Gadling posted this story about the TSA testing backscatter X-Ray devices that links through to this information on EPIC about the devices. The ACLU opposes the use of backscatter devices and likens them to a “virtual strip search,” but I will tell you that I have seen this devices in action and they are amazingly effective. If you remember the scene in the beginning of Total Recall where Arnold walks behind a device and you can see right through his clothes, then you know almost exactly what these devices can do. In an age where we are immensely concerned about security and traditional walk-through x-ray machines do not provide the kind of detection that is required to prevent terrorist acts, this is the best technology available for screening.
Many of you will not agree with my position, but I ask this: Is the price of your privacy worth the loss of the potential safety benefits?