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.