So. It turns out I’m not the only person who objects to those civil-liberty-infringing porno-scanners the Transportation Security Administration is foisting off on the plane-using public.
I’ve talked before about the idiocy of these porno-scanners, which produce a picture of your nekkid body for the enjoyment of the TSA personnel working airport security screening lines.
I’m not alone in my hatred of these things. Every time I go through a security screening at an airport, I always make sure to opt out of the backscatter x-ray screening and choose instead the equally odious “enhanced” pat down administered by the barely adequately trained TSA gropers. I want them to feel as uncomfortable as possible as I moan and gyrate to their — metaphorically — slimy hands on my junk.
Anyway, a large grassroots protest has been organized for tomorrow, the busiest flying day of the year, encouraging everyone to opt out of the porno-scanner.
My problems with these ineffective scanners are numerous, not the least of which is the fact that the TSA has constantly lied about disposing of the nekkid photos they take of you. Them throwing those photos away? Deleting them? Yeah, not so much.
Now it turns out that some police agencies are storing the controversial images after all. The U.S. Marshals Service admitted this week that it had surreptitiously saved tens of thousands of images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse.
This follows an earlier disclosure (PDF) by the TSA that it requires all airport body scanners it purchases to be able to store and transmit images for “testing, training, and evaluation purposes.” The agency says, however, that those capabilities are not normally activated when the devices are installed at airports.
The kicker here is that each of these things are actually enabled with ethernet connections so they can transmit these illicit images onto the internet and, from there, anywhere.
What’s worse, these porno-scanners aren’t effective.
In a recent Vancouver Sun article, leading Israeli airport security expert Rafi Sela says the scanners are ineffective “I don’t know why everybody is running to buy these expensive and useless machines. I can overcome the body scanners with enough explosives to bring down a Boeing 747.”
I know it’s asking a lot for you to intentionally gum up the works if you’re flying tomorrow, but the inconvenience is worth it. We need out government to understand that we won’t stand for ineffective safety circus shows, nor will we stand for having our civil liberties nickel and dimed to extinction.
Dudes, it’s up to us.