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TSA:Full Body Scanners; Taking Away More American's Rights

Postby Happy Mom » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:57 am

Pilot walks off job after refusing to go through full body X-ray scanner at airport

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:06 PM on 20th October 2010


A Tennessee pilot is waiting to find out if he has lost his job because he refused to go through a full body scanner at a Memphis airport.

ExpressJet Airlines first officer Michael Roberts turned up for work on Monday but says he's tired of being manhandled by security agents and went home after deciding he didn't want to be patted down.
I don't blame him a bit..

Roberts was chosen to go through the X-ray scanning machine at Memphis International airport before getting into the pilot seat to fly a commercial aircraft.
Pilot walks off the job after refusing to go through x-ray machine at Memphis International airport

Scanner fury: ExpressJet Airlines first officer Michael Roberts refused to go through the X-ray scanner at a Memphis airport on Monday and walked off the job

The Houston-based pilot walked off his job after declining to go through the security screening but has said he wants to go back to work.

The 35-year-old says he has an issue with the security procedure because he doesn't want to be 'harassed or molested without cause'.

Speaking to The Commercial Appeal newspaper Roberts said: 'I just kind of had to ask myself, 'Where do I stand?' I'm just not comfortable being physically manhandled by a federal agent every time I go to work'.

Citing privacy concerns, the Transportation Security Administration refused to speak directly about Roberts.

But their spokesman Jon Allen confirmed that a person was turned away after refusing to follow federal security procedures.
Pilot walks off the job after refusing to go through x-ray machine at Memphis International airport

Objections: The pilot didn't want to go through a scanner similar to the one pictured as he said he was tired of being manhandled

Roberts says he has safety concerns and doesn't actually believe TSA's 'make-work' programs makes flying safer for travelers.

Full-body scanners were meant to be installed in several New York City area airports by September but this has not yet been completed according to new reports.

The TSA has said that the installation is complex and the scanners would arrive 'in the coming weeks'.

Spokesperson Ann Davis say passengers are no less safe using the scanners.

She says they are designed to be faster and less physically intrusive than pat-downs and metal detectors.

But passengers visiting airports with the full body scanners have the option to be patted down and passed through a metal detector if they prefer.
How about neither? :naughty:

So far the TSA has installed 259 scanners at 59 airports worldwide.

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Re: Full Body Scanners; Taking Away More American's Rights

Postby Happy Mom » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:01 pm

TSA Kicks Out Passenger for Refusing to Submit to Naked Body Scanner

A 31-year-old software programmer was kicked out of the San Diego Int'l airport after refusing to go through a full-body scanner. John Tyner, who recorded the encounter with airport security on his cell phone, was also threatened with a $10,000 fine and a civil suit. Sign on San Diego has the story:

He'd been reading about the scanners and didn't like them for a number of reasons, ranging from health concerns to "a huge invasion of privacy." He'd even checked the TSA website which indicated that San Diego did not have the machines, he said in a phone interview Saturday night.

"I was surprised to see them," said Tyner.

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During the next half-hour, his cell phone recorded Tyner refusing to submit to a full body scan, opting for the traditional metal scanner and a basic "pat down" -- and then refusing to submit to a "groin check" by a TSA security guard. This is unbelievable, I can't believe this can happen in America, without breaking the law.

He even told the guard, "You touch my junk and I'm going to have you arrested."

That threat triggered a code red of sorts as TSA agents, supervisors and eventually the local police gravitated to the spot where the reluctant traveler stood in his stocking feet, his cell phone sitting in the nearby bin (which he wasn't allowed to touch) picking up the audio.

On a related note, scientists Friday warned that full-body X-ray scanners may pose significant health dangers. The AFP reports:

"They say the risk is minimal, but statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays," Dr Michael Love, who runs an X-ray lab at the department of biophysics and biophysical chemistry at Johns Hopkins University school of medicine, told AFP.


"No exposure to X-ray is considered beneficial. We know X-rays are hazardous but we have a situation at the airports where people are so eager to fly that they will risk their lives in this manner," he said.
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Postby Happy Mom » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:08 pm

Another article about this "hero" from San Diego....

Why Tyner was targeted for a secondary pat down is unknown.

