Saga of the disappearing TSA Blog post continues

Why is the TSA trying to withhold information from the public?
As we told you, the propaganda arm called The TSA Blog briefly posted an announcement by Blogger Bob that the public comment period on the strip-search scanners and gropedowns was finally open. That post quickly disappeared. So we found a cached version of the post. That, too, has disappeared.

Now, thanks to several alert readers from around the country, including at Travel Underground, we have a copy of that magically disappearing TSA Blog post. Here it is:


Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on TSA Advanced Imaging Technology

On July 15, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in TSA’s favor that our use of Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) does not violate the Fourth Amendment and allowed the continued use of the technology.

The Court ordered TSA to engage in notice-and-comment rulemaking on the use of AIT. You can read and comment on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) at the Federal Register web page. The comment period runs through 06/24/2013.

AIT is the best technology currently available to detect non-metallic objects and devices hidden on a passenger (while also detecting metallic and other threats), and is an important part of TSA’s multi-layered security effort.

Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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Posted by at 4/04/2013 04:20:00 PM

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Anonymous said…
Why did it take you so long to point out the public comment period?Why did it take a court order to force you to hold a public comment period?
April 4, 2013 at 4:35 PM 
RB said…
Nothing like an Electronic Strip Search just to fly on an airplane.Since the Electronic Strip Search Machines do not find just Weapons, Explosives, or Incendiaries how does use of the Electronic Strip Search Machine comply with a limited Administrative Search for those items?
April 4, 2013 at 4:58 PM 

You’ll notice that even this magically disappeared post is written in such a way as to spin the public comment period to the TSA’s advantage (“. . . does not violate the Fourth Amendment and allowed the continued use of the technology,” “AIT is the best technology currently available . . . “).

Regardless, I repeat what I’ve said before: why did this post disappear? If The TSA Blog exists, as it claims, to inform the public, then why did a post that is the epitome of informing the public disappear? Why was it pulled from The TSA Blog? Why are the TSA and its parent agency DHS trying to hide this information from the public?

Again, here’s the link for you to submit your comment to the TSA about its strip-search scanners and invasive patdowns. You can also read the hundreds of other comments by fellow citizens at that same link. We’ve given and will continue to give ample recommendations and suggestions about what to include in your public comment.

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