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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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), May 8th, 2012 @ 4:44pm

    In other shocking news...
    Water wet.
    Snow cold.

    TSA admits nothing until its proven to be lying several times.

    Is it time we, I dunno, sue the shit out of the lobbyist ne congresscritter who sold us this ton of worthless tech?
    They promised it could do the job, and it can't.
    We can't even be sure its actually safe to be near let alone inside.
    Fighting terrorism and stuff good, throwing snake oil on the fire bad.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 8th, 2012 @ 5:01pm

    At least it's effective at killing insulin pumps

    As seen on slashdot earlier:

    http://www.abc4.com/content/news/state/story/TSA-diabetes-salt-lake-insulin-savannah/Az- QjubuEUeXMX7LAbC1Xw.cspx

    Apparently these machines, while failing to locate certain items, are pretty effective at breaking mission-critical medical equipment.

    Even though I don't use any such medical devices, I feel better knowing that I have opted out almost every time they tried to push me through that cattle-gate - opting instead for some sweaty dude to rub his hands all over my body - and I fly several times a month.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 8th, 2012 @ 5:46pm

    So the TSA screening options are still irradiation or groping to the point where I "know" the sexual orientation of the TSA groper.

    Thanks I think I'll drive.

     

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    abc gum, May 8th, 2012 @ 6:43pm

    What happens when you tell the Emperor that he has no clothes?

     

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    jakerome (profile), May 8th, 2012 @ 7:45pm

    One Paragraph!

    All hail the return of the one paragraph blog post!

     

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    WysiWyg (profile), May 9th, 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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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2012 @ 6:21am

    The TSA is a mess. They have too many rules to follow and majority of the TSA agents are confused.

     

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    PlagueSD (profile), May 9th, 2012 @ 8:24am

    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.


    What part of "theatre" do you not understand in "Security Theatre". Last I checked, we go to the "theatre" for entertainment...

     

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