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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Through a scanner, naked

Refreshing the Tree of Liberty demonstrates that the naked scanners provide much more detailed image information than the picture that the media has been using indicates at first glance.

To the right is the image that everyone has seen in the various news articles about the TSA's non-invasive x-ray scanners.  It looks rather like an x-ray, so no big deal, right?

 
Except that to the left is the exact same image which is simply inverted with the brightness increased a little.  No fancy software or Photoshop skills required.  It provides enough detail to show how a woman trims the topiary.  So, unless you are the sort of individual who delights in putting naked photos of yourself up on Facebook, you might want to think twice before deciding to fly and face the decision of distributing naked images of your family or subjecting everyone to a gate rape.

It appears the above images may not actually be generated by the TSA scanners but are merely a simulation. So, it looks as if we'll have to wait until a few of them leak onto the Internet to see exactly how much detail is revealed by the inverted images.   As usual, Ron Paul is the only Republican who appears to care about these little assaults on American liberties enough to do anything about it.


Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, introduced the Air Traveler Dignity Act to protect Americans from physical and emotional abuse by federal Transportation Security Administration employees conducting screenings at the nation's airports.

"Something has to be done," Paul said. "Everybody's fed up. The people are fed up. The pilots are fed up. I'm fed up. We have seen the videos of terrified children being grabbed and probed by airport screeners. We have read the stories of Americans being subjected to humiliating body imaging machines and/or forced to have the most intimate parts of their bodies poked and fondled.  This TSA version of our rights looks more like the 'rights' granted in the old Soviet Constitutions, where freedoms were granted to Soviet citizens – right up to the moment the state decided to remove those freedoms."

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