Tuesday, November 16, 2010

TSA Backlash Week: One Hundred Naked Citizens

Gizmodo: "At the heart of the controversy over 'body scanners' is a promise: The images of our naked bodies will never be public. U.S. Marshals in a Florida Federal courthouse saved 35,000 images on their scanner. These are those images." Click the link to see the images.

For what it's worth, these images might actually tamp down public concern about the scanners: You can barely tell that people are depicted. But it would be a shame if the response was a collective shrug. For one thing, some scanners can show a person's body in rather greater detail. And in any case, TSA Backlash Week is long overdue. It's time we had a conversation about the government's ability to presume we are all criminals once we decide to fly on a plane.

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