On today’s Slate Political Gabfest, the liberal hosts Emily Bazelon and David Plotz are explicitly in favor of privacy-invading body-scanner technology. Consider this appalling interchange:
I’m all for these body scanners. I don’t care at all about the privacy violations associated with them. … Will Saletan <laugh> wrote a great piece that had the headline or the sub-headline, you know, “Let’s see your scrotum if you want to get on an airplane” [William Saletan, "Show Some Balls" (subtitle: "Want to get on an airplane? Let's see your scrotum."), Slate (Dec. 30, 2009)], which seemed completely fine to me … but maybe that’s just my own sense of … that it doesn’t feel like it’s something real that’s at stake here.
David Plotz responds:
“Right. Totally. You know, I’m for a body scanner if it doesn’t add five minutes to my journey, and, when you add five minutes to your journey, when you add five minutes to everyone’s journey, it costs us, as a society. And [I'm in favor of body scanners], if these machines are not hideously expensive.
Emily: “Right. I’m with you. … I think that we do, perhaps, agree about this.”
Just to be clear: as noted in If you know this woman, tell her that she’s naked on the Internet, this (image at right) is what the “pro-civil liberties” modern liberals are in favor of. [Note: the images are not genuine TSA scanner images, but based on stock photos of a model [NSFW], simulating what we can expect result from the new body imagers.]
See also: Electronic Privacy Information Center, Whole Body Imaging Technology (“Backscatter” X-Ray and Millimeter Wave Screening); Airports set to become primary peddlers of child porn; and Admitted: Airport Body Scanners Provide Crisp Image Of Your Genitals.9:45 am on January 8, 2010 Email Stephan Kinsella