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So, I've been doing a lot of research tonight about a topic that has seriously offended me that I just learned about. And now I'm going to pass on all of the information I found to you, my lovely f-list.

This is an awareness post. For those of you (in the U.S.) who don't know, the Department of Homeland Security's head, Janet Napolitano, has placed into effect new security measures at airport security. These measures include a "scanning procedure" which includes a machine with harmful x-rays that are focused on just your skin layer, which has not been sufficiently tested to be proven safe for your health, and which has been lied about and advertised as healthy based on the wave concentration if the xrays were going through your whole body instead of just backscattering off your skin. This machine is intended to see through your clothes, take a picture of you naked, and insure that you are not carrying weapons onto the plane with you.

You are, of course, permitted to opt out of this if you're uncomfortable with the machine itself or with the idea of having a naked picture of yourself taken. Go figure. The alternative is an aggressive and invasive pat-down procedure that involves the TSA personnel -- the TSA, of course, being an association that is known to hire convicted felons and sex offenders -- palming your private areas including the groin and breasts of women and the groin of men. They are permitted to use their fingers and allegedly go over your groin area three times. They are permitted to go so far as to touch your labia -- through your clothes, of course -- and grab your breasts.

Well, gee, you might be thinking. If I got this far in airport security and decided I didn't want either, I'd just turn around and decide not to take my flight. You can't. Once you have gotten into the security procedure, you must complete it, regardless of whether you make the decision to no longer take your flight. One man tried and he was escorted off the premises and was slapped with a %10,000 fine.

These selections are entirely random, supposedly, but will be happening with increasing frequency and potentially come to include every customer of U.S. airlines -- whether they already cover every customer of a U.S. airline yet, I'm not entirely certain, because I couldn't find anything conclusive about it in any of the articles I read and I haven't gone flying since last Christmas. If you've been flying recently and have experienced this or know, lemme know?

Beneath the cut I've placed a plethora of informational links and videos that are where I mostly drew my information from. Videos are from both major news networks (CNN and Fox) for optimum partisan impartiality. It should be noted that this was never voted on. In fact, Napolitano was never voted into office -- Obama placed her there. So, someone we never voted into office felt the need to put into effect a major change in airport security that invades not only our implied right to privacy and inhibits our basic civil liberties, but directly violates the fourth amendment (protection against unreasonable search and seizure) and basic constitutional rights.

Why were these preemptive measures put into place? Napolitano says it's because of a failed terrorist attack from last Christmas that involved a man tucking a bomb into his underwear. First of all, the attack was a failure which means our current measures were apparently enough to put a stop to it. So why ramp them up? Not only that, but there's no conclusive evidence that these new x-ray machines would be able to pick up the bomb material that the man had apparently sewn into his underwear.

Anyone with holiday travel plans: I encourage you to, if at all possible, drive over flying. And if you fly, please make the choice to opt out of the scanning machine. For your own health, if nothing else. The more rigorous pat-downs take more time and will cause some serious back up at the airports, and hopefully encourage them to realize that these scanning machines are not okay.



Full explanation with quotes by Napolitano.

Info on the safety of the x-rays the "screening" machines use.

CNN coverage of the guy who refused to be pat down:


Fox news coverage of the guy who refused to be pat down (more in depth, I encourage you to watch both):


Article about a woman who experienced the "more rigorous, aggressive" pat-down.

First person account.

Basically I just really encourage all of you to look into this for yourselves. :( I personally became really upset when I read about it and I've become very actively trying to get people aware of it in hopes that some of the groups trying to organize a no-fly day on November 24th will succeed in knocking some sense into our crazy DHS, since it's usually the busiest day of travel. Here is one such site. The Fox news video includes information on another. Basically just ... please, please look into it, and don't let it happen to you.
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