Head of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, is today in the firing line after apparently lying to the American people about airport security in an attempt to stem waves of public backlash and outrage at what they perceive as breaches of civil rights.
As a parody of her position she is known as the Orwellian, Big Sister, but it seems the surveillance cameras are now firmly scrutinising her after thinly veiled attempts to deceive the public who are against full body scanning technology and invasive pat-down procedures being used at airports.
In a seemingly propagandist article she penned for publication by USA Today, Napolitano states that scanning machines are safe and that pat-downs are discreet, despite complaints and evidence to the contrary. Scientists, pilots, flight attendants, privacy groups, parents, Muslim groups and everyday passengers, are very unhappy with over the top, intrusive security.
“AIT machines are safe, efficient, and protect passenger privacy.” Writes Big Sis Napolitano.
“They have been independently evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, who have all affirmed their safety.”
Dr Michael Love, of the Johns Hopkins school of medicine sees it differently and after years of expertise in the field of X-Rays and Biophysical studies he said, “Statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays,” he added, “we have a situation at the airports where people are so eager to fly that they will risk their lives in this manner.”
The American 4th Amendment reads as follows:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
This means that, according to American law, the scanning and patting down of all passengers is illegal and breaches civil liberty as they do not have probable cause, they have no witnesses (oath or affirmation) against all passengers and therefore no warrants can be issued for searches about persons because they can not describe the things to be seized.
The effectiveness of the scanning machines is also in doubt as they are unable to detect explosive materials and the x-ray machines have captured revealing images of persons, despite Napolitano’s claims otherwise. All these things breach civil liberties and unless people stand up for their right to be free, they never will be.
Share your thoughts on this matter, is Napolitano lying or are the public being unjustly paranoid? Leave a comment.
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