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Warning for man accused over airport breast X-ray

LONDON (AFP) – Police said Wednesday they have warned an airport worker who reportedly made a crude remark about a colleague’s breasts as a newly-installed security scanner took a full body X-ray of her. Jo Margetson, 29, walked into an X-ray machine at London’s Heathrow Airport by mistake before the…

Expanded use of body scanners slammed by ACLU

It was announced on Friday that the Transportation Security Administration plans to extend the use of full body scanners to eleven additional airports in the United States over the next two years. The American Civil Liberties Union immediately condemned the plan as a grave infringement on civil liberties. The ACLU’s…

One in four Germans wants microchip under skin: poll

HANOVER, Germany — It sounds like something from a sci-fi film, but one in four Germans would be happy to have a microchip implanted in their body if they derived concrete benefits from it, a poll Monday showed. The survey, by German IT industry lobby group BITKOM, was intended to…

Bollywood star claims he autographed his own naked body scan

Joking comments on a foreign TV talk show last Friday were either exaggerations designed to self-inflate a Bollywood star’s ego or they might signify — as an ACLU blogger sees it — that “the future is now.” Civil libertarians have argued that if airports use full body scans on travelers,…

UK air travelers who refuse body scans to be blocked from flying

If you’re planning on flying from any British airport, better get comfortable with the idea of a stranger looking at you naked. That’s the new rule which went into effect at airports across the United Kingdom at the beginning of February, even as three dimensional body scanners were just being…

Watchdog says TSA misleading public on body scanning technology

The full-body scanners being installed at US airports are capable of recording, storing and transmitting the nude images they make of passengers, says the Electronic Privacy Information Center. EPIC, a watchdog group that monitors privacy in the digital age, has obtained documents showing that the Transportation Security Administration requires its…

Carville: Full body scanners can ‘measure my penis’

Perhaps revealing a latent fear among some men about the potential capabilities of the full-body scanners headed to airports across the US, Democratic strategist James Carville told a radio show Friday that the devices can “measure my penis.” Asked on the Tony Kornheiser Show if he opposed the idea of…

Ann Coulter says she’s afraid of anal, foreskin bombings

If you didn’t lose your lunch over comments conservative doyenne Ann Coulter made about abortion doctors (“I’m not opposed to shooting abortionists”) or about Jews (“We just want Jews to be perfected, as they say”) or maybe even about John Edwards (whom she called a “faggot”), you might just lose…

US scientists may have discovered key to defeating obesity

Shutting down an energy-controlling mechanism in mice left them leaner than normal mice and could be a new way to fight obesity in humans, US researchers said in a study published Tuesday. And the finding is big news in the United States, where around a third of the adult population…

‘Experts’ justify profiling, body scanners with familiar paranoid rhetoric

In the wake of the failed Christmas Day attack on a Detroit-bound flight, a large number of so-called experts have raised the ire of civil libertarians in their pursuit of increasingly draconian security measures. Appearing on Fox News Saturday, a retired U.S. general called for “very serious, harsh profiling,” singling…

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