TSA Blog’s disappearing act

by Susan Richart on April 5, 2013

Blogger Bob
Blogger Bob has become a magician!

Yesterday afternoon a new thread appeared on the TSA Blog announcing the public comment period on whole-body imaging (WBI) — the nude scanners — which public comment period we wrote about here. I believe it had a link to the announcement in the Federal Register. I know that two comments had been posted at The TSA Blog post when I first read it.

Then last night when I went back to see if further comments had been allowed, lo and behold, the entire post had disappeared.

So let me get this straight: the TSA is finally, after almost two years, complying with a court order to open a public comment period on the nude body scanners. This public comment period has been publicized. The TSA Blog exists ostensibly to inform the public. Yet after posting a public-informing entry for a few hours, The TSA Blog removes it. Poof!

Perhaps Blogger Bob should consider a new career.

Will The TSA Blog publish a new post on the public comment period? Will it be reworded? Made more palatable to the powers-that-be? Have a new PR spin? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, readers of The TSA Blog have noticed and are piping up. A few comments left at The TSA Blog at another, unrelated post, calling Blogger Bob to task:

Anonymous said…

Where’s the blog post about DHS & TSA accepting public comments about the “AIT” (nude-o-scope) scanners?

April 3, 2013 at 12:19 AM

 

Adrian said…

Is there any plan to announce on this blog that the TSA has finally (more than 18 months after being ordered to by a judge) begun the notice of rulemaking and public comment procedure the law required of the TSA before putting the whole-body imaging devices into service as a primary means of screening?

The notice is in the Federal Register here: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/03/26/2013-07023/passenger-screening-using-advanced-imaging-technology

And one of the ways for the public to provide comments is to fill out this form: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=TSA-2013-0004-0001

This should rate a front-page post soon.

April 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM

 

RB said…

The TSA blog had a short post about the comment period for WBI as ordered by a federal court up on 4/4/13. Where did it go?

April 4, 2013 at 8:50 PM

 

I also added my voice to the chorus:

Susan Richart said…

Where did the thread on the TSA Comment period go, Bob? There were two responses when I read it.

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April 4, 2013 at 8:13 PM

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