4 New Places Where the TSA's Naked Body Scanners Could Start Popping Up

With National Opt-Out Day upon us, Americans across the country are being urged to say no to the TSA's body scanners to make a point about how unnecessary, ineffective, and violating the scanners and their alternative, the "enhanced pat-downs," really are. But instead of scaling back the procedures in the face of widespread public scrutiny, the Department of Homeland Security is threatening to expand ridiculous security measures to new locations.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who has vocally defended the new screening methods, suggested in an interview with Charlie Rose on Monday that Americans could start seeing the methods like the TSA's used in subway systems, trains and boats.

I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime. So, what do we need to be doing to strengthen our protections there?

Meanwhile, the AP reports that the U.S. Marshals Service is considering the use of TSA body scanners in federal courthouses. Two state courthouses in Colorado are already using the scanners.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at November 24, 2010, 5:05am

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