Blogger proves TSA body scanners useless

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This video is here to demonstrate that the TSA’s insistence that the nude body scanner program is effective and necessary is nothing but a fraud, just like their claims that the program is safe (radiation what?) and non-invasive (nude pictures who?). This video is not intended to teach anyone how to commit criminal acts, nor is intended to help “the terrorists” — if I could figure this out, I’m sure they’ve long figured it out, and by exposing it to the public, we now have an opportunity to correct it. The scanners are now effectively worthless, as anyone can beat them with virtually no effort. The TSA has been provided this video in advance of it being made public to give them an opportunity to turn off the scanners and revert to the metal detectors. I personally believe they now have no choice but to turn them off.

Please share this video with your family, friends, and most importantly, elected officials in federal government. Make sure they understand that your vote is contingent on them fixing the abuse that 200,000 passengers face from the TSA on a daily basis.

I’d like to thank:

Travel Underground –

Freedom to Travel USA –

Legislators who have stood up to the TSA – especially Dr. Ron Paul & Sen. Rand Paul

…and all those who have both publicly and privately stood up to the TSA.

My legal battle against the TSA’s nude body scanner and pat-down molestation program continues in court, soon with a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court. If you’d like to donate to this effort, send PayPal to: jon [at]


Israeli Security Expert to Canada: ‘Full Body Scanners Useless’

An Israeli security expert tells Canada its full-body scanners are useless. “I can overcome them with enough explosives to bring down a Boeing 747.”

4-25-10 An Israeli security expert told Canadian officials their multi-million-dollar investment in full-body scanners for airports across the country was “useless” and could easily be hoodwinked by terrorists.

Rafi Sela, former chief of security at the Israel Airport Authority, spoke with members of Canada’s House of Commons Transport Committee via video hookup from Kfar Vradim last Thursday. He told the lawmakers, who were investigating the state of Canada’s aviation safety, that the 44 imaging machines – each costing $250,000 – were a response that was too little and too late.

Sela, who helped design the security system at Ben-Gurion International Airport, has some 30 years’ experience in the field. He warned the lawmakers, “You are reacting to incidents instead of being one step ahead of them” when the acquisition of the scanners was announced, days after a Nigerian national tried to blow up a U.S. airliner in December.

“I don’t know why everybody is running to buy these expensive and useless machines,” Sela commented. “I can overcome the body scanners with enough explosives to bring down a Boeing 747. That’s why we haven’t put them in our airport.”

Junior Transport Minister Rob Merrifield contended that the scanners met the country’s “stringent requirements,” adding that “full-body scanners are used by dozens of countries around the world and are considered one of the most effective methods of screening.”

The scanners are being used for secondary screening to detect non-metallic threats. A passenger may choose a physical “pat-down” instead, according to the Vancouver Sun; some with specific medical conditions or implants may not be able to pass through the scanner.

University of Ottawa aviation security expert and political scientist Mark Salter also testified, agreeing with Merrifield that the scanners were a “genuine leap forward” and calling them a “much better mouse trap.”

Sela recommended instead that Canada use a “trusted traveller” system that sorted pre-approved, low-risk passengers, who could quickly be moved on with an expedited screening process, from those who might require more investigation. Such investigation would employ enhanced screening areas where automatic sniffing technology could be used to rule out explosives on a person’s body or in baggage. He added that Canadians should also be using behavioral profiling.

Israeli security officials routinely use both.