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The TSA is pulling its invasive X-ray scanners from the country’s busiest airports.

Good news: The TSA is pulling its invasive X-ray scanners from the country’s busiest airports.

Unfortunately, they aren’t getting rid of them, only moving them to less busy airports. Nonetheless, this action suggests that the refusal of many people (such as myself) to submit to these machines slowed things down enough that the TSA was forced to abandon them. This suggests that more people should refuse and force them to do as many body searches as possible. In the end we get rid of them all.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • I think this news stinks! I have a hip prosethesis (from a hip resurfacing operation). With these machines I can breeze right through security. With the metal detectors, I was always pulled out for the secondary screening. Aaargh!

  • Rene Borbon

    I’ve been refusing the full body scanners for months now. The TSA folks sometimes would get annoyed because I would slow the line down. I’ve verbally challenged most of them during my experiences — I think they hear complaints a lot about violation of privacy and Constitutional problems with the scanners. Because I currently have a military ID, I can now pass through a much less rigorous check — which includes the TSA retrieving my security clearance from the DOD. They show more respect when you are a military service member with a security clearance.

    I’ve complained to TSA folks, as a service member, risking my life and limb in Afghanistan in the Taliban homeland and avoiding rockets, bullets, and bombs, I felt our airports have manifested the police state, something I find contrary to the reason I joined the Navy Reserve, to protect the Constitution and the freedoms we enjoy.

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