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TSA Body Scanners: Safety Upgrade or Stimulus Boondoggle? - CSMonitor.Com

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Starting Friday and extending through the next 12 days of the Thanksgiving weekend, some 1 in 10 Americans will take to the skies to travel. As they cram into busy airports, many of them will come face to face with one of the most visible products of the


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Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Thursday November 25, 2010, 12:00 pm
There is a third option: "anti-terrorism paranoia"

Jae A (316)
Thursday November 25, 2010, 7:24 pm
There is a better way...use the type of security scanning that Germany uses that does none of this crap. More or less an explosive 'sniffing ' divise. Put these purvs and their Corporate machines out of their jobs. If this is the goernments idea of creating jobs they best go back to the drawing board on this one.

Terry B (649)
Friday November 26, 2010, 5:48 am
Do something green. Stay home.

Penelope P (222)
Friday November 26, 2010, 10:39 am
When will they ever learn! There is no such thing as real security anyway- a highly motivated individual can burst through anything go around under or over it etc. The main seciurity is goodwill and even that is not guaranteed,

Past Member (0)
Friday November 26, 2010, 2:16 pm
Thank you.

Norm C (74)
Friday November 26, 2010, 3:41 pm
We have a bias in this country toward technology. The newer, the more complicated, the more expensive it is, the more we like it. I suspect that this rather thoughtless "upgrade", which has been in process for quite some time, is an example of the assumption that more is better. I suspect that it was also a bit of cronyism given the close ties of some TSA officials with the manufacturers.

jane richmond (10)
Friday November 26, 2010, 4:39 pm

moggy w (119)
Friday November 26, 2010, 6:20 pm
/we seem to feel that the more complicated-indeed incomprehensible- some mahineis, the safer we will be. The machines are a joke. they just generate either false secuity- and of course anger at the stupidity of how they areeven used. this keeps our minds offofserious problems, like war and medicare, while the airports are STILL wide open to employees. who might just include terrorists.

Ellen W (0)
Saturday November 27, 2010, 8:51 am
This is such a waste of money, as well as another blow to what is left of American liberties. Who owns the companies that are making all the money and what are their government ties?

criss s (4)
Saturday November 27, 2010, 3:34 pm

Edward Craig (20)
Saturday November 27, 2010, 6:28 pm
I have never remembered Secretary Skeletor's actual name, even before he started shilling for low dose radiation.

Sylvie M (46)
Saturday November 27, 2010, 8:03 pm
I've read all the recent articles published on C2NN about the excesses of TSA, hassling of disabled passengers, etc. and commented a few of them... and I now wonder where has plain old common sense gone? The controls in airports could be easier, quicker, and much less stressful without these very expensive scanners... Instead, in each airport, there could be :

- human profilers to detect suspects (ask the Israelians about this... they've had zero terrorist attacks in El Al planes for many, many years)
- dogs to detect all sorts of explosives... I'm positively sure that unlike a mechanical scanner, a well-trained dog could perfectly detect an explosive which a terrorist would have introduced into a natural orifice such as anus or vagina.

But, OF COURSE, there's plenty of lobbying, and probably even corruption, behind the body scanners market...

Joy W (100)
Sunday November 28, 2010, 5:30 am

Ricardo C (66)
Sunday November 28, 2010, 4:04 pm
The Scanner Scam: Where The Elite and Big Business Rule!

Joan Edwards (9)
Sunday November 28, 2010, 6:26 pm
Pretty soon they Will be looking up our vaginas and back holes. If we let them. Talk about big brother getting away with domination as we allow them to fondle us. In the name of security, my ass!! In the name of control, more like!!

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Monday November 29, 2010, 5:20 pm
The scanners would be a problem for frequent fliers, as it is likely that they could accumulate a dangerous amount of Curies. They should choose patdowns.
Personally, I would rather be scanned or patted down (I get that every time I have to go into a prison to assess a prisoner) than be blown up mid air or crash into the White House or some other high profile target.
People just need to get over it. Terrorism is a fact of life.

There was a window of opportunity after 9/11 to have a discourse with fundamentalist Muslims that could have prevented a whole lot of trouble. This would have required some real Christians to negotiate. By that I mean people who could practice the philosophy that Jesus taught (whatever their religion or lack of it) with true courage, conviction, love and forgiveness. I have met a few of those, but they are rare and not generally in power. However, Americans chose confrontation and now terrorism is a reality that won't go away for a very long time.

Dogs have been used in Australia for detecting drugs and no doubt they could be trained to detect explosives.However, there would be ways of getting around that, for instance with distracting smells etc.

Using intuitive people to select suspects to be searched or patted down would work to a certain extent, but it has built in problems. One is not as intuitive if one is tired or distracted by worry, etc. There is also the possibility that a "mole" could get the job.

The scanners are the best solution to the problem at present and any person faced with the onerous responsibility of making a decision about which security system to choose would most likely have opted for them.
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