The War Over the Body Scanners

by | November 15, 2010

It was inevitable: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is facing a backlash against its use of full-body scanners, or as our legal affairs editor calls them, the "dangerous naked machines," to screen airline passengers for concealed weaponry. Are they an unwarranted invasion of privacy? Are they justified in the name of security?

Click below to read TNR's arguments for and against:

"Private Security: In Defense of the 'Virtual Strip-Search,'" by Amitai Etzioni

"Nude Awakening: The Dangerous Naked Machines," by Jeffrey Rosen

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