"I'm 6-foot-1, white with short brown hair," he said Saturday night. "I don't look like a terrorist."

Was he singled out for "punishment"?

Before Tyner was told he was getting a "groin check," a TSA agent is heard on the recording telling another agent "I had a problem with the passenger I was patting down. So I backed down. He was obnoxious."

Tyner is sure he was talking about someone else. On the whole, with a single final exception, he found the agents "professional if standoffish."

He did marvel that while his own situation was being deliberated, many passengers passed through the metal detector and on to their flights with no pat-down. "One guy even set off the alarm and they sent him through again without a pat-down," he said.

Once he threatened to have the TSA agent arrested though, events turned surreal.

A supervisor is heared re-explaining the groin check process to Tyner then adding "If you're not comfortable with that we can escort you back out and you don't have to fly today."

Tyner responded "OK, I don't understand how a sexual assault can be made a condition of my flying."

"This is not considered a sexual assault," replied the supervisor, calmly.


"It would be if you were not the government," said Tyner.

"By buying your ticket you gave up a lot of rights," countered the TSA supervisor. :shock: :shock: :shock: :naughty:

"I think the government took them away after 9/11,' said Tyner.

"OK," came the reply.

More senior TSA administrators showed up, and one San Diego police officer. Tyner's personal information was taken down and then he was escorted out of the security area. After he put his shoes back.

His father-in-law, a 40 year retired deputy sheriff can be heard pleading in the back ground for some common sense.

Tyner went over to the American Airlines counter where an agent, to his amazement, refunded the price of his non-refundable ticket.

Before he could leave however he was again surrounded by TSA employees who told him he couldn't leave the security area. One, who kept insisting he was trying to help Tyner, told him that if he left he would be subject to a civil suit and a $10,000 fine.

Tyner asked if the agents who escorted him from the security area would also be sued and fined.

The same man who told Tyner he would be sued and fined if he left, also insisted that he did not tell him he couldn't leave.

So Tyner left.

Two hours later he wrote the whole experience up on his blog and posted the audio files to YouTube.

You could say it has gone viral.

By Saturday evening, 70,000 people had accessed the entry and 488 comments were posted to the blog item. Those comments are divided over Tyner's experience. "Only 5 percent say I'm an idiot," he said.

Far more applaud him for "standing up" to the security forces. Many more people share his disdain for how airport security is conducted.

"People generally are angry about what is going on," said Tyner, "but they don't know how to assert their rights....there is a general feeling that TSA is ineffective, out of control, over-reaching."

Tyner points out that every terrorist act on an airplane has been halted by passengers. "It's time to stop treating passengers like criminals and start treating them as assets," he said.

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Re: Full Body Scanners; Taking Away More American's Rights

Postby bob_rx2000 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:28 pm

Personally, I think the best way to assert the right against unreasonable search in this case is to simply refuse to fly, and to let the airlines know how much business they are losing due to the poorly-thought-out security schemes. My bet is that if the airlines determine they are losing significant ticket revenue due to citizens being annoyed by the scans, they will quickly get TSA to change their tune.
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Re: Full Body Scanners; Taking Away More American's Rights

Postby Happy Mom » Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:41 pm

bob_rx2000 wrote:Personally, I think the best way to assert the right against unreasonable search in this case is to simply refuse to fly, and to let the airlines know how much business they are losing due to the poorly-thought-out security schemes. My bet is that if the airlines determine they are losing significant ticket revenue due to citizens being annoyed by the scans, they will quickly get TSA to change their tune.

Or have everyone refuse to be exposed to this perverted exposure and screw up one of the busiest flying weekends at Thanksgiving... I also want to see how they handle Muslim women in veils going though those naked scanners... :shock:

"OK, I don't understand how a sexual assault can be made a condition of my flying."


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Re: Full Body Scanners; Taking Away More American's Rights

Postby backstagedee » Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:53 pm

I'm sure glad I don't have to touch anyone's junk before I let them board my plane...
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Re: Full Body Scanners; Taking Away More American's Rights

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:35 pm

Exposed: Naked Body Scanner Images Of Film Star Printed, Circulated By Airport Staff


Authorities’ claim that virtual strip search pictures immediately destroyed proven fraudulent – use of devices needs to be halted now.



