Chaffetz: Stop the TSA porn

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Congressman Jason Chaffetz proves once again to be ahead of the curve. More than a year and a half ago, he introduced an amendment to a TSA authorization bill that would ban whole-body imaging machines as first-screening devices at airports. Calling the machines “TSA porn“, he said: “Nobody needs to see my wife and kids naked to secure an airplane.”

A couple of months later, the amendment passed easily, with bipartisan support on a 310-118 vote. It was then sent to the Senate where it languishes in some back room, not likely to see the light of day before the 111th Congress adjourns.

The Deseret News ran an editorial this week calling for the lame-duck Congress to pass this bill. They point out that:

It is more than a little disconcerting that the full anatomy of passengers can be displayed in high-resolution to perfect strangers employed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). And despite the TSA’s protestation that images are not saved, the fact that the Internet is now awash in images that were supposed to have been erased provides us little comfort as this high-resolution technology becomes even more pervasive. Passengers also might justifiably harbor the same kind of doubts that respected radiologists at the University of California and Columbia still have about the safety of this radioactive procedure.

and further:

This procrastinating Congress has left a slough of critically important legislation undone. The long-forgotten Whole Body Imaging Limitations Act might seem a lower priority than providing a budget for the federal government, clarifying tax rates and ratifying treaties. Nevertheless, it seems to us that even a fractured lame-duck Senate could agree on striking this sensible balance between safety and decency before families travel this holiday season.

Chaffetz bill not only did not get support from Utah’s Senators, one – outgoing Senator Bob Bennett – actively fought the Chaffetz legislation. In fact, he introduced legislation with Democrat Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) that would REQUIRE digital strip-searching machines to be the first line of screening at every US commercial airport. One more reason to “call him home.” Oh wait ……

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11 Responses to “Chaffetz: Stop the TSA porn”

  1. Larry Says:

    To sign a public petition to end this practice, go here.
    http://www.myjunkisofflimits.com/ (Humorous)

  2. Fred Says:

    I would rather have some cute beagle sniffing people as they go by the metal detector.

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    The US Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, takes precedence over any State or Federal Law, and/or any government agency set of rules. It is time that TSA have their wings clipped.

  3. Jared Says:

    Ahead of the curve? Methinks that title goes to those who warned against the TSA and voted it down almost a decade ago. High up on the list is Ron Paul of Texas.

  4. John Says:

    I liked Ron Paul’s words today. Saw a Politico headline that Janet Napolitano said the TSA may need changes.

  5. MW Burkett Says:

    Once again. Common sense has gone to Washington, D.C. to die. Common sense dictates a form of profiling, much like Israel does it. It is noninvasive and common sense, two reasons no one in Congress will have the guts to do it. Okay, so maybe Jason Chaffetz will try. Will he succeed? I have little faith in anyone in Washington, D.C. having courage equal to Chaffetz’s.

  6. reffaree Says:

    OH WAIT….”YES WE DID!” The scarier part of this is that the TSA worker is crying, that we smell, we are rude and they need “someone” to protect their rights. In this whacky world where the UNEMPLOYED have petitioned to UNIONIZE (seiu) and is being considered, the TSA should be a shoe in. The Imposter in Chief would in a heartbeat, unionize this group to start his ELECTION PROMISED “civilian force as well funded and organized as our Military.” Just Like Hitler in WWII. Give the citizenry Badges and we have a nark force that will divide us so FAST. But this cannot happen until a massive show of support against them and I fret that event is in the making for this holiday season. Be it Thanksgiving or Christmas. Its coming. WE ARE ALL IN A “TIGHT SPOT.” Hang on America. Its gonna get bumpy.

  7. JBT Says:

    All the comments on this blog notwithstanding, it appears the vast majority of U.S. citizens—4 out of 5 support full body scanners.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20022876-503544.html

    Calling the x-ray images which contain no prurient interest whatsoever “porn” is hyperbolic nonsense. It is akin to picayune prudishness of BYU’s refusing to display Rodin’s statue “The Kiss” a few years ago. Those who think in those terms need to get out more and get a life in the real world.

    Flying is a privilege in this country, not a right. Those who object to the security screening required for passenger safety can always drive, take a bus or train, or hitch hike to their destination.

    I’m with the majority on this one. The inconvenience of the scanners and pat downs is worth it if it saves even one plane load of passengers from a terrorist attack.

  8. John Cheshire Says:

    JBT – I could give a damn if the TSA wants to see me naked. And even though the TSA has been shown to “overlook” employee background checks to make sure they are not employing pedophiles I still don’t care…if it is only me flying. My kids is another story all together.

    However, my main concern is the health impact of going through one of those scanners which hasn’t been fully studied. The makers of the full body scanners are huge democrat doners and an allie of Obama (it has been argued that it was the main reason for the forced implementation). The CEO of the company even flew to India with President Obama recently. Shortly afterwards we have these new patdown procedures. A cozy relationship indeed. George Soros has a financial stake in the company as well. It leaves me skeptical and not really wanting to go through one of those devices.

    I wonder if 4 out of 5 Americans would feel the same about going through one of them if the media did their job and informed them of ALL the facts?

  9. JBT Says:

    1. The first scanners were ordered and used during the Bush administration.

    2. There have been tests by the physics lab at John Hopkins that prove the amount of radiation to be insignificant.

    http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/PublicHealth/23614

    3. Over 200 top CEO’s of U.S. companies accompanied President Obama to India. Deepak Chopra was 1/200 of his entourage.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/200-top-American-CEOs-coming-with-Obama/articleshow/6839105.cms

    If everything a person knows comes only from right wing blogs and media, then there is a strong possibility that there are quite a few facts missing from which to base an informed and intelligent opinion.

  10. Peter James Lewis Says:

    This is terrible and alertness needs to come to those involved.

  11. JohnJackson08@comcast.net Says:

    That is surprising, JBT, the 4-out-of-5 survey. I’m with the 1-in-5.

    I really like what Chaffetz has done on this issue, the past few weeks. He has offered alternatives. He has picked up the phone and called Pistole (and I imagine and hope he was civil and respectful). He has rejected the opt-out effort for the day before Thanksgiving, realizing inconveniencing the public is not the way to apply pressure. He has expressed concern for the TSAs doing body searches, realizing that cannot be comfortable to them, either.

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