Friday, February 12, 2010

Muslim Scholars Condemn Full-Body Scanners to Death; World Unmoved

By Pete Bogs/BogsBlog

Muslim-American scholars have issued a fatwa (religious edict) against the use of full-body scanners as a security measure at airports, as the revealing images the machines create violate Islamic tenets of modesty. Who didn’t see this coming?

Let’s be honest: The militant variety of Muslim are the very people these scanners are designed to detect. Would the technology even exist if there had been no 9/11s, Lockerbie Bombings or Christmas Day Underwear Bombers – all incidents which have Islamic ties?

I’m not modest and don’t have an issue with going through the scanners (I have a mild concern they might be detrimental to our health), but I understand some people do. And there is evidence the machines can store and/or print the semi-naked images they generate, despite FAA and technology manufacturers’ assurances to the contrary.

There’s no chance of a screener having, say, a cell phone that can snap photos of the scanner screen, is there? It’s actually very likely, unless phones are prohibited in the screening area. Is that part of the plan?

Whatever the case, I believe the scanners may be a sad but necessary reality of our times. And I’m suspicious of groups that want to avoid them – especially when they are, umm, such "high risk" ones. Pat-downs, which many Muslims prefer to body scans, would not have stopped the Christmas Day Underwear Bomber, who had explosive materials in his crotch. Can grope-downs be far off? When that day comes, we will know whom to thank.

2 comments:

boneman said...

well, that's barely the tip of the iceberg in my eyes.
Mandatory parking in a seperate lot, catch the free shuttle to the terminal.
Everyone undresses completely, clothes in a bag that gets marked with their name, they get a closed robe, paper socks and slippers.
(, )(, ) whoa...did you see the tatas on her?

"course i have heard of other alternatives...none too bad.

Pilots enter their cockpit from a different door...no access at all to the cabin from the back.

Passing a baseball bat out to ALL the customers.

Check all baggage two weeks early.

Stop using airplanes at all.(if the horse and buggy were good enough for great Grandad and great Grandma, they're good enough for everyone)

No windows.

Restraints at every seat. No getting up and moving about freely...

Pete Bogs said...

Boney - They have indeed already required people to stay in their seats the last hour of international flights. What if you gotta pee? You're a terrorist!