Files FOIA requests for security footage and threatening emails
March 16, 2012
Jon Corbett, the engineer turned blogger who recently exposed critical flaws in the TSA’s body scanners, has filed three more lawsuits against the agency in a bid to bolster his position.
Following the release and subsequent viral spread of Corbett’s video demonstrating how the TSA’s radiation firing scanners can easily be bypassed, when carrying metal objects, the TSA reportedly threatened mainstream media reporters and “strongly cautioned” them not to cover the story.
Corbett explains on his blog TSA Out of Our Pants!, that feedback he received from readers indicate that they wish to see a whole video of Corbett walking through the checkpoints, as well as the full text of the threatening e-mails that TSA Spokeswoman Sari Koshetz allegedly sent to journalists.
With these requests in mind, Corbett has filed three Freedom Of Information Act requests in an effort to obtain and publicly disclose the material.
“The solution: Freedom of Information Act requests for both the security cameras that caught (or should have caught) me going through the TSA’s nude body scanners with an undetected metal object, as well as for the nice e-mails that Sari has been sending around, all of which are public records.” Corbett explains.
“The TSA has a pattern of ignoring or conspiring to hide documents that relate to my FOIA requests,” Corbett adds. “But I’m not particularly worried about having to take the TSA to court if that happens again.”
Read Corbett’s FOIA requests at the links below:
Corbett was the first person in the country to sue the TSA for invasion of privacy. That case is still ongoing and is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Corbett’s original video shows him carrying a metal case through the scanner, away from his body in his side pocket. Corbett explains that because metallic objects appear as black on the image the scanners produce, the machines do not pick up such objects if they are obscured by the background, which is also black.
The video has now been watched over 1.8 million times, a staggering figure that prompted the TSA to respond via its official blog.
The agency attempted to discredit Corbett by describing him as “some guy” who launched a “crude attempt to allegedly show how to circumvent TSA screening procedures.”
However, nowhere in the response does the TSA actually address or attempt to disprove Corbett’s demonstration that the body scanner can be easily fooled.
In labeling Corbett’s successful effort to evade the body scanner as “crude,” the TSA has inadvertently admitted that its $1 billion dollar body scanner system can be defeated by “crude” methods.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.