A few months
ago, I first wrote about the TSA’s naked body scanners and how it
could allow Big Brother to view and store pictures of your naked
body (plus the naked bodies of your children, too). At that time,
my story was met with a reaction of derision from a few people outside
the usual NaturalNews readership who said my story was nothing but
"paranoia" and that the government had promised it would
never record or store full body
scan images. The very equipment used to view the body scans was
incapable of storing those images, we were told. (These loons apparently
think governments never lie…)
Well, as much
as I hate to say, "I told ya so," it turns out I was right
(and so was Alex Jones and others who spoke out against the TSA’s
naked body scanners). As reported
today by Declan McCullagh from CNET, "The U.S. Marshals
Service admitted this week that it had surreptitiously saved tens
of thousands of images recorded with a millimeter wave system at
the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse."
That same story
points to a recently released
document proving that the TSA
actually requires its equipment to be able to record and store naked
body images. This, despite the fact that the TSA publicly stated,
"scanned images cannot be stored or recorded." It turns
out they were flat-out lying.
So now we have
an admission by the TSA that their equipment is, in fact, capable
of storing these naked body images. On top of that, we have an admission
that federal agents used that same technology to scan tens of thousands
of people while secretly saving those images, too.
body scanners coming to U.S. airports
Just two weeks
ago, by the way, Big Sis Janet Napolitano announced that these full
body scanners would be installed in nearly every major U.S. airport.
So get ready have your private parts scanned and recorded by TSA
agents, because that’s what could be coming soon to an airport near
twist in this story concerns the current location of the more than
35,000 naked body scan images stored on the machine used at a federal
courthouse. The machine was apparently returned to the manufacturer.
This means the company that makes the full body scanners now reportedly
possesses 35,000+ pictures showing the nude bodies of American citizens
whose images were scanned and recorded without their knowledge!
not being straightforward with the public about the capabilities
of these devices," said Electronic Privacy Information Center
executive director Marc Rotenberg (in the CNET story). "This
is the Department of Homeland Security subjecting every U.S. traveler
to an intrusive search that can be recorded without any suspicion
– I think it’s outrageous."
security with privacy
we probably need some level of security in our airports. I’m not
disagreeing with that premise. There are some bad people in the
world who will try to do ugly things in order to prove a point.
But magnetometers (metal detector) work just fine, and even a pat-down
is less intrusive than a naked image body scanner. Personally, I
would much rather submit to a pat-down than a naked body scan.
The more important
issue here is that our own government has been lying to us about
all this. They said these machines could not record images, and
now we find out they could record all along. This worsens the privacy
violations by adding a level of deceit. Now how can we trust that
other full body scanners aren’t also recording images?
The truth is,
as I suggested before, there’s one really good way to make sure
we’re safe in the air. I call it "Armed Airlines." We
should have the choice of an airline where everybody is armed. You
have to pack a firearm and a concealed carry license (or a police
badge or military ID) just to board the plane. No terrorist or troublemaker
in his right mind would dare pull anything on that flight – not
with 250 other passengers armed, too.
I would gladly
join that flight, and I’d sleep like a baby. Why? Because it would
be the safest airplane in the sky. I also know quite a few airline
pilots who would gladly pilot those flights, and they’d have their
own firearms on the flight control deck, too.
now, what we really have is a nation of disarmed airlines where
nobody can carry firearms except Federal Air Marshals. They’re good
guys, but there just aren’t enough of them to go around. I’d like
to see "Armed Airlines" flying. And besides, Armed Airlines
would be the only flights guaranteed not to have screaming babies
sitting right behind you.
with permission from Natural
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