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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  1. identicon
    out_of_the_blue, 22 Nov 2010 @ 8:47am

    Re: Scanners

    "here are people who are trying to kill Americans" -- And many of them are in Langley, Virginia, and Washington DC. I don't at all accept the fear you try to induce. It's an observable fact that one's own gov't is *always* the biggest threat to life and liberty. The gov't acts in broad daylight, and is prepared to shoot you for going 5MPH over an arbitrary speed limit. The alleged "terrorists" -- all you claim is merely what the gov't story has put out -- have thus far, by the palsied reaction of fearful little weenies, gotten the US involved in two wars against peoples who didn't attack us, and are trying to start 3rd, 4th, and 5th fronts in Pakistan, Yemen, and Iran, to fuel the military machine.

    No, I don't want the security of a prison, or to degrade to the level of "other countries", police states such as China or Israel. Way to prevent the small number of real terrorists -- offhand I can't recall any, the FBI always seems to be central to those exposed -- is to STAY THE HELL OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE'S COUNTRIES, instead of spend a trillion dollars murdering upwards of a million of them. -- IN FACT, it's amazing that real terrorism ISN'T being seen here, by which I deduce that those who are being terrorized by the US military have decided not to fall into the trap of hitting back in that way, just against US military in *their* country. Against any other invader, we'd cheer those "insurgents" as "freedom fighters", but the rabid right has so twisted the facts and opinions with their constant fear-mongering that even the lessons of Vietnam have been forgotten.

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