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Appeals Court to hear oral arguments in EPIC vs TSA over ‘unlawful, invasive, and ineffective’ searches

From info at Electronic Privacy Information Center

On March 10, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in a case against the Transportation Security Administration filed last year by privacy group, EPIC, to suspend the deployment of body scanners at US airports, pending an independent review.  On January 6, 2011, EPIC filed its reply brief, stressing its core assertion that “the TSA has acted outside of its regulatory authority and with profound disregard for the statutory and constitutional rights of air travelers.”

Body scanners produce detailed, three-dimensional images of individuals. Security experts have described whole body scanners as the equivalent of “a physically invasive strip-search.” The Transportation Security Administration operates the body scanner devices at airports throughout the United States. EPIC said that the program is “unlawful, invasive, and ineffective.” EPIC argued that the federal agency has violated the Administrative Procedures Act, the Privacy Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Video Voyeurism Prevention Act, and the Fourth Amendment.

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EPIC v. DHS: Suspension of Body Scanner Program

By Electronic Privacy Information Center

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EPIC has filed a lawsuit to suspend the deployment of body scanners at US airports, pending an independent review. On July 2, 2010, EPIC filed a petition for review and motion for an emergency stay, urging the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to suspend the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) full body scanner program. EPIC said that the program is “unlawful, invasive, and ineffective.” EPIC argued that the federal agency has violated the Administrative Procedures Act, the Privacy Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Fourth Amendment. EPIC cited the invasive nature of the devices, the TSA’s disregard of public opinion, and the impact on religious freedom.

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