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Signal boost from Elf

 A few days short of a year ago, a federal appeals court ruled that the TSA needed to post its scanner/patdown policy publicly, take public comments, and come back with a report responding to those public comments. They haven't done so. Haven't even started. A blogger at Cato@Liberty says TSA should follow the law, and started a petition at Whitehouse.gov. If it gets 25,000 signatures (possibly only counting those from people in the US), the administration is required to give a response.

The Petition: Require the Transportation Security Administration to Follow the Law!
In July 2011, a federal appeals court ruled that the Transportation Security Administration had to conduct a notice-and-comment rulemaking on its policy of using "Advanced Imaging Technology" for primary screening at airports. TSA was supposed to publish the policy in the Federal Register, take comments from the public, and justify its policy based on public input. The court told TSA to do all this "promptly." A year later, TSA has not even started that public process. Defying the court, the TSA has not satisfied public concerns about privacy, about costs and delays, security weaknesses, and the potential health effects of these machines. If the government is going to "body-scan" Americans at U.S. airports, President Obama should force the TSA to begin the public process the court ordered.

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