Guess Who Else Is A Lobbyist For Porno Scanners?

In case you think Body Scanners are going away anytime soon... It ain't just Michael Chertoff on the lobbyist gravy train for this:

Airport body-scanner manufacturers armed for K Street battle

Companies like L-3 Communications, the defense contractor, are providing several of the scanners under a nearly $165 million TSA contract won earlier this year, are well-prepared for the fight.

Linda Hall Daschle, a former administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration and wife of ex-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), is one of L-3’s best-connected lobbyists.

The president of LHD Associates, Daschle has earned $100,000 in lobbying fees so far this year working on “matters related to advanced imaging technology” — body scanners — among other air-travel issues, according to lobbying disclosure documents.

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Rapiscan attracted attention earlier this year when it was revealed that former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, a vocal proponent of body scanners, had consulted for the company. Peter Kant, Rapsican’s executive vice president, said Chertoff was no longer working for the company.

The only time there is real bipartisanship is when there is a buck to be made...  And they will do anything to keep their money flowing.  More Below...

If government sanctioned groping is not enough to keep their scanner sales going you can be certain that there will be a truly bipartisan effort to enorce full cavity searches - can you hear that snapping sound? It is the sound of K steet issued rubber gloves being donned by TSA agents everywhere - to keep the herd of ignorant Americans from ever thinking about any backlashes against their radiated assault of your private body.

And, yes, they even have little problem with groping and abusing your kids, as well:

Fear wins the day!

posted by CT Bob

We've officially lost the "War on Terror", since we now have to basically strip-search children.

The goal of terrorism is to create such fear in a nation that they can't continue to operate normally. The terrorists have won!

Let's just all give up and learn how to speak Muslim.

Because, it ain't bombs that's doing it...we're doing it to ourselves.

Gosh. And here I thought that strip searching kids was how a pedophile might enjoy his or her time with a child?

Anyways...  It is all just security theater.

Despite what their proponents would have us believe, body scanners are not some magical tool to find all weapons and explosives that can be hidden on the human body. Yes, the scanners work against high-density objects such as guns and knives — but so do traditional magnetometers.

And the scanners fare poorly against low-density materials such as thin plastics, gels and liquids. Care to guess what Abdulmutallab's bomb was made of? The Government Accountability Office reported in March that it's not clear that a scanner would've detected that device.

Even if the scanners did work against low-density materials, the same group linked to the Christmas bomb, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has already found another way to defeat the technology: hiding bombs inside the human body: A would-be AQAP assassin tried to kill a senior Saudi counterterrorism official with a bomb hidden where only a proctologist would find it.

Security theater to keep you so pissed about the groping (some would liken it to rape ) and shame you into accepting giving glowing reports of their nudie photography as an acceptable level of stripping of your dignity and liberty.

Get ready to vomit: TSA in action

While TSA under pressure turned off an unknown but substantial number of nude imaging machines, and backed off the groping, the reports are starting to come in about the full nature of what has been going on.  

Don't believe any builshit about this is being a "pat-down".  From some of the reports gathered by the ACLU:

I was with two strangers, one of whom now had both of her open palms moving slowly across virtually every part of my body. She barely moved them as she groped both of my breasts. And most disturbingly, her hands karate-chopped their way a full two inches up into my vagina through my slacks. She performed this maneuver not once, but twice: once from behind me, and then once again, standing/bending in front of me

The pat down was so invasive that the woman doing it stuck her thumb through my jeans into my vagina, significantly more than simple resistance. She cupped each of my breasts, and ran her hand inside the waistband of my jeans.... I am upset, humilated, degraded and feel abused and criminal, when I am guilty of nothing.

In the 4 times she explored the area where my inner thigh met my crotch, she touched my labia each time, and one pass made contact with my clitoris, through 2 layers of clothing. I told her I felt humiliated, assaulted and abused.... In my work as a nurse, if I did what the TSA did against a patient's will it would be considered assault and battery, and I did not see how the TSA should have different rules.

This was, by far, the second most humiliating, and personally violating event in my life - the first being a date-rape in college

I was the only female in a crowd of men. Even though I was not next in line, I was called over to the body scanner. As I got closer to the scanner, I could clearly hear him say "got a cute one, some DD's." ... I was appalled and decided at that point to "opt out" of the scanner.... I was then put through the pat down procedure which I only can only describe as sexual assault.

In my other diaries on this topic, I have seen these atrocities belittled as "reichwing" bellyaching, etc.  Oh, sure some rightist have tried to use it as an excuse to abolish TSA, etc.  I don't know or care about any of their motives.  

Various Oh So Important lickspittles (for example WaPO's astounding ignorant Ruth Marcus and TSA's own Baghdad Bob) have claimed that only Luddites, libertarians, prudes and puritans who opt out of the nude scan will be groped.  

Don't believe them.  Many people were groped despite going through the scan (there are at least two reports of menstruating women being groped up because they were wearing a "foreign object".).  Other people asked to use the scan but were refused.  People have been assaulted when there was no goddamn machine in place to "opt out" of:

[T]he Dayton airport does not have the new body scanners. I was not given any other search options. It was enhanced patdown, or nothing. (And I would have opted for the body scanner, if I were going to be subject to a sexual assault.)

What they appear be doing, as near as I can reckon, is to get you so mad about the groping that you will be begging them to buy enough of these scanners and install them everywhere.

And K street's clients, the one's that are producing and profiting off of  this mega-million dollar porno production, will be laughing at you, the tax payer, all the way to the bank.

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And appropriately so.

I think we Americans have enough Christmas shopping (or shoplifting, among the lesser 90%, perhaps) left to do between now and Christmas. 

Wasting any more time or emotional energy in struggle against giving up freedoms that are so jealously lusted for among terrorists only detracts from our duty as consumers.

Really, when you consider the bigger picture in those terms, it's embarrassing.

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