The Airport Scanner Scam

Scan, baby, scan. That’s the mantra among politicians at all levels in the wake of the thwarted terrorist attack aboard a Detroit-bound passenger jet. According to conventional wisdom, the would-be “underwear bomber” could have been stopped by airport security if he’d been put through a full-body scanner, which would have revealed the cache of explosives attached to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s groin. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Kaizar Campwala - Jan 6, 2010 - 8:46 PM PST
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Edited by: Fabrice Florin - Jan 6, 2010 - 11:48 PM PST
Jon Mitchell
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by Jon Mitchell - Jan. 9, 2010

This is an excellent piece of web journalism, because it takes full advantage of the benefits of hypertext. All news online should have this many hyperlinks for additional information. It lends credibility to the reporter and the story, and it gives the reader the opportunity to go into as much depth as they deem necessary. Best of all, Ridgeway links mostly to stories from other publications, providing diversity of perspective, whereas many journalists who DO use hyperlinks often keep their links within the shop.

Glad he goes into such depth about the special interests surrounding Security Theater technology, but from this article, it seems that their inadequacy is indisputable.

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Derek Hawkins
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by Derek Hawkins - Jan. 8, 2010

A little slanted, this being Mother Jones, but highly informative and witty. Some of the better reporting on former government officials peddling body scanners to airports. I would have liked to see another original source or two.

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Fred Gatlin
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by Fred Gatlin - Jan. 7, 2010

Another is an informative and well written article. It provides information about costs and those lobbying for full body scanners. It also looks at what these scans of people look like and what happened to the puffers TSA $30 million costs. This is good journalism.

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Andre Heinemann
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by Andre Heinemann - Jan. 7, 2010

Good example of making use of hypertext on this blog post about the controversial topic of airport security. The author offers varies views on the topic including my favorite: Follow the money!

This post offers a good overview of airport scanning technology and the various interests involved, of which unfortunately only one is keeping air travel safe. Once you follow the money (thank you James for doing the footwork) a whole new picture emerges. Looking at the connections between government and industry one cannot help but wonder...

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Shawn Kerry Inlow
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by Shawn Kerry Inlow - Jan. 9, 2010

A lot of sourcing here. I counted 14. And it clearly shows how the latest knee-jerk reaction to the supposed war on terror actually foments fear in the public. Not only does it expose the corruption of Michael Chertoff, but numerous others. The reporter, Mr. Ridgeway, shows he's on target with the prediction of more search machines that probably won't work. His once sentence coda is full of black humor and common sense... How about just using some German Shepherds? Top shelf article targeting some public nonsense that needs blowing up.

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Glenn LaBauve
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by Glenn LaBauve - Jan. 8, 2010

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