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    TSA misses deadline to hold public comment period on “naked scanners”

    TSA misses deadline to hold public comment period on “naked scanners”

    On July 25, 2011, the Federal Court of Appeals ruled that the TSA must act “promptly” to hold a public comment period and adopt rules and regulations regarding its use of body scanners in U.S. airports.

    Nearly a year later, the TSA has yet to comply with the ruling and hold a public comment period. From Wired Magazine:

    The three-judge appellate court, which is one stop from the Supreme Court, said that the Transportation Security Administration breached federal law in 2009 when it formally adopted the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) scanners as the “primary” method of screening. The judges — while allowing the scanners to be used — said the TSA violated the Administrative Procedures Act for failing to have a 90-day public comment period, and ordered the agency to undertake one.

    A year later, the government has yet to hold those hearings. And the appellate court has twice denied motions from the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which brought the case, to order the TSA to get going.

    Apparently, rather than complying with the law, the TSA has been busy setting up a blog to counter claims the public makes against it. Recently, it put up a rebuttal to a deaf passenger’s claim that they had been (allegedly) harassed while going through security.


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    TrooperJohnSmith | July 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    So, like the Prez-O-Bama, the TSA both no longer has to comply with those pesky laws and has a thin skin?

    TSA = Thin Skinned Azzes

    I’m probably gonna end up on a no-fly list now! 🙄

    CalMark | July 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    The TSA is a classic authoritarian bureaucracy. Enormous, omnipotent governments have to be run by somebody. In such a system, by default the stupid and incompetent people run the less prestigious bureaucracies. Like TSA, for example.

    They chafe at their low station and the contempt in which they are held, and alleviate their resentment by exercising police powers with vigorous spite and thuggery. In this way, a country’s most worthless citizens can terrorize an entire country. After awhile, it becomes self-selecting for brutality.

    Regimes realize it, like it, encourage it. Don’t think for one moment that they don’t.

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