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calendar   Wednesday - February 17, 2010

rights group says body scanners at airports might be illegal. they would say that. wouldn’t they?

Toward the end of this article is mentions hurting “community relations.” Uh huh.  We can read through that ok.
In a report I heard yesterday, it was clearly stated (by yman rights creeps of course) that muslim travellers wouldn’t know if they were being unfairly targeted by security people. No kidding. That’s what they’re saying.  I don’t understand that. Couldn’t they, if they wanted to and many obviously appear to, say that about any security check?

I have no idea how good these scanners are. It’s a sure bet somebody someplace will eventually find a way around it. But if that’s what we have and if it helps, why is it automatic that rights of ppl are being violated or might be violated?  I should think human rights do-gooders would be happy to see something in place that might protect ppl’s right to life. 


Airport body scanners ‘may be illegal’

Press Association

Using body scanners at UK airports, such as London Heathrow, may be illegal, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has warned.

Scanners at Heathrow and Manchester airports may be breaking discrimination law and breaching passengers’ rights to privacy, the commission said.

The EHRC has written to Transport Secretary Lord Adonis on the issue.

The commission said it recognised the threat posed by terrorism but criticised “the apparent absence of safeguards to ensure the body scanners are operated in a lawful, fair and non-discriminatory manner”.

It also has “serious doubts that the decision to roll (body scanning) out in all UK airports complies with the law”.

Commission chairman Trevor Phillips said: “The right to life is the ultimate human right and we support the Government’s review of security policies.

“State action like border checks, stop-and-search and full body scanning are undertaken for good reasons. But without proper care such policies can end up being applied in ways which do discriminate against vulnerable groups or harm good community relations.

“National security policies are intended to protect our lives and our freedoms but it would be the ultimate defeat if that protection destroyed our other liberties.”

SOURCE, PRESS ASSOC.


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