"Ever Since Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly tried
to blow up Northwest Flight 253 with explosives in his underwear,
a debate has begun anew over the use and usefulness of full-body
scanning technology that would have detected his secret cargo,"
The editorial states, failing to mention the fact that according
to designers of the body imaging machines, they
would NOT have detected his secret cargo.
"The privacy concerns raised by these machines are understandable.
But the precautions taken at every step to guard passenger privacy
should allay any fears." the editorial states, as it alleges
that all images produced by the scanners are fuzzy and blurred,
a claim clearly contradicted by readily available examples that
show high quality detail of naked male and female bodies.
The piece also claims that the ability of the machines to store,
transmit or print images is disabled when they are delivered
"Considering Mr. Abdulmutallab's success at getting a
concealed explosive aboard an aircraft, thought must be given
to making full-body scans a mandatory and primary security screen."
the Post piece continues, without highlighting the safety issues
concerning the firing of ionizing radiation at the body, which
effectively "unzips" DNA, according to scientific
research by the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
"You don't have to look at my wife and 8-year-old daughter
naked to secure an airplane," Chaffetz said at the time.
"You can actually see the sweat on somebody's back. You
can tell the difference between a dime and a nickel. If they
can do that, they can see things that quite frankly I don't
think they should be looking at in order to secure a plane,"
Chaffetz told the House.
"The Chaffetz amendment has yet to pass the Senate --
and it shouldn't." The Washington Post assertively concludes.
As we have previously documented, the plan to implement the
scanners on a mass scale was in the works before the Christmas
day incident. In October last year the TSA
announced plans to expand the passenger electronic
strip search program. In November, The
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed
a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit challenging the Department
of Homeland Security's failure to make public details about
the agency's Whole Body Imaging program. On December 17, just
one week before the failed bombing, EPIC also filed a lawsuit
against the Department of Justice concerning the use of the