Sunday, January 16, 2011

Texans to TSA: You keep scanners, we'll keep privacy

Posted: January 16, 2011
By Bob Unruh
© 2011 WorldNetDaily

You've heard the Texas jokes, such as: A New Yorker points to Niagara Falls and tells a Texan, "You don't have anything like that!" To which the Texan, "Naw, but we got a plumber who can fix it in 30 minutes."

Now, a government advisory board in Austin, joined by a team of citizen groups, is asking the city council there to tell the federal Transportation Security Administration that the government can keep its invasive airport pat-down procedures and nude-imaging scanners, and they'll keep their privacy.

It is the Austin Airport Advisory Commission that has resolved, in a petition to the city council, that it is recommending the city "oppose the installation of [advanced imagescanners] at [the Austin airport] and further oppose the practice of invasive body searching and encourages the city council to inform the TSA, the state and federal delegations of such opposition."

A petition, already signed by tens of thousands, is demanding action against the intrusive airport screening procedures implemented by the Obama administration.

The dispute over the invasive procedures has been heating up since before Thanksgiving, after the federal government announced it was ramping up security at the nation's airports. It is installing X-ray machines that look through a person's clothes, essentially allow TSA personnel to view a nude image of the passenger.

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