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