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 November 21, 2010  Surveillance

Ashley Halsey III reports:

A cheap and simple fix in the computer software of new airport scanners could silence the uproar from travelers who object to the so-called virtual strip search, according to a scientist who helped develop the program at one of the federal government’s most prestigious institutes.

The researcher, associated with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, said he was rebuffed when he offered the concept to Department of Homeland Security officials four years ago.

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“These guys usually come to us when they have a huge problem,” Wattenburg said on Thursday. “If it’s something simple, we tell them and they don’t listen.”

Wattenburg says the program is so simple that “a 6-year-old could do the same thing with Photoshop.”

Read more in the Washington Post.

If the scientist’s allegations are true, one has to wonder why the previous administration didn’t take their suggestion.

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