The new TSA virtual strip search porno scanners are humiliating. Way, way too far. I don’t want naked photos of my body taken for any reason. I can opt out, which I have done, but clearly, the TSA’s policy is to bully passengers into submitting to the porno scanners by increasing the intensity of the pat downs (and the surrounding circumstances ‘OPT OUT. WE HAVE AN OPT OUT HERE’). Clearly, they want to make the pat downs as harsh as possible to send a message to other passengers. The transparency of this policy is insulting to my intelligence.
I don’t trust the Government. You make promises you can’t and don’t keep. You outright lie. Fact. Even with this particular issue. The TSA says that backscatter scanners “cannot store, print, transmit or save the image, and the image.” except when they do. And what is to prevent an operator from using a camera phone? That’ll never happen. YEAH, RIGHT.
The backscatter scanners won’t make us safe. They don’t improve security. This is security theatre and the only people who benefit are the corporations and lobbyists the represent the companies that make the equipment. Here is another take.
The TSA’s response is also insulting. “We’re not violating your rights. You’re free to travel using other methods.” Really? Internationally? Fuck off. Assholes.