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During the time you're reading these words, somewhere in the world somebody is getting onto or off an airplane with a few ounces of cocaine, heroin, or diamonds packed into a condom and stuffed up their rear.

The cocaine, heroin, or diamonds could just as easily be enough C4 plastic explosive to blow out the side of a plane, easily molded to fit into a condom.

Easily removed in an airplane lavatory and detonated.

Why isn't anybody discussing this?

Not since 2001 when we learned that Taco Bell managers made more than our airport security people -- and in most cases were better trained -- has this much attention surrounded airport screening procedures.

Procedures that led to one woman -- a cancer survivor -- being forced to remove her prosthetic breast during a pat-down procedure.

Another cancer survivor had his urostomy bag torn during a pat down - causing urine to spill all over his clothes.

And just today -- a new video was released showing a young boy -- half-naked -- being touched by a TSA agent.

Had it been that boy's teacher, he'd be in prison right now.

And the alternative is to get X-rayed.

If you fly several times a year, some suggest there is a higher risk that you could die from contracting skin cancer from one of these x-ray machines than die in a terrorist attack.

And statisticians point out that when people don't fly but drive long distances, they're more likely to die in car accidents than to die in a terrorist attack if there was no security whatsoever.

And these skin-surface X-ray machines -- or even the most invasive of pat downs -- won't be able to find a plastic explosive stuffed into a body cavity.

So, if we really care about being secure, shouldn't we add another layer of security -- one including sterile gloves and KY Jelly?

Show your driver's licence and ticket, and bend over?

What we are losing are basic freedoms -- the right to privacy, the right to not be irradiated.

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...when you have expensive scanners to sell for so... by Jill Herendeen on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 8:54:26 AM
First, it was the shoe bomber, and our governmen... by Von Arrow on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 10:11:57 AM
We KNOW who Chertoff's "friends" are!... by Bia Winter on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 10:20:43 AM
The underwear bomber was a false flag event to jus... by 911TRUTH on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 10:34:44 AM
Soon they'll "catch" someone with a bomb in a body... by 911TRUTH on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 10:40:07 AM
Dear Mr. Hartmann, your argument would be worth su... by Paul Carline on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 10:49:44 AM
The Citizens of the United States will never be s... by Anton Grambihler on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 11:05:28 AM
Thom, In general I love your show and your comm... by Stewart Wechsler on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 11:23:24 AM
... by Stephen Pitt on Saturday, Nov 27, 2010 at 11:48:41 AM
I posted this in response to an article authored b... by phidipidese on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 11:27:49 AM
Matthews Accuses EPIC's McCall of Slandering Chert... by 911TRUTH on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 11:36:56 AM
For the last several days Matthews has been saying... by phidipidese on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 11:47:18 AM
Olbermann, Maddow, Stewart, Maher......ALL of them... by 911TRUTH on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 9:12:40 PM
Olbermann, Maddow, Stewart, Maher......ALL of them... by 911TRUTH on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 9:18:55 PM
To put it succinctly THERE IS NO WAY TO GUARANTEE ... by Donald on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 12:33:06 PM
When in the history of the U.S. has the government... by David Roche on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 12:37:42 PM
the thang making us all mad is how abusive they ar... by Virginia Simson on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 12:50:12 PM
The government treat us with suspicion for no reas... by David Roche on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 2:27:21 PM
We will have a generation of young adults who don... by zonie on Thursday, Nov 25, 2010 at 7:09:39 PM
~.....irradiating or groping us as we enter boats,... by Charlene Richards on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 2:17:18 PM
Thom, the only middle eastern zealots we need to b... by Robert Tracey on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 2:20:29 PM
Governments that are skilled at keeping protests a... by Kitty Antonik on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 2:36:09 PM
I like co-operating. If they want to play with my ... by David Roche on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 5:44:33 PM
I, among many of my European friends, will no long... by Vaikunthanath Kaviraj on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 3:06:16 PM
You think Chertoff benefits? What about Warren Bu... by Edward Ulysses Cate on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 5:30:35 PM
Hartmann, as a "loyal opponent" and as already obs... by Daniel Noel on Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 at 9:10:43 PM
Of course Thom Hartmann's propostition, that an ex... by Ethan Allen on Thursday, Nov 25, 2010 at 1:01:14 PM
Who is it the DHS believes is the enemy...?YOU.ME.... by zonie on Thursday, Nov 25, 2010 at 5:45:16 PM
I have read every post above, and offer a solution... by John Majors on Thursday, Nov 25, 2010 at 6:40:24 PM
What was the definition of asinine again?... by zonie on Thursday, Nov 25, 2010 at 7:06:53 PM
Touche', Zonie~"A Modest Proposal", by Johnathon S... by John Majors on Friday, Nov 26, 2010 at 6:23:10 PM
Ick....The mere suggestion of eating a TSA agent..... by zonie on Sunday, Nov 28, 2010 at 9:39:33 PM
RAPIDSCAN = RAPESCAM... by Harvey Solomon on Friday, Nov 26, 2010 at 8:20:04 PM