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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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By PresidentThomasJefferson on 11/24/2010 5:58:54 PM , Rating: -1
the scanners AUTOMATICALLY BLUR OUT THE FACES & are viewed by a TSA agent in another room who never sees the passenger..

microrems of radiation:

bodyscanner radiation: 1.5 to 2.6 per scan

5 to 6 hr flight natural background radiation in sky: 2,000 to 5,000 per flight

That's 5.5 to 13.8 microrems per minute of flight-time...

dental/chest X-ray: 8,000 to 10,000 per X-ray would take about 3,300 bodyscanns to equal one X-ray

1 pack of cigrettes: 41 to 55 per pack

1 pack/ day smoker: 15,000 to 20,000 per year


I will say that the Obama admin/TSA are still bumbling fools/keystone cops when it comes to public relations.. they should be posting stats like these on all the airport lines/machines as the fact that the machines automatically blur out the face.

Add to this te fact that Obama admin added the off-budget Iraq/Afghan wars to it's official budget(when Repub admins didn't & kept them off-budget) to give extra ammo to deficit fearmongers, his extra low bowing, not wearing a flag pin during the campaign --it's like they Enjoy shootng themselves in the foot.

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All this irrational fearmongering by moronic newstations & politicians has been ignoring scientifica data & rational thought (gee, what else is new? :P Time to inject scientific evidence instead of the stupidity you hear on talk radio & news channels:
1. Less than 3% opt out of the bodyscanners

2. Bodyscanners emit less than 1/1000th the radiation of a chest x-ray.. (this is because the x-ray has to be so weak, it bounces off clothes.. dental or chest x-rays you get at a hospital or dentist has to be strong enough to go through bone) pistole/tsa-administrator-claims-new-body-scanners- emit-mu/

the TSA studied the amount of radiation a person would be exposed to per scan to determine if the machines were safe. Scientists at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory found that the effective dose per screening was 1.58 microrems of radiation, while a researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, said an adult would be exposed to 2.4 microrems of radiation per scan.

We understand those figures mean nothing to most people. So let's put it into perspective.

A single chest X-ray exposes a person to between 8,000 and 10,000 microrems (or 8 to 10 millirems), according to experts at Princeton University and the Department of Energy. A pack-a-day smoker exposes himself to 15,000 to 20,000 microrems of radiation a year (tobacco leaves used in making cigarettes contain radioactive lead and polonium).

Put simply, it would take at least 3,300 body scans to reach the equivalent of one chest X-ray.

What's also important to note -- and a bit scary -- is that you're being exposed to radiation right now. Radiation is naturally occurring in our environment no matter where you are. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission estimates that each year, the average adult is exposed to 300 millirems of naturally occurring radiation (300,000 microrems) and 60 millirems (60,000 microrems) of man-made radiation. Pistole, in his claim, is talking about naturally occurring cosmic radiation you're exposed to during airplane travel.

The amount of cosmic radiation a person is exposed to varies based on a number of factors, but to oversimplify, a key component is how high you are above sea level. People living in Denver, which is 1 mile above sea level, are exposed to more cosmic radiation than someone living in Florida. And people flying 30,000 feet in the air are exposed to more radiation than people on the ground.

The amount of radiation varies depending upon the specific flight plan, but the Environmental Protection Agency, the World Health Organization and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission all say that a person on a six- to eight-hour flight will be exposed to somewhere around 2,000 to 5,000 microrems of radiation.

For our analysis, however, we are relying on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which calculates the radiation exposure per hour based on the altitude of the flight.

According to NOAA, a person flying at 30,000 feet will be exposed to between 285 and 406 microrems of radiation an hour, or between 4.75 and 6.77 microrems per minute of flight.

All the numbers and science back up Pistole's claim -- as little as three minutes of air travel produces the equivalent amount of radiation as one TSA body scan. By most estimates, Pistole's claim actually is conservative.

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By muhahaaha on 11/24/2010 11:08:13 PM , Rating: 2
Ok Mr. obvious TSA employee, whatever you say.

I personally won't stand for having my civil and constitutional rights stripped from me, nor my clothes (be it a physical disrobing, or a computer generated disrobing, or a groping session). There are kids being put in jail and becoming registered child molesters for "Sexting" their girlfriends, but TSA can now pat down my genitals? WTF?

Not to mention, Rads are not an accurate measurement of accumulated radiation (

And some people are more predisposed to genetic damage and mutation than others, so this argument is inherently flawed (

I could go on and on as to why you are a clueless TSA brainwashed individual, but I'll try and keep my post on topic.

By muhahaaha on 11/24/2010 11:13:29 PM , Rating: 2
sorry, the link is

Parenthesis messed it up. DT, can we get an edit post function pleeeease?

By MojoMan on 11/25/2010 3:22:38 AM , Rating: 1
LOL!!! Yes... Mr. TSA employee... You failed to mention the radiology department at Burkley. They will tell you to stay the heck away from the machines. Also, the machines do not automatically blur out the face, images can be saved, and they are used to get biometrics on you. In fact a court house is in hot water because they've used the machines to save 35,000 images so far.

I bet you think they can't print the images either. Hahahahahahaha!

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