Smile, you're on a full body scan

Are you ready to show off your body like these models (below)? 

The body scan machines, which reveal you in foggy sans-clothes portraiture, are coming to O'Hare Airport in the hope they will intercept terrorists from sneaking weapons and explosives aboard your airline flight. Authorities speculate that if the body scanners were in use at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, an accused terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian, would not have been able to board a flight to Detroit on which he tried to detonate a bomb.
It was reported today that the Dutch government wanted to use the scanners at the airport to screen passengers headed to American destinations, but that the United States government objected. For some mysterious reason, the U.S. insisted that the be used on passengers to all destinations and not just Americans. Who was responsible for that idiotic decision? The Dutch government announced today that it would install the scanners anyway.
Naturally, the Chicago office of the American Civil Liberties Union objected to the scanners, arguing they infringe on privacy and that there are better ways to nail terrorists. Not unexpectedly, the ACLU says, "Security measures should be implemented
in a non-discriminatory manner. Travelers should not be subjected to intrusive
searches or questioning based on race, ethnic origin or religion."
Robert Poole, at the Reason Foundation had a different take:

[Recent security failures] reflect the flawed philosophy that underlies U.S.
aviation security policy. For the most part, it continues to be fixated
on keeping bad things--as opposed to bad people--off of airplanes. It
also implicitly assumes every passenger is equally likely to be a
terrorist, so every passenger must get equal treatment, except in
extreme cases. That's why it's so hard to shift potential bad guys from
the Department of Homeland Security's much larger databases to TSA's
selectee and no-fly lists. As a libertarian, I agree that we should be
very leery of forbidding people to fly without good reason. But
requiring potentially high-risk travelers to undergo secondary
screening (especially since we do some of this randomly, in any case)
is hardly the end of the world.

I tend to agree with Poole. We've put ourselves in an awful security box by thinking that every person who boards a flight is equally likely to be a terrorist. As someone said yesterday: "Not every Muslim is a terrorist. But most terrorists are Muslims." Political correctness in this instance has an extremely high price.

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  • First of all, Body Scanners as a "tool" for security at all airports could be a useful tool if used correctly. That being said, the airport at Copenhagen had all the information it needed to keep that Abdul person from flying, paying cash for his ticked and no luggage. And what about the Airline companies doing its own security checks; they have the most to lose if someone blows up their planes. When a passenger pays cash for a ticket, has no luggage or no Visa, they have the right to flag that person. This is not rocket science here. The British has this person on a no-fly list and had revoked his Visa from GB. I am sure this information is shared all around the world, how come we missed it.
    How many more incidents do we have to endure before the light bulb comes on.

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