78% of Americans Okay With Full Body Scanners

The war on terror has inevitably led to loss of liberty.  Starting with the Patriot Act that was passed soon after 9/11 (but most certainly was written well before the attacks) which not a single legislator read before being passed, to where we are now with full body scanners likely being implemented both abroad and in the United States.

According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, an astounding 78% approve of full body scanners.

CNN recently reported that TSA documents, obtained by a privacy group, state that the machines will have image storing and sending capabilities:

The TSA specified in 2008 documents that the machines must have image storage and sending abilities, the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) said.

In the documents, obtained by the privacy group and provided to CNN, the TSA specifies that the body scanners it purchases must have the ability to store and send images when in “test mode.”

It is amazing how quickly we forget the famous quote by Benjamin Franklin: “Those who would sacrifice essential liberties for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” After hearing that, check out this quote below from Representaive Bennie Thompson (via Politico):

If you want safety, you’re going to have to compromise convenience,” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said on TV One’s “Washington Watch.” “You’re never going to be able to travel the way you did in the past. Times are different.”

From Franklin’s perspective, we deserve NEITHER liberty or safety, as we are quick to give up our essential liberties for a little safety.


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