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Airport passengers are disturbed by the TSA's "nude" scans of adults and children alike. But they're even more repulsed by the idea of being groped by TSA agents under the stricter "enhanced" search procedures.  (Source: Corbis)

Terrorists' new tact of smuggling IEDs in their anal cavity may force the TSA to adopt even more intense search "enhancements".  (Source: World Net Daily)
The public is not happy about increasingly invasive "enhanced" searches and scans

Imagine if you saw this job posting on Craigslist: 
Wanted: A person with good attention to detail and willingness to work long hours.  Your daily tasks will consist of viewing people naked all day, including children.  You will also be asked to pat down the private regions of men, women, and children on a regular basis.
It sounds ludicrous, but that's essentially the job duties of the average Transportation Safety Administration worker at an airport these days.  And it's exactly why the public is outraged and planning an unprecedented, if poorly organized protest for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Prepare to be Searched

In response to the ever imaginative attempts of terrorists, the Obama administration is rolling out mass deployment of the scanners, which show nude images of passengers.  And those who refuse scans undergo much more invasive searches. 

Some passengers are reporting that TSA officers reached into their undergarments, groping their private parts.  Reports one woman, "The woman who checked me reached her hands inside my underwear and felt her way around.  It was basically worse than going to the gynecologist. It was embarrassing. It was demeaning. It was inappropriate."

While there's supposed "protocols" protecting against such gross violations of privacy, there's little in the way of oversight it appears.

Similarly body scanners supposedly can't store or transmit images -- but that might not line up with reality.  However, the U.S. Federal Marshalls recently admitted in a court case that they secretly stored tens of thousands of nude scans of passengers, including, likely, children.  The TSA continues to claim that it's impossible to store images.

The public is not happy about these developments.

Poorly Organized Protests

Growing public outraged has fueled some to propose "National Opt-Out Day".  Some people are proposing going to the airport dressed in protest T-shirts and kilts even.  Rather than agreeing to body scans, they plan on demanding that TSA officers perform "enhanced" pat downs in a bid to delay flight times and press the point.

Robert Shofkom, a 43-year-old Georgetown, Texas native is among those planning on wearing a kilt in protest.  An IT specialist by profession, Mr. Shofkom remarks, "If you give them an inch, they won't just take in inch. Pretty soon you're getting scanned to get into a football game."

Some people have even passed out fliers or brought protest signs to the airport.  The fliers carry messages like, "You have the right to say, 'No radiation strip search! No groping of genitals!' Say, 'I opt out.'"

If enough people are convinced, it could just work.  A scan takes only about 10 seconds.  But a pat down can take four minutes or more.  If a significant portion of passengers opt for pat downs it could seriously delay flight times.

The protesters join America's largest pilot unions, which have boycotted the full-body scanners, which they say pose a small, but substantial cancer risk.

At present, the efforts seem rather poorly organized and ineffectual -- flights have remained on schedule and wait times have been remarkably low at around 10 minutes at many major airports.

Still the protests are clearly catching the public's attention, as evidenced by the "Don't Touch My Junk!" video which went viral.  In that video an Oceanside, Calif., man named John Tyner told a San Diego airport TSA official, "If you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested."

TSA Tells Public Not to Resist

The TSA has admonished the protest efforts.  Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole, speaking on ABC's Good Morning America said that protesters are hurting the public, stating, "I just feel bad for the traveling public that's just trying to get home for the holiday.  [The TSA screeners] just want to get you through."

The agency has increased its staff count, bracing for potential protests.  And it's urging the public to comply with its nude scans and pat downs.

What's Next?

With increasing privacy violations at the airport, the hot topic on many people's minds is -- where will the TSA stop?

There's been growing speculation about terrorists trying to smuggle explosives by inserting them in their rectum.  A Saudi suicide bomber already smuggled a bomb in his anal cavity.  A terrorist, in theory could smuggle a bomb onto a plane in their anal cavity and then remove it and detonate it.

Current generation scanners are likely not capable of detecting low-density explosives inside the anal cavity.

If such an attack is attempted, the TSA may have to opt for even greater "enhancements" to its already intimate screening protocol.

And in reality there's probably plenty of vulnerabilities that haven't been thought of.  What is clear is that the public likely faces a choice between continuing to give up their freedoms or drawing a hard line now and resisting the current protocols.


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RE: I don't understand ........
By Reclaimer77 on 11/24/2010 5:37:12 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry but the first Amendment grants nobody the "right" to be excluded and/or singled out. In any way, whatsoever.

You have Freedom OF religion, yes. But let's say, for example, it's against your religion to pay taxes. Well guess what? You are, and should, face the penalties if you break the law.

Same thing at airports. Sorry but freedom OF religion doesn't give you the right to impose your religious beliefs on others. Or to use them to get out of doing something everyone else has to do.


RE: I don't understand ........
By kerpwnt on 11/24/2010 6:30:26 PM , Rating: 2
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Sorry but the first Amendment grants nobody the "right" to be excluded and/or singled out.

I only said that they are entitled to the same treatment we are. I equated their rights to ours, where your language had separated them.
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Or to use them to get out of doing something everyone else has to do.

I completely agree. I don't think the TSA should be touching ANYONE without reasonable suspicion. Since Muslim leaders have gotten the TSA to fold, we can too!

This issue makes me curious as to how much power the TSA actually has. They seem to operate separate from the law. Do they actually have any authority? Are Their policies even backed by laws?


RE: I don't understand ........
By Reclaimer77 on 11/24/2010 6:43:07 PM , Rating: 1
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I only said that they are entitled to the same treatment we are. I equated their rights to ours, where your language had separated them.


Yes but not better treatment. I could give a damn what their religion has to say about it, their religion is why we're in this mess in the first place anyway.

Unfortunately there is no "right" to not be searched by the TSA. That's all I'm saying.

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I completely agree. I don't think the TSA should be touching ANYONE without reasonable suspicion. Since Muslim leaders have gotten the TSA to fold, we can too!


Damn right!! Except we would probably just get arrested lol. We can't get away with the same stuff they can.

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This issue makes me curious as to how much power the TSA actually has. They seem to operate separate from the law. Do they actually have any authority? Are Their policies even backed by laws?


Sadly those questions just aren't asked anymore. People think that, well, if the Federal Government did something it's automatically legal. Because people today think the Government is the ultimate authority.

Although, probably, in the strictest sense of the Constitution forming the TSA is certainly legal. On the grounds that they are "defending" the country, which is the mandate of the Federal Government. However the TSA performing searches without due process, well, I think there is probably some grounds for legal debate there.


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