Saturday, December 26, 2015

Should we assume that TSA has discovered a major flaw in their pat-down procedure? Perhaps they are merely trying to justify spending all that money on a technology that wasn't being used? (Yeah, you challenge them. I'm walking.)
TSA Body Scan? Just Say ‘No’, Leading Expert Says
Passengers required by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to submit to a body scan can legally refuse, according to Marc Rotenberg, President of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).
… On Friday, without notice, the Transportation Security Authority (TSA) implemented new procedures for airport security screening. TSA had been, until Friday, using a screening procedure that consisted of either an AIT body scan or a pat-down scan, at the passenger’s option. The legality (that is, constitutionality) of the security procedure encompassing a passenger’s option to choose an AIT scan or a pat-down scan was affirmed by the D.C. Court of Appeals in 2012, in the EPIC v DHS case mentioned above.
… What is different in the new security procedures is that TSA made the body scans mandatory for some people
… Jennifer Ellison and Marc Pilcher, attorneys in the TSA Office of Chief Counsel writing in “Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) Deployment: Legal Challenges and Responses” emphasized the legal importance of pat-downs being a screening option.

A Glossary of WWI Soldier Slang

The Saturday sillies.
Hack Education Weekly News
… “Clinton: ‘I Wouldn’t Keep Any School Open That Wasn’t Doing A Better Than Average Job.’” No schools in Lake Wobegon will be required to close.
… Class Central has released its report on 2015 MOOC enrollment: “The MOOC space essentially doubled this year. More people signed up for MOOCs in 2015 than they did in the first three years of the modern MOOC space’s existence.”
Via Boing Boing: “In Texas, a 12 year old Sikh boy was arrested for ‘terrorism’ over a solar charger.”
… “Student Loan Subsidies Cause Almost All of the Increase in Tuition,” according to the Foundation for Economic Education.

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