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TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners From Major Airports

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The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer. ( עוד...

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Cartoon images ? What kind of Mickey Mouse operation is that ? What good is it, to remove the machines from "major airports" only to send them off to the lesser used or known airports ? Let it be known people, first and foremost, It is unknown to many the TSA is not mandated by the Federal government or required to be used at any airport .. Example would be SFO .. There is no TSA there.
Mike Barbato 2
That is absolutely correct but for a while the TSA was denying requests from airports who wanted to throw their fascist asses out. That stopped when congress, within the last year or so, modified the law and prohibited the TSA from outright denial of requests.
Kilocharlie 1
Earth to there no one monitoring this site? Political rantings and google commercials? Really??? How about limiting it to flying topics? Oh yeah free speech. Just another blog that has gone astray.
N5827P 1
I agree the TSA is out of control and useless. However the person that posted about the old machines being sent to red states. How stupid can you be to politicize this issue. Which President created TSA? And which President currently in power lets them continue? Which party pushed the "patriot act"? Which president currently in power continues the "patriot act"? Go take your Zyprexa and turn of Hannity.
When a government run agency does something stupid it is always going to be politicized. And it's fun too.
Keith Fessey 0
Hey N5827P ...I don't think so . . . . . .
If any other of our presidents had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read, would you think that he is just an Ignorant hothead?

If any other of our presidents joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that State to continue to allow illegal
immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder whose side he was on?

If any other of our presidents had pronounced the Marine Corps like Marine Corpse, would you think him an idiot?

If any other of our presidents had put 87,000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that have one of the best safety records of any industry because one foreign company had an accident, would you have agreed?

If any other of our presidents had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed would you support him?

If any other of our presidents had been the First President to need a Teleprompter Installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have
laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If any other of our presidents had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take his First Lady to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had reduced your retirement plan holdings of GM stock by 90% and then given the Unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had made a bad joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had given The Queen of England An iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought it a proud moment for America ?

If any other of our presidents had bowed to the muslim King of Saudi Arabia would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

If any other of our presidents had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had stated that there were 57 states in the United States , wouldn't you have had second thoughts About his capabilities?

If any other of our presidents would have flown all the way to Denmark To make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him
walking out his front door in his home town, would you not have thought he was a self-important, conceited, egotistical jerk.

If any other of our presidents had been so spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), And continued to flub it when he tried again, wouldn't you have winced in embarrassment? (This is what happen when he has NO Teleprompter!)

If any other of our presidents had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?

If any other of our presidents' administrations had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11?

If any other of our presidents had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans, would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

If any other of our presidents had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America , would you have ever approved?

If any other of our presidents had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so,
would you have approved?

And what about this...

Executive Orders

This is what his Czars have been doing—rewriting the laws via Exec. Order's:


Teddy Roosevelt 3, Others to FDR NONE, FDR 11 in 16 years, Truman 5 in 7 years,Ike 2 in 8 years, Kennedy 4 in 3 years, LBJ 4 in 5 years, Nixon 1 in 6 years, Ford 3 in 2 years, Carter 3 in 4 years, Reagan 5 in 8 years, Bush 3 in 4 years, Clinton 15 in 8 years, George W. Bush 62 in 8 years

Obama 923 in 3 1/2 years! this a Dictatorship in the making or what!

If you don't get the implications you're not paying attention. How many warnings do you need?
Keith Fessey 0
Contrast with...

A lot is being said in the media about Mitt Romney not being "likable" or that he doesn't "relate well" to people. Frankly, we struggled to understand why. So after much research, they came up with a Top Ten List to explain this "unlikablility."

Top Ten Reasons To dislike Mitt Romney:

1. Drop-dead, collar-ad handsome with gracious, statesmanlike aura. Looks like every central casting's #1 choice for Commander-in-Chief.

2. Been married to ONE woman his entire life, and has been faithful to her, including through her bouts with breast cancer and MS.

3. No scandals or skeletons in his closet. (How boring is that?)

4. Can't speak in a fake, southern, "black preacher voice" when necessary.

5. Highly intelligent. Graduated cum laude from both Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School ...and by the way, his academic records are NOT sealed.

6. Doesn't smoke or drink alcohol, and has never done drugs, not even in the counter-culture age when he went to college. Too square for today's America ?

7. Represents an America of "yesterday", where people believed in God, went to Church, didn't screw around, worked hard, and became a SUCCESS!

8. Has a family of five great sons....and none of them have police records or are in drug rehab. But of course, they were raised by a stay-at-home mom, and that "choice" deserves America 's scorn.

9. Oh yes.....he's a MORMON. We need to be very afraid of that very strange religion that teaches its members to be clean-living, patriotic, fiscally conservative, charitable, self-reliant, and honest.

10. And one more point.....pundits say because of his wealth, he can't relate to ordinary Americans. I guess that's because he made that money opposed to marrying it or inheriting it from Dad. Apparently, he didn't understand that actually working at a job and earning your own money made you unrelatable to Americans.

Personal Information:
His full Name is: Willard Mitt Romney
He was Born: March 12, 1947 and is 65 years old.
His Father: George W. Romney, former Governor of the State of Michigan
He was raised in Bloomfield Hills , Michigan
He is Married to Ann Romney since 1969; they have five children.
Education: B.A. from Brigham Young University, J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard University
Religion: Mormon - The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints

Working Background: After high school, he spent 30 months in France as a Mormon missionary.
After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously, he passed the Michigan bar exam, but never worked as an attorney.
In 1984, he co-founded Bain Capital a private equity investment firm, one of the largest such firms in the United States .
In 1994, he ran for Senator of Massachusetts and lost to Ted Kennedy.
He was President and CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
In 2002, he was elected Governor of the State of Massachusetts where he eliminated a 1.5 billion deficit.

