TSA Out of Hand Americans Lose Their Freedoms From Body Scans At Airport Scanner Check Points
Latest TSA Fiasco
Former TSA Employee Talks | The real scoop from behind the curtail or more stories to tighten security on the majority of passengers who just want to get to their destination? I'm not sure. It's good to learn the truth, but if the consequence means harsher penalties, fewer freedoms, while the villains, criminals and terrorists find ways to obfuscate and get around the system, I have concerns. Every time you read about a TSA horror story, it’s usually about a screener doing what he or she is instructed to do, even though it may be illogical, nonsensical and have adverse outcomes.
The Liberty Crier | The Latest Fiasco in Dallas, Texas | TSA Detains 12 Year Old Wheelchair Bound Girl to Test Her For Explosives reported on December 16, 2012
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- A 12-year-old girl in a wheelchair was detained for nearly an hour at DFW Airport while trying to get through security.
- Shelbi Walser was traveling with her mother on Sunday for a trip that’s become routine. The seventh grader lives with a genetic bone disorder and was on her way to Florida for another rare medical treatment.
TSA Catches An 18 Month Old Child | New Jersey Family Held At Airport | The system in place to catch terrorists negate the rational thinking mind. However, I want to give the TSA officers credit that they would put the family back on the plane after the investigation was complete.
My assessment says that we must have a system in place to catch persons who would do harm to innocent people in an airport or on an airplane.
- Quick thinking scan of potential computer errors means that humans must do the thinking without relying 100% on mechanical computers to assess the situation.
- Scans should not humiliate persons and make them feel like criminals or put them in harms way through publicity
- Everyone must not pay the penalty through restrictions and limitations based on the actions of one or two people who attempt to do harm. I.E. everyone taking off shoes, clothing, body scans because three or four people tried to put a bomb in shoe or underwear. There will be no end to the invasion of privacy.
Think about this. Would you subject a small 18 month old child to interrogation as a terrorist?
Continued Research About Scanner Safety
TSA Blog says that reports of high scatter radiation inaccurate does not hold water for me. Don't forget to read the long list of rational comments.
The Wired | Shockingly, scanners will remain in operation even after concern about high output of radiation, which could cause cancer. The Transportation Security Administration re-analyzes the radiation levels of X-ray body scanners installed in airports nationwide, but at what cost? Can we believe that it is safe for 500 TSA body scanners in use at 78 airports to remain in operation when they find a calculation error potentially 10 times higher than normal range? Please ask for pat down.
Latest News concerning the effects of full body airport scanners.
". . . anywhere from six to 100 passers each year could get cancer from the machines."
I apologize for spreading any misinformation
Somewhere I read a report saying that Manchester, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports made TSA scanner mandatory. Now I cannot find any such reports. Who ever started this rumor must have taken it down. What I did find was a blog about a woman who was told she was required to go through the scanner at Manchester airport with a reply from the authorities:
Posted by Manchester Airport Press Office
- The blog above contains an important factual inaccuracy which we would like to correct.
- On 1 February 2010, the UK Government's Department for Transport issued a directive making it mandatory for any passenger selected for a body scan to participate with no opt out available.
- In the United States, the Transport Security Administration (TSA) which regulates aviation security at American airports, does allow a choice between body scanning and conventional "pat down" security searches. This may explain why the confusion about your experience in Manchester Airport has arisen.
- For further information about the body scanning process and the equipment currently in use at Manchester Airport, please follow the URL above.
- More information about the regulations governing the use of body scanners in UK airports can be found at: www.dft.gov.uk and search for body scanners.
- An official Government assesment (produced by the Health Protection Agency) about the health aspects of backscatter body scanners can be found here
Manchester Airport Press Office
Scanner Make People Feel As If They Are Criminals
The latest episode targeted an eye specialist at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Mr Aguirre, who felt airport personnel treated him like a criminal, just because he wanted to avoid the radiation scanner. He would have accepted the traditional pat-down, which is bad enough.
The Daily News Continues To Report Incidence of Freedom Violations
The reports of individual isolated incidents at airport scanners build up to a mountain of evidence that people want their freedom to choose or decline going through a potentially harmful, cancer-causing scanning device. Those who voice their concern include more than the regular "Joe" and "Jane" citizen. Physicians, medical researchers, scientists, and healthcare workers from every field who deal with radiation devices and have knowledge of accumulated risk speak out.
Old Concerns Surface
Only when a new incident comes to light do people become outraged once again. And, each event brings the United States citizens closer to forcing action from legislators to protect individual rights. The latest pat down of an infant and a young girl posted in The DailyNews online paper shows the lengths that these officers must go to conform to job requirements. When a bomb alarm goes off, that means they must pull a child aside for a full body pat-down, including private parts to the dismay of parents.
Texas Laws May Change
Mike Adams of Natural News tells us that TSA agents may have restrictions on body parts that may be touched during a pat-down, making it illegal for them to pat any private parts on your body.Recent News: Flight Attendant, breast cancer survivor, was required to remove prostethic breast, during pat down while on her way to work.
