November 24, 2010
Despite the national outcry over naked body scanners, the U.S. Marshals Service is currently beta testing the machines around the country. “The U.S. Marshals Service, which is in charge of protecting federal judges nationwide, is exploring their use at federal courthouses,” reports the Associated Press. “In a statement, the marshals said they didn’t receive any complaints from people passing through the scanners during the tests.”
|The U.S. Marshals Service believes in naked body scanner technology.|
Experts have expressed alarm over radiation emitted by the machines, especially in regard to children. “The population risk has the potential to be significant,” Dr. David Brenner, head of Columbia University’s center for radiological research, told the Mail Online in June. The most likely risk from the airport scanners is a common type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma, according to the academic. “There really is no other technology around where we’re planning to X-ray such an enormous number of individuals. It’s really unprecedented in the radiation world,” said Brenner.
Earlier this month, the largest independent union of airline pilots in the world urged its members to boycott the use of backscatter radiation scanners.
Pilots and flight attendants, who also complained about the machines, are now exempt. “The TSA says flight attendants will be able to bypass the agency’s new airport security procedures, effective immediately,” reports Smarter Travel. “The news comes days after the TSA made a similar exemption for pilots.”
National polls reveal a large number of Americans are opposed to the TSA’s new security procedures, including the use of naked body scanners. A Zogby poll released on November 23 found that 61% of likely voters oppose the so-called enhanced security measures at the country’s airports.
Activists opposed to the TSA’s intrusive procedures and the use of naked body scanners have launched a nationwide campaign to close down the practice. “It’s the day ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government’s desire to virtually strip us naked or submit to an ‘enhanced pat down’ that touches people’s breasts and genitals in an aggressive manner,” states the National Opt-Out Day website. The organization has declared November 24 National Opt-Out Day.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul told the Alex Jones Show yesterday that he has personally endured the “disgusting” procedure. Paul is calling for Americans to oppose TSA groping and Gestapo tactics.
Regardless of the outrage expressed by millions of Americans, the government plans to force travelers and possibly courthouse visitors to endanger their health and compromise their privacy. “Although we have no current plans for deployment, the U.S. Marshals Service believes in the technology,” Washington-based Michael Prout, assistant director for judicial security for the U.S. Marshals, told the Associated Press. “We will continue to explore the use of body scanners as a security measure for the federal judiciary.”
Naked body scanners at state and federal courthouse serve no purpose beyond acclimating the public to government mandated submission.
Sam Kamin, a law professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, told the Associated Press courthouses are occasionally threatened by firearms, not explosives. “What we are still worried about at a courthouse is angry divorce litigants with a gun,” he said. “Metal detectors are pretty good at that.”
This article was posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 2:45 pm