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  • ebitda2k ebitda2k May 19, 2009 10:06 PM Flag

    Virtual Porn...

    This is how our elected officials describe Backscatter technology. It is truly a sad era for our country when politics trump common sense and national security. No one cares to actually gather facts, but instead they strive to sensationalize the mundane and take information out of context to advance their political agendas.

    It is commonly known that TSA required that the images be viewed in a separate room with no ability to save images, and the screener views a cartoon like image and has no visual contact with the subject. It is difficult for any rational person to believe this violates the privacy of any normal person. Furthermore, what expectation of privacy do we have when boarding a common carrier. We already undergo a search of luggage which I would argue is much more personal and invasive than someone viewing a remote, cartoon resembling character.

    Having spent much of my career in the "privacy" sector and being a stauch believer in privacy vis-a-vis the government, I must disagree with partisan privacy groups. Their predictable assaults on specific industries or companies and their mischaracterization of facts ("selling backscatter images of celebrities"?), does a disservice to their cause and to the safety of our country.

    I believe the government can and should subject travelers to limited and non-intrusive searches before boarding aircraft. To my knowledge, ASEI has the best technology to keep us safe and for this reason I will continue to invest in ASEI.

    God bless the USA and our service men and women.

    (c) 2009 ebitda2k.

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