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Court Orders TSA to Explain Lawless Use of Naked Body Scanners
About a year ago, a federal appeals court ordered the deeply unpopular Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to obey the law and hold public hearings on its widely loathed â€śnaked body scanners.â€ť The massive bureaucracy flouted the judicial order and has so far failed to comply. This week, however, the court demanded that the Department of Homeland Security explain itself by the end of the month.
A coalition of TSA critics including the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) originally sought to have the nude scanners removed from airports on constitutional grounds, alleging a clear violation of the Fourth Amendmentâ€™s protection from â€śunreasonable searches and seizures.â€ť Other opponents also said the pornographic machines violate the right to privacy.
Because the controversial TSA devices use a type of radiation to peer through peopleâ€™s clothes, many experts and activists worry about...
"The state of Texas, for example, almost criminalized the TSAâ€™s â€śscreeningâ€ť procedures as sexual assault in a recent showdown. Lawmakers finally backed down when the Obama administration threatened to essentially impose a no-fly zone over the state"
The Obama Admin are riding roughshod over peoples genuine concerns on this. If it was just individuals which were complaining then the admin might have a case. But with states and organisations as well as individuals and technical expertise coming forward then Obama Admin should give way and look again.
It will be interesting to see what the response to the court ruling will be.