TSA Whistleblower: Body Scanners Routinely FailGuns, knives, explosive material not recognized by $1 billion dollar fleet of scanners
Paul Joseph Watson
Apr. 10, 2012
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A TSA screener has lifted to lid to reveal how the federal agency’s $1 billion dollar plus fleet of body scanners is completely useless in that the machines routinely fail to pick up prohibited items such as knives, guns and powder designed to resemble explosive material.
In an interview conducted by Jon Corbett, the engineer who recently exposed how the scanners could be fooled by simply securing an object inside an external pocket sewn on to an item of clothing, “Jennifer,” a TSA screener, also reveals how the federal agency forced people without the necessary training to operate the scanners.
When Jennifer wrote to her Congressman complaining about the problems, the TSA retaliated by removing her from screening duties and began the process to dismiss her altogether.
In the transcript below, Jennifer explains how the body scanners routinely fail to pick up prohibited items, meaning they are nothing less than a complete waste of money and a prime example of “security theater”.
Jon: Were there specific times where this machine didn't work, for either someone testing it, or a passenger went through and it was determined that they went through with...Jennifer then divulges how the TSA forced screeners who had not received the proper training to operate the radiation-firing body scanners.
Jon: They tried to send you to the machines, and you said, 'Hold on, I'm not certified.'In the interview Jennifer also exposes how she has never even seen a copy of the Screening Checkpoint Standard Operating Procedures manual, which TSA agents are mandated to read as part of their training.
When Jennifer attempted to bring these issues to the attention of TSA management, she was ignored and the federal agency promptly began the process of firing her after she attempted to alert Congress to the situation.
“There you have it. The TSA was aware of the fatal flaws in the nude body scanner program, yet knowingly defrauded the American taxpayer into buying these machines, as well as travellers from across the globe into posing naked "for their safety." Well no more, guys -- we're done posing naked for the TSA,” writes Corbett. “It's time for the nude body scanner program to be immediately ended, for TSA Administrator John Pistole to be fired, and for the TSA to be dismantled as soon as possible. I encourage you to make this an election year issue and demand from your candidates a strong commitment to restoring our civil rights -- and our sanity at airports. I also encourage anyone who's asked to go through a body scanner to simply say, "I opt out," and refuse to participate in this security theatre.”
Given how the TSA responded to Corbett’s last expose`, by first failing to even address the fact that he had proven the body scanners could be easily defeated and then threatening journalists not to cover the story, it’s anyone’s guess how they will react to the latest revelations.
Corbett is still engaged in a lawsuit against the TSA's naked body scanners and its invasive pat down procedures.
Dovetailing Corbett’s new revelations about the federal agency is a separate story concerning the TSA’s refusal to explain why laptops have to be removed from carry on bags, whereas iPads do not.
According to security expert Bruce Schneier, who the TSA recently kicked off a critical Congressional panel, there is no sound reason whatsoever and this is merely another example of "security theater." Another unnamed expert connected to the DHS told Forbes that the practice was merely about "giving people a sense that something is being done to protect them."
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.