Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Media DADT on opposite-sex airport scans?

Media DADT on opposite-sex airport scanning -- the epitome of "unreasonable search -- the biggest unscooped scoop? Poll the public anyone?

This company demo shows a male remote viewer examining both naked men and women and a 4 1/2 foot tall pubescent girl! Two other demos show young females examining naked males. All the better to promote sales in places without room or resources for two scanners -- or who wont go to the bother of separating the sexes? But an underage teen "sexting" another underage teen can get both arrested.

This video shows both female/male and male/female TSA viewing. The remote viewers seem only separated from each other (and who knows who else might be roaming past) by short eye shields. But if they cannot see us directly it's all right. Just don't sneak a strip searcher into a school or a womens' club or it's 10 years.

Don't like scanning/groping, don't fly?:
Constitutionally that is amounts to saying if you don't want your house searched don't buy a house. You may go about your daily business without being strip searched (by the opposite sex?) or private area touched (opposite sex frisk stories pop up -- in this AP story what looks like a TV monitor sits next to the scan monitor) -- even could prevent a 1 in 20 million chance that a terrorist may blow up your flight. Clearly does not fit "administrative search" first-principles which requires low invasiveness and high need.
Listen to America's top young constitutional scholar Jeffery Rosen: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/24/AR2010112404510.html.

Eighth grade math debunks the need:
According to Dana Milbank in the Washington Post it would cost $50* more per ticket to achieve Israeli level security that could actually catch (and therefore deter) a terrorist. H
ow many are ready to fork over? Must not be a very material threat, then.

Common sense says scanning/groping wont even work:
Current scanning and groping wont stop drug-trafficking: they'll go in to deeper cavities or us fatter mules. A homegrown terrorist who can't figure that out can always buy an overseas round-trip ticket. Meantime, millions of the billion who fly domestic every year are on the highway -- getting killed in highway accidents -- to avoid intimate privacy violation they (and their children) just cannot stomach.

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