Conservative commentator Ann Coulter and the ACLU are teaming up to take on these new intrusive body scan machines at airports.
Obviously, they have very different angles on the story. Coulter has a few reasons, but most interestingly is her worry it won’t stop “foreskin” and “anus” bombing.
Last night on The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly and Coulter talked about the “most intrusive” new method the TSA has implemented to crack down on potential terror attacks. Coulter worries about the privacy issue (you know, she is sounding like the ACLU now). “Your naked body will show up on Page Six,” she tells O’Reilly. Also: “Females do object to this a lot more than males, particularly the ones with the better figures, worried about Bill Clinton signing up for a civil service job.” (Zing! Someone’s been moonlighting as a Jay Leno Show writer.)
But mainly, according to Coulter “it won’t do anything.” O’Reilly disagreed. “If you have a body scan and you have a bomb in your underwear, they can see the bomb through the body scan,” he said.
But Coulter countered, quite graphically:
It was spread throughout the diaper. Unless the bomb is inserted under the foreskin, and by the way, I don’t see a clear angle on the anus. That’s a pretty easy hiding place for this.
So Coulter has examined these body scan images, and, at this present time, she doesn’t “see a clear angle on the anus.” She has looked, though. And no clear angle yet. As for whether the body scan could have stopped the Christmas Day attempted terror attack, it sounds like O’Reilly is right. Coulter is wrong that explosives were “spread throughout the diaper.” Instead, it was a “six-inch packet of explosive powder sewn into the crotch of the underwear.” We know this because there are images of the packet still in the underwear, since it never ignited.
If Coulter thinks the body scan is too intrusive of a process, she has yet to give an alternate option. Obviously she would agree something must be done, but she gives no indication what that would be. Even if there is profiling, she makes the claim the body scan is ineffective. So what’s your next best option, Ann?
Here’s the Coulter interview:
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