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House Subcommittee Holds Hearing On TSA's "Scanner Shuffle" 134

OverTheGeicoE writes "The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security held a hearing on TSA's recent decision to move X-ray body scanners from major airports to smaller ones, which the subcommittee refers to as a 'Scanner Shuffle.' John Sanders, TSA's assistant administrator for security capabilities, testified that 91 scanners recently removed from major airports were now in storage due to 'privacy concerns.' Although TSA originally planned to relocate the scanners to smaller airports, those plans have been shelved because smaller airports don't have room for them. The subcommitteee is also investigating allegations that the machines' manufacturer, Rapiscan, 'may have falsified tests of software intended to stop the machines from recording graphic images of travelers' (VIDEO). Coincidentally, shares of Rapiscan's parent company, OSI Systems Inc., dropped in value almost 25% today, its biggest intraday decline in about 12 years. If wrongdoing is proven, Rapiscan could face fines, prison terms and a ban on government contracting, according to a former head of federal procurement."
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House Subcommittee Holds Hearing On TSA's "Scanner Shuffle"

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 15, 2012 @08:17PM (#41997439)

    You seem to have been in a echo chamber, you should try to read news from variety of sources (including fox news). Not everyone hates the TSA. People still do believe it keeps America safe from terrorist. There was even a poll a few months ago, that said Americans in general are satisfied with the TSA.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 15, 2012 @08:49PM (#41997641)

    If you're seriously suggesting Fox News as a credible source, then I would suggest that it is YOU who are living in an echo chamber. Their programming is classified as "entertainment" for a reason.

    There are plenty of conservative news sources, but Fox News ain't one of them.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 15, 2012 @09:13PM (#41997773)

    I think the translation is something like this:

    Two reasons:
    A) They are a new agency that was thrown together overnight, and might have been fine if "B" hadn't occurred:
    B) They were put under Homeland security which apparently can't do anything right.

    Dissolve Homeland security, move the money into CIA and FBI and move the TSA out on it's own so we are left with three Bureaus.
    Also maintain the agency separation policy.

    Or something like that.

The unfacts, did we have them, are too imprecisely few to warrant our certitude.