Friday, January 15, 2010

Stop TSA's Full Body Scans!


Another great action item from the Campaign for Liberty:

January 15, 2010


Dear C4L Member,

After a lone Nigerian would-be terrorist tried to detonate explosives in his underclothes Christmas Day on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, TSA immediately grabbed for even more invasive power over American citizens.

Most disturbingly, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) wants to implement full-body scans at the nation’s airports—allowing unelected bureaucrats to virtually strip-search and gawk at kids, moms, grandmothers, grandfathers -- you and all other American passengers -- through your clothes.

Predictably, misinformation on the graphic nature of the images and ability of TSA personnel to copy, photo, and save the images poured forth from TSA flaks.

I have included direct contact information for the TSA at the end of this email. Call them today and let them know how disgusted you are with their latest plan to invade our privacy.

It’s a peeping tom’s dream, and a nightmare for those of us who believe in the great American principles of liberty, restrained government, and privacy.

Unless we stop this outrage, TSA agents will be snooping at the undergarments of such “threats” as American kids, grandmothers, and grandfathers. And if you or they refuse? You will be physically searched by TSA employees just like a criminal after being arrested.

The TSA’s dirty little secret is the agency
has been pushing for full-body imaging since 2002 and even introduced the technology at a handful of airports in 2007—without ensuring that passengers knew they were being watched in this manner.

As Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said, “Nobody needs to see my wife and kids naked to secure an airplane.”

Despite self-serving assurances from the TSA, these full-body scans are an unconstitutional, unacceptable intrusion into the privacy of American passengers nationwide.

Last year, Campaign for Liberty Director of Development Steve Bierfeldt sued the TSA for detaining him for carrying cash. Because Steve so strongly stood up to them, the TSA backed down from its unconstitutional searches of passengers’ non-terrorism-related property.

But such victories for liberty are rare in today’s America and must be fought for by a vigilant public jealous of its liberty.

We now risk losing the gains we have made against the surveillance state, all because of the “systemic failure” of the federal government—as Obama himself called it. Now the TSA wants to know far more about us than just the amount of cash we’re carrying.

Use the numbers below to contact them today as we show the TSA that the freedom movement will not sit idly by in this fight.

Just as Big Brother advocates jumped on the intelligence failure of 9/11 to nationalize airport security, they once again want to use their own failure as an excuse for more power.

But we know that this latest move will not keep us safe. So far, it has been passengers and flight crew who have stopped such incidents as this and the attempted “shoebombing” of December 2001.

They can keep stripping away our privacy and liberty, all to foil the last attack, but the terrorists will continue to circumvent any of their freedom-crushing “security” measures.

As Judge Andrew Napolitano
has explained, “Airline travel is safer today because pilots have guns, cockpit doors are like bank vaults, and the passengers have become courageous. All this was done by individuals in the private sector, not by the government. I've said it before and I'll say it again, if the feds had not stripped us of our natural rights to keep ourselves safe—by keeping and bearing arms—9/11 would never have happened.”

If we want to diminish the threat of terrorism and fly more safely, we can restore the Second Amendment, hand airline security back to the private sector, and end our government’s policy of foreign interventionism.

Contact the TSA’s “Office of Civil Rights” by phone toll free at 1-877-EEO-4-TSA (1-877-336-4872) or (800) 877-8339 (TTY) and by email at
TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov.

Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Let us do our part to show Washington and the TSA that Americans not only deserve and want both, but that we will not stop until our privacy and all our other freedoms are secure.


In Liberty,



John Tate

President


P.S. Pull down the shades on Big Brother and stand up for your privacy. Call the TSA today!

6 comments:

Nickie Goomba said...

Damn scans! Now I've gotta buy that Atkins Diet book.

Good post!

W. E. Messamore said...

Hey thanks!

Remember, if it weren't for government policies like sugar quotas and corn subsidies, we might all be a lot healthier and better looking for those nude TSA scanners ;)

Todd said...

I fly southwest.

they've been beating the shit out of passengers trying to breech the cockpit since BEFORE 9-11

W. E. Messamore said...

Nicely put!

Alexander James Fremont said...

Allow me to possibly break the law by revealing some facts. I have a brother who worked in Las Vegas for the TSA. He's pretty tech Savy and has been around the full-body scanner and used it himself to search people. Several things are done to ensure passenger privacy.

First off, TSA Officers or TSOs are not allowed to have cameras or camera/cell phones while in the room. The airport authority is nt allowed to have a camera in that room and its camera must be so positioned that opening the door to the veiwing room would not reveal the screen. If an employee is caught with a camera, the government performs a through scan to make sure no image is on that cell phone and the employee is then removed from Federal Service and the civil and criminal penalties are quite severe. My brother was a bit of a slacker so he had to buy an iPod (old school without a camera) so he could listen to music while doing cursory looks at the images, his iPhone could have landed him in jail, sued and definitely fired (without the possibility of unemployment) had he used it while using that equipment.
Second; TSOs, semi-supervisor TSOs and especially supervisory TSOs and TSA management (basically anybody from TSA) is not allowed to look at both the actual passenger AND the image of the passenger. Only local law enforcement can look at the image and the person it is of, but only if there is an actual weapon present and only then could the local police capture the images.
Third, L3 Communications disabled the print screen button on the computer while it is in user mode (no TSA employee is allowed to be in Admin mode only L3 Contractors) so the system cannot natively capture images and the computer is not allowed to be connected to the internet or any network while it is in use.
Fourth, the faces of the passengers are hard to distinguish and are blocked out anyway. Unless a passenger stood out like a sore thumb (i.e. one legged person) a TSO probably could identity a real person if he came out of the booth and saw a lineup of passengers.
Finally, the images are terrible. Many pat-downs have to be performed anyway because the machine is set at a low resolution (for privacy concerns ironically) and screeners can't distinguish a pocket full of change with a handgun.



That said... I'm still against it, you're still paying at least four people (at least two males and two females) to search you when not all passengers go through that kind of screening and its so much cheaper to let all weapons go on the plane and let the passengers defend themselves!

W. E. Messamore said...

It's amazing how strongly the empirics support the idea that allowing people to carry weapons makes them safer and lowers the incidence of violent crimes. Thanks for the primer on these scanners!

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