Facial Recognition Scanners
Facial Recognition Scanners | Will this world be turned into a Police State? Who gives Heathrow airport the right to use these types of devices?
- July 22, 2011, 9:32 AM — The U.K.'s largest airport, Heathrow, will install facial recognition scanners by September for international and domestic passengers to prevent illegal immigration in the country.
- The scanners will go in terminals one and five, where international and domestic passengers commingle, said Mary Kearney, senior media relations manager for BAA, which operates Heathrow.
- The facial recognition scanners will ensure that ticketed passengers board their correct flight. It will prevent, for example, a passenger who arrives from Miami from trying to use a domestic ticket obtained from someone else in the departure lounge and then flying to Glasgow. Read more at the link above.
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TSA Don't Touch My Junk!
- Since the advent of airport scanners and full body pat-downs, many outraged individuals who use social media and multi-media applications have created innovative methods to explore these issues. Listen to "Don't Touch My Junk" dialogue, which has also been made into song lyrics.
- This humorous, tongue in cheek videos can be quite educational. Maybe they will change the minds of people who had no idea their freedoms were assaulted or being taken away.
- These blogs document the history and evolution of the loss of freedoms as never before by citizens of the world. Watch news report of September 11, 2010 below.
TSA Is Out Of Control
Virtual Strip Search. Rape. Perverts Dream
America This Has Gotten Out of Hand
I am so proud of Americans who stand up for their rights and won't let the government, security, or any private agencies violate constitutional natural freedoms. Have we become a country based purely on fear?
Can you imagine this treatment being acceptable behavior? And even condoned and required?
This Is No Joke
How many people will have to be effected before the government steps in and says, "NO!" this is not allowed. My friend and I were talking about this situation tonight. She told me that it is a slow insidious infiltration and removal of our rights in America. Everyone is thinking, "concentration camps" and I certainly did when I flew last time. Fortunately, I was in the line on the RIGHT which went through the "regular" baggage, clothing, shoes, computer, coats, scan and walk through. I wore a scarf, so the agent pointed and I quickly whipped it off to show my head. Still, he had to wand me all over.
I did not mention that a year ago I flew and they examined a red apple that I had with me. It was beyond imagination. She swabbed it down three times and put a wand over an apple. I tell you, it is not wise to crack a joke, or give any comments. We are now a nation in total fear of our freedom of speech.
Do People Know The Long Term Effects?
As a very small informal survey, I began asking friends last week if they would submit to the total body scan or go through the X-ray machine. All of them said they would take the X-Ray no problem. I was in shock. Their thinking was that they didn't want anyone touching their private parts. But, I was more concerned with my health. Having had breast cancer one time I did not want to chance it again by have any more radiation.
This is not a joke. Did I say that already? Well, if you don't think that receiving doses of radiation can be harmful, think again. These ionizing rays are cumulative and add up over time. A person with a weakened immune system and one more thing attacks the body that turns the cells into chaotic behavior, this type of radiation could do it.
The number of problems with this type of security system keeps building. Not only are the X-Ray Machines harmful, they are embarrassing, implicitly a loss of privacy, and obviously against our constitutional rights.
When those in authority feel that there is a threat to national security whether it be a contagious disease, like influenza, tuberculosis, cholera, diptheria, polio, etc, or a terrorist this provides the Green Light to become a totalitarian state for the national good. We have recent history to teach us lessons, that this cannot be allowed to happen.
TSA Fondles Women and Children Refusing Airport Naked Body Scanners
Have We Become Complacent?
AMERICANS! We must all stand up and fight for our rights. Some people will decide not to fly. The next thing will be random automobile checks. I recently heard that these invasive searches will soon be instituted on trains and some roadways.
Can you imagine stop points in the streets of all cities and who knows if they stop you at highway check points. Will they pat us down there, too, with no one looking or with any supervision?
You see where it is all going. Over the edge. The government or these security agencies have gone one step too far and now the people, hopefully, will not just go with the flow. As I said, there are many who will just accept whatever the authorities request; and the strong independent thinkers will either find an alternative way out or stand up against these people who have gone mad with power.
Religious sects have many humility laws for men and women. They must cover their head, and body parts in respect for God and many other reasons. How can they travel and still adhere to their personal laws of privacy?
The security agents obviously have been taught to be completely strict with no leniency or logic when they see a handicapped individual, an elderly person or a very young infant. No matter, treat them all like cattle to be prodded and poked. This will certainly raise their self esteem and not cause them emotional injury.
To think all because of one shoe bomber and one pair of underpants an entire nation is punished, has to be scrutinized to this degree. I thought it absurd and humiliating that we had to take off our shoes and undress. This is way too much.
What Am I Thinking?
