WeWon't Fly - Opt Out Day

Dear LPSF Activists,

I have recently decided to protest the new TSA practices of groping and use of
the new backscatter X-Ray scanners at SFO and local aiports along with
WeWon'tFly.com .

It would be an honor to get together with a small group of you to hand out lit
and maybe hold up signs in front of SFO on November 24th - the nationally
declared Opt Out day for the use of the TSA scanners.

If you are interested in joining up to organize or if you know of a group
already working together on this event, let me know so we can add to the
numbers.

I am also working to develop a fashion show of some sort to support a legal
defense fund for grassroots groups who want to work on this issue and to create
a sustainable future on this in the future. Forgive the Facebook reference, but
WeWon'tFly uses this as a standard for basic organizing with them.

There is also a news release below sent over from Angela Keaton.

I look forward to organizing with you on this. I think it would be fun.

Best,

Sheila Dean
contact@beatthechip.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 15, 2010

For more information, please contact: George Donnelly at 941-538-6399
or george.donnelly@gmail.com.

TITLE: Say “I Opt Out” of Airport Scanners on National Opt Out Day, November 24

Philadelphia, PA - Pro-consumer grassroots effort We Won’t Fly is organizing
mass x-ray scanner opt outs at airports around the nation for National Opt Out
of the Airport Scanners Day, November 24, in order to highlight the health and
privacy dangers of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA)
backscatter x-ray airport scanners.

“Not only are these porno scanners a gross violation of individual privacy,”
said co-organizer George Donnelly, “they're also a threat to the health of
millions of passengers and ineffective as well. The goal of the demonstrations
is to urge Americans to exercise their legal right to 'opt out' of the scan.”

According to a recent article in the San Diego Entertainer[1], “The scans are
detailed enough to identify a person's gender... to identify a passenger's
surgery scars, or to discern whether a woman is on her menstrual cycle or not.”
CNN reports[2] that the scanners include network connections and images can be
stored and shared by design. As CBS News recently reported[3], US Marshals
saved 35,000 images from similar devices at just one courthouse.

“This time they've gone too far,” declared Philadelphia Opt Out Day rally
co-organizer Ken Krawchuk. “I have three beautiful daughters, and the last
thing I want is some stranger groping them or snapping nude pictures under color
of law. Every parent should be outraged at such a gross violation of their
children's privacy. Enough is enough!”

"Under no circumstances should children be touched by TSA employees," said We
Won’t Fly co-founder James Babb. "The best choice for passengers is to opt-out
of the radiation and the groping by avoiding airports entirely. For those that
must fly, consider opting out of the scan. It's better for your health and will
bog down their security theater."

The scanners arguably add little or nothing to passenger security. In a recent
Vancouver Sun article[4], former chief security officer of the Israeli Airport
Authority Rafi Sela called the scanners ineffective. “I don't know why everybody
is running to buy these expensive and useless machines. I can overcome the body
scanners with enough explosives to bring down a Boeing 747.”

University of California scientists noted[5] that the airport scanners may pose
a serious health risk. In a letter of concern issued earlier this year, they
stated, “Our overriding concern is the extent to which the safety of this
scanning device has been adequately demonstrated. This can only be determined
by a meeting of an impartial panel of experts that would include medical
physicists and radiation biologists at which all of the available relevant data
is reviewed.”

“It is breathtaking to witness the speed at which a mere bureaucracy has undone
the dignity and freedom of Americans", added Donnelly. "The TSA can not
continue without our consent. Act now. Travel with dignity. Opt out. Better
yet, just don't fly.”

Dear Sheila and All,

On NPR's Market Place today a segment was dedicated to the airport situation. We Wont Fly was mentioned as the impetus behind the obvious sexual assault going on at our airports. As I stated many times on this list, my husband and I swore off flying a few years ago, at great inconvenience to ourselves. It might be a good thing for LPSF to do some stirring on this subject. Any input?

Marcy

Hi Sheila and All,

I am listening to Coast to Coast (while I do my work that I should have done during the day!). Great discussion on the events at the airport. Poll going on at the Coast to Coast website http://www.coasttocoastam.com/poll/view/48825 You might want to cast your vote on whether being exposed or groped makes you feel safer, so its all OK.

Marcy

I also suggest SF locals go post a comment here:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/cmcginnis/detail?entry_id=77082

<http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/cmcginnis/detail?entry_id=77082>and
vote "thumbs up" to the comments of fellow LPSF-ers.