Claims on behalf of authorities that naked body scanner images are immediately destroyed after passengers pass through new x-ray backscatter devices have been proven fraudulent after it was revealed that naked images of Indian film star Shahrukh Khan were printed out and circulated by airport staff at Heathrow in London.

UK Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said last week that the images produced by the scanners were deleted “immediately” and airport staff carrying out the procedure are fully trained and supervised. :liar: :liar: :liar: :liar: :liar: :liar: :liar: :liar: :liar: :liar: :liar: :liar: :liar: :liar: :liar: :liar: :liar:

“It is very important to stress that the images which are captured by body scanners are immediately deleted after the passenger has gone through the body scanner,” Adonis told the London Evening Standard.

Adonis was forced to address privacy concerns following reports that the images produced by the scanners broke child pornography laws in the UK.
When the scanners were first introduced, it was also speculated that images of famous people would be ripe for abuse as the pictures produced by the devices make genitals “eerily visible” according to journalists who have investigated trials of the technology.

However, the Transport Secretary’s assurances were demolished after it was revealed on the BBC’s Jonathan Ross show Friday that Indian actor Shahrukh Khan had passed through a body scan and later had the image of his naked body printed out and circulated by Heathrow security staff.


“I was in London recently going through the airport and these new machines have come up, the body scans. You’ve got to see them. It makes you embarrassed – if you’re not well endowed,” said Khan, referring to how the scans produce clear images of a person’s genitals.

“You walk into the machine and everything – the whole outline of your body – comes out,” he said.

“I was a little scared. Something happens [inside the scans], and I came out. Then I saw these girls – they had these printouts. I looked at them. I thought they were some forms you had to fill. I said ‘give them to me’ – and you could see everything inside. So I autographed them for them,” stated Khan.


The story was carried by Yahoo News under the headline “Shah Rukh signs off sexy body-scan printouts at Heathrow”.

Khan’s reference to “girls” with printouts of his naked body scan can only refer to female airport security staff responsible for processing the images produced by the scanners, “professionals” who are supposed to instantly delete the images, according to Lord Adonis.

The revelation that airport security staff are completely abusing any notion of the professionalism promised by authorities by printing out and circulating images of naked body scans should set alarm bells ringing, especially in light of the fact that such images of minors break child pornography laws. British authorities have made it mandatory for travelers to submit to the naked body scanners when asked and have overturned previous rules that prevented under 18’s from passing through the devices.

Within days of the devices being introduced at Heathrow, staff have abused their professionalism and printed out naked scans of a famous actor for their own titillation.

We were promised all along that the body scanners “increased privacy” because they were only accessible to a single staff member who had no personal contact with the passenger taking the scan, in addition to the assurance that the images could not be saved and were instantly deleted. It in fact turns out that airport staff have been saving, printing and circulating naked body scans in complete violation of these supposed guarantees.

Furthermore, we were told that the identity of the person undergoing the virtual strip search would also be kept private. The fact that Heathrow employees must have known that the actor was about to take the body scan in order to print out copies of the image also proves this claim to be a total fallacy.

The abuse of the naked body scan images in this instance is a total violation of every data protection law in the UK. Far from treating the story in a comical manner, Khan should be filing a very expensive lawsuit and preparing for a successful and lucrative outcome.

In the meantime, the revelation that the naked body scanner images are being freely printed out and circulated by airport security staff should prove to be the death knell for plans on behalf of governments worldwide to institute the scanners on a widespread basis.

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Re: Full Body Scanners; Taking Away More American's Rights

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:42 pm


Perverts: TSA targets ‘smoking hot’ woman for naked scan; fondles children


November 13, 2010 by Rady Ananda

Are transportation security authorities looking for terrorists or a hard on? Why would 19 agents and police officers need to handle — and watch — a 20-something woman who happens to be ‘smoking hot’ get her breasts squeezed and twisted?

Children are fondled, too. Three-year-old Mandy Simon screams, “STOP TOUCHING ME” when a woman searches her for weapons.
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When law enforcement personnel can’t tell the difference between a terrorist and a three-year-old child, they need to go back to investigation school. One commenter captures my sentiment:

3-yr-old child, terrorist or pedophile's wet dream? TSA cannot tell the difference.


