test mode.”
The official said these functions are disabled before the machines are delivered to airports and that there is no way for screeners in airports to put the machines into test mode to enable the functions. The official, however, would not elaborate on what specific protections, if any, are in place to prevent airport personnel from putting the machines in test mode.
The TSA also asserts that the machines are not networked, so they cannot be accessed by hackers.