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Airport Scanners - Invasion of Privacy Rights

Airport Scanners - Invasion of Privacy Rights

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Published by: myownmind on Feb 09, 2012
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 In the days and weeks following the attempted Christmas day bombing of Northwest Flight 253,there was a rush by public officials to put further security precautions in place at our nation'sairports with few policy makers or security experts asking whether these new measures wereeffective or a gross invasion of the personal privacy of our nation's public. The most grievousaffront to personal privacy in these new security policies comes in the form of an invasive newairport scanner that takes advantage of millimeter wave imaging technology to reveal the actualphysical contours of a passenger's body. Thankfully, a growing number of civil liberties groups andconcerned citizens are voicing their concerns that these new scanners are in direct violation of therights to personal privacy that are guaranteed to every American citizen. Unlike traditional airport body scanners, these devices produce an actual three dimensional imageof a passenger's body, revealing how a person appears in the nude and exposing any prostheticdevices or other private conditions that a passenger may happen to have. At the time of the attack,there were roughly forty of these scanners in use in the United States, and a further 150 full bodyscanners have been approved for installation this year and another 400 scanners to come in thefollowing year. In addition to violating the personal privacy of our citizens, the full body airport scanners that usemillimeter wave imaging technology do not appear to offer any substantial increase in the realsecurity of our skies. The explosive materials that the Christmas bomber had managed to bringaboard his plane last Christmas would not have even been detected by these new scanners, andtoday's terrorist organizations have proved many times in recent years that they know how to beatthese scanners in other attempted attacks around the world. Instead, the implementation of thesescanners appears to be more geared toward what it is known in the industry as security theater.Security theater is the use of extremely sophisticated but essentially useless forms of technologyand elaborate forms of procedures that are designed to simply give the public a sense that allpossible security precautions have been taken. The problem with these new full body airport scanners is that they cross the line to invading theactual privacy rights that are guaranteed by the constitution while offering nothing more thanineffectual security theater. All that rushing to put these apparatuses in place in our nation'sairports does is keep the policy makers at the United States Transportation Security Administrationin office while allowing the billion dollar airport security industry to make record profits. All thewhile, transportation security officers are able to see the most private parts of a passenger's bodyand medical condition due to a new policy that seems to offer absolutely no significant advantagein increasing aircraft safety or security. TAIMUR QAZI, ESQ.http://crimsonlawgroup.com/  Crimson Law Group is a thriving law firm in the heart of Newport Beach in Orange County,California. We believe that what sets us apart is our tenacity and preparedness to do whatever isnecessary to care for our clients. 

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