Saturday, 20 March 2010 10:58
'Our recent trip through Baltimore BWI Airport was a disturbing example of the authoritative behavior of TSA agents. A TSA thug explains to a slave that while the government assumes the authority to look at your naked body, that you have no right to film them doing so.
The airport, likely many others in the U.S., had begun implementing now-notorious Body Scanners months before the Christmas Day Underwear Bomber episode that the powers-that-be have seized upon as a justification for implementing the invasive technology (though it has come out that the alleged terrorist Abdulmutallab never went through security and was allowed onto the plane via intelligence connections without even a passport).
Fellow cameraman Rob Dew and I have already refused to go through TSA scanners at Baltimore back in the fall and were prepared to do so again. However, we were not “randomly” selected to go through them this time. The suspects du jour were middle-aged women with make-up in their purses and well-dressed, but frumpy looking businessmen. We decided to film people going through the scanners, as well as being wanded and frisked at great inconvenience—with no basis for suspicion and no real justification for their actions.'