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Overly Optimistic Projections by the TSA

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  1. Orin Kerr says:

    I read that TSA post as saying that there was Opt In just for that one day — the day declared National Opt Out Day — not that it was declaring victory for all days going forward.

  2. Danielle Citron says:

    Orin, The picture appended to the post says it all: two cute ten year olds with a poster saying “Thank you TSA for keeping my family safe.” The implication: full body scans make us safer and we should be grateful like those two little girls. You can read the post as you wish, and I see your point, but I take the TSA Blog posting as PR not just for Thanksgiving but for all days going forward. Danielle

  3. Dissent says:

    I also see Orin’s point but agree with you, Danielle, that the blog entry was an attempt to suggest that there is no real opposition to the AIT scanners or enhanced patdowns.

    National Opt Out Day may have “fizzled” in terms of the total number of people nationwide who opted out, but it certainly “sizzled” in terms of raising public awareness and getting Congress to look at the issues.

    Hopefully one consequence of the protest is that the administration will get off the damned dime and nominate people to fill the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. And hopefully Congress will fulfill its oversight function and help rein in some real abuses of privacy and civil liberties.

    So Opt Out Day is over, but the campaign to restore some sanity and civil liberties has just begun. Keep on blogging about the issues, Danielle!