Some Interesting Facts about Romney:
Bain Capital, starting with one small office supply store in Massachusetts , turned it into Staples; now over 2,000 stores employing 90,000 people.
Bain Capital also worked to perform the same kinds of business miracles again and again, with companies like Domino's, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel,
Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply and many others.
He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad's gubernatorial campaign 1 year.
He was an unpaid intern in his dad's governor's office for eight years.
He was an unpaid bishop and state president of his church for ten years.
He was an unpaid President of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for three years.
He took no salary and was the unpaid Governor of Massachusetts for four years.
He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.
Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest self-made men in our country but has given more back to its citizens in terms of money, service and time than most men.
And in 2011 Mitt Romney gave over $4 million to charity, almost 19% of his income.... Just for comparison purposes, Obama gave 1% and Joe Biden gave $300 or .0013%.

Mitt Romney is Trustworthy:
He will show us his birth certificate
He will show us his high school and college transcripts.
He will show us his social security card.
He will show us his law degree.
He will show us his draft notice.
He will show us his medical records.
He will show us his income tax records.
He will show us he has nothing to hide.

Mitt Romney's background, experience and trustworthiness show him to be a great leader and an excellent citizen for President of the United States .
You may think that Romney may not be the best representative the Republicans could have selected.
At least I know what religion he is, and that he won't desecrate the flag, bow down to foreign powers, or practice fiscal irresponsibility.
I know he has the ability to turn this financial debacle that the current regime has gotten us into. We won't like all the things necessary to recover from this
debt, but someone with Romney's background can do it.
But, on the minus side, he never was a "Community Organizer", never took drugs or smoked pot, never got drunk, did not associate with communists or terrorists, nor did he attend a church whose pastor called for "God to damn the US" .
sparkie624 1
So they are now admitting that the ones they are using at most locations prevent a safety hazard... If not, why would they spend the money to replace them....
suz 1
Millions and millions of dollars wasted under this administration of cartoon characters. About as much research went into this sensitive search, security-based technology as did the electric car, electric car batteries, wind and solar power. Millions wasted. Did I say MILLIONS?
JJ Johnson -1
TSA equals the beginning of the American NAZI Police State and the majority of the dumb Americans are clueless why they are in existence. It's a test for mass control
of the populace under the lie of terror war. It's all bovine feces. Wake up people
before you hear ACHTUNG! Your Papers Please!

Soon the goons will be in bus stations, on the highways and in our shopping malls. After that checkpoints and bayonets. It's coming. Stop this madness before it's too late.

I don't fly any more I drive or just don't travel. I refuse to participate in this
Police State test. Screw um
Mike Barbato 1
Brother, I keep saying it but nobodies listening. Most people are gullable and aptly buy in to the "terror threat" lie. It should be blatantly obvious to anyone paying any attention to real life that there are so many opportunities everywhere to commit an attack, but they never happen. The NYPD unlawfully spied on NYC mosques and found absolutely no evidence of anything.
indy2001 0
We've had the millimeter-wave machines here in Indianapolis since the Weir Cook Terminal opened four years ago. My wife and I have been through them at least 20 times each. Not once out of those 40 times has a false alarm occurred. According to those researchers in Europe and Australia who estimated the false alarm rate at 23%-54%, we should have seen 9 - 22 instances. Someone's numbers (or political motives) are very suspect.
DoughnutSpanker 2
Well, theoretically yes. However, in practice, no. Just because it's a 1 in a million chance to win the lottery (theoretically, of course) doesn't mean that if you buy a million lottery tickets you'll win once. You may win 5 times, you may not win once.
David Sims 1
Or more than likely you and your wife don't carry items on your person that can cause false detections. Running the same person with the same items through repeatedly should cause the same result. The false alarms are caused by odd or unusual items showing up that may look suspicious but are not.
dud1 1
I agree with DoughnutSpanker. Just because you’re a participant does not mean you’re a winner or loser. As I have traveled, I have been swab tested on a numerous occasions at various airports while my wife has never been tested. It’s the luck of the draw.

The criteria under which the results were obtained are not specified. As an old tech, from a technical point of view there too many variants to be considered to compare Australia & Indianapolis in the cooler part of USA.

Firstly, No two machines are precisely the same therefore accuracy is questionable. Consequently false positives is possible from scanner to scanner from the same manufacturer are a reality, let alone different manufacturers. Remember that you are dealing with computerization & anyone who has dealt with computers will know that two computer of the precise same specifications on paper will not always perform precisely the same.

Some of the simple factor not disclosed are; Where the machines from the same manufacturer? Were they the same model? Who installed them? What are the climatic where the machine is installed? Were the results from the cooler Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide airports or from the warmer and sweater regions of Brisbane & Perth or the extremely hot Darwin and Cairns?

There are far, far to many variables to list.

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Fred Schneider 9
that is about the dumbest remark I have ever seen on here.
What is dumb is moving the machines anywhere but the dump.
Mike Barbato -3
No, I'd say it's entirely possible. I would not surprise me at all. It may even be semi-subconscious on their part.

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