Congress Wants To Cut Funds To The TSA For Naked Scanners
from the looks-like-someone's-paying-attention dept
Via Slashdot we learned that the House Appropriations Committee’s latest plan specifically cuts funding for the TSA’s naked body scanners. In the section about the TSA, it notes:
The bill includes $7.8 billion for the TSA, an increase of $125 million over last year?s level, and $293 million below the President?s request. These funds will be used to sustain the current cap level of 46,000 full time screening personnel, and for explosive detection systems, security enforcement, cargo inspections, Federal Air Marshals, and other TSA activities. The bill also includes an additional $10 million to address air cargo threats. However, the bill does not provide $76 million requested by the President for 275 additional advanced inspection technology (AIT) scanners nor the 535 staff requested to operate them.
This won’t stop the many such machines already in service, but could potentially slow the expansion of the use of such machines. Of course, I’m sure one carefully placed “soft on terrorists!” fear mongering report will ensure such machines get funded soon enough anyway.