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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.

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It’s D-Day for pat-down protests and so far it looks like most people just want to get where they’re going AP reports that waits at major airports Wednesday morning were surprisingly short -- the TSA estimates 20 minutes or less .

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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.

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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.

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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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