Initially, I was very willing to undergo a full body pat down in lieu of a full body X-RAY scan. I still will refuse to go through such a machine. However, now, I'm really concerned about the full body pat down. If it was innocuous and not quite so sexual in every aspect of creating a mental and emotional trauma, then there may be leeway. But, after watching what has been going on at our airports, I begin to wonder what is happening to our individual rights and freedoms.
As an aside, I would like to say that each time I've traveled, I took the full body pat-down when required. The female officers were very respectful to me. I only hope the majority, if not everyone is treated with dignity.
I'm quite fearful for the old, helpless, weak and those who have no advocates. I'm worried about the bedlam that may ensue as individuals try to exert their rights and cause a scene. I'm worried that people will be terrorized by members of our own society because they are wearing a uniform. I'm worried because we will begin to self limit ourselves in our decisions, in our plans to travel, attend social and business functions, in our decisions to cross state lines or go anywhere that we may be approached.
Is this all hype? Not by the real incidents that are shown today. Even if there is just ONE situation, it represents the possibility of what our future will look like in the United States of America. Is this what our military service are fighting for overseas? I continue to question our strategy for freedom. Are we putting ourselves under lock and key to supposedly protect the people? Are we locking ourselves in or the enemy out? What do you say?
Is This Our Future? Will We Get Chipped Or Put On Bracelets?
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Leah writes "I Don't Fly Anymore | 3 Reasons To Avoid Air Travel" that take a humorous look at the airlines. A great read.
The Plan Is To Expand On These X-Ray Machines
CNN reports that the Transportation Security Administration's advanced imaging technology machines use two separate means of creating images of passengers -- backscatter X-ray technology and millimeter-wave technology.
At the end of October 2010, 189 backscatter units and 152 millimeter-wave machines were in use in more than 65 airports. The total number of imaging machines is expected to near 1,000 by the end of 2011, according to the TSA.
We are being told there is no cause for alarm regarding our health. "The risk of harmful radiation exposure from backscatter scans is very small," according to David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University and a professor of radiation biophysics. But he said he is concerned about how widely the scanners will be used.
"If you think of the entire population of, shall we say a billion people per year going through these scanners, it's very likely that some number of those will develop cancer from the radiation from these scanners," Brenner said.
Skin cancer would likely be the primary concern, he said. Each time the same person receives a backscatter scan, the small risk associated with the low dose of radiation is multiplied by the number of exposures.
Frequent Flyers At Highest Risk
The greatest concern are those who travel the most, like pilots, stewards, business people and the susceptible young children who are in their growth stages. The fragile and elderly and women who are susceptible to breast cancer may take risks on getting X-rays.
We are being told that the backscatter machines used to detect nonmetallic threats, including weapons and explosives are safe. Are we in a position to question the validity of this information?
THE PLANS: Full-body scanning is optional for all passengers passing through U.S. airports. Those who opt out of the screening technique will receive additional screening, including an enhanced pat-down procedure.
Two pilots unions, representing some 16,000 pilots, have urged their members to avoid full-body scanning, citing health concerns as a key reason.
Anyone who flies is exposed to increased cosmic radiation due to high altitudes, and many pilots experience this exposure almost daily. The TSA says each backscatter scan emits radiation equivalent to just two minutes of cosmic radiation at altitude.
The Jury is Out, I'm waiting to hear what this organization says in a decade. For now, the American College of Radiology, an organization of more than 34,000 professionals, including radiologists, oncologists and medical physicists, said it believes backscatter technology is safe.
Something We May Not Have Considered
One of my previous hubs dealt with the issue of malfunctioning radiation machine. This could be a possibility for these airport scanners under going heavy duty usage.
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Media Reports ~ Are They Biased?
I just went to the CBS News article that says these types of security measures will continue on into the future and even be heightened. I'm beginning to wonder where and when it will end? Will you be confronted with random body searches at the local level while traveling in your hometown? Will it be instituted and approved by the regulators and the citizens because it makes them feel 'SECURE' or will it make people go insane with anticipation (delays, invasion of privacy),
Someone explain how this news article can say that 4/5 people approve of the scans, etc, while I clicked their very own on-line poll which is posted below. Is this contrary to the truth?
REASONS WHY HELEN DOESN'T FLY ANYMORE
Hi highly recommend this truthful and humorous look at why this pilot doesn't fly anymore. I was laughing my head off throughout, even in the serious sections she has the style of writing that you will adore. Go to "Why I don't fly anymore."
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I found no appropriate category on Hubpages about this prominent contemporary news issue concerning American's Constitutional Rights, Privileges and Freedoms. I do not consider this strictly a religious right, or even simply political. What is happening could be categorized as security threats, threats to our privacy rights, and invasion of personal space.
These new regulations have turned into a mass fear campaign, the submission of a nation, and the dwindling of freedom to choose. Freedom to choose in all respects is being lost regarding what we eat, our supplements, and other aspects of health rights. These are tenuous times as those in power exert their authority. Will we sit idly by and watch it happen until it is too late? Will we take some sort of action as a group? This problem is not going away. What category will be appropriate to cover these issues?
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