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Body Scanner Saved 35,000 'Naked' Images

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At the heart of the controversy over "body scanners" is a promise: The images of our naked bodies will never be public. U.S. Marshals in a Florida Federal courthouse saved 35,000 images on their scanner.


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Mars L (55)
Monday November 22, 2010, 10:50 pm
noted thanks

Tiffany Lambiase (2)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 1:24 am
wow... thanks

Karol W (13)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 4:07 am
Big Deal, most people should love it considering all they bare today anyhow.

Mary S (1)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 4:38 am
Yell now, but when the next plane goes down who will you blame?

Brian Drake (11)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 5:07 am
Now they'll end up in Playboy!

Bon L (0)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 5:21 am
Thanks for the info.

Brittany D (28)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 5:33 am
Another reason for me not to fly. I'm already scared of planes, now this.

Philip Temple (0)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 5:33 am
Thanks for the info. One only hopes that it is all necessary....

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 10:01 am
Thanks everyone, for taking a look. I thought it pertinent to the discussion to show the capabilities of the system in question.

Mary, I will blame the terrorist, if and when.

Gary Heck (0)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 1:08 pm
This is what all the uproar is about? Really? You show more off when you go to the beach. Hell, if you really want to see a show, walk down any city street on a hot day. Come on!

God you people are stupid. Wake me up if something important happens. Those of you who think your personal privacy is more important than the public safety are too stupid to decide what's important and what isn't so you need to just shut up and let someone else do the thinking.

Brigitte T (69)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 1:50 pm

Man Proves TSA Policies Are Unconstitutional

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Blogger Matt Kernan was able to bypass both the naked body scanner and invasive TSA pat down procedures during his return to the United States this past weekend, proving that both measures are completely unconstitutional and creating a precedent for a total shake-up of airport security.

Kernan, who documents the case on his website, was returning from a trip to Europe and was perturbed to see TSA workers making Americans who had already cleared security in their airport of origin go through backscatter x-ray machines and be groped simply to re-enter their own country.

“You see, it is official TSA policy that people (both citizens and non-citizens alike) from international flights are screened as they enter the airport, despite the fact that they have already flown,” writes Kernan. “Even before the new controversial security measures were put in place, I found this practice annoying. But now, as I looked past the 25 people waiting to get into their own country, I saw it: the dreaded Backscatter imaging machine.”

Having seen the plethora of cases in recent weeks of TSA thugs abusing and humiliating women and children, Kernan, who had no connecting flight and time to kill, decided to take a stand.

So begins Kernan’s description of his 2 and a half hour debate with TSA officials and airport police after he refused to go through the naked scanner or be groped.

After TSA workers laughed at Kernan for opting out of the radiation scanner, he politely informed them that if they touched his genitals he would consider it an assault.

With TSA officials repeating “policy” like a broken record, Kernan stated, “I am aware that it is policy, but I disagree with the policy, and I think that it is unconstitutional. As a U.S. citizen, I have the right to move freely within my country as long as I can demonstrate proof of citizenship and have demonstrated no reasonable cause to be detained.”

Soon after the TSA Supervisor, a Delta Airlines manager and the airport police were called and Kernan informed them that he was recording the audio of the exchange on his iPhone.
“I will not do anything that is not explicitly stated on recording as mandatory,” Kernan told them, as the police suggested they conduct the pat down instead of the TSA. However, the cops were forced to back down when they refused to state on record that Kernan would have to have his genitals touched in order to be free to go.

After a disagreement between the police and the TSA about who had jurisdiction to arrest Kernan, the police began to get frustrated with the TSA Supervisor for pawning off the responsibility on them. At this point, the Supervisor tried to involve the “Federal Security Director,” who was told that Kernan was being polite and citing his constitutional rights.

After more deliberation, Kernan was eventually escorted out of the airport without having to go through a naked body scanner or have his genitals groped.

“And then came the most ridiculous scene of which I’ve ever been a part. I gather my things – jacket, scarf, hat, briefcase, chocolates. We walk over to the staff entrance and he scans his badge to let me through. We walk down the long hallway that led back to the baggage claim area. We skip the escalators and moving walkways. As we walk, there are TSA officials stationed at apparent checkpoints along the route. As we pass them, they form part of the circle that is around me. By the end of the walk, I count 13 TSA officials and 2 uniformed police officers forming a circle around me. We reach the baggage claim area, and everyone stops at the orange line. The Supervisor grunts, “Have a nice day,” and leaves.”

