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TSA Spending $245 Million On "Second Generation" Body Scanners 335

McGruber writes "Continuing its standard practice of wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, the TSA has awarded an indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, worth up to $245 Million, to American Science and Engineering Inc. to deliver an unspecified number of 'second generation' Advanced Imaging Technology screening systems for use at U.S. airports. As previously reported, Jonathan Corbett proved that TSA's current nude-o-scopes are incapable of actually detecting hidden objects."
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TSA Spending $245 Million On "Second Generation" Body Scanners

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  • Power Trip (Score:5, Informative)

    by cpu6502 ( 1960974 ) on Wednesday September 19, 2012 @10:19AM (#41386647)

    The people who manage this agency are on a powertrip. They are the "nosy neighbor" types who love to spy on other people, and being in control of the TSA (and the overall Dept. of Homeland Security) allows them to do what they love to do. Be nosy. They nudebody scan you at airports, rifle through your luggage, do random spots checks along highways, at bus depots, and train stations. They've even surprised citizens at post offices and malls and public parks by demanding IDs and performing warrantless searches of backpacks, purses, et cetera. They've detained & arrested people who were doing nothing wrong except posting on facebook.

    It's about time that we Americans Stand Up and start saying, "No. Do you have a warrant? Then no you may not search me at the mall, in the train station, in my car, or pour shit in my drinks." As the ACLU recently told citizens of DC:
    No warrant; no search.
    No warrant; no search.

  • Re:Fly naked (Score:3, Informative)

    by Walterk ( 124748 ) <[dublet] [at] []> on Wednesday September 19, 2012 @10:28AM (#41386769) Homepage Journal

    It's been tried []. Apparently it doesn't even qualify for indecent expose if you claim it's a protest []..

  • Re:Note to TSA (Score:5, Informative)

    by deanklear ( 2529024 ) on Wednesday September 19, 2012 @10:47AM (#41387007)

    The TSA has nothing to do with terrorism. It has to do with ratcheting up fear so the military industry can continue to suck half of our discretionary budget. It's a drop-in replacement for the cold war. We spend 4 times more than the entirety of the EU combined, or roughly 40-45% of the entire world budget.

    The numbers are probably higher, but I can't find any statistics right now that include interest on past wars, paying for veterans benefits, and the various weapons research projects that are buried in other departments like the DoE.

  • Re:Post Removed (Score:4, Informative)

    by Soulskill ( 1459 ) Works for Slashdot on Wednesday September 19, 2012 @01:58PM (#41390081)

    It's a troll. No posts are being removed.

Fear is the greatest salesman. -- Robert Klein