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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Scanner Rebellion

To me, the backlash against the X-ray scanners and pat-downs isn’t told in the number of bloggers and commentators objecting to it (here is my favorite article of the day, which points out that the recent cargo plain bombs were stopped by searches targeted based on intelligence, not X-ray devices).  It’s told in the vehement reactions of government officials defending the policy.

Airline passengers who object to any type of physical screening are not going to fly anywhere, the head of the Transportation Security Administration told a congressional committee Tuesday.

Quizzed by lawmakers about a controversial new airport procedure that uses revealing full-body scan machines and intimate “pat-downs” of those who object or set off alarms, TSA Administrator John S. Pistole appealed to the flying public to become “partners” in the effort to combat terrorism.

But Pistole told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs that his inspectors at 453 of the nation’s airports are not going to back down in the face of complaints that techniques are invasive.

Claire McCaskill described them as love pats.

This is another of those astonishing moments where the government decided to do something and was shocked that the public may not like it so much.  Their reaction, as dumb as it is inevitable, is to tell us to shut up and do as we’re told (another example: Lahood wants cell phones to be disabled in moving vehicles).

This is going to get interesting.

Update: The Washington Examiner points out that the people who manufacture the nudie scanners have a lot of powerful lobbyists, including Bush’s former TSA head.

Also, this:

Posted by Hal_10000 on 11/17/10 at 02:51 PM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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