Is this the beginning of the end for the TSA’s full-body scanners?

Time to make the scanners disappear?

To absolutely no one’s surprise, the mainstream media last week ignored a legitimate grassroots protest against the TSA’s allegedly invasive full-body scanners.

Oh sure, there were whispers of National Opt-Out Week here and there. The trade publication Government Security News reported them, although it left readers with the impression that this action would fizzle. A lone op-ed in a New Jersey newspaper recognized the protest and supported it.
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TSA Watch: Why underwear protests really embarrass you

I‘ve been covering the TSA for more than a decade, and as you can imagine, I’ve seen the agency do some strange things. I wrote about a few recent incidents last week.

But that’s nothing compared with the behavior of the TSA protesters.
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Is it time to “occupy” the travel industry?

When I was in New York last week, I decided to drop by Wall Street to see the protests. I wasn’t impressed.

I’d heard that Bill O’Reilly called them crackhead anarchists, but as I walked by Zuccotti Park, I saw neither crackheads nor anarchists. Instead, I was reminded of the random and pointless protests I witnessed as a college student in Berkeley. Those actions amounted to nothing except maybe disturbing the peace.

But word that the actions had spread to other cities, and just yesterday, of a massive protest in Times Square, made me take another look at these activists and their cause.
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DC dance protest ends with arrests, cries of “This is a police state!”

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington is a popular tourist destination, but on this Memorial Day weekend, it was also the scene of a memorable protest that’s worth paying attention to.

A court recently ruled that expressive dancing was in a category with picketing, speech making, and marching – a banned activity at national memorials.

Several protesters decided to challenge the decision on Saturday afternoon with a protest organized through social media (here’s the Facebook page, the Twitter hashtag and blog.)
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