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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 16 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

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lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

I asked the TSA agent this morning if they caught anyone with explosives with the stripper-vision. He said no. Does that make you feel more secure?

14th amendment (equal protection) is revoked at TSA screening checkpoints. Some are forced to chose between the stripper vision and a groping; others are not. They say if the machine is in use, other passengers do not have to go through it. This is untrue. This morning I watched a passenger by-pass an un-used stripper vision with TSA's blessing. When I called them on it, they lied.

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

Yeah, how is it that profiling is a violation of civil rights, but fondling someone's groin is not?

Great article, Paul.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington DC, MD

We are being conditioned and groomed to accept it. They are also using the media as their outlet to discourage people from standing up against this. If we allow this to happen, they will only find other ways to entrude on our constituional rights. If people think this is bad, they haven't even gotten started yet. The government uses black ops terror attacks that they engineer as a way for things like this to happen. Just look at the reichstag fire, that is when germany took all the rights away of it's citizens in the name of protecting them against the fictional terrorists.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

No one wishes to minimize the terrorist threat to commercial aviation except this one fool. TSA is trying to address a real, credible threat, both through the advanced imaging technology and through the pat-downs, not one waco out of million's that whines about it on line. After all, that could be a female that looks like a male, and that "junk" could be a 12 gage shotgun, or a small 22 cal pistol to?. At the San Diego airport, a software engineer posted an Internet blog item saying he had been ejected after being threatened with a fine and lawsuit for refusing a groin check after turning down a full-body scan. The passenger, John Tyner, said he told a federal Transportation Security Administration worker, "If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested." Homeland Security and the TSA have moved forcefully to shift airport screening from familiar scanners to full-body detection machines. The new machines show the body's contours on a computer stationed in a private room removed from the security checkpoints. A person's face is never shown and the person's identity is not known.

metisophia
Ogden, UT

I don't fly. I don't have to be "scanned." Perhaps our complaints need to go to the airlines.

Tulip
West Jordan, UT

It seems hard to believe that this is what we have come to in America. If I want to see my kids across the country, unfortunately I have to fly. I understand that for some of you this is no big deal but for me it feels completely un-natural and somewhat obscene. Surely there has to be a better way!

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