Saturday, November 13, 2010

outrage at tsa grows as 'opt-out day' planned for nov24

cnn reports growing outrage against porno scanners
outrage at tsa grows as 'opt out day' planned for nov24from threat level: Air travelers, mark your calendar. An activist opposed to the new invasive body scanners in use at airports around the country just designated Wednesday, Nov. 24 as a National Opt-Out Day. He’s encouraging airline passengers to decline the TSA’s technological strip searches en masse on that day as a protest against the scanners, as well as the new “enhanced pat-downs” inflicted on refuseniks.

The goal of National Opt-Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change,” reads the call to action at, set up by Brian Sodegren. “No naked body scanners, no government-approved groping. We have a right to privacy, and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we’re guilty until proven innocent.”

Some travel writers have expressed concern that the protest, called for the busiest air-travel day of the year, could cause backups and delays for all travelers.

The planned protest taps a growing unease over the full-body scans. Privacy groups such as the Electronic Privacy Information Center are seeking a court order to halt the use of invasive scanners, saying the scanners are illegal and violate passenger privacy.

They also say the government has done little to ensure that images taken by the devices are not saved. The TSA has asserted that the machines cannot store pictures, but security personnel at a courthouse in Florida were found to not only have saved images but shared them among colleagues in order to humiliate one of their co-workers.

Scientists have also expressed concern that radiation from the devices could have long-term health effects on travelers.

tsa rage & the opt-out updates:
scanners & pat-downs upset airline passengers*
scanners & pat-downs upset airline passengersvideo: tsa rage hitting all age demographics now*
100 naked citizens: 100 leaked body scans*
furious ryanair passengers hold protest in plane*
'naked' scanners at US airports may be dangerous: scientists*
junk security: 'naked scanners’ won't keep us safe*
video: tsa chief john pistole defends new patdown procedure to congress*
dhs source: tsa infuriated with coverage of nationwide backlash*
tsa now putting hands down fliers' pants*
soros also profiting off controversial new tsa scanners*
dem dismisses groin searches as 'love pats'*
sanford airport to opt out of tsa screening*
dist atty sending deputies to sf airport to investigate felony groping*
lawmakers move to eject nude scanners from ny airports*
video: ron paul unleashes on tsa, 'enough is enough'*

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