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Michael Chertoff, Bend Over, Please"

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War (more...)

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