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Call to suspend ‘whole-body imaging’ at airports

Posted By admin On May 18, 2009 @ 10:51 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Jessica Ravitz
CNN [1]
Monday, May 18, 2009

Privacy advocates plan to call on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to suspend use of “whole-body imaging,” the airport security technology that critics say performs “a virtual strip search” and produces “naked” pictures of passengers, CNN has learned.

The national campaign, which will gather signatures from organizations and relevant professionals, is set to launch this week with the hope that it will go “viral,” said Lillie Coney, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which plans to lead the charge.

“People need to know what’s happening, with no sugar-coating and no spinning,” said Coney, who is also coordinator of the Privacy Coalition, a conglomerate of 42 member organizations. She expects other groups to sign on in the push for the technology’s suspension until privacy safeguards are in place.

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Right now, without regulations on what the Transportation Security Administration does with this technology, she said, “We don’t have the policy to hold them to what they say. They’re writing their own rule book at this point.”

The machines “detect both metallic and nonmetallic threat items to keep passengers safe,” said Kristin Lee, spokeswoman for TSA, in a written statement. “It is proven technology, and we are highly confident in its detection capability.”

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[1] CNN : http://www.cnn.com/2009/TRAVEL/05/18/airport.security.body.scans/index.html

[2] Image: http://www.prisonplanet.tv/subscribe.html

[3] EPIC testifies before Homeland Security Hearing advising it suspend body scanner use at airports: http://www.prisonplanet.com/epic-testifies-before-homeland-security-hearing-advising-it-suspend-body-scanner-use-at-airports.html

[4] Why Whole-Body Imaging Won’t Work: http://www.prisonplanet.com/why-whole-body-imaging-wont-work.html

[5] U.S. Airports May Soon Test Body Scanner With Privacy Upgrades: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-airports-may-soon-test-body-scanner-with-privacy-upgrades.html

[6] Groups ask DHS to suspend full-body imagers: http://www.prisonplanet.com/groups-ask-dhs-to-suspend-full-body-imagers.html

[7] Body scanners are headed to 11 major airports: http://www.prisonplanet.com/body-scanners-are-headed-to-11-major-airports.html

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