By simply remaining calm and polite while citing his constitutional rights, Kernan proved that, despite the best efforts of the TSA to intimidate people into submission by threatening $11,000 fines, it is not illegal to refuse to be put through a radiation scanner or be groped by TSA workers.

Kernan proved that the whole procedure is unconstitutional and a violation of rights, and after acknowledging this fact, TSA officials and the airport police had no other choice but to let him go free.

Tomorrow’s national op-out day provides the opportunity for thousands more Americans to follow in Kernan’s footsteps and permanently put to rest the notion that violating TSA “policy” is a criminal act, when in fact the policy in itself is a violation of constitutional rights and therefore completely illegal.



Brigitte T (69)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 1:51 pm

What to Expect When Getting a New TSA Pat-Down

Thanks to a new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) policy, many
passengers are being forced to undergo an extremely intrusive and
humiliating "pat down" search that is unlike anything most Americans have
experienced before.
In the few weeks since the policy came into effect, the ACLU has
* of complaints from travelers who have been subject to these invasive and
suspicionless searches. These complaints came from men, women and children
who reported feeling humiliated and traumatized by these searches, and, in
some cases, comparing their psychological impact to sexual assaults.
*Based on the reports we have received, those who are subjected to the
searches will very likely experience the following which appear to be
"standard practice":*
* Agents fingering your ankles and running their hands all
the way up your legs, including the area between your inner thighs and
* Agents patting your genital area through your clothing;
* Agents rubbing and squeezing your arms, back, stomach,
buttocks, and breasts
\with open hands through your clothing. Screeners often run their fingers
along the underwire of women's bras;
* Agents running their fingers through your hair and the area
around your neck and the collar of your shirt;
* Agents running their fingers several inches down the
waistband of your pants or skirt, often involving touching and/or exposing
your bare stomach.
*You may also experience what some have reported:*
* Agents performing these searches in full view of other,
gawking passengers, without informing travelers of their right to be
screened in private;
* Agents touching your genitals through your clothing with
shocking and even
painful force;
* Agents pressing between the cheeks of your buttocks through
your clothing;
* Agents repeatedly touching the same parts of your body, for
no apparent reason;
* Agents with demeanors that range from embarrassed or
apologetic, to coldly professional, to aggressive and hostile, to creepy;
* Being delayed and forced to wait for extended periods of
* You may be separated from your carry-on belongings, which
are often left unguarded while the pat-down takes place. One woman reported
being separated from her infant
during the pat-down
*Who can be subjected to one of these searches?* Anyone. Based on the
reports we've received,
you may be forced to undergo one of these rub-downs if:
* You are selected randomly for one;
* You set off a magnetic scanner (individuals with artificial
joints or other metal in their bodies may undergo these pat-downs each time
they fly);
* You undergo a full-body x-ray scan, but are told the image
indicated something unclear or possibly suspicious;
* You are told that your clothing requires a pat-down
(reports vary widely as to the clothing at issue);
* You exercise your right to opt-out of the full-body x-ray
scan, which permits a
TSA agent to see through your clothes and view your naked figure;
* A TSA agent decides to punish you because you misunderstand
them or exercise your right as an American to express an opinion to them.
In fact, in some cases, individuals have reported being subjected to this
touching for no reason that anyone explained to them. According to our
reports, children, adolescents, the elderly, and the
disabled are not exempt from these invasive searches.
The government should enact procedures that pose the least threat to our
civil liberties and are also proven to be effective; embarrassingly intimate
pat-downs does not fit that criteria. The ACLU is
doing everything it can to end these unacceptable physical searches.

If you have experienced a problem with the full body scanners or pat-down
searches at airport security, you can help us end these problems.

Gloria H (88)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 1:52 pm
USA- 20,000 people killed per year by flu
42,116 killed in highway accidents in 2001
(checked highway death stats)
so...what are your chances of getting blown up in a plane? What are your chances of winning the lottery? Maybe if you buy a lottery ticket on the day you fly would that increase your chances of winning $$ or becoming particles?
What good is keeping the photos? Like someone could review them after an explosion and go arrest you in the next life?

Brigitte T (69)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 2:12 pm
TSA Gestapo Empire

By Paul Craig Roberts

It doesn't take a bureaucrat long to create an empire. John Pistole, the FBI agent who took over the Transportation Security Administration on July 1 told USA Today 16 days later that protecting trains and subways from terrorist attacks will be as high a priority for him as air travel.

eileen k (1)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 2:23 pm
Those of you who don't give a hoot about porno-scanners at US airports and other travelers having to go through them, how would you feel if it were your images that were among the 35,000 that - instead of being deleted according to instructions from superiors - were sent worldwide on social networks such as Facebook? This incident is among the many justifications for dismantling these machines.

