Ignore 'Privacy Ideologues,' We Need Body Scans
Passengers are at risk without them, says Michael Chertoff
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2010 9:42 AM CST
A computer monitor displays a full-body scan during a demonstration of passenger screening technology by the Transportation Security Administration.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

(Newser) – For one former director of homeland security, it's a no-brainer: President Obama must ignore "privacy ideologues" and put full-body scanners at the nation's airports. Otherwise, it's just a matter of time before al-Qaeda strikes successfully with plastics explosives, writes Michael Chertoff. The notion that these imagers amount to "virtual strip searches" is ridiculous—"as if screening is meant to reveal people's private parts to TSA officers."

Besides, the TSA already has policies in place to protect passengers' privacy, writes Chertoff in the Washington Post. Screeners, for example, can't store images, and software blurs people's faces. "The administration must stand firm against privacy ideologues, for whom every security measure is unacceptable," he writes. "Failing to use all available tools to plug a gap in security puts the lives of airline travelers needlessly at risk."

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Jan 4, 2010 5:04 AM CST
Actually prowlerzee your statement validates a good point. "The only reason he won was that 5 million republicans stayed home and wouldn't vote for McCain-Palin." Classic Republican response to everything. Complain about an election in which they refused to vote in. An individual has no right whatsoever to complain when no attempt to have their voice is heard on election day.
Jan 2, 2010 12:47 PM CST
This is a serious topic and your response is utter nonsense. But to answer your question; I don't it would be unreasonable for US airports to implement the same measures as those used by the Israelis.
Jan 2, 2010 12:45 PM CST
What a dumb shit idea, why not just cut through the bullshit and start having nude flights?