My tip first. If you are planning on joining in the “National Opt Out Day” as you travel the nation’s airports and enjoy the company of Big Sis’s TSA. Be certain to demand the TSA worker who is about to check your junk, trunk, and rack change his/her lovely blue gloves before checking you personally. Remember, this time last year we were being prompted to freak-out over H1N1 (Flying Pigs– er, Swine Flu). Insist that you will not be exposed to anything the previous pat-down recipient was carrying on his/her junk. Thatisall …
As the whole mess with the TSA scanners has received a lot more attention in the last week or so, a few folks are noticing that ex-Homeland Security boss Michael Chertoff, who’s been quite busy defending the naked scanners, happens to be making a ton of money from one of the main ones, Rapiscan, made by OSI, a client of Chertoff’s consulting firm. Of course, similar concerns were brought up a year ago when Chertoff was busy promoting the scanners, but it appears that many in the mainstream press continue to highlight his old Homeland Security title, while downplaying his current role making money from seeing those scanners sold.
However, perhaps even more interesting is the news that President Obama was finally asked to address the whole thing this weekend, and (not surprisingly) defended the scans and the pat downs as “the only [procedures] right now that [the TSA] considers to be effective,” to prevent terrorism (while also admitting that he doesn’t have to go through security to get on airplanes, so he hasn’t experienced the scans.
No surprise there. Of course, what he didn’t mention is that he just got done traveling with the CEO of OSI, the parent company of Rapiscan, the makers of the main naked scanner that is being purchased and put into all these airports. Apparently, OSI CEO, Deepak Chopra (no, not the new agey guy), “was selected to accompany US President, Barack Obama, to Mumbai and attended the US India Business Entrepreneurship meeting…” […]
Red State has a must read of US troops encountering the TSA upon their return from the battlefields of Afghanistan. Seems the TSA worker thought the soldier’s nail clippers were highly dangerous weapon should he (the soldier) decide to hijack the plane and force it to fly to the Bunny Ranch in Las Vegas, NV. However, the TSA agent failed to understand the potential volatility of the butt of an unloaded US military issued rifle in the hands of a battle-worn US soldier. Thankfully the potential for a violent takeover of the commercial jet the troops were flying on was erased by disarming the soldier of the dangerous nail clippers, and the company then filed onto the plane with their rifles (and other unloaded arms) slung over their shoulders. The Bunny Ranch would have to go on without them, alas.