People weat skimpy clothing in hot weather; they choose to do so in an effort to cool down. Those that choose to dress in this manner aren't showing their most intimate parts. Get real here. Arline passengers - if they do opt to go through one of these "porno-scanners" - DO NOT expect their naked images to go viral, because some perverts among TSA officials disobey the rules and not delete them after the scans are done.

The most effective, cost and time-saving method of ensuring security at airports and other transportation hubs is the use of highly trained, specialized explosives-sniffing dogs who can easily sniff out any type of explosive out there, with NO embarrassment or trauma to passengers of any age. In this way, if any of these dogs do detect anything suspicious, then, the individual the dog sniffed could be escorted to a private room and searched more thoroughly - IN PRIVATE.

Thanks, Locan, for sharing this with us.

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 7:53 pm
Gary, standing up for the Constitution has always been inconvenient, thankless and never without ridicule.

Personally, I'd take having my balls groped by some Federal lackey in the same stride as when I gave a urine sample for an employer under the watchful eye of a Doctor called across the street to watch me. I asked him, as he was looking at my penis, "So, how many years of school did you go to earn the right to watch this?" He laughed and said, "I was just thinking the same thing."

The problem arises when I travel with my five year old daughter. I'm her dad and it's MY job to protect her and give her the skills to protect herself. When we travel we make sure to thank everyone, policemen, flight crew and soldiers, who keep us safe. Yes, even TSA officials, who have always and I mean always treated us with the utmost respect. I will not allow them to touch her and as far as scanning, she has had to endure much more medical procedures than 99% of children her age. For me to allow excessive "scanning" at the whim of someone or something for non-medical reasons is just irresponsible.

Dana W (9)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 8:57 pm
Holding judgement until I learn more.

Marianna Molnar (9)
Thursday November 25, 2010, 6:54 am
so what

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Thursday November 25, 2010, 7:31 am
Marianna, you may not know, the standard line of not saving the images has been repeated and repeated Government Officials.

Brigitte T (69)
Wednesday December 1, 2010, 12:17 am

From BrasscheckTV:
A friend wrote to tell me his attractive 17 year old
daughter was singled out of line at Oakland Airport
last night to be m'olested by TSA agents.

They are NOT backing off and anyone celebrating the
"success" of protests is delusional.

Meanwhile, the video below that PROVES beyond any shadow
of a doubt that these scan machines and gropings are
NOT security measures is being ignored.


* The FBI does not use scanners to protect its headquarters
in Washington DC - it uses bomb sniffing dogs which are
not only cheaper, they are infinitely more reliable

* In Iraq and Afghanistan where suicide bombers are a real
problem, the US military does not use electronics to detect them,
they use bomb-sniffing dogs

* In Russia, the site of the supposed "bra bomber," the
response has been to bring in bomb-sniffing dogs
NOT to molest random women travelers.

How could is possibly be more clear?

The scanners and gropings are NOT proper security
measures - the FBI knows it, the US military knows
it, and the military air security in Russia knows it.

Yet, Americans are not getting these facts.

Guys, it's up to you now.

I dug this material up and put it together. I can't spread

If you don't force the news media - alternative and
mainstream - to cover this, get used to having your
wives, sisters, friends and children molested by
any TSA agent with a hard on - and it won't just be
limited to airports.


- Brasscheck

P.S. Please share Brasscheck TV e-mails and
videos with friends and colleagues.


Brigitte T (69)
Wednesday December 1, 2010, 12:25 am

From Brasscheck also:

It's one minute to midnight

If you expect to have even the slightest degree of freedom in this country in the future...

Freedom to travel by plane, train, bus or car without being molested...freedom to attend public events...freedom just to walk walk down the street...

This BS needs to be stopped now.

Start by educating yourself.

The federal government is absolutely lying about the need for and effectiveness of full-body x-rays and molestation by officials at airports for "security."

They have much better and much cheaper means to detect explosives - and they use them for their OWN protection.

Here's the proof: Click here: What the government doesn't want you to know about real airport security

Final quote from this video (almost inaudible): "Based on some of your responses to my questions, we're going to have to take you over here and you ask some more questions."


Lika P (130)
Monday December 6, 2010, 3:57 pm
I'm wondering with all that radiation, how harmful it is for pregnant women. It can't do any favors to the unborn. I really feel for those who have to travel due to what ever circumstances, and here they're only trying to share the great news with their loved ones.
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