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February 01, 2011

TSA Must Properly Assess New Full Body Scan System

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement in response to news from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that it will begin testing new software with privacy enhancements on its advanced imaging technology (AIT) machines:

Since the deployment of Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines at our nation's airports, I have urged TSA to implement privacy and efficiency safeguards to accompany the use of this technology. While I commend TSA for its continuing effort to improve our aviation security, we must also continue to protect the privacy of the flying public.

Therefore, I call on the Department of Homeland Security to conduct an updated Civil Liberties Impact Assessment on this new system. I fully expect the Department's cooperation and await the results of their reviews.

These machines have already cost taxpayers millions of dollars and it is critical that TSA proceed with caution to ensure that our tax dollars are not wasted.

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