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Advocates Rally Against Scanners

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY

January 12, 2010

In the United States and around the world, political figures, privacy advocates and civil libertarians are speaking out against the use of whole body scanners, reports the Chicago Tribune. "We don't need to look at naked eight-year-olds and grandmothers to secure airplanes," said Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) in a statement that reflects the popular view of those opposed to the devices, which generate a revealing image of the human body. Chaffetz, who introduced a legislative amendment against the scanners last year, is joined by the ACLU. Meanwhile in Germany, members of the Pirate Party protested the scanners by demonstrating in a number of German airports.
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