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Broad Political Opposition to Airport Body Scanners: Greens, Libertarians, Constitution Party and Pirate Party United in Opposition

Adapted from Third Party and Independent Daily:

With government officials pushing back against the growing revolt against the Transportation Security Administration’s newest “security” measures, it is worth noting that there is broad political opposition to the false choice between strip search and sexual assault.  Full body scanners are notably opposed by Ralph Nader and Matt Drudge, and opposition to the new DHS/TSA procedures has received a significant boost from both Prison Planet and Reddit.  Third party and independent activists are also vocal opponents of the new devices as well as “enhanced pat-downs.”  For instance:

Constitution Party activists have long been opposed to full body scanners on the grounds of privacy and health risks, not to mention their constitutional qualms.

• Libertarians are vocal opponents of “abusive TSA strip-search machines.”

The Pirate Party warned two months ago that local law enforcement and agents of the national security state have plans to roll these machines out from the airports and into our city streets.

• At On the Wilder Side, Kimberly Wilder has been leading the call for a passenger revolt against full body scanners since the new machines and measures were unveiled by DHS/TSA late last month.

Over the last month, numerous citizens’ groups have been founded in opposition to the newest outrage from the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Agency.  Among them are Fed Up Flyers, We Won’t Fly, and Opt Out Day, which are organizing a national day of resistance against invasive strip searches and state-sponsored sexual molestation on one of the most hectic travel days of the year: November 24th.


  1. Michael H. Wilson Michael H. Wilson November 20, 2010

    Can we say; “Thanks but I’m not dating anymore”? If you have to go through the grope process. Or do we say; “Thanks can you do that again”? Or how about; “Oh baby!”?

  2. Michael S. Roberts Michael S. Roberts November 16, 2010

    Just to be clear, the only thing I’m organizing at FED UP FLYERS is information. We do encourage everyone to protect themselves and their families against the federal government’s abuse, but until individual citizens cultivate the resolve to defend themselves, no organized resistance will be truly effective. It may be a matter of semantics, but we want people to boycott the airlines because it’s the only way to avoid being exploited and assaulted. Bringing down the tyrannical system would be a welcome bonus for sure, but secondary to the immediate issue of self defense.

    And, while National Opt-out day is certainly a topic worthy of much discussion, FED UP FLYERS’ position is to refuse and reject any unprovoked, unreasonable search and seizure. This includes all strip searching (virtual or otherwise), as well as unwanted, unwarranted physical contact by government security agents without probable cause. The lesser of two evils is still evil. Please do not compromise your personal or our national dignity in ANY way.

    Finally, please visit and read my article entitled ‘What we Must Do’, along with the other information on the site.

    Thanks to all for keeping the heat on the treasonous tyrants in Washington. We must not stop short of restoring all our natural rights and liberty.

  3. Freedomizer Radio Freedomizer Radio November 16, 2010

    James Babb & George Donnelly have started a campaign to protest the Naked Body Scanners. They will be joining Freedomizer Radio ( today November 16th to talk about November 24th, which will be “National Opt Out Day” & why everyone flying on this day should Opt Out of going through the naked body scanner.

  4. AroundtheblockAFT AroundtheblockAFT November 16, 2010

    The terroists have won.

  5. Northern Exposure Northern Exposure November 15, 2010

    This is the kind of essential issue oriented alliance we need to repeal rampant federal over reaching. I have refrained from flying, now I’m thinking we should all boycott U.S. airports and flights. LET US DECLARE THE USA A NO FLY ZONE OURSELVES. How long could they withstand a such a concerted boycott?

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