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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Body scanners can store, send images, group says


A volunteer stands inside a body scanner during a demonstration at the TSA's integration facility in Arlington, Virginia, last month.

Watchdog group says: EPIC, a public-interest group focused on privacy and civil rights, obtained the technical specifications and vendor contracts through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

The written requirements also appear to contradict numerous assurances the TSA has given the public about the machines' privacy protections.

TSA says: "The machines have zero storage capability," the TSA Web site says.

A TSA video assures passengers "the system has no way to save, transmit or print the image."

Famous last words from TSA: Further, the TSA says, the machines are not networked and cannot be hacked.

Wouldn't you expect a government organization with "security" in its name to be able to lie better than this?

Of course the scanners will be able to store and transmit images. Otherwise, how do you present evidence in a court of law when you catch a bad guy?

Or do you plan to classify these bad guys as enemy combatants so you can sidestep those inconvenient laws, all in an effort to prevent the accidental viewing by the public of my hairy and digitally rendered bohuncus?

Good grief! I recognize that we are generally dumb with a short attention span, but we're not yet under general sedation.

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