Travel has become an intrusive pain in the ass. Do you remember? Previously, we would have simply boarded a plane. These days, we’re prodded and scanned and beaten and/or TASERered at the border should we dare question our inquisitors. Nevermind the fact it’s impossible to whip up a bomb in the Boeing washroom. Like sheep, we’ve grown accustomed to handing over our travel-sized liquids for disposal, to removing our shoes, to submitting to an invasive groping should we decline to have our bodies imaged and bathed in high-energy radiation. On balance – considering we’re more likely to be struck by lightning twice than to fall victim to ‘terror’ – does this keep us safe? Or does it simply lock us down, pen us in, and restrict our movements across national borders within a nascent global police state?
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Naked body scanners ‘could give you cancer’, children especially vulnerable warns expertÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â | G20: Activists Arrested, Others Denied Entry into Canada | Report suggests road tolls to fight climate change | U.S. airlines, small planes must install GPS | Airport body scanners raise radiation concerns — again | ‘Naked’ scanners may increase cancer risk | Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has passport confiscated in Australia | Transport Canada proposes aviation security revamp | Young Quebec student strip-searched, stranded in U.S. border ordeal | Couple Arrested At U.S. Border For Asking Questions | Canada offers Michigan $550M loan for NASCO link bridge | Canadian sci-fi writer avoids jail time in Michigan for questioning border cop and being assaulted | Full-body scanners are waste of money, Israeli expert says | Are our customs officers traumatizing visitors? | Montreal flirting with road tolls | GTA road tolls are inevitable, professor says | Toronto mayor David Miller uses subway PA to push for funding | TTC opens door to electronic payment | Roadblocks cleared for Windsor continental supercorridor link | Government Lied: Naked Body Scanners CAN Transmit Images | US Airline Security Moves to Known Threat Descriptive Profiling | UK: Children must go through airport naked body scanners | UK Airport worker warned over harassment using naked body scanner | Canadians to get biometric, RFID enabled passports in 2011, security experts voice concerns | Canadian sci-fi author, assaulted at border, convicted of ‘non-compliance’ | Body scans eventually mandatory, TSA official saysÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â | Planned random DUI checkpoints a violation of rights | Tories revive random roadside breath test | 11 More U.S. Airports Get Body Scanners | Plan to put more police on Toronto transit | Australia to fingerprint, face-scan visitors from Muslim nations | USA: Fourth Amendment Trashed As Airport Tyranny Hits The Streets | Exposed: Naked Body Scanner Images Of Film Star Printed, Circulated By Airport Staff | Radiation Safety Group Says Naked Body Scanners Increase Risk Of Cancer | UK: Airline passengers have ‘no right’ to refuse naked body scanners | Full-body scanner blind to bomb parts | Airport scanner companies queue for business after ‘underpants bomber’ | German ‘Fleshmob’ Protests Airport Scanners | Remain vigilant while travelling, Baird tells Canadians | B.C. to get license-plate scanning system | Body scanners capable of storing, sending images, group says | Dutch police develop mobile body scans | Whole-body airport scanners are basically safe–or are they? | Mind-reading systems could change air security | Airport security starts in the parking lot | Obama orders ’strengthened’ no-fly list after bomb plot | Body scanners coming to Canadian airports | UK: New scanners break child porn laws | US implements travel profiling: Tougher air screening for ’security-risk’ countries | UK: Full-body scanners being ordered for airports, says Gordon Brown | Running a red light? It’ll cost you big time now | Group slams Chertoff on conflict of interest in scanner promotion
The ‘Israelification’ of airports: High security, little bother | Underwear Bomber Renews Calls for ‘Naked Scanners’ | Airport restrictions denounced as ’security theatre’ | No carry-on bags for flights to U.S., RCMP assisting with screening | Dr Peter Watts, Canadian science fiction writer, beaten and arrested at US border | New OPP cameras scan licence plates | Border guards are now Olympic thought police — Amy Goodman detained | Federal Privacy Commissioner raises alarm over terror security measures | GPS Tracked Road Tolls Back On Agenda for Toronto Metrolinx | Report suggests road tolls, parking and fuel taxes for GTA | Everyone in Britain could be given a personal ‘carbon allowance’ | US citizens fight back against traffic cameras | EU urges use of tracking boxes for motorists | Privacy watchdog OKs ‘naked’ airport scanners | Security may soon test ‘virtual strip search’ at large Canadian aiports | Random breathalyzer tests considered for Canada | Laptops fair game for border searches | UK: Pilot project for DNA, isotope analysis of immigrants ‘deeply flawed’ | US Border Guards to Expand Use of X-Ray Body Scanners | Now you need a boat license | Border guards resorting to force more often | UK: Rothschild bank pitches motorway privatisation plan | CSIS role in Abdelrazik case to be probed | Abdelrazik accuses CSIS, MPs of harassment and interrogation | Vancouver kicks off quest for ways to fund transportation system | Border agents handcuff, interrogate Winnipeg couple | Abdelrazik vows to clear name from ‘unjust’ UN no-fly list | Mysterious people tailing recently repatriated no-fly-list refugee | Selective enforcement: Charkaoui barred from US airspace on flight from Fredericton to Montreal | Illegal Victoria Transit bag searches reinstated under new policy for Canada Day | UN rushes Abdelrazik terror allegations onto website in wake of exoneration | Toronto police ready to take over transit patrols | Ottawa will allow Abdelrazik to return to Canada | Ottawa defies court, refuses emergency travel documents to citizen trapped in Sudan | Court orders Ottawa to let Abdelrazik return to Canada | Jordanian woman alleges beating by interrogator at Toronto airport | Committee calls on Cannon to let Abdelrazik appear in Ottawa | Public may not hear fate of Greyhound bus killer | Canadians secretly interrogated Abdelrazik, papers show | Parade of excuses continues as Ottawa denies citizen’s repatriation | Province assumes control of transit board, pays Toronto $9 billion for projects | Big Brother is watching: surveillance box to track drivers is backed | Supporters defy law, buy plane ticket for Montrealer stuck in Sudan | US Terrorist watch list hits 1 million | Against protocol, bus decapitation accused released from Ontario institution in 2005 | ‘Say please’ at U. S. border nets pepper spray | Metrolinx’s draft report called for supporters to infiltrate public meetings | Woman swats children on plane, charged with Terrorism | UK-Irish travellers to face passport checks | U.S. visitors now required to register online with Department of Homeland Security | UK: ‘Spy-in-sky’ trials get the go-ahead despite Government promise to scrap road-pricing plan
Oregon Governor Wants GPS-Tracked Vehicle Mileage Tax | GTA Transit plan needs taxation, ‘governance’ powers | Calls for GPS-tracked ’speed-limiting’ cars in UK | GTA Transit plan needs taxation, ‘governance’ powers | Oregon Governor Wants GPS-Tracked Vehicle Mileage Tax | Is road-tolls fix running out of gas? | Supreme Court set to consider privacy rights | Drug-sniffing dog plan for BC SkyTrain unconstitutional: legal critics | Greyhound introduces security screening of passengers, bans fruit, carry-ons | Former US congresswoman, presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney barred from boarding plane to human rights conference | Retired B.C. woman surprised to find herself on international no-fly list | U.S. air-security rules