WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Security Administration confirms that it is getting rid of airport body scanners that produce a naked image of travelers. Right now the TSA uses two types of scanners. One makes a generic image showing where agents should look for an object on the traveler´s body. Those scanners are staying. The other kind of scanner uses X-rays. They raised privacy concerns because they show metal objects on the traveler´s body - along with every other detail, too. Congress has mandated that those scanners be changed
Comments: In the interim how many millions of people suffered humiliation because of these Nazis.
With some working familiarity of the base technologies, backscatter and millimeter wave, there is a bit of a downside in terms of detection capabilities. The lesser technology is deemed acceptable because it can be sufficiently dumbed down to address privacy concerns but it comes with a cost in being able to find those things which are being sought as potentially harmful. The real issue is using the technologies as a "one-size-fits-all" to inconvenience the traveling public at large rather than using the best detection technology only on those "profiled" individuals who have a high likelihood of being a threat. Of course that is another issue.
Setting aside [not easy to do!] the critical matter of the TSA taking an almost-perfectly-incorrect approach to security from the beginning, and the bull-oney of Hillary´s "to professionalize, you must Federalize" propaganda/union-vote-buying back when, and dealing just with the scanner issues....
Any kind of pre-adoption testing would have revealed [and all-but-certainly did reveal] the riot of serious shortcomings and problems with the machines and the process. The TSA agents´ more-than-cottage-industry of "Psst! Want some hot pics? I got thousands!" was discovered long ago, but -- then what?
So all that and much more as groundwork -- yep. Not only did we [taxpayers, travelers] pay for all this, now we get to pay again to take them out of service.
So tell me -- would you really be opposed to the [pre-deleteds] who pushed all this, who went ahead error after error, bad decision after bad decision, with not just hands in our pockets, but backhoes extracting our money, would you really object to them being sued for literally every penny they have? Being left to live in a ´fridge box on the sidewalk -- preferable in some cold, rainy northern city?
I mean, the alternative is fence rails, tar, and feathers. Then again, giving ´em a good dose of both has lots of appeal....
They would not have given this up unless they already had something better. Never trust what these people say. Do the taxpayers get a refund? Will they be sold to schools and local courthouses? Voyeur web sites maybe?
Me thinks they have discovered hard evidence that these machines cause cancer... Either that or they have decided to retire these machines to your local grade school to "prevent gun violence." I´m with #6.
I had to go through one of those generic image scanners once. As I stepped out I could see the image on the screen and it indicated "something" in the area of my left wrist. I was wearing a short sleeved shirt and a mostly plastic wrist watch. They patted me down anyway. Buffoons.
When George W. Bush was president of the United States, many of the left fell prey to what columnist Charles Krauthammer called "Bush Derangement Syndrome": "the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush." With Bush out of office, BDS has waned somewhat. Unfortunately, it has been replaced by a converse condition, just as grave and dangerous to the mental stability of its victims: "Obama Worship Syndrome." Primarily affecting low-information voters and members of the mainstream media, Obama Worship Syndrome attributes impossible capabilities to
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President Obama on Wednesday compared the challenges of health care reform to the civil rights movement as he urged young people to do “whatever they can” to help boost enrollment in Obamacare. In an address to a youth summit hosted at the White House, Obama urged young supporters to not get “discouraged” amid the health care law´s rocky rollout and with polls showing declining support for the president´s signature achievement. “Stuff that´s worth it is always hard. The civil rights movement was hard. Getting women the right to vote, that was hard. Making sure that workers had the right to
White House chief of staff Denis McDonough held an unpublicized meeting with Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.), chairman of the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, amid anger and anxiety that ObamaCare’s botched rollout could cost the party its majority next year. In the meeting, requested by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), McDonough and Bennet discussed what the White House could do to help vulnerable Senate Democrats and “talked about developing a stronger relationship with the White House,” according to one senior Democratic aide familiar with the conversation. Democratic senators fear the White House is not sympathetic enough to their plight. After the
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) said Wednesday that immigration is an issue that disproportionally affects women. “Immigration is really a woman issue,” Ros-Lehtinen said at Wednesday´s Women Rule Summit in Washington, D.C. “It’s a family centered issue and I think we need to focus it more that way and look at how it impacts domestic violence. … This issue of immigration directly impacts and it’s usually the mom and the kids.” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said that women in her state of Minnesota say that “the economy is what they care about the most” and said that “we’re really proud of our Senate
Gunmen have killed a U.S. citizen working at an international school in the Libyan city of Benghazi, medical and security sources said on Thursday. The attackers shot the American man, who was an instructor or teacher at the Benghazi school, while he exercised in the morning, the sources said. No one claimed responsibility for the shooting. The U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed in late 2012 when Islamist militants assaulted the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
The Department of Health and Human Services has crowned a YouTube video entitled “Forget About The Price Tag” as the grand prize winner in a contest meant to encourage young people to sign up for Obamacare. The video contest, announced in August — in partnership with a group called Young Invincibles — encouraged participants to produce clips filled with pro-Obamacare messaging. HHS’s grand prize-winning video, announced Monday by the White House, features a young woman named Erin McDonald singing an Obamacare-loving version of Jessie J’s hit single, “Price Tag.” Without a hint of irony, McDonald sings her chorus: “Ain’t about
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long