“I don’t know what is more disgusting — the TSA agent messing with a three year old or the father’s rationalization of and acquiescence in her molestation. ‘Sensitivity training suggested?’ WTF. My parents had their faults and shortcomings but I really don’t think my mother would hold me so I could be groped by a government goon and my father would stand there and record it on his cell phone. Their generation sacrificed too much to ensure crap like this didn’t happen here.” :naughty: :shock:

Pilots are objecting, too. The president of the US Airways Pilots Association objects to the “far reaching, intrusive” measures taken by the Transportation Safety Authority and issued a warning to its pilot members:

“One US Airways pilot, after being selected for an enhanced pat-down, experienced a frisking that has left him unable to function as a crewmember. The words this pilot used to describe the incident included ‘sexual molestation,’ and in the aftermath of trying to recover, this pilot reported that he had literally vomited in his own driveway while contemplating going back to work and facing the possibility of a similar encounter with the TSA. This is a very serious situation…”

TSA can’t seem to figure out how to do its job without invading every right protected under the US Constitution. This isn’t authority; these are criminals.

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Refuse scanners. Opt out. Even better, boycott air travel. One organization getting much attention now is We Won’t Fly.

And, let’s not forget that former homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff is the founder of the Chertoff Group, a security consulting firm whose clients include manufacturers of full-body scanners.


“Mr. Chertoff should not be allowed to abuse the trust the public has placed in him as a former public servant to privately gain from the sale of full-body scanners,’’ opined Kate Hanni, founder of FlyersRights.org, which opposes use of the scanners.

Chertoff’s group represents Rapiscan, a California based firm “which until recently was the only company qualified to sell full-body scan machines to the TSA.” Last summer, “TSA purchased 150 machines from Rapiscan with $25 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.”


A better name might be RapeScan.


In July, privacy advocacy group, Electronic Privacy Information Center, filed a lawsuit to suspend the use of such machines. EPIC uncovered 35,000 naked images that have been stored and transmitted by such technologies.

Alex Jones calls the scanners and sexual assault by TSA, “slave training,”
and has covered the issue extensively. He reported that authorities plan to use these tactics at stadiums, as well. In February, InfoWars’ Kurt Nimmo revealed:

“Claims on behalf of authorities that naked body scanner images are immediately destroyed after passengers pass through new x-ray backscatter devices have been proven fraudulent after it was revealed that naked images of Indian film star Shahrukh Khan were printed out and circulated by airport staff at Heathrow in London.”

People need to boycott air travel. The only way to hurt corporations is in their pockets. Money is the only language they understand.

Do not let people fondle you or your children – this is a very basic human right.
Travel should not involve sexual or physical assault. No one should be searched without credible probable cause. Resist.

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Re: Full Body Scanners; Taking Away More American's Rights

Postby Cull.D.Sack » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:38 pm

Since the TSA molested my family, why doesn’t Obama volunteer to subject his family to the same security procedures?

By: Mark Hemingway


11/16/10

Two weeks ago, my wife flew alone out to Colorado with our two young children. Unaware that the TSA had instituted new and incredibly invasive new security procedures, my wife called me distressed after getting frisked by the TSA. Or as my wife put it, “in some cultures I would be married to my screener by now.” She was joking, but make no mistake — my wife was incredibly disturbed by how intimate a security pat down she received.

So here’s my not-so-modest proposal: If the President’s Homeland Security department is so adamant that this is the absolute best way to prevent terrorism, I think the President and his family should voluntarily submit to one of the new invasive pat down procedures. I know the Obamas don’t fly commercial at all these days, so they should probably get a pretty good idea what the rest of us are putting up with.

The President and his family — preferably with DHS Secretary Janet “The system worked” Napolitano — should show up at Dulles or Reagan airport on a weekday with a camera crew in tow, as airport pat downs are typically done in full view of hundreds of travelers. All of America will to see the TSA handling the President’s crown jewels. Then a rubber-gloved federal agent will run his hands all over his wife and daughter’s privates while he watches. Then I want him to turn to the camera and tell all of America that this is no big deal and we should all be good citizens and comply with the necessary security procedures.

It only seems fair.


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Re: Full Body Scanners; Taking Away More American's Rights

Postby backstagedee » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:44 pm

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