Naked Body Scanners-TSA Thinks We Should Be Seen But NOT heard!

Kaye Beach

July 28, 2012

I rarely ask people to sign petitions but I am making an exception for this one-please sign it!

An online petition posted in “We the People” demands that the White House “Require the Transportation Security Administration to Follow the Law!”

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/require-transportation-security-administration-follow-law/tffCTwDd

Remember the naked body scanners that were forced upon us by the Department of Homeland Security through the TSA a couple years ago?

The Naked Truth about TSA’s Naked Body Scanners

I remember it well because when I attempted to provide some “public input” about the devices, this is the reaction I got from a TSA agent-

TSA: “I thought maybe you might be representing a terrorist organization”

Well, EPIC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, has been fighting DHS and the TSA tooth and nail on this issue ever since.  They have made an impact.

On July 15, 2011, in EPIC v. DHS, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled that the Transportation Security Administration violated federal law when it refused to conduct a public rulemaking over the use of whole body imaging scanners to screen airport passengers.

(Read more about EPIC’s battle against the naked body scanners http://epic.org/privacy/airtravel/backscatter/ )

In brief, the TSA has been found in federal court to be in violation of federal law because they did not include any opportunity for public input in the rulemaking process  regarding the use of these devices.

The court noted that “few if any regulatory procedures impose directly and significantly upon so many members of the public,” and then ordered the Department of Homeland Security to fix the problem.

Here we are over a year later and DHS has done nothing!  They have yet to publish their rules and they have not begun to accept public comments nor made any announcement to indicate that they intend to do so.

Please sign the public petition to help push the TSA to do what it was ordered to do and what it should have done in the first place.  The public deserves to have their voice heard. 

We are down to the wire on this petition and lack only 9,000 signatures. Yes, you have to register to sign this and that is a pain but please take the time to register so that you can sign.  We have just 2 weeks left to get the remaining signatures needed!

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/require-transportation-security-administration-follow-law/tffCTwDd

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Thanks!

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2 responses to “Naked Body Scanners-TSA Thinks We Should Be Seen But NOT heard!

  1. It seems that all I hear about lately is government agencies, departments, officials, servants(?) that break the law or even openly defy the law. Yet there seems to be no consequences nor any form of actual enforcement available.
    This ‘condition’ of current life is intolerable. It impacts every facet of our lives and seems to involve every level of government. Something’s wrong in the ‘good old U.S.A.’
    There seems to be more and more, commentators such as you, ask us to protest, but to no avail. Are you just supplying pacifiers to us with the appearance of something real to do, while the offenses continue? Are you just trying to get us to vote your way? Things have gone too far!
    I don’t see any real results in petitions and votes. It seems to me that it’s time to say NO. Not just no, but HELL NO. It’s past time for elected, appointed, or career officials to begin facing real consequences, real penalties, not just political losses or humiliation. You can’t humiliate those that are so arrogant as to blatantly and openly perform ‘above the law.’ Many of them seem to believe and act as if they are the law.
    NO! HELL NO!! No more are you allowed to destroy this country and ignore our rights as Americans or as individuals. You should not be worth more when you leave office than you were worth when you went in, you should want to leave public office to return to the private sector to get back to the business of improving your fortunes, you should not live better than the citizens you ‘represent(?)’. This is MY country and I for one say HELL NO.

  2. I feel your frustration. what happens if this agency defies the law? Well, if it were you or me, we would be thrown in jail or otherwise punished. Same should happen to them. I know the public is mad about this situation and if there is a petition, it is a travesty if it has less than 25,000 signatures on it. You are right. It is time for us to speak up and put out foot down! This is one way to do that.

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