Tomorrow is National Opt Out Day, and if you are flying in an airplane, I urge you to stand against full-body radiation as a ridiculous cure against terrorism and stand up and demand to be groped — in public! — by a randy TSA agent in full view of your flying compatriots. On June 9, 2008, I wrote this article — No Private Parts Privacy — lamenting the total loss of discretion while flying the unfriendly skies. Tomorrow is the payoff for my previous prescience.
The idea of being scanned naked in the name of national security is reprehensible. First we had “Shoe Bomber.” We had to take off our shoes. Then, a year ago, we had the “Underwear Bomber” and now we’re subjected to a naked search with radiation.
What’s next when we inevitably have the “Vagina Bombstress” and the “Anal Fissure Exploder?” Will we then be subjected to the “Finger Me” TSA poke-around and a rubber gloved fisting from the TSA for a public “Anal Intrusion” inspection?
Today, the TSA will cover you in urine as part of your security screening:
President Barack Obama has asked security officials whether there’s a less intrusive way to screen U.S. airline passengers than the pat-downs and body scans causing a holiday-season uproar.
For now, they’ve told him there isn’t one, the president said Saturday in response to a question at the NATO summit in Lisbon.
“I understand people’s frustrations,” Obama said, while acknowledging that he’s never had to undergo the stepped-up screening methods.
As Obama prevaricates and twiddles, the rest of us suffer under his indignant — and uninterested — thumb.
If Obama doesn’t care about these invasive searches — what does he care about?
Are we concerned these radiation scanners cause cancer?
In March, the Congressional Biomedical Caucus (of which I am a co-chair) hosted a presentation on this technology by TSA, as well as a briefing by Dr. David Brenner of Columbia University on the potential health effects of “back scatter” x-ray devices. As Dr. Brenner noted in his presentation and in subsequent media interviews, the devices currently in use and proposed for wider deployment this year currently deliver to the scalp “20 times the average dose that is typically quoted by TSA and throughout the industry.”
Dr. Brenner has pointed out that the majority of the radiation from X-ray backscatter machines strikes the top of the head, which is where 85 percent of the 800,000 cases of basal cell carcinoma diagnosed in the United States each year develop. According to Dr. Brenner, excessive x-ray exposure can act as a cancer rate multiplier, which is why our government should investigate thoroughly the potential health risks associated with this technology.
Do we want our children exposed to TSA searches?
Here’s process in action. Hold up your hands as if you’re being robbed on the street and then suck in your gut and get ready to be peeped:
Opt Out tomorrow. Stand up for your human civil rights even if your President won’t stand with you. Demand to be treated, not as a terrorist, but as a true citizen of a cringing, shriveling, nation.