The TSA Responds to This Blog in the L.A. Times.


Essentially, the following line of logic is what the TSA expects you to believe. I’ll just lay this out and let you draw your own conclusions. I guess I would be annoyed that they expect millions of people to believe this, if it weren’t for the fact that I find it, quite frankly, amusing and fascinating.


1. All TSA screeners (those who have not yet been arrested) are professional and upstanding at all times.

2. There are people in an Image Analysis room at some airports, looking at nude passenger images, sometimes in groups, sometimes alone.  Information as to what goes on in those rooms is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to retrieve, per the TSA’s design: the presence of a recording device would itself break the TSA’s assurances to the ACLU that no images would be captured or taken out of the room. No one can even leave or enter the room without warning. So, paradoxically, the Privacy Impact Cost of a room that affords the most penetrating surveillance in an American airport is that the room itself cannot be surveilled.

3. The people in those rooms are TSA screeners.

4. Therefore, everything that has gone on, is going on, or will ever go on in any of those rooms will be professional and upstanding at all times.


Again, I’ll just let the reader decide what they think of this line of logic, and of these rooms– or even just the concept of these rooms– which exist across the nation on the taxpayer’s dime.



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