I am co-founder of an oganization dedicated to regaining freedoms taken away by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). We’re fighting against the illegal, warrantless strip-searches of travelers and the coerced, inappropriate physical touching of their bodies.
The organization is called Freedom to Travel USA (FTTUSA).
At FTTUSA, we have a long-standing relationship with activist Jonathan Corbett, who was the first person in the country to initiate a lawsuit against the TSA for its warrantless searches. In 2012, Jon accepted our invitation to speak at a Congressional briefing we hosted on Capitol Hill.
Here at TSA News we’ve covered his brilliant exposé of the Rapiscan scanners (see here, here, and here), where he proved they don’t work. Now a team of researchers from the University of California, University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University has corroborated Corbett’s results.
An excerpt from the coverage at Wired:
. . . the glaring vulnerabilities the researchers found in the security system demonstrate how poorly the machines were tested before they were deployed at a cost of more than $1 billion to more than 160 American airports, argues J. Alex Halderman, a University of Michigan computer science professor and one of the study’s authors. The findings should raise questions regarding the TSA’s claims about its current security measures, too.
“These machines were tested in secret, presumably without this kind of adversarial mindset, thinking about how an attacker would adapt to the techniques being used,” says Halderman, who along with the other researchers will present the research at the Usenix Security Conference Thursday. “They might stop a naive attacker. But someone who applied just a bit of cleverness to the problem would be able to bypass them. And if they had access to a machine to test their attacks, they could render their ability to detect contraband virtually useless.”
Unlike others who have made claims about vulnerabilities in full body scanner technology, the team of university researchers conducted their tests on an actual Rapiscan Secure 1000 system . . . .
With all of these “glaring vulnerabilities,” it’s amazing that those hordes of terroristy people the TSA is always telling us about haven’t been dropping domestic planes right and left. Don’t you agree?