TSA Grope & Pillage Infographic minus Chertoff connection

By Rady Ananda

Nice graphic by Tony Shin, et al. of Criminal Justice Degree, but too bad they didn’t include former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff’s connection to the scanners.

As reported in The Washington Post:

“Since the attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff has given dozens of media interviews touting the need for the federal government to buy more full-body scanners for airports.

“What he has made little mention of is that the Chertoff Group, his security consulting agency, includes a client that manufactures the machines. The relationship drew attention after Chertoff disclosed it on a CNN program Wednesday, in response to a question.”

The Gateway Pundit quotes from the now-removed article in The Washington Examiner:

“Be sure and read Tim Carney’s Examiner column today on the politically-connected lobby for the controversial new TSA scanners that are upsetting airline employees and travelers everywhere. Carney notes that a company called Rapiscan got a $165 million contract for the new body image scanners four days after the underwear-bomber incident this past Christmas. Not surprisingly, Rapiscan is politically connected, observes Carney:

Rapiscan got the other naked-scanner contract from the TSA, worth $173 million. Rapiscan’s lobbyists include Susan Carr, a former senior legislative aide to Rep. David Price, D-N.C., chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee. When Defense Daily reported on Price’s appropriations bill last winter, the publication noted “Price likes the budget for its emphasis on filling gaps in aviation security, in particular the whole body imaging systems.”

“Then this morning Carney also noted that former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff was flacking for Rapiscan.

“As for the company’s other political connections, it also appears that none other than George Soros, the billionaire funder of the country’s liberal political infrastructure, owns 11,300 shares of OSI Systems Inc., the company that owns Rapiscan. Not surprisingly, OSI’s stock has appreciated considerably over the course of the year. Soros certainly is a savvy investor.”

Alternet blogger Steve Benen points out the Post’s disconnect:

The Washington Post reports today, on page A7, that Michael Chertoff, the former DHS secretary, has been playing a little fast and loose with the public trust….

An airport passengers’ rights group on Thursday criticized Chertoff, who left office less than a year ago, for using his former government credentials to advocate for a product that benefits his clients.”Mr. Chertoff should not be allowed to abuse the trust the public has placed in him as a former public servant to privately gain from the sale of full-body scanners under the pretense that the scanners would have detected this particular type of explosive,” said Kate Hanni, founder of FlyersRights.org, which opposes the use of the scanners.

“This seems like reasonable criticism. Chertoff has been all over the media, presenting himself as a credible expert on security matters — he was, after all, the head of the Department of Homeland Security — and talking up this technology. As the Post‘s article makes clear, Chertoff has a conflict of interest, which has been largely ignored.

“And yet, in the same newspaper, on the same day, in the same section, none other than Michael Chertoff has a 736-word op-ed calling for the expansion of whole-body-imaging technology at airports, and dismissing skeptics as ‘privacy ideologues.’

“Is it me, or is there a disconnect between pages A15 and A7 the Post?”

Okay, here’s the infographic:

TSA Waste
Created by: OnlineCriminalJusticeDegree.com

2 responses to “TSA Grope & Pillage Infographic minus Chertoff connection

  1. agreed Rady, it would have been better if the Chertoff connection had been made.

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