In case you think Body Scanners are going away anytime soon... It ain't just Michael Chertoff on the lobbyist gravy train for this:
Companies like L-3 Communications, the defense contractor, are providing several of the scanners under a nearly $165 million TSA contract won earlier this year, are well-prepared for the fight.
Linda Hall Daschle, a former administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration and wife of ex-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), is one of L-3’s best-connected lobbyists.
The president of LHD Associates, Daschle has earned $100,000 in lobbying fees so far this year working on “matters related to advanced imaging technology” — body scanners — among other air-travel issues, according to lobbying disclosure documents.
Rapiscan attracted attention earlier this year when it was revealed that former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, a vocal proponent of body scanners, had consulted for the company. Peter Kant, Rapsican’s executive vice president, said Chertoff was no longer working for the company.
The only time there is real bipartisanship is when there is a buck to be made... And they will do anything to keep their money flowing. More Below...Make the jump»
Bruce Schneier likes to push the limits and test the boundaries -- and security -- at our national airports. His antics resulted in published results, eliciting comment from TSA's Kip Hawley on both the TSA site (which was responding to an article in The Atlantic that provided Mr. Schneier with inspiration for his various attempts to thwart security) as well as on Schneier's own blog in response toSchneier's follow-up commentary.
I don't feel any safer, but I do applaud both Mr. Schneier's efforts and the time and effort that Mr. Hawley took to address and respond.
Now I just have to stop thinking of the alternative possible meanings for "TSA" and get on with life...in the meantime, don't forget to check out President-Elect Barack Obama's Saturday radio address, thoughtfully posted by Carol White.
This is an Open Thread.
Hat-tip to Peter1a, who provided the tip to the Schneier story via email. Make the jump»
The Terrorist Watch List maintained by the Transportation Security Administration has become a bloated and useless compendium of waste. The ACLU recently reported that the list contains a million names. The TSA disputes this saying that, due to duplicates and aliases, the number is actually closer to 400,000. Well, that’s comforting, but it doesn’t change the fact that…
“Members of Congress, nuns, war heroes and other ’suspicious characters,’ with names like Robert Johnson and Gary Smith, have become trapped in the Kafkaesque clutches of this list, with little hope of escape.”
Chris Soghoian/CNET: Report: TSA site put travelers at risk...and a bit of poetic justice
Wherein the intrepid writer finds security holes @ TSA in February '07, story gets picked up by Wired, eventually spurring COOGR to investigate and release a "scathing report". (So much stupidity, arrogance, and greed, so little time to investigate and prosecute).
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Kevin G. Hall/McClatchy: U.S. counterfeiting charges against N. Korea based on shaky evidence:
. . after calling together more than 60 experts, the Secret Service — the lead U.S. agency in combating counterfeiting — never provided any details of the evidence it said it had, instead citing "intelligence" and asking those assembled to accept the administration's claims on faith alone. .. "I can't remember if I was laughing or asleep," said one person who was in the room . .
You can break a whole bunch of things without too much penalty. Faith isn't one of them.
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