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 Think Tank Urges Court to Compel Body Scanner Rule

Think Tank Urges Court to Compel Body Scanner Rule

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has filed a court brief urging the District of Columbia circuit court to set a timetable for a public rulemaking within 60 days on the use of full body scanners (AITs) by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in U.S. airports.

“The Administrative Procedures Act empowers courts to compel agency action when it is ‘unreasonably delayed.’ Despite public assurances to the contrary, the TSA has not opened a public rulemaking since the D.C. circuit required them to a year ago,” the briefing reads.

“The agency has pointed to a lack of resources as justification for its delay… [But] this lack of capacity has not prevented the TSA from opening a new and unrelated rulemaking, adding substantial numbers of AIT scanners across the country to airports, and starting a new PreCheck program for frequent fliers in the last year.”

The brief is the latest action from a swelling movement of conservatives who are calling for transparency on technology due to privacy and cost concerns with the widely implemented machines, and a chance for the public to comment.

Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 (Archive on Monday, January 1, 0001)
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