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New York Doesn’t Heart Body Scanners

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Posted on Nov 19, 2010
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The backlash against the new mandatory screening regime at airports continues. At least one New York City Council member is trying to have body scanners banned from local airports. But does the city have the authority? Says Councilman David Greenfield, “... If the TSA disagrees with us, they can sue us.”

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Federal law gives the TSA jurisdiction over airline security, but Greenfield says he believes the city has the authority to prohibit a particular type of screening.

“The city owns the airports,” says Greenfield. “They’re operated by the Port Authority. … Hopefully we’ll get the law passed soon, and if the TSA disagrees with us, they can sue us.”

The TSA had no immediate comment Thursday.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 21, 2010 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment

Soon we’ll have to fly naked handcuffed and ankle-cuffed to our seats—yet flying takes longer and longer.

It’s no longer worth it to fly from DC to NY because the delays getting on the plane added to the flight time are now not much better than Amtrak.  For a while there were people who could actually commute between the two cities by air.  Not anymore.

And why?  They fail repeatedly to catch test “flyers” with guns and weapons by their intrusive searches and metal detectors.  They’ll take a nail clipper from you but ANY person trained in martial arts or unarmed combat is far more dangerous than an untrained person with a nail clipper.

Last time I flew I had a choice of the intrusive pat-down or the full body scan.  I took the latter.  If they don’t like what they see, if they find my middle-aged body offensive, I don’t have to see or know about it.

But who have they actually stopped?  What ever happened to explosive-sniffing dogs?  I’m sure they can be trained to smell gun oil and gun powder.  Do you need more?

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By Paolo, November 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment

On the other hand, the really heroic thing to do would be to have MASS DISOBEDIENCE, and make them file CRIMINAL CHARGES against you.

Would American juries really convict their fellow citizens for refusing a porno-scan or grope? Have we descended that far from once-proud individualists to bleating sheep?

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By Paolo, November 20, 2010 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment

The sad fact is that the American people have to put up with this, regardless of whether we get a Democratic or Republican regime.

I suggest we get creative about ways to make this outrage stand out. Perhaps a tactic should be to elect for the grope over the porno-scan, but make sure you moan loudly in pseudo-orgasm while they grope you.

Make them uncomfortable. Humiliate THEM; don’t let them humiliate YOU.

Anyone else have some peaceful resistance ideas?

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By Blackspeare, November 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment

Like all government agencies, the DHS is obsessed with not failing and will go to any extreme to prevent a terrorist incident no matter how small.  Remember, any incident that results in an innocent person being hurt will reflect poorly on the current administration and depending on timing could influence an election.  Bush II is fortunate 9/11 happened early in his presidency otherwise he would have had no time for “correction.”

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By Observer, November 20, 2010 at 5:26 am Link to this comment
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Great example of how Israel turns the US-public into
> a bunch of f*cken Zombies and an object of ridicule <
too stupid to realize what`s being done to them.

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/ICTS.html

Get Boehner and Cantor in Line too, for once !

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By fearnotruth, November 20, 2010 at 2:24 am Link to this comment

The sublimated prurience inherent in these systems
and the minds that dream them up demands from
me the rare puerile post:

Wear under-garment, light-weight, metallic chain-mail,
that reads:      SOD OFF CHERTOFF!

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By CaptRon, November 20, 2010 at 12:43 am Link to this comment

Wait, is it just me? I see another body reflection within the image. Is it this person’s soul? Is it a double image? Just who does this junk belong to? I see a profile but I also see a straight-ahead image as well. I must say this guy is out of shape. Is there anyway we can be safe aboard the plane if we are supplanted with “ghosts” among us. I see nothing but doom. I will say this, if hair isn’t detectable I think we need to update this apparatus or new weapons will be designed. How does a TSA agent explain the smells on their hands to their loved ones at home following a day of inspections? Everybody loses in this way of protection and keeping us safe at the airport. Yet, it’s the plane itself that is falling apart. All seems counter-productive doesn’t it?

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By berniem, November 19, 2010 at 8:09 pm Link to this comment

For all of you folks out there who say that if you’ve got nothing to hide you shouldn’t get so all worked up over body scans and “thorough” pat-downs and who also happen to be a bunch of ignorant bigots to boot, have you stopped to wonder if the TSA has a DADT policy? Just sayin’, ya know?

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By James H., November 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm Link to this comment
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Of all the horrific violations of human rights that went on after 9/11, warrant-less wiretaps, wars of aggression, waterboarding foreigners and citizens, assassinating citizens - it’s only the one they can see with their eyes that pisses them off.

There are plenty of ways to hide something dangerous enough to bring down a plane in your groin area.  You people need to get real.

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By Rev Unruh, November 19, 2010 at 11:09 am Link to this comment
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You have to understand where they are coming for it to make sense.

Eric Prince is a perfect example of the type. Look him up.

First they are totally crazy, and filthy rich, depraved . . . then there is the
‘Christian’ military part of it, plus torture. Put it in a religious context with
kidnapping children and it’s called Satanism, holy war, or ethnic cleansing. (I hope
you are still with me, all of this is fully documented.)

The Bushes are pedophiles and running things. Does it make sense now?

I hope I’m not dishing so much truth I get blocked. That happens to me on a
regular basis. I think it has something to do with my religion.

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By BarbieQue, November 19, 2010 at 8:36 am Link to this comment

Just Say Nope

To The Audacity of Grope

You’re traveling through another dimension…a dimension not only of blindness and stupidity, but of mindless bureaucracy…

A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. There’s a signpost up ahead: your next stop: The RepubliCrat Zone! It’s ok if your party does it! It’s hot here, hotter than hell but we have a lot of koolaide.

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By Ouroborus, November 19, 2010 at 7:20 am Link to this comment

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to
and you have found out the exact measure of injustice
and wrong which will be imposed upon them,and these
will continue till they are resisted with either words
or blows,or with both~Frederick Douglas On August 3,
1857.
==================================================
That was a long time ago, 153 years; have we learned
nothing?

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