President Obama, After Traveling With Naked Scanner CEO, Defends Naked Scans

from the well,-look-at-that... dept

As the whole mess with the TSA scanners has received a lot more attention in the last week or so, a few folks are noticing that ex-Homeland Security boss Michael Chertoff, who's been quite busy defending the naked scanners, happens to be making a ton of money from one of the main ones, Rapiscan, made by OSI, a client of Chertoff's consulting firm. Of course, similar concerns were brought up a year ago when Chertoff was busy promoting the scanners, but it appears that many in the mainstream press continue to highlight his old Homeland Security title, while downplaying his current role making money from seeing those scanners sold.

However, perhaps even more interesting is the news that President Obama was finally asked to address the whole thing this weekend, and (not surprisingly) defended the scans and the pat downs as "the only [procedures] right now that [the TSA] considers to be effective," to prevent terrorism (while also admitting that he doesn't have to go through security to get on airplanes, so he hasn't experienced the scans.

No surprise there. Of course, what he didn't mention is that he just got done traveling with the CEO of OSI, the parent company of Rapiscan, the makers of the main naked scanner that is being purchased and put into all these airports. Apparently, OSI CEO, Deepak Chopra (no, not the new agey guy), "was selected to accompany US President, Barack Obama, to Mumbai and attended the US India Business Entrepreneurship meeting..."

Now, of course, all of this may be perfectly legit and reasonable. There may be plenty of reasons why all of these things happened. Chertoff and Obama may really believe these scanners are the best way to protect us. But, as Larry Lessig has been fond of pointing out lately with his anti-corruption project, it's these kinds of "connections" that make the American public lose trust in their government, since it can certainly be read in a rather corrupt manner.

Filed Under: obama, scans, tsa
Companies: osi, rapiscan


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    Planespotter (profile), 22 Nov 2010 @ 8:23am

    Re: Scanners

    Ok dokes.. if it is about safety why isn't everyone forced to go through the scanner rather than pull out people at random? Why do most people walk through the magnetic scanner or get wanded (sp?)?

    This has nothing to do with safety, it is about lining the pockets of big business who just happen to contribute cash to political campaigns and have CEO's who fly around the world with the President.

    Since 9/11 the US has become paranoid about airplanes... to be honest any self respecting terrorist should move his target from the plane to the airport, shutting down JFK or one of the big international hubs would cost millions in lost revenue and also seriously knock the US who have this thing about being "attacked on home soil"...

    As a Brit who's used to having terrorists (funded by lovely US citizens) blow up his country I'm quite used to it, as well as the Londoners who went about their normal business after teh terrorist attacks in London. You've already lost the war on terror, look at what you are doing to your own people in the name of "security".

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