Brace yourselves, commuters — body scanners may be coming to trains, subways and boats, according to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
"[Terrorists] are going to continue to probe the system and try to find a way through," Napolitano said in an interview that aired Monday night on "Charlie Rose." She said as aviation security tightens, "we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime."
Her comments were a response to a question about what terrorists would be thinking in the future. She didn't elaborate on what enhanced security at train stations might look like, however.
Trains have already been terrorist targets in England, Russia and Spain, with catastrophic results; just last month, a Pakistani-American was arrested after a thwarted plot to bomb the Washington, D.C. metro system. So it's somewhat surprising the government took this long to acknowledge our other modes of transport are also at risk.
Granted, a would-be terrorist would not necessarily need to board a train to do some damage — just look at train graffiti and you realize how easy it is to access parked trains and all those miles of exposed track. So in some ways, screening passengers seems kind of silly. Plus, rush hour is bad enough in our big cities — scanners and pat-downs on the D.C. metro and New York subway seem impossibly dilatory.
Napolitano's comments came during the busiest travel week of the year, amid a national outcry over new airport scanners and Transportation Security Administration pat-downs. She didn't give any details about how soon the public might see changes, however.
get a grip people-if you don't like it, walk-i doubt this name taken understands much of the constitution-get a grip on reality and leave now, please
What a waste of money for a never ending problem... Would be cheaper to rid the world of Islam + every other religion.
Americans have such prude ideas about privacy. Security people giggling at your overweight stomach and shriveled naughty bits isn't your worst problem.
This country is headed for a revolution. That's all I got to say...
There is no need for these scans to be able to see you naked. They have no right to see you that way. There has to be a way for them to scan you without it showing you naked. I'm all for keeping our people safe, but there is such a thing as a knee jerk reaction. When something happens there is that overreaction of now we must go to every extreme to ensure safety. I'm sorry but there isn't a good way to make these things 100% fool proof. There are other ways to handle security. I certainly wouldn't want my kids going through those scanner things either, come to think of it. Sacrificing you personal rights (in this case to not be seen naked by strangers) for the sake of perceived security is just nuts.
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All the world is a stage and I get to play with it.
I'm sure glad that this will answer threats like a taxi driving through the glass in an airport terminal and blowing up a thousand or so. It would protect a sports stadium from the same thing, right? No one could drive a limobomb to a State Department dinner, could they? Don't even get me started on toxins and basic bacterium at your locally unguarded waterplant. Can't put deadly gases in CO2 bottles in the pop machine at the big city Federal building, nah, couldn't happen. The scanners will save us all. THIS IS COWARDICE AND IDIOCY.
Are billionaires hiring food tasters yet?
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