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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Airport Peeping Toms: Confessions of a TSA Agent

     A former Transportation Security Administration Agent has stepped forward and is offering up more information about the nation's airline security agency, sure to send a shiver up a passenger's spine. "Dear  America, I saw you naked and yes, we were laughing. Confessions of an ex-TSA agent," Jason Edward Harrington, a former TSA agent turned author, titles his article in Politico Magazine. Harrington--who initially wrote about his experiences as an agent on an anonymous blog--walks readers through troubling circumstance after troubling circumstance.

     "Just as the long-suffering American public waiting on those security lines suspected, jokes about the passengers ran rampant among my TSA colleagues: Many of the images we gawked at were of overweight people, their every fold and dimple of full awful display," Harrington writes of the full-body "nude" scanners the TSA pulled in 2013. "Piercings of every kind were visible. Women who'd had mastectomies were easy to discern…. Hernias appeared as bulging, blistery growths in the crotch area."…

     "We knew the full-body scanners didn't work before they were even installed. Not long after the Underwear Bomber incident, all TSA officers at O'Hare [Chicago] were informed that training for the Rapiscan System's full-body scanners would soon begin. The machines cost about $150,000 a pop," Harrington wrote, recalling one instructor who told a class of TSA officers that the scanners were "shit."…

Caroline May, "Former TSA Agent: Your Worst Fears About Us Were True," The Daily Caller, January 31, 2014  

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