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DHS Stonewalls On Public Comment About Body Scanners 192

OverTheGeicoE writes "On Saturday, the Electronic Privacy Information Center announced that they filed papers in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to get the Department of Homeland Security to start its public comment process. In July the court ordered DHS to take public comment on airport body scanning, in accordance with federal law. The court allowed DHS and TSA to continue using scanners during the comment period. According to EPIC's filing the ruling against DHS became final on September 21 after EPIC's motion for a rehearing was denied. Since then, DHS has done nothing to comply with the order. EPIC wants DHS to release details for their public comment period process within 45 days. DHS is no stranger to the kind of notice and comment rulemaking that is being required of them. Earlier public comment on their Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), which would have required draconian security on aircraft 10% of the size of a Boeing 737, did not go so well. They received 7400 comments 'vehemently opposed' to LASP in 2008 and 2009 and are still reworking the plan in response to the comments received."
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DHS Stonewalls On Public Comment About Body Scanners

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  • Great (Score:4, Interesting)

    by adeft ( 1805910 ) on Tuesday November 01, 2011 @10:55AM (#37907828)
    This is a great start. I'm not familiar with the process. If they document that everyone hates the scanners, will they actually be removed?
  • by LehiNephi ( 695428 ) on Tuesday November 01, 2011 @10:57AM (#37907872) Journal
    Folks, this is exactly what you get when your elected representatives delegate regulation to appointed bureaucrats. I've said it before, and it bears repeating: if a regulation is important enough to enact, it's important enough to have the legislature go on record passing it, rather than letting political appointees create rules which have the force of law. Unelected = (largely) unaccountable.
  • Re:Land of the free (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 01, 2011 @11:51AM (#37908536)
    I have a co-worker who emigrated from Ukraine in the 90s, having grown up during the time when government bread lines were pretty common. The first thing he was required to do over here was to go to the DPS and get a license so he could drive to work. Being no stranger to dealing with government lines, he assumed he would be able to show up during an off-hour and get through. He was wrong, the line was out the door, and it was quite a shock to him. His comment to me was (insert heavy Ukranian accent here) "I thought things like this only occur in communist countires."

    The problem is that every time I read the news about US security theater known as the TSA, all I can hear is his voice, complete with accent, telling me that these things should only occur in communist countries. It's depressing.

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