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TSA Scanner Saga Continues

The advanced technology airport scanners continue to be shrouded in controversy. TSA revealed that the “virtual strip search” (as termed by privacy advocates) has sparked more than 600 privacy complaints by airport travelers in the last year. According to GovernmentExecutive, Ginger McCall, EPIC’s staff counsel stated, “These documents reveal that …

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Increasing Number of Airport Body Scanners

Last Friday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that they plan to increase the number of airport body scanners with the $1 billion from the Recovery Act funds. This advanced imaging technology has been rather controversial because it is in a way a “virtual strip search.” The Transportation Security Administration …

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Robert A. Harding

Robert A. Harding is a major general who retired from the Army in 2001 after serving for 33 years. He was recently tapped by President Barack Obama to head the TSA. He subsequently withdrew his nomination. Previously, Harding was CEO and president of Harding Security Associates, a security consultant firm …

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TSA Expands Body-Scanning Technology

TSA hopes to increase the use of body-scanning technology in airport security lines. This new technology will be put into place in order to avoid potential terrorist attacks like the one on the plane headed to Detroit this past Christmas. As of now, there are 40 scanners in use. However, …

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Attempted Christmas Attack Fuels TSA Evaluations

On a Christmas Day flight  from Amsterdam, a 23 year old student from Nigeria attempted to detonate an explosive on a flight to Detroit. This event is serving as more of a wake up call to politicians and national administrators than a panic stirring terrorist attack. One thing resulting from …

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DHS Faces Pressure from Republican Representatives

Department of Homeland Security is facing pressure from three Republican Congressmen over the leaked TSA documents. Representatives Peter King (R-NY), Charles Dent (R-PA), and Gus Nillrakis (R-FL) authored a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano asking how her department has “addressed the repeated reposting of this security manual to other …

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Special Meet and Greet at Airports for Soldiers

TSA has decided they are going to allow special procedures at airports for soldiers and families of soldiers. Normally, they would have to wait outside of security like everyone else, but TSA has decided they should be able to have special “meet and greet” passes. They are going to be …

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