The Stripping of Freedom: A Careful Scan of TSA Security Procedures


Role of Congress

"Holt Continues to Question Science, Effectiveness of TSA Full Body Scanners", November 22, 2010

Aircraft-Passenger Whole-Body Imaging Limitations Act of 2009, H.R. 2027, introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz April 22, 2009, passed by the House June, 2009, 310-118

Letter from Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) to TSA Administrator John Pistole, Nov. 19, 2010

Letter from Senators Collins (R-ME), Burr (R-NC), and Coburn (R-OK) to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, Aug. 5, 2010


Ralph Nader and Marc Rotenberg, Letter to Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Ralph Nader, "TSA is Delivering Naked Insecurity", USA Today, Nov. 17, 2010

Edward Luttwak, "Body Scanners at Airports Will Not Make us Safer", Wall Street Journal, Jan. 18, 2010

Libertarians Oppose Abusive TSA Strip-Search Machines

Peter Rez, "Take a Sensible Approach to Air Security", CNN, Nov. 26, 2010

Eric Bland, "'Underwear Bomber' Could Not Have Blown Up Plane", Discovery News, Mar. 10, 2010

Leon Kaufman and Joseph Carlson, An Evaluation of Airport X-ray Backscatter Units Based on Image Characteristics

Chip Pitts, "Cherish - and Work to Protect - Our Rights", Dec. 22, 2010

Chip Pitts, "The Body Scanners Must Go", BORDC's Constitution Campaign, Dec. 17, 2010

Public Response

Rutherford Institute, "Michael Roberts: One Man Against the Surveillance State", October 25, 2010

Zogby Poll, "Zogby Interactive: 61% Oppose Full Body Scans and TSA Pat Downs; 48% Will Seek Alternative to Flying", Nov. 23, 2010

Petition to Suspend Full Body Scanners, April 21, 2010

Privacy Coalition Letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, May 31, 2009

EPIC Body Scanner Incident Report

"Backlash Grows vs. Full-Body Scans," USA Today, July 13, 2010

"Full Body Scans of Fliers Set Off Debate Over Privacy, Health," USA Today, July 12, 2010

Legal Issues

EPIC v. DHS, No. 10-1157 (D.C. Cir. filed July 2, 2010) (Suspension of Body Scanner Program)

EPIC v. DHS No. 1:09-cv-02084 (D.D.C. filed Nov. 9, 2009) (Freedom of Information Act – Contracts, images, training manuals)

EPIC v. DOJ, No. 1:09-cv-2394 (D.D.C. filed Dec. 17, 2009) (Freedom of Information Act – images from body scanners in court houses)

CAIR Supports US Muslim Religious Council Statement on Body Scanners

Jeffrey Rosen, "Nude Breach: Why Privacy Always Loses", The New Republic, Dec. 13, 2010

Jeffrey Rosen, "Why the TSA Scanners and Pat-Downs are Unconstitutional", Washington Post, Nov. 28, 2010

Marc Rotenberg, "Body Scanners, Pat-Downs Violate Law and Privacy", CNN, November 27, 2010

Pilot Sues TSA Over Naked Body Scan, Fox News, November 17, 2010

"Security Theater"

Bruce Schneier, "Why the TSA Can't Back Down", The Atlantic, Dec. 2, 2010

Bruce Schneier, "Full Body Scanners: What's Next?", Dec. 3, 2010

Bruce Schneier, "Do Body Scanners Make us Safer?" Room for Debate, New York Times, Nov. 23, 2010

Bruce Schneier, Interview with "Popular Mechanics", Nov. 19, 2010

Next Steps

NY Legislators Seek Ban on Full Body Scanners in New York

Jim Harper, "Prediction: DHS Programs Will Create Privacy Concerns in 2011"

American Traveler Dignity Act, Introduced by Ron Paul, Nov. 18, 2010

Jason Chaffetz, "Don't Let Security Scanners Erase Our Privacy", CNN, December 31, 2009