by Mary Starrett
Constitution Party Communications Director
Posted at http://www.constitutionparty.com/news.php?aid=1181
Want to keep America safe? Get naked. Do your patriotic duty; after all, if you’re not hiding anything what’s the big deal?
I recently read that the largest nudist group in the U.S. and Canada, the American Association for Nude Recreation fully endorsed the use of full body scanners at airports. I tried to verify this but my web filter said “don’t go there” and the site was blocked. I got as far as Wikipedia’s entry on AANR which says, “Founded in 1931, the organization advocates nudity and nude recreation in appropriate settings.” Personally, I think it’s fine if people choose to play badminton in the all together at a nudist park. That would be an “appropriate setting” for getting naked in public.On the other hand, airports are not appropriate settings for Americans forced to get virtually naked in front of Gestapo-like TSA agents who’ll do who knows what with the images. Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty released a warning on the use of xray scanners calling it:
… a peeping tom’s dream, and a nightmare for those of us who believe in the great American principles of liberty, restrained government, and privacy.
…. TSA agents will be snooping at the undergarments of such “threats” as American kids, grandmothers, and grandfathers. And if you refuse? You will be physically searched by TSA employees just like a criminal after being arrested.
Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said, “Nobody needs to see my wife and kids naked to secure an airplane.”
One tenth of an inch is how far it goes. The types of x rays emitted from machines used by the TSA penetrate one-tenth of an inch into the body. That’s deep enough to craft an image so detailed that even substances hidden under the skin are visible. X rays zapping us at airports and government buildings across the country and getting under our skin by that small fraction are being touted as another small step toward a more secure America. In truth, they represent a giant leap toward slavery.
Polls showing 74% of Americans think airport body scans will make us more secure are either incorrect or else we have become a thoroughly brainwashed and ideologically lobotomized assemblage of slaves who are happy to chant “Thank you sir, may I please have another?” with each violation against our Bill of Rights and natural law.
The fourth amendment guarantees:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Full Body Scanning is unreasonable as it presupposes guilt and ignores the aspect of our law that requires a warrant for searches. This full frontal assault on the Constitution aside, “backscatter” x rays could be a health risk.
So besides being dangerous to our liberty, the use of these imaging devices now deployed at 19 U.S. airports from Albuquerque to Tulsa- with more to come- can also hurt us.
Radiologists are on record warning that no amount of radiation is good.
And since radiation’s effects are cumulative, exposure to even small amounts, over time can pose serious health risks.
The x rays from airport body scanners are especially risky for pregnant women and children. It is morally and legally wrong to expose people to medically unnecessary radiation and it will do little to improve the security of air travel, especially since wide open borders and lax security at ports belie the federal government’s assertion that it is working toward national security.
As if the Constitutional and health aspects weren’t enough to scare the pants off us, consider the frightening prospect for millions of law abiding citizens should President Obama’s pick for TSA chief, former FBI agent Erroll Southers get the job. Southers is on record as saying it’s not Muslim terrorists who warrant closer scrutiny but “anti-government,”“anti-abortion,” “survivalist types” who are “Christian identity oriented.”
Hang onto your copies of the Constitution, your Bible and your pro-life literature. With Southers in charge, being marched in front of a death ray box at the airport could be the least of your problems.
Yes, Southers would be top man at the TSA, an organization not exactly known for transparency. The TSA has denied the body scanners will store and transmit pictures of passengers. The agency’s Privacy Impact Statement claims the x ray machines will have their image storage functions disabled by the manufacturers before they’re placed in airports and that passengers’ body images will be retained on the screen “only as long as it takes to resolve any anomalies,” asserting, “the machine does not retain the images.” But then why would the TSA have required that all machines in use, which can cost as much as $200,000 each, have features which not only capture but store and re-route images of uncovered passengers?
The naked truth appears to be that the TSA is trying to massage the truth, according to the findings of a public interest watchdog group which focuses on civil rights issues.
Thankfully, watchdog groups like the Electronic Privacy Information Center (www.EPIC.org) have been seeing right through the TSA for years. Through Freedom of Information Act requests and several lawsuits the cover up is being exposed.
If we ignore this outrage against our bodies and our freedom, then all bets are off from here on out. Will you submit?