Category Archives: Full body scanners

Is this the future of civil liberties?

We’re not big fans of full body scanners ~ those funny machines that reveal your naked body to security personnel, could give you cancer, and don’t seem to do what they’re supposed to do. They’re not such a big problem … Continue reading

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Security Theatre: what next?

We’ve written before about the ineffectiveness of full body scanners, along with the health and privacy risks they carry. In the US, in particular, there is a groundswell of popular opinion against them — perhaps in part because they are … Continue reading

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Full body scanners: the next generation?

Dubious though we are about full body scanners at airports, they do at least have the benefit of being optional (in the US, where you can opt instead for a pat-down that has been described as tantamount to sexual abuse) … Continue reading

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Full body scanners: ‘security theatre’

We’ve been campaigning against the use of full body scanners for a while now, and this article articulates many of the reasons we object to them in a clear and persuasive fashion. Admittedly, it also includes a criticism of a … Continue reading

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Pressure on full body scanners mounting in US

Our intrepid author actually experienced a full body scanner for the first time about ten days ago, at London Heathrow. Selection of passengers for body scanning is supposedly carried out on a random basis in the UK, although we feel … Continue reading

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Full body scanners; this is getting silly!

We’re impressed. The lunacy that is the installation and operation of full body scanners at airports around the world has hit a pitch even we doubted was possible. American news channels report that a TSA undercover agent successfully concealed a … Continue reading

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Standards of liberty, or equal violation under the law?

Perhaps because America is such a world leader in the paranoid pursuit of ‘security’ at all costs, it also seems to be a breeding ground for a number of dissenting voices. This thoughtful and cogent piece from Joel Cohen (no, … Continue reading

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