Ex-TSA employee claims agents routinely laughed at naked X-rays of passengers


B00Mer
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Ex-TSA employee claims agents routinely laughed at naked X-rays of passengers



A former agent for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago alleges that he and his fellow agents routinely laughed at naked X-ray images and engaged in rampant racial profiling.

Writing in Politico, Jason Edward Harrington claims that employees regularly behaved inappropriately in what is called the Image Operator, or I.O., room.

Because the TSA assured the public that nude images of passengers would not be stored on any recording devices, there were no cameras in the I.O. room, which was also locked from the inside. So, Harrington writes, “I.O. room duty quickly devolved into an unofficial break” in which employees “gawked” at “overweight people, their every fold and dimple on full awful display.”

Moreover, “[a]ll the old, crass stereotypes about race and genitalia size thrived on our secure government radio channels.”

The lack of internal surveillance also allowed other kinds of bad behavior to thrive. “Officers who were dating often conspired to get assigned to the I.O. room at the same time,” Harrington claims, “where they analyzed the nude images with one eye apiece, at best.”

These behaviors were not a security concern, Harrington writes, because the “TSA was compelling toddlers, pregnant women, cancer survivors — everyone — to stand inside radiation-emitting machines that didn’t work.”

After the full-body scanners were installed, “[o]fficers discovered that the machines were good at detecting just about everything besides cleverly hidden explosives and guns.”

source: Ex-TSA employee claims agents routinely laughed at naked X-rays of passengers | The Raw Story (external - login to view)
 
L Gilbert
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Because enquiring minds wanna know.
 
damngrumpy
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I don't think all this security in Canada has ever caught a real terrorist.
The one they were suspicious of with a possible bomb in his pocket
they took the bomb and let him on anyway so what is the point to all
this nonsense.
 
Sal
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A former agent for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago alleges that he and his fellow agents routinely laughed at naked X-ray images and engaged in rampant racial profiling.

oh what a shock... they are airport security not medical personnel... maybe that would traumatize some but frankly....*shrug* laugh on
 
Ron in Regina
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I don't believe that the TSA agents have much going on for them like
good wages, transferable skills, etc...so this might be one of their,
for lack of a better term, few job perks. Doesn't make it right. Just
makes it real.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by damngrumpyView Post

I don't think all this security in Canada has ever caught a real terrorist.
The one they were suspicious of with a possible bomb in his pocket
they took the bomb and let him on anyway so what is the point to all
this nonsense.

Job creation
 
Ron in Regina
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Retired_Can_Soldier
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Give em a break, they have a sh!tty career.
 
Walter
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I'd laugh, too.
 
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