When the agency charged with protecting America's transportation systems unplugs the last scanner and wheels it out of the airport terminal, TSA will have to answer to the American taxpayers about its latest failure.
From the time the government began using full-body imaging four years ago, there have been strong protests that the technology invades personal privacy and is unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment.
As we enter the busy holiday travel season it appears that deep vein thrombosis or blood clots are not the only worry on air travelers minds. The new concern is exposure to radiation from the new airport scanners.
In the shadow elite age, when power brokers can have a dozen roles of influence, criss-crossing and sometimes overlapping, sorting through them to pick the most telling ones is both more difficult -- and more imperative -- than ever before.
Two Harvard Law School students have filed a law suit in federal court complaining that the use of full-body imaging scanners and enhanced pat-down procedures is a violation of their Constitutional rights.
The implied constitutional right to privacy in relation to body scans has not been balanced against another implied right that most Americans also hold dear: the right to feel reasonably safe when boarding an airplane.
Billions of dollars in profit now depend on insiders maintaining US society in a state of overhyped alert that demands increasingly costly technology. Maintaining these profits requires a population conditioned by a theater of fear.