Too funny! Blogger and civil rights advocate Jonathan Corbett proves that the TSA's naked body scanners provide nothing more than expensive and intrusive security theater.
For a transcript of the video go here: $1B of TSA Nude Body Scanners Made Worthless By Blog — How Anyone Can Get Anything Past The Scanners.
Control. If you choose to "opt-out" of the naked body scanner, you see, TSA agents will make a scene by shouting and radioing their coworkers, making sure you're the center of attention before subjecting you to a public molestation. That's not security That's punishment. It's a procedure designed to punish those who refuse to submit to the whims of other people wearing government-issued costumes.
What's that? Don't think so? The TSA admits that they punish those who complain by singling them out for additional scrutiny.
Are these costumed bandits looking out for potential threats? Hardly. They're merely looking for "anomalies." In other words, something that looks "different." You know, like a urostomy bag, breast milk, cup cakes, cancer survivors, and children.
Safety? No. Conformity. As the video above shows, terrorists can get weapons on the plane. What the TSA is really looking for is, non-conforming people: physical disabilities, "pushy fliers," and yes, hot chicks.
Are you starting to get it?
Since 9/11, cryptology expert and security consultant Bruce Schneier has been one of the most pointed critics of the government's anti-terrorism security programs. In his 2003 book "Beyond Fear," he coined the phrase "security theater" to refer to measures which are undertaken not because they will be effective at thwarting attacks, but because the agencies carrying them out need to appear to be doing something useful. We spoke to Schneier about the recent controversy involving the Transport Security Agency's use of invasive scanners and full-body pat-downs.
Q What is really being seen by these machines?
A Bruce Schneier: In theory, it sees stuff that isn't part of the body. So if you've got a stapler in your pocket, it will show up. The thought is that it will see stuff that a metal detector won't detect, like a ceramic knife. But this doesn't seem to be borne out by reality.
Q The machines have shown up in the wake of the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up a plane with chemicals stored in his briefs. Would this technology have stopped him?
A The guys who make the machines have said, "We wouldn't have caught that."
Q So what kind of attack will this prevent, that otherwise might be successful?
A There are two kinds of hijackers. There's the lone nutcase, like someone who will bring a gun onto a plane because, dammit, they're going to take the whole plane down with them. Any pre-9-11 airport security would catch a person like that.
The second kind is the well-planned, well-financed Al Qaeda-like plot. And nothing can be done to stop someone like that.
Q Has there been a case since 9/11 of an attempted hijacker being thwarted by airport security?
A None that we've heard of. The TSA will say, "Oh, we're not allowed to talk about successes." That's actually bullsh*t. They talk about successes all the time. If they did catch someone, especially during the Bush years, you could be damned sure we'd know about it. And the fact that we didn't means that there weren't any. Because the threat was imaginary. It's not much of a threat.
Has the government been fighting terrorists to "keep us safe?"
Don't make me laugh.
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