This had to happen sooner than later. Gizmodo has uncovered several naked TSA scanner images which were improperly retained by U.S. marshals from the security checkpoint scanners. These machines were from a courthouse in Florida and show lower-res pictures than those produced by the Transportation Security Administration’s newer machines.
The outcry over the improper scanning and frisking policies of the U.S. government would now get a huge boost with the leak. Though it’s not a large scale leak, it might just be a tip of an iceberg.
At the heart of the controversy over “body scanners” is a promise: The images of our naked bodies will never be public. U.S. Marshals in a Florida Federal courthouse saved 35,000 images on their scanner. These are those images.
A Gizmodo investigation has revealed 100 of the photographs saved by the Gen 2 millimeter wave scanner from Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc., obtained by a FOIA request after it was recently revealed that U.S. Marshals operating the machine in the Orlando, Florida courthouse had improperly-perhaps illegally-saved images of the scans of public servants and private citizens.
To be fair to the TSA, they do have a tough job to keep airports and flights secure. But the scanning and frisking policies are also treading a thin line. What happens next?