Some lawmakers in Congress are calling for increased use
of full body scanners that some claim would have detected the
non-metallic explosive used by the Nigerian terrorist aboard the
Detroit-bound flight on Christmas day. Reuters reports that
Dutch authorities have announced that the Schiphol airport in
Amsterdam -- where the terrorist boarded the flight bound for America
-- will be using
full body scanners within three weeks.
President Obama could decree that the deployment of similar scanners
in airports around the country be installed. At this point, only 19
airports around the country are using the full-body scanners and the
use of the scanners is optional by the traveler. They can opt for pat
down instead of using the full-body scanner.
from Congress is needed for the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) to deploy full-body scanners into the remainder
of the 560 airports around the country that have scheduled airline
service. Reuters reports that the terrorist attacks coupled
with the call for increased security and additional full-body
scanners in our airports is boosting the stock of some companies that
build the scanners and related technology.
Whether or not
passengers will be forced to go through the full-body scanners
remains to be seen. That decision is not up to the TSA. TSA spokesman
Greg Soule said, "That [mandatory full-body scanner use] would
be a DHS decision. Clearly we would work with DHS, the White House
and our congressional partners on security decisions."
limiting full-body scanning to secondary searches has passed the
House of Representatives but has not passed the Senate. The ACLU says
that it does not trust the safeguards in place to protect the privacy
of passengers subjected to full-body scanning. The ACLU believes that
unaltered images showing the shape of a person's body and genitals
would still exist.
One ACLU privacy expert said, "If a
celebrity goes through a scanner that kind of image could end up on
The full body scanners blur the face and
genitals of the person in the scanner and only the operator can see
the images. The benefit for passengers to using the scanner opposed
to a pat down is that the scanner takes 15 to 30 seconds while the
pat down takes 3 to 4 minutes.
Chris Calabrese, an attorney
with the ACLU, said
in May 2009 when talking about using the scanner or a pat down,
"A choice between being groped and being stripped, I don't think
we should pretend those are the only choices. People shouldn't be
humiliated by their government."
There is much research
being put into developing better scanners today. Researchers at MIT
have developed technology for a new
breed of airport scanners that can tell the difference between
items in luggage. The new scanner could for instance tell if a pill
bottle holds over the counter pain medications or methamphetamines.
quote: You don't give any identification information at the time being inspected now so why would that change.
quote: If it makes traveling safe why not do it?
quote: You know your absolutely right! It'll work, just like the patriot act and the terrorist lists and wiretaps and extra security measures so far and cameras and profiling since 9/11 which stopped this terrorist from actually blowing up the plane!
quote: I have a great idea. How about we Waterboard every single passenger for 6 straight hours! i mean you can't just ask terrorists if their terrorists, they'll just lie and say no. I'll bet, after 6 hours of torture, we'll catch a whole lot more of those terrorists dang nabbit!
quote: The reason many americans are scared of Muslims is that they don't come in contact with many of them.
quote: If Glenn Beck went overseas and blew something up, would everyone suddenly strip search every Mormon that tried to get on a plane?
quote: The only reason that is NOT happening right now is that the Mosques have taken steps to PREVENT that
quote: The only reason that is NOT happening right now is that the Mosques have taken steps to PREVENT that... by only letting KNOWN PEOPLE or people in the company of a known person into the Mosques. It isn't like Christian churches, where they are 'anyone can come and worship'..... no, they are VERY exclusive, these mosques and you have to KNOW SOMEONE who goes to them or speak to the priest AWAY from the Mosque first BEFORE you are allowed in. That's coming straight from my one Muslim friend.... the Muslims have taken some steps to prevent violence against themselves.
quote: *Yes, the occasional rogue radical right wing abortion clinic bomber is included in the "just haven't been many" comment
quote: Did you all forget that really recent shooting of an abortion doctor in the Midwest?
quote: Hell, Wadie Haddad was a CHRSITIAN TERRORIST, who planned many attacks against Israel, including planning the murder of 28 people in Tel Aviv.
quote: So yea, Christianity and Islam are both backwards religions that inevitably lead to murder
quote: BOTH sides of the Irish conflict)
quote: The Entire PLFP, DLFP, former Apartheid parties, the LRA, Tripura liberation front, not to mention the Aryan Nations who I have come face to face with in the streets of America and Canada, and who are dangerous and scary as f**k---I could go on
quote: 2) These scanners aren't exactly practical if you want to get your rocks off. I guess I'm not enough of a pervert, which is strangely depressing.
quote: Because Obama and Napolitano are directly responsible for who boards Dutch airplanes.
quote: Whether he was or wasnt you cant blame the president for every freegin terrorist strike that occurs while he is in office.
quote: This guy wasnt in guantanimo shit for brains...
quote: What I am trying to say, if airplanes need this high level of security, then surely trains do to.Next are buses, subways and any vehicle capable of carrying more than four people.
quote: You take a risk when you fly and that's a risk I'm willing to take.
quote: I strongly advocate use of such scanners.
quote: No surprise really though, since most Americans (or most people in general) lack that understanding.
quote: It falls under that whole 'to promote the general welfare' clause of the Constitution, which can basically be expanded to cover nearly ANYTHING that the lawmakers wish to do.
quote: You can try to paint racial profiling in the guise of statistical analysis all you want but the fact remains that it is still racial discrimination....Why don't we profile all the Timothy McVeigh looking white men while we're at it?
quote: Profiling is a terrible idea. Can't judge a person based on what others of his or her particular race did before.
quote: really if you have nothing to hide...why worry
quote: The smart solution would be to forget this politically correct crap, stop caving into the useless ACLU, and to start profiling people at security checkpoints. Remember, not all Muslims are terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslim.
quote: you can live in your politically correct, coddle the terrorists, take away more and more freedom societyI don't need the government telling me I need to wear one'Live Free or Die" and I firmly believe in that phraseI choose to live freely and that means resisting things like seat belt laws and full-body scanners, the former being a nanny law and the latter being a massive invasion of my privacy.
quote: There are 1.5 BILLION Muslims worldwide, do you really think screening for a few bad apples is justified?
quote: every race, religion etc etc has an extremist wing.
quote: Anyone can be a terrorist
quote: wouldn't you think they would just find Muslims with lighter skin to do the dirty work?