The unelected, unaccountable, mammoth-sized, citizen-molesting and Constitution-violating Transportation Security Administration is not being straight with either the American public OR the very Congress that granted its position and power.
According to USA Today’s February 9th article “‘Inexcusable’ delay on TSA body-scanner safety reports” written by Alison Young, a whopping 15 million travelers “received full-body scans at airports without any malfunctions that put travelers at risk of an excessive radiation dose.”
Apparently they’re not handing over the proof. According to the article:
“… the TSA has yet to release radiation inspection reports for its X-ray equipment – two months after lawmakers called for them to be made public…”
Of course, we can take the bureaucrats’ word for it, because the dose is just “tiny”:
“The TSA says the radiation dose is tiny – equivalent to what a person receives during two minutes inside an airplane at crusing altitude.”
Yet, here’s what another government bureaucracy reports:
“… a 2008 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found the TSA and its contractors had failed in the past to detect when some baggage X-ray machines were emitting excessive levels of radiation or had safety features that were missing or disabled.”
Now, read my prior post “How Far Will These Hands Go?” about the real risks these machines pose to travelers. Pay particular attention to the part where there is grave concern about leaving such adjustable machines in the hands of frustrated TSA agents who might just need a clearer image of their subjects… and who have the liberty to raise the level of radiation simply because the adjustment knob is there.
Read my post, and then tell me why it’s taking so long for our brave new brand of national security to hand over the proof that innocent citizens aren’t getting radiated at cancer-causing levels.