TSA Out of Hand Americans Lose Their Freedoms From Body Scans At Airport Scanner Check Points

Former Newark Airport TSA screener says the job does little to keep fliers safe
Former Newark Airport TSA screener says the job does little to keep fliers safe | Source
Riyanna, a US born citizen of parents born in the United States of MiddleEastern decent.
Riyanna, a US born citizen of parents born in the United States of MiddleEastern decent.

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

Regards
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.

A Moment With Word Play

Which is your favorite?

  • TSA means Travelers Submit to Abasement
  • TSA means Taboo Suddenly Abandoned
  • TSA means Touching Somewhat Absolved
  • TSA means Tasting Saccharin Aggression
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  • TSA means Tackless Somber Atmosphere
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TSA Don't Touch My Junk!

New Lingo

  • 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?

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LOSS OF PRIVACY. THEY KNOW THINGS ABOUT US THAT EVEN WE DON'T KNOW
LOSS OF PRIVACY. THEY KNOW THINGS ABOUT US THAT EVEN WE DON'T KNOW

Airline Security

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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.

Please Note in the Comment Below The Possibility That ALL of This Data Is Being Stored and Possibly Shared With Others.

Airline Security

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84% Are Against These Security Measures
84% Are Against These Security Measures

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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vrajavala 5 years ago from Port St. Lucie

Follow the money trail. George Soros owns stock in Eapiscan, the manufacturer of these scanners.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Vrajavala - That is the answer to all of life's big questions. Money. Greed. That's what motivates and rules people to do evil one against another. Sad.


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funride 5 years ago from Portugal

I was not aware that terrorists and sexual predators had invaded American airports... almost unbelievable!

If only this would really make it safer to fly or live in the States or any other place for that matter...

Thanks for sharing this, Debby. I will also share this hub with all my Facebook friends ;)


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LRCBlogger 5 years ago

Very thorough and interesting hub. I would have normally said "yes" to the scan with no issues but I had not thought about the 'radiation' aspect.

I've seen the video of the scans and they look more like the bodies of 'dummies' or 'mannequins'

I don't see it as an invasion of privacy but I think you bring up a great point about the constant low doses of radiation.


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MiseryHinata 5 years ago

This is amazing..not in a good way, I wasn't aware that all this was going on, this is rediculous, thank you for speaking up and making me more aware of this! I've never flown but if I do, I'm going to make sure that I say no to the scan. I can't believe the thing about breast implant bombs and having to violate innocent women. It makes me mad just to think about this!


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Dear Friends. I was away for a few hours and received all these comments. I'm glad you popped over to find out what is happening in our airports. The plan to institute more of these devices without public approval, or in any way providing citizen feedback, input or recourse shows how we are slowly losing our freedoms.

There are many sides to every issue and each person must decide for them self what to do. Thank you FunRide for Clicking the FACEBOOK button at the top of the page, or the SHARE FACEBOOK button near the bottom here. And, LRCBlogger, yes we must be vigilant and look more carefully at the different types of scanning rays and images.

There is another point that I did not address. They TELL US that these images will not be stored. However, just as in your XEROX machines which use a DIGITAL image, all of those personal records that you have duplicated are on permanent file in every Copy Machine. When those are resold, the new owner retains all the records to those images. This is personal information folks!

So too, there is no way for us to know that these X-RAY images of our bodies, with all the imperfections and personal information is not being shared in some way. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING.


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Jewels 5 years ago from Australia

It is disconcerting to know that upon arrival at an American airport, international visitors will be zapped with radiation. I will not be going through one of those scanners and have no issues with a body pat down as the alternative. It's likely to become more embarrassing for the staff than the passenger. If we all start requesting the body pat down they will have to rethink their decisions.

According to Natural News.com some airport staff were encouraged to make a scene when a passenger chose a pat down. I don't care what they are trained to do, I'm more concerned about my own health. The pilots have every reason to not succumb to the scanners. Their health is tenuous as it is with their body clocks continually compromises, the scanners will create health issues that should open the airlines up to taking responsibility and then granting compensation for ill health.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Dear Jewel, Since you mentioned Natural News I took a look at what Mike Adams had to say about this issue. I found, "Poll: 96 percent of travelers changing plans due to new airport scanning, pat-down procedures" First was the 'naked-body' scanners and now the pat-downs, which some consider molestation and sexual assault. This may cause irreparable mental and emotional damage and anguish.

If the result to the U.S. economy is a decline in travel and tourism dollars, then they may change their tune about these types of security interventions.

Back in October Natural News had an article "How to opt out of the TSA's naked body scanners at the airport" which includes Mike's personal experience at the airport and the method of humiliation and mass mind control used by security 'police.' What next?

I agree with you, Jewel, that our health comes first, and even the pilots have concerns.


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Jewels 5 years ago from Australia

Interestingly Pilots need to be put at the forefront of health and safety considerations here as they are constantly coming and going through those scanners.

96% of passengers changing plans - now that's a huge amount. We need some strong people to not change those plans and confront the issue head-on by requesting the pat down. Those that do change plans need to write to the airlines and express their concerns. Inundation - petitions and being heard works.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Excellent ideas, Jewels. Can you imagine the airlines receiving millions of letters and emails, besides all the blogs? That would be a strong statement. The economic toll alone will be enough to shift thinking.


