Jan 192011
 
 January 19, 2011  Surveillance

Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars.com writes:

If the experience of a man traveling through Baltimore Washington International Airport last night is anything to go by, the TSA is now forcing people who opt out of the naked body scanner to walk through the machine as part of a psychological ploy to coerce subservience out of other travelers.

Alexander Petersen was passing through security to board a domestic flight to Florida with his wife and three children. After the backscatter x-ray machines were turned on, TSA staff started corralling passengers to go through the naked body scanners. Petersen’s family escaped selection but when he was told to submit to a scan, Peterson declined and opted for the invasive pat down instead.

“They then called for an “opt-out” pat down and still told me I had to go through the machine,” writes Petersen.

Read more on Infowars.com.

Since November, I’ve read a number of anecdotal reports where people who did go through the scanners were still subjected to the invasive pat-downs, even though the body scanners did not sound any alarm or indicate any reason for suspicion. This is somewhat different, though, where the body scanners are reportedly being used as a “punishment” for those who object to them.

I continue to urge Congress to review and revise this horrific situation. No citizen of the U.S. should be required to undergo pat-downs that are aggressive and humiliating without reasonable suspicion. A large segment of this county, if not the majority, has had enough of the costly and privacy-invasive security theater and wants some sanity and respect restored to air travel.

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