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Message 1259028 - Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 18:06:07 UTC
Last modified: 11 Jul 2012, 18:34:32 UTC

As found on ArsTechnica.com (re-posted without permission):

"by Jim Harper" wrote:
A year ago this coming Sunday, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ordered the Transportation Security Administration to do a notice-and-comment rulemaking on its use of Advanced Imaging Technology (aka “body-scanners” or “strip-search machines”) for primary screening at airports. (The alternative for those who refuse such treatment: a prison-style pat-down.) It was a very important ruling, for reasons I discussed in a post back then. The TSA was supposed to publish its policy in the Federal Register, take comments from the public, and issue a final ruling that responds to public input.
So far, it hasn’t done any of those things.

The reason for the delay, stated in a filing with the court last year, was the complexity and expense of doing a rulemaking in this area. But CEI’s Ryan Radia, at work on a legal brief in the case, notes that the TSA has devoted substantial resources to the PreCheck program during this time, rolling it out to additional airports. How can an agency pour resources into its latest, greatest project, yet claim poverty when it comes to complying with the law?

So on Monday, I started a petition on Whitehouse.gov. It says the president should “Require the Transportation Security Administration to Follow the Law!”

By the end of the day yesterday, the petition had garnered the 150 signatures needed to get it published on Whitehouse.gov. The petition says:

Defying the court, the TSA has not satisfied public concerns about privacy, about costs and delays, security weaknesses, and the potential health effects of these machines. If the government is going to “body-scan” Americans at U.S. airports, President Obama should force the TSA to begin the public process the court ordered.


That’s not a huge request. Getting 25,000 signatures requires the administration to supply a response, according to the White House’s petition rules.

The response we want is legal compliance. The public deserves to know where the administration stands on freedom to travel and the rule of law. While TSA agents bark orders at American travelers, should the agency itself be allowed to flout one of the highest courts in the land? If the petition gets enough signatures, we’ll find out.

Signing the petition requires an e-mail address for confirmation, but it does not sign you up for any mailing list unless you volunteer for that. If you’re concerned about sharing an e-mail address, you can create a throwaway account on AOL or Yahoo and use it once.

Please pass the word about the petition. If it gets to 25,000 people, the Obama administration will owe the public a response. I’ll report on it, and whether or not it’s satisfactory, right here.


The link can be found here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/require-transportation-security-administration-follow-law/tffCTwDd?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl Please sign this if you value your freedom to travel or believe the TSA should follow the law.

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Message 1259036 - Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 18:19:56 UTC - in response to Message 1259028.

As much as I take issue with the mere existence of the TSA, not just the way they operate, I think this belongs in the Politics forum.
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Message 1259038 - Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 18:21:31 UTC - in response to Message 1259036.

As much as I take issue with the mere existence of the TSA, not just the way they operate, I think this belongs in the Politics forum.


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Message 1259044 - Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 18:31:06 UTC
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I was hoping to get a larger audience with the people who prefer not to speak their political opinions, such as the posters here in Cafe. I'm not even looking for a commentary on my post - I'm looking for a call to action for those that believe this is an issue. I'd rather not see in in Politics where it will get buried and argued to death.

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Message 1259074 - Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 19:34:29 UTC

It's a shame that only American citizens sign this as it affects ALL travellers into & around the US.
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Message 1259113 - Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 20:55:47 UTC - in response to Message 1259074.

It's a shame that only American citizens sign this as it affects ALL travellers into & around the US.

Not even Americans, "this site is undergoing maintenance ..."

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Message 1259123 - Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 21:19:41 UTC - in response to Message 1259113.

It's a shame that only American citizens sign this as it affects ALL travellers into & around the US.

Not even Americans, "this site is undergoing maintenance ..."

It doesn't even load for me.
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Message 1259126 - Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 21:21:20 UTC

Probably the TSA sabotaging the site...:)
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Message 1259234 - Posted: 12 Jul 2012, 4:24:23 UTC

I was able to sign just a few minutes ago.
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Message 1259264 - Posted: 12 Jul 2012, 6:18:46 UTC - in response to Message 1259234.

I was able to sign just a few minutes ago.

Seems to be back up and getting signed at the rate of several a minute.

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