The notice-and-comment rulemaking period regarding nude body scanners ends today. If you haven’t already, please take 5 minutes to submit a comment. Even a simple, “You suck and so do your scanners!” will be counted as a comment in opposition, so even if you don’t have much time, any comment in opposition will help:
I’ll be publishing my comment tomorrow. 🙂
This is Roxanne Silver speaking. I will go first. This is what I posted in the TSA website comments today. Feel free to take whatever you want from this as inspiration for your own comments. But remember, as Jon Corbett stated, even taking out 5 minutes to make a comment counts. And we are out of time, so please take that 5 minutes…
“There are so many reasons to protest this action by the TSA. Let’s start with the fact that it’s a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution which states:
‘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.’
I have a right to be secure in my PERSON. My body belongs to me and me only. The government is not going to marry me or father my children. Therefore, it has no right to demand to see me naked or to touch me intimately. I have not traveled in over two years due to the sexual violations of our rights at the airports. There is no trip that I would take that would be worth enduring a sexual assault in order to get to my destination. Not only would I be scarred forever as a result of being sexually violated by the government, the experience would completely cancel out any enjoyment that I would get out of taking the trip.
The fact that I want to fly somewhere is not probable cause to demand a strip search (electronic or otherwise) or probative hands on my breasts and vagina. I will NEVER consent to be a victim of sexual assault in exchange for transportation, and I shouldn’t have to do that. This is supposed to be a free country. I shouldn’t have to give up my right to privacy or my rights to my own body in order to travel. If I were on the street and someone put their hands on my breasts and vagina, I could have them arrested for sexual assault. Why should the TSA agents be any different?
If you refuse to go through the nude porno scanners at the airport, you are forced to endure a stranger touching your breasts and genitals as a punishment. I will further add that the scanners in question put out unregulated amounts of radiation, with a risk of cancer.”
CNN- See Airport Checkpoint Of The Future:
I agree with Roxanne. The FedGov’s TSA is p u n i s h i n g every traveler that refuses to be irradiated and have their nudity exposed by the x-ray machines,for which they refuse to allow independent inspection.
The Airlines are aiding and abetting the crimes of the commercial aviation industry.
Never fly commercial again! Let them ALL c o l l a p s e .
I commented today!
“I have a right to be secure in my PERSON. My body belongs to me and me only. The government has no right to demand to see me naked or to touch me intimately. Since 2010, every time I have flown someone gropes my breasts. Apparently having large breasts makes me high risk for terrorism. The last time I flew in July 2012, I forgot that had my credit card in my bra. The TSA sent me through the scanner and didn’t even see the rectangular piece of plastic over my right breast! That speaks volumes to both the inaccuracy of the scanners and the incompetence of the TSA agents.
I’m done flying in the USA for so long as the government allows it’s agents to violate my privacy and my body. This could be detrimental to my career as my team is spread out across the USA. So far budget constraints have curtailed flights but that won’t always be the case.
This is supposed to be a free country. I shouldn’t have to give up my right to privacy or my rights to my own body in order to travel. American citizens are supposed to have the right to move freely within the country. The TSA has effectively taken that right away. I am not free if I have to be assaulted every time I fly.”
No, these are a violation of our rights and need to go! There are other ways to work around this problem without exposing innocent people in such a personal way.
Airport screeners’ union says TSA is violating their first-ever contract: