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Don't make fun of TSA employee Rolando Negin's small junk, or he will beat you with a club.  (Source: MSNBC)

President Obama has pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to pepper airports with the scanners, which have been shown in independent tests not to accurately detect plastic, powder, liquid weapons, or explosives.  (Source: AP)
One worker is now in jail after assaulting a co-worker who teased him about his small genitalia

Rolando Negrin, 44, had a pretty good life including a steady job with the Transportation Security Administration.  However, when he stepped into a full body scanner during a training session and it revealed him to have rather small genitalia, he quickly became the butt of his supervisor's jokes.

Filled with rage at the insults to his manhood, Negrin confronted his boss in the airport parking lot, armed with a police baton.  He struck the man on the arm and back.  A police report describes, "[Negrin] then told victim to kneel down and say 'your sorry'.  Victim stated he was in fear and complied with [Negrin]."

Surprisingly, Negrin made no attempt to flee following the attack.  He showed up at work the next day, acting as if nothing had happened.  He was promptly arrested.  He was booked into the Miami-Dade jail.  He was wearing his blue TSA shirt at the time of his arrest.

The incident raises serious questions about the full body scanners that the Obama administrationis looking to spend millions of dollars in taxpayer money to roll out at airports across the country.

Homeland Security and TSA officials, as well as the scanner manufacturers have previously claimed that the scanners blur private parts.  The incident clearly indicates that if these capabilities are present, they aren't on in at least some of the scanners -- a serious privacy concern.

Beyond the privacy concerns, there's also concern over the efficacy of the new scanners.  British experts say that the scanners are virtually useless at detecting low density substances like chemical powders or liquids, and would be unlikely to detect plastic weapons.

Despite these concerns the U.S. and British governments are charging ahead with plans to roll out the controversial devices.  It looks likely that the U.S. may soon implement a no-scan-no-fly policy, much like Britain.

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RE: My willy is bigger than yours ... na na na
By Chillin1248 on 5/7/2010 11:50:39 PM , Rating: 2
You need to ask yourself what sort of person can sit at a scanner for hours on end, looking at people passing through it. What sort of people can deal with a constant stream of annoyed and irritated citizens all day long, asking the same questions and giving the same instructions over and over again, day after day, year after year

Soldiers somehow manage to do it, with full respect and integrity.

For example, my latest shift schedule was 4 hours on, 4 hours off; with the 4 hours off being on a readiness team.


RE: My willy is bigger than yours ... na na na
By stromgald30 on 5/8/2010 3:09:30 AM , Rating: 1
Soldiers are expensive to train. The problem isn't who's coming forward, it's how the hiring process is structured.

Like any other government controlled business, they usually hire the cheapest labor they can get and never invest a penny more in training than they need to.

By MadMan007 on 5/8/2010 6:38:21 AM , Rating: 5
they usually hire the cheapest labor they can get and never invest a penny more in training than they need to

Umm, how is that different than non-government businesses?

By Tuor on 5/9/2010 2:44:22 AM , Rating: 2
Soldiers have careers that move beyond standing around at a checkpoint for 4 on, 4 off. Most of these guys are never going to do anything beyond what they're doing right now.

Plus, I doubt very much that they have any espirit de corps whatsoever. Soldiers (at least here in the US) tend to be given a certain amount of respect. I very much doubt that these guys get even a fraction of that, not even from one another.

Someone else commented that I seemed to be making excuses for these guys. I'm not. I'm trying to point out where they're coming from, not defending their actions. But mainly, I'm just glad as hell that I am not doing what they do.

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