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