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Nudists Endorse TSA Body Scanners: "If Travelers Just Think Of [It] As a Virtual Skinny-Dip ... Everyone Wins!"

This is enormously silly.

If you're feeling a little paralyzed from the overwhelming tragedy of the catastrophe in Haiti, allow me to distract you for a minute with a silly, perhaps predictable, story.

Huffington Post reports today that, for all the controversy being generated by the new body scanners in the works for the TSA, one group is enthusiastically endorsing them. No, it's not some national security think tank or conservative lobbying firm; the latest organization to come out in favor of subjecting travelers to x-rays that reveal rather intricate details of their bodies is the American Association for Nude Recreation.

In a January 7th release titled "Nudists Agree: Airport Scanning that ‘Takes It Off’ is Good for America," AANR Executive Director Erich Schuttauf argues that full body scanners are a great way for Americans to loosen up.

Behold the logic:

Polls regularly show that about one in five North Americans have skinny-dipped in mixed company already. So if travelers just think of the screen as a virtual skinny-dip, something regarded as American as apple pie since before Norman Rockwell, everyone wins in the name of better air travel security. And as an added bonus, you can add the experience to your ‘bucket list’ as a virtual dipping of one’s toe into taking a Nakation -- that’s a nudist vacation!”

Now, before you shout "what on earth is he talking about?" or "who the hell asked him, anyway?" remember, the AANR is, according to itself, "the credible voice of reason on issues relevant to nude recreation and Nakationing in appropriate settings." Apparently, this includes our nation's airports.

Liliana Segura is a staff writer and editor of AlterNet's Rights and Liberties and World Special Coverage. Follow her on Twitter.