Thursday, March 03, 2011

Is the TSA finally over reaching enough

for someone to finally shut them down?
(Note- I had a hard time keeping this page open on the story for some reason it refreshed to ads only)
I've got some big problems with this.
First of all is that pesky Fourth Amendment thing about unlawful searches.

So you have some unfireable union thug from the TSA saying to his buddy who's on a sexual predator list- 'HeyChester, that 12 year-old looks cute, I wonder what she's hiding under her dress?'

Then Chester cues in the X-Ray scanner that can SEE THROUGH TRUCKS on you little girls goodies. Without any records of what happened, except for what they just downloaded for latter enjoyment.

But, hey- it's all good because:
Update: A TSA official responds in a statement that the “TSA has not tested the advanced imaging technology that is currently used at airports in mass transit environments and does not have plans to do so.”

A privacy assessment included in the documents for one aspect of the plans that focused on train security suggests that images wouldn’t be tied to any personally identifiable information such as a subject’s name. Any images shared outside the project or used for training purposes would have faces blurred, and employees using the system would be trained to avoid privacy violations, the document says.

Which brings up another point.
If they don't keep records, how is anyone going to be able to sue for either violations of their Constitutional Rights, or the radiation sickness they'll get from those X -Ray machines that are POWERFUL ENOUGH TO SEE THROUGH TRUCKS?
Or someone walking right in front of this?
In another program, the researchers were asked to develop a system of long range x-ray scanning to determine what metal objects an individual might have on his or her body at distances up to thirty feet.

Oh, speaking of radiation sickness and increased cancer risks from slipshod safety practices- has Congress ever got that TSA safety report that they've been waiting on for three months?

AND all you anti-tobacco fanatics who are worried about the effects of third-hand smoke...where are you on this?

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