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Groups ask DHS to suspend full-body imagers

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Mike M. Ahlers
April 22, 2010

More than 30 privacy and civil liberties groups are asking the Department of Homeland Security to suspend the use of full body imagers at airports, saying there is evidence that privacy safeguards don’t work and the devices are not effective.

In a petition filed Wednesday, the groups also said the machines — which see through travelers’ clothes — violate people’s “deeply held religious beliefs.”

The Transportation Security Administration has sped up deployment of the machines after a man with explosives sewn into his underwear attempted to bomb a plane on Christmas Day. About 46 machines are in place in 23 airports, and the agency plans to have about 1,000 set up by the end of 2011.

The TSA has steadfastly defended the effectiveness and safety of the machines and says extensive precautions are taken to protect the identities of those who go through them.

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