Hate to say we told you so, but . . . .

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 ...read more »

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Junked Rapiscan scanners get second life

Since the radiation-emitting, independently untested Rapiscan strip-search scanners were removed from airports last year -- at the cost of millions of dollars to taxpayers -- what's happened to them?  Well, surprise, surprise, they're being forced on yet another vulnerable part of the population, one with no power to object: prisoners. So far, 154 of the machines have ...read more »


A Fourth Amendment legal challenge to the TSA scanners

Flying under the mainstream media radar is a case headed for oral argument in the federal First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston this coming April 3rd. It may be off everyone's radar, but that doesn't mean it should be. Several years ago a couple of enterprising Harvard law students, Jeffrey H. Redfern and Anant N. Pradhan, filed a ...read more »

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Sorry, but the TSA still wants to scan you

Don't look now, but the TSA's full-body scanners are alive and well. Late last week, news organizations breathlessly reported that the agency's X-ray scanners were being removed from America's airports , leaving many air travelers with the impression that the TSA had abandoned body scans as a primary screening method. It hasn't. The agency ended a contract with ...read more »


TSA finally junks Rapiscan scanners

UPDATED BELOW. As we reported here on September 3, 2012, the TSA last year started quietly removing the radiation-emitting backscatter (x-ray) scanners from airports and replacing them with millimeter wave scanners. This news was kept quiet, of course, only until the press found out about it. Even then, media reports often got the story wrong, implying, ...read more »


TSA’s fave contractor Rapiscan accused of falsifying scanner info

Remember how we've been told for the past two years that the whole body imaging scanners are safe, effective, and can't record and store graphic nude images? And remember how many of us never believed it? Maybe because they've never been independently tested for safety, have been proven to be ineffective -- repeatedly -- and because 35,000 images ...read more »