Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Nov 2010 22:34 UTC
In the News As none other I know how problematic it is to discuss matters related to politics on the web. However, every now and then, there's no way around it, and this is one of those moments. There's this thing going on at airports in the US, and while many will see it as a separate issue, the body scanner issue, and the sad stories it has spawned, are symptoms of a far larger problem that is a direct threat to everything we've fought for during and since the Enlightenment.
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Security Anywhere Else?
by Dano on Sat 20th Nov 2010 06:01 UTC
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This infringement on our Fourth Amendment rights is blatant and must be stopped. You take risks every time you do something, what makes flying on a plane any different? They had the metal detectors, then the air sniffing machines, but this RF-shooting-over-grown- waveguide strip search is over the top. I mean if you shove plastic explosive up your ass or anywhere else the machine can't see it anyway. It might be better to do the metal detector AND the sniffer which is less obtrusive, probably better at detecting explosives and definitely better for your health then getting blasted by high frequency RF. I had a professor that used to heat his hands up in the winter time by placing them in front of a high frequency waveguide hooked up to a transmitter in class...he later died of cancer! Who knows what this machine does.

The other stupid thing here is that you can get on a train without even buying a ticket in America, pay the conductor with cash while holding two large suitcases and no one even blinks. You can get on a bus without any screening. No one screens the cargo that is added to the luggage on the planes! I mean does grouping little kids or taking porno pictures really make sense here?

Either changing our politics or changing our military strategies sound like a better solution to security than all of this baloney. I am just going to stop flying and drive/take the train everywhere as inconvenient as it can be.

Unfortunately I have one more flight to take, any my family is coming along (wife, 3 year old and 10 month old) we will see how that goes...I am dreading going though security and we all will wear our 4th Amendment T-shirts.


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