TSA Opt Out And Film Week Garners National AttentionSubmitted by fonzdrew on Sat, 11/17/2012 - 06:53
WIth just three days to go until the Opt Out & Film campaign begins, the effort to stand up to the TSA is garnering national attention, with consumer advocate Chris Elliott throwing his support behind a move to “just say no” to invasive screening procedures.
Writing for the Huffington Post, Elliott points to the Infowars campaign (infowars.com/optout) as a way to “Slow screenings to the point where the agency will have to reconsider the way it checks air travelers, as it did during a successful opt-out action two years ago.”
Pointing out the fact that airport body scanners pose a major health threat, are useless at detecting foreign objects, haven’t caught a single terrorist, and represent an unconstitutional violation of privacy, Elliott emphasizes that, “In order to end the warrantless scans for good, we need to stand up at the same time and say “no” even after Opt-Out Week ends. We need to do it until the TSA changes the way it screens us.”
Saying no to the TSA represents a real solution, a form of civil disobedience that has a real chance of success given the fact that the TSA has been forced to roll back the invasiveness of its screening procedures in recent months, notably by mothballing 91 of its dangerous x-ray body scanning machines.
Crucially, although the TSA has proven that it cares little for health or privacy concerns, the reason given for scrapping these machines is that they took too long to screen passengers. The message is therefore clear – the only way to change the TSA’s policies is to slow their screening process to a crawl. Opting out the the body scan is one way to do that.