The White House Blog yesterday posted the summary of the security review ordered by President Obama, as well as his Directive on corrective actions. Read the press release here which has links to the other two documents, or go directly to the security review summary here and the President's Directive here.
No, it's not Carrie Prejean asking. Not unless she happens to be getting on a plane at an airport participating in Homeland Security's Whole Body Imaging Program. Those devices–slated to replace metal detectors at airports nationwide–capture detailed naked images of air travelers. Hmmm. Well, we all want to be safe, after all. But just where do those images go after we're on the plane and merrily on our way? Well, that's what the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) wants to know. That group fired off a letter last April demanding "that the agency disclose records that describe the scanners' capacity to save and transmit images," according to its website, above. They didn't get it. The group has now filed a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) lawsuit challenging the agency to make the details public. Last June, H.R. 2200, a bill which would "prevent use of whole body imaging technology for primary screening purposes," was passed by the House of Representatives and is presently with the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation. Interested in learning more about FOIA? Check out the Freedom of Information Act Guide on the LRC's HeinOnline or check out the resources on the U.S. Dept. of Justice website.