Former TSA Lobbyist Now on TSA Appropriations Committee

Oh, the revolving door. How I hate thee. It’s becoming quite common for corporate lobbyists to get seats in key bureaucratic committees overseeing funding for their former employers (see: Comcast and the FCC or Monsanto and the FDA/EPA). The latest entry in that increasingly ballooning file involves the ever-repugnant TSA: Rapiscan Systems lobbied aggressively to win a major contract with the Transportation Security Administration to provide X-ray body scanners at airports, only to lose the Read more […]

TSA Naked Scanners Being Pulled From Airports

Nearly ten years ago, TSA introduced its first backscatter x-ray machine in an airport.  The technology became instantly controversial due to its ability to produce nude images of airport passengers.  Privacy issues were taken to court, but the liberal courts ruled that national security was more important than a person’s privacy and modesty. In an attempt to appease the public, TSA placed the people viewing the scans in a closed off room where they would have no contact or line of sight with Read more […]