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

Excellent article. It is interesting how issues of human rights and public safety seem so often to conflict. You bring to light many relevant points.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Exactly, Tom. That is because the powers that be use the emotional element of FEAR to promote and get public approval for their personal agenda. If only those who govern would use the power of LOVE and COMPASSION, we would all have a more peaceful world. So nice to connect with you again.


marilyn 5 years ago

I personally think that a little radiation here a little radiation there adds up. I don't really care what they say, it can't be good.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hi Marilyn. Thank you for commenting. The truth is that most people are not aware of the dangers of radiation from CT Scans, MRI, and now Security ionizing rays.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

A brilliant hub and very comprehensive. I often think the fun it was to fly and now with these terrorists it is really scary and as you pointed out the danger of constant radiation. What a world it turned into.


greg mckinna 5 years ago

We lost our freedom? What about the people who lost their because of planes crashing into the world trade center? Would you suggest nothing be done? Have it happen again? Quit complaining and come up with a better solution. You are more at risk putting a cell phone to your ear and getting radiated from all the cellular repeaters around every city. Get real people. Everyone wants a brave new world well start living in it.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello, Hello - Thanks for the vote of confidence.

Dear Greg. I did not say NOT TO DO ANYTHING! I said the way we are doing it now is not working at all. Not only does it cause frustration, delay, anxiety, fear, economic loss, humiliation, and much more on the negative side, these practices do not stop a person from terrorist actions.

We must learn from the Israeli's who have dealt with terrorists in their midsts for centuries and through the recent years of airline flights. They have a system that really works, is efficient and even provides a sense of security to civilians who travel without the intent to do harm to others.

As for the radiation. I won't take the risks. All the statistical information is not out. Wait until you find out about all those people with cancer, etc. And, as for cell phones, those are extremely harmful and cause brain cancer. Don't put them to your head.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

We all want to feel safe and secure. We want to believe that the government is protecting us. To have that happen, we must be vigilant in oversight and be informed citizens. "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely" ~Lord Acton


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OpinionDuck 5 years ago

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The government punishes the airline passengers because the terrorists are harder to punish.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

I'm in agreement OpinionDuck. An entire population of people are punished due to the behavior or should I say misbehavior of just a few. Is this right? Does this invasion of privacy bring us more security?


Old Empresario 5 years ago

Personally I would rather take my chances than stand there while some TSA loon gropes my family and sniffs my underwear. I know people who have had their prescription meds confiscated too. I might start just taking the train on business trips. Incidentally, the man who brought the backscatter x-ray to the TSA is a guy named Peter Kant. He was a political appointee to the USDA during the Clinton administration. Afterwards, he became a lobbyist before Rapiscan hired him as a VP of business development in the DC area. He used his connections to get appropriations and approval for full-body x-ray scanners. But I don't know how he was able to legally secure the contract for Rapiscan. According to the FAR, there has to be a strict justification for awarding a non-competitive contract.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

The more tidbits of information that gets into the public domain the better regarding this issue. Thank for posting. For those who have lived with cancer, going through the scanners is simply not an option. The train sounds like fun.


Investigation Services  5 years ago

I'm heartened that there seems to be a groundswell of popular opposition to these scanners and the grossly un-American, anti-Constitutional law-enforcement philosophy they represent.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Dear IS. Thanks for posting your position on these scanners.


Kaviraj 5 years ago

I could have flown cheaper to Toronto going through New York, but opted out. I will not have them either scan me or pat me down. I am a free citizen of the world and I shall not have myself be made subject of such State terror.

I have no intention to come again to the USA by plane, when I have to subject myself to such harrassment.

There is no reason and no objective other than creating fear. If the USA wants to be known as the land of fear, the land of the free is already lost. This stuff shows al-Qaida have won in the US.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello Kaviraj ~ Do you mean to tell me to tell me they do not have scanners or pat downs in Toronto, Canada? I wonder how long that will last or whether USA will change their methods of screening.


Liz 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing this very important information. My main concern is when governments threaten our freedom and right to choose!. The scanners are NOT safe by any means and the government should never make claims that they are.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Hello Liz ~ Thanks for posting your opinion on this issue. I agree that many of us do not feel safe with either the information we are given or the claims that these machines are safe to use. Thanks so much, Debby


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Leah Helensdottr 4 years ago from Colorado

From all that I've read, there appear to be three goals driving the government's security program: 1) to create the perception among Americans that their government is doing something about the threat of terrorists, 2) to ensure the program doesn't cause offense to Muslims, the group from which all terrorists come, and 3) to get Americans to accept yet another government encroachment on our individual liberties.

If our government's goal was actually to prevent terrorism against our airlines, they would follow the Israeli security model, which profiles likely terrorists and bans them from boarding Israeli airliners. Much less expensive, much less intrusive, and highly effective.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Dear Leah ~ Thank you for adding your insights and perceptions regarding the safety and protection of Americans in regard to inter-state and international travel. We must question the actions of our government and the wisdom of blanket punishment on an entire nation, when better methods of maintaining safety can also provide individual freedom.

Many blessings

Debby

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