"$1B of TSA Nude Body Scanners Made Worthless By Blog — How Anyone Can Get Anything Past The Scanners"

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    Mar 07, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
    Alarming/disturbing...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=olEoc_1ZkfA

    "I’m publishing this video because I want the world to know how much danger the American Transportation Security Administration is putting all us all in with their haste to deploy the expensive, invasive nude body scanner program. When the machines came out, we were told that the invasion on our privacy, doses of radiation, and trashing of our Constitution were necessary because the old metal detectors weren’t good enough. That “non-metallic explosives” were a threat, even though no one has boarded a plane in the US with any type of explosive in nearly 40 years. But while America was testing these devices, Rafi Sela, who ran security for Ben Gurion airport in Israel, which is known for being one of the most secure airports in the world, was quoted saying he could “overcome the body scanners with enough explosives to take down a Boeing 747,” and Ben Gurion therefore refused to buy scanners. The US ignored this warning, and Mr. Sela never publicly explained his statement. But it stuck with me."

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    Mar 07, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
    TSA is a farce to begin with.

    However those scanners could still be effective if the TSA took 4 pics, the second set at a 90 degree angle.
    And in my limited experience I've never seen an airport where there were only scanners, they all had a mix of metal-detectors and scanners.
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    Mar 07, 2012 4:14 AM GMT
    bhp91126 saidTSA is a farce to begin with.

    However those scanners could still be effective if the TSA took 4 pics, the second set at a 90 degree angle.
    And in my limited experience I've never seen an airport where there were only scanners, they all had a mix of metal-detectors and scanners.


    they tend to run you through one or the other though I find they try to slot most people through the full body scanners... it's all just security theater but I wonder if they are actually catching anyone in the process that they don't talk about or if it's all just a massive waste of money.
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    Mar 07, 2012 4:17 AM GMT
    http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/11/22/do-body-scanners-make-us-safer/israel-doesnt-use-scanners

    Israel Doesn’t Use Scanners
    Rafi Sela, president of AR Challenges, is an international transportation security consultant based in Israel.

    Updated November 23, 2010, 9:14 PM

    The problem with the Transportation Security Administration is that it is both the regulator and the operator of airport security. In other words, it is required to regulate itself, which cannot work.

    The decision to use body scanners is one result of this flawed approach. The fact is, such scanners do not provide more protection and they are invasive.

    Israel has a completely different security system. The Israeli regulator (Israel Security Agency) analyzes the threats and vulnerabilities. It then provides guidance to the airports and border crossings on how best to utilize technologies. Therefore Israel is not scanning for liquids, and neither does it have to use body scanners or screen personnel and crew.

    American airport security needs a similar strategy. A national security advisory board made of security experts (not only police, F.B.I. and military generals) should define the standards and systems based on an ongoing threat analysis, vulnerability studies and security planning. The majority of the passengers, cargo, workers and crew pose no threat at all, and banned items like water, perfume, toothpaste, nail files and other do not pose any problems if carried by regular passengers.

    The current security system in which everyone is a suspect is bound to be ineffective and burdensome. No system can perform efficiently when one is looking for a needle in a haystack by checking each straw individually.