NATIONAL OPT OUT DAY FOR BODY SCANNERS AT AIRPORTS

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010 is NATIONAL OPT-OUT DAY!

News Media:  Please see media statement at the bottom of the page. I’m just one guy, doing this in my spare time, so I simply cannot accommodate all media requests.

***ALERT***
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will hold a
Transportation Security Administration oversight hearing Wednesday NOV 17.  See this link for more information: http://bit.ly/bICXfJ

Regardless of your home state, call the Committee chair to ask whether recent TSA abuses are on the agenda for the oversight hearing.  Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) chairs the committee.  His office number is 202-224-6472 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-6472      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Here is a list of Committee members and phone number. If one of these people is your Senator, please phone them, either at the number below or look online to find their nearest local office – you can even visit in person (though please call their office first if stopping by).  TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! CALL NOW!

FULL LIST OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Majority Members

Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV West Virginia 202-224-6472 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-6472      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Daniel K. Inouye Hawaii  202-224-3934 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-3934      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator John F. Kerry Massachusetts 202-224-2742 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-2742      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Byron L. Dorgan North Dakota 202-224-2551 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-2551      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Barbara Boxer California 202-224-3553 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-3553      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Bill Nelson Florida 202-224-5274 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-5274      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Maria Cantwell Washington 202-224-3441 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-3441      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Frank R. Lautenberg New Jersey 202-224-3224 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-3224      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Mark Pryor Arkansas 202-224-2353 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-2353      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Claire McCaskill Missouri 202-224-6154 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-6154      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Amy Klobuchar Minnesota 202-224-3244 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-3244      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Tom Udall New Mexico 202-224-6621 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-6621      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Mark Warner Virginia 202-224-2023 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-2023      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Mark Begich Alaska 202-224-3004 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-3004      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Minority Members

Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison Texas 202-224-5922 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-5922      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Olympia Snowe Maine 202-224-5344 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-5344      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator John Ensign Nevada 202-224-6244 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-6244      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Jim DeMint South Carolina 202-224-6121 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-6121      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator John Thune South Dakota 202-224-2321 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-2321      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Roger Wicker Mississippi 202-224-6253 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-6253      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator George S. LeMieux Florida 202-224-3041 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-3041      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Johnny Isakson Georgia 202-224-3643 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-3643      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator David Vitter Louisiana 202-224-4623 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-4623      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Sam Brownback Kansas 202-224-6521 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-6521      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Senator Mike Johanns Nebraska 202-2244224

Please forward this information as widely as possible, and be sure to call your Senators, no matter who they are, but especially if they sit on this Committee.  The only way to change the system is by legislation through Congress.  The Administration doesn’t seem to want to budge.

Senate Subcommittee Meeting info:

Jena Longo – Democratic Deputy Communications Director, (202) 224-8374 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (202) 224-8374      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Nov 17 2010 10:00 AM
Russell Senate Office Building – 253

Contact the communications director to find out more information about the meeting.  You may also call the office of the Committee majority (Democrats) at 202-224-0411 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-0411      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  The minority (Republicans) Committee office number is 202-224-1251 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              202-224-1251      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 is NATIONAL OPT-OUT DAY!
It’s the day ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government’s desire to virtually strip us naked or submit to an “enhanced pat down” that touches people’s breasts and genitals in an aggressive manner.  You should never have to explain to your children, “Remember that no stranger can touch or see your private area, unless it’s a government employee, then it’s OK.”
The goal of National Opt Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change.  We have a right to privacy and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we’re guilty until proven innocent.  This day is needed because many people do not understand what they consent to when choosing to fly.

Here are the details:

Who?
You, your family and friends traveling by air on Wednesday, November 24, 2010.  Remember too, as the TSA says, “Everyday is opt-out day.”  That is, you can opt out any time you fly.

What?
National Opt-Out Day.  You have the right to opt-out of the naked body scanner machines (AIT, or Advance Imaging Technology, as the government calls it).  All you have to do is say “I opt out” when they tell you to go through one of the machines.  You will then be given an “enhanced” pat down.  This is a right given to you by the TSA.

Where?
At an airport near you!

When?
Wednesday, November 24, 2010.  We want families to sit around the dinner table, eating turkey, talking about their experience – what constitutes an unreasonable search, how forceful of a pat down will we allow on certain areas of our body, and that of our children, and how much privacy are we will to give up for flying?  We hope the experience then propels people to write their Member of Congress and the airlines to demand change.

Why?
The government should not have the ability to virtually strip search anyone it wants without cause. The problem has been compounded in that if you do not want to go through the body scanner, the TSA has made the alternative perhaps even worse by instituting “enhanced” pat downs.  There are reports from travelers across the country about how the TSA now touches the genitals and private areas of men, women and children in a much more aggressive manner.  We do not believe the government has a right to see you naked or aggressively touch you just because you bought an airline ticket.

How?
By saying “I opt out” when told to go through the bodying imaging machines and submitting to a pat down.  Also, be sure to have your pat down by TSA in full public – do not go to the back room when asked.  Every citizen must see for themselves how the TSA treats law-abiding citizens.

If you have experienced a problem with TSA when flying, use the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s incident report to lodge your complaint:
http://epic.org/bodyscanner/incident_report/
follow us on twitter:  http://twitter.com/nationaloptout
contact us at admin@optoutday.com
Some videos of interest:

CNN Report on Body Scanners

Body Scanner in Action

RT Report on Enhanced Pat Down

WTNH Report on Enhanced Pat Down

Is this where we’re headed?

**MEDIA NOTICE:  Interviews are being granted on a limited basis. Email admin@optoutday.com and I will try to accommodate your request.

OptOutDay.com is an educational outreach campaign, designed to get people to better understand what they are now consenting to when they purchase a plane ticket. Many people only fly around the holidays and may not be aware of the security changes, which is why November 24 was chosen.  There is no intent or desire to delay passengers en route to friends and family over Thanksgiving.  Once people are made aware of what is happening, they may have reservations about the new virtual strip searches and enhanced pat downs – especially for their children or spouse or other loved one.

Before people fly, they should learn more about the new security measures, and when they are given the choice by TSA, they should opt-out of the scan and get the enhanced pat down. This is their right, given to them by the TSA.  If they do not like the current procedures when they go through it, they should voice their opinion to the airlines and their Members of Congress, in addition to filing a complaint with the TSA and outside groups, if necessary.  Opting out doesn’t have to be done only on Nov. 24.  As the TSA says, every day you fly is opt-out day if you choose.  It is not irresponsible to take up the TSA on their offer to opt-out of the body scanners.

This country needs security measures in place that not only keep us safe but also do not grossly violate privacy or constitute an unreasonable search, like the current protocol.  In their “Aircraft Passenger Whole-Body Imaging Limitations Act of 2009” the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that said: “Whole-body imaging technology may not be used as the sole or primary method of screening a passenger under this section. Whole-body imaging technology may not be used to screen a passenger … unless another method of screening, such as metal detection, demonstrates cause for preventing such passenger from boarding an aircraft.” Agreed. Unfortunately, the Senate did not act on the legislation.  Hopefully the current outcry over these scanners and the enhanced pat downs from the pilots, the flight attendants, and now the flying public, will instigate a change to effective security measures that keep the privacy of U.S. citizens in-tact.
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7days until
National Opt-Out Day

http://www.optoutday.com/

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Drudge Report: The Terrorists Have Won! [Video]

Posted on 16 November 2010

Terrorists Have Won

Drudge Report: The Terrorists Have Won!

I have to give a hat tip to Drudge. The photo above clearly says it all. If this is where we have come to…if a Nun can be subject to this bodyscan / pat down crap, then it’s time to fold up the flag and replace hot dogs and apple pie with a falafel and some hummus.

I don’t mean any disrespect, as even my wife loves hummus, but I am talking about our way of life and our American standards. It seems that it’s all been stripped from us…no pun intended.

Story continues below…

By now you’ve heard about the “don’t touch my junk” video, but as the media looks deeper into this it is becoming a national uprising.

Watch the video as Tyner told CNN on Sunday that he was surprised to see so many people take an interest in his refusal and the dispute with airport screeners that followed it. But he said he hoped the video will focus attention on what he calls a government invasion of privacy.

“I don’t think that the government has any business seeing me naked as a condition of traveling about the country,” Tyner said.

Tyner said that after he declined the body scan, a TSA agent told him he could have a pat-down instead. Once the
procedure was described, Tyner said he responded, “If you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested.”

The ‘Don’t Touch My Junk’ Guy Speaks Out: Passengers Are Treated ‘Like … Next, Tyner made this now-famous reply: “If you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested.” Instead, Tyner was nearly arrested. He was removed from the airport

Man ejected from San Diego airport after refusing invasive security check When he is taken aside by an official, who informs him he is going to perform a ‘groin check’, Mr Tyner responds, ‘You touch my junk and I’m going to have

Would-be flier’s refusal to full-body scan goes viral The passenger, John Tyner, said he told a federal Transportation Security Administration worker, “If you touch my junk, I’m gonna have you arrested.

Security regulations need refining The video captures him telling the security guard, “You touch my junk, and I’m going to have you arrested.” I’ve deduced that in addition to Tyner being

Scanners and pat-downs upset airline passengers The passenger, John Tyner, said he told a federal Transportation Security Administration worker, “If you touch my junk, I’m gonna have you arrested.

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