Saturday, July 30, 2011

Suit opposing "nude scanners" will be heard Thursday

Originally published 3/8/11 on

The Threatlevel blog at reports that the lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center will be heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals. At issue are potential health problems and the effectiveness of the scanners. The scanners were pushed into service over the objections of privacy advocates as well as the questions on their usefulness from other government organizations, such as the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

I hope these scanners are removed from service, but I doubt they will be. Too much money has been spent, and someone would have to take the fall for the security blunder. Even when a terrorist gets past the scanner the TSA won't admit they're ineffective. The agency will say that the terrorists are a wiley bunch who came up with new tactics to circumvent our almost air-tight security. Never mind that the tactics have been used by smugglers to get contraband into and out of countries for centuries.