Don’t want to go through the TSA’s full body scan or porn-o-scan? The TSA has an alternative: “enhanced” pat-downs. These
pat-downs gropings have one objective – coerce you into going through the body scanner.
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If a significant number of passengers choose to opt-out of the body scanners, the time required to do a normal pat-down would cause such delays that travelers would find alternatives to flying. The airlines would raise hell. To prevent this, the TSA has resorted to the terror tactic of “enhanced” pat-downs.
There is big money at stake here. Former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff actively lobbies for the scanner manufacturer Rapiscan via his firm the Chertoff Group. Each unit has a price tag of $25 million and the Obama administration has provided $1 billion in stimulus money for the purchase of scanners.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a petition for review and motion for an emergency stay with District of Columbia Court of Appeals. EPIC said that the program is “unlawful, invasive, and ineffective.” With this much money at stake, the Fourth Amendment doesn’t stand a chance.
I expect members of Congress to act outraged, hold hearings wherein they act outraged, and then do nothing. Politicians will use this opportunity to get their sound bites on the evening news, then something else will come along and distract us.
If you decide to go the “enhanced” pat-down route, you could pull a Meg Ryan:
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SIx more months, and as I predicted above in my comments from November 2010:
From December 20, 2011:
Military may get faster airport screening
Six more months go by, and as I “predicted above from Mother Jones:
Surprise! TSA Is Searching Your Car, Subway, Ferry, Bus, AND Plane
As I predicted at the top of the thread, government is scaling illegal searches to include random stops of subway riders.
I predict that eventually those who refuse searches at these transportation points will be subject to fines and arrest. I also predict that government will extend these searches to include searches of your person and electronic contents of devices you may be carrying.
Interesting article I came across earlier that makes a very cogent presentation of the “low probability of attack versus liberty” argument. It’s from the OU student newspaper, written by a poli sci/econ major.
LOL… very funny. I almost deleted the fire/smoke story — glad that I didn’t… Very clever response.
Our thoughts must be incendiary.
That was to you, puzzling… (A little rattled, as I nearly had a house fire. Never cook and blog at the same time, if the computer isn’t with you in the kitchen, and you’re home alone… 🙂 All the doors and windows are open… hoping that the smoke clears quickly.)
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