Body scanners round up

The debate is in full swing in the US. Quick round-up of links:

Scientists want more scanner safety data before they can say that body scanners are safe.

An article in the Canadian Free Press suggests that those who are opposed to, or engaged in the disruption of the  implementation of the enhanced airport screening procedures will be labeled as “domestic extremists.”

The NY Times ‘Room for Debate section’ asks ‘Do Body Scanners Make Us Safer’? Philip Baum, David Ropeik and others comment.

USA Today reports that body scanners lobbyists “more than doubled their spending on lobbying in the past five years and hired several high-profile former government officials to advance their causes in Washington.”

Professor Fred H. Cate, Director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research and Professor of Law at Indiana University, has published an open letter to Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex), urging oversight and reform of TSA’s new screening procedures. The letter details the ineffectiveness of the new procedures and criticizes them for violating basic notions of privacy.

Glenn Greenwald’s opinion questions the terrorism-rationale for the use of the scanners here.

Pro body scanner voices here, Rapiscan perspective here. Discussion at Lawfare here. ACLU guidelines here. Presidential candate Huckabee doesn’t like the scanners. Obama is pro; Sarah Palin is pro profiing.

Bruce Schneier collected  many other relevant links here.


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