Homeland Security Admits That TSA Scanners Have 'Vulnerabilities'

from the shockingly-unshocking dept

A leaked internal report by Homeland Security has revealed what most people already knew: that its new (expensive) nudie scanners have vulnerabilities that could let things through. This is hardly a surprise. We've written about previous claims including a pretty detailed research report highlighting the vulnerabilities. In fact, it seems pretty crazy that the TSA is finally starting to take notice now. What's really the most galling, of course, is that plenty of people have been pointing out these kinds of vulnerabilities for a while and the TSA did nothing. It's just that now, as the vulnerabilities are finally getting press attention, that the TSA starts to pretend to take these things seriously, rather than admitting the truth: they're there for show more than anything else.

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    WysiWyg (profile), 9 May 2012 @ 12:50am

    I've been thinking.

    A lot of people claim that the purpose of "security theater" is to give politician a chance to say "we're doing something to keep you safe". I think the purpose is the complete opposite, not to make you feel safer but to remind you that there are bad people out there (somewhere, probably, maybe) that want to kill you. And child-predators.

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