Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Fisher1949, Sep 25, 2012.
I wish I could say "unbelievable" but sadly I am not surprised.
Although I won't live to see it happen, when the time comes that all the pressure that DHS has applied to diverse entities and all the lies it has told become known, it's going to be most revealing.
I think TSA has intentionally not responded to this court order but the court has finally put a hard date on when TSA must comply. I'm thinking this is probably more typical procedure for our legal system than most of us would like. At least there is an end game and the court retained the right to review questions and answers. I suspect TSA has used up all of the goodwill this court is going to allow.
Over a year ago, the TSA was ordered to hold a public comment period on the use of the strip-search scanners. The agency ignored that order.The response of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia was to give the TSA a stern talking-to — “naughty, naughty, now straighten up and fly right” — but otherwise do nothing.Now we get word that the courts are once again siding with the TSA. On Tuesday, September 25th, that same Appeals Court gave the TSA yet another stern lecture, and yet more time to comply with the still-ignored court order.
This time, the TSA has until the end of next March — a full 20 months after the initial order — to comply.
Bad TSA! See what the Law of the Land does when you misbehave? Gives you more time to spend more taxpayer money on yet more scanners, so that you can claim next March that they all have so-called privacy software, which you’re busy installing now to fend off complaints that you’re virtually strip-searching people.
Of course, that privacy software, as we’ve explained umpteen times, doesn’t obviate the gropes that you continue to inflict on people. And doesn’t do anything to address the 54% false-positive rate that the scanners have.
But since the TSA has a venerable history of lying, to Congress and to us, what’s another few months or so for them to get their story straight and to come up with more tall tales? Pass the popcorn!
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I suspect that the next judge they buy off will simply cost more than the last one.
Have some on us!
I thought this was an informative post from the Cato Institute's Jim Harper:
Slow and Steady Progress on TSA Strip-Search Policy
The goodwill of the court should be the least of Pissy's and Big Sis' worries.
My guess is that since they are replacing he 244 BKSX scanners starting this month, they hope to have these replaced with MMW ATR before having to take public comment. Never mind that they're making kiddie porn with Rapi-Scan units, people will forget that when TSA touts that now they have the Gumby picture.
With the x-ray units out of the fleet they also dispose of those cancer issues and radiation testing requirements. That allows them to focus on getting the green light on the MMW which would have been jeopardized if the x-ray units were lumped in under the broader scanner category.
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