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Update: Gizmodo and others are reporting that the TSA will remove the naked image scanners from U.S. airports. While this is a clear victory as the TSA capitulates on this point, we cannot let up until the entire organization becomes a thing of the past. They are still expanding outside of airports and making their presence known, as they just have with their VIPR teams at a California train station. So let’s realize that this is a common tactic of “one step back, two steps forward.” Your cameras should always be at the ready to document every abuse of your civil liberties.
The push-pull between the TSA and travelers who have had enough of their presence continues to rage. Naked image scanners and Backscatter X-ray devices are under pressure from all sides, despite the best efforts of Michael Chertoff and a U.S. government that seems to have invested in tyranny.
Word is spreading that the scanner technology being used in airports is exceedingly harmful, along with being a gross invasion of privacy. The thug-like behavior of TSA agents has further angered a sizable portion of the flying public, leading to numerous grassroots efforts to check the power of the TSA in lieu of a non-responsive federal government.
An increasing number of people are becoming informed and are deciding to opt-out of the radiation, as well as to not provide X-rated details to criminals that have included thieves and pedophiles. The TSA has not been deterred, even as outrage mounts, because the success of the machines and the right of TSA agents to grope the public in airports will determine the future of their presence throughout America. In fact, Backscatter machines already are being deployed in street roving vans, and are most likely headed to a mall near you if the public doesn’t continue to raise its voice.
A strategy for direct participation in demanding your freedom is outlined below.
However, beyond legislation, grassroots activism is essential. Alec Scheer, founder of We Are 1776, has built upon the work of others and has set up a monthly campaign that can steamroll into a mass movement of peaceful resistance. Opt-out and film campaigns will make it known that tyranny is never acceptable, especially when introduced under the guise of keeping us safe. Furthermore, taking such action is a valuable lesson in direct participation, as opposed to looking to bought-and-paid for leaders to make the swift changes that are necessary. Lastly, it will put tyrants on notice that We the People are not intimidated and they will be documented while violating the Constitution.
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