After months of congressional pressure, the Transportation Security Administration has agreed to contract with the National Academy of Sciences to explore the health effects of the agency's X-ray body scanners.
The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.
In as little as one year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will have a mobile, long-range, laser-based molecular scanner that can identify any chemical substance in or on your body -- including gunpowder, flecks of cocaine on your sleeve and the half-digested Pop-Tart in your gut.
It's hard to love the Transportation Security Administration, especially now that airport personnel seem so intent on touching people's junk. But the TSA's job isn't to be adorable, it's to be infallible -- and also, apparently, to suffer being unfairly maligned.
Seriously, people, it's not like John Q. TSA Worker woke up this morning jonesing to goose you. The union that represents the unfortunate patters-down says its members have been subjected to verbal abuse and even acts of physical violence since the new travel rules took effect.
To paraphrase the government's reaction to the backlash against new airport screening measures, "We hear you. Tough it up."
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".
We're told that the blur of white pixels in these 100 leaked body scan images represents people. What they're using at airports now is of much higher resolution. Still, none of these images, like those taken at airports, were ever supposed to make it to the outside world.
Look out for those TSA body scanners and cell phones, take a minute to ponder the oddest book titles of the year (including "Bacon: A Love Story") and read all about the political collapse of the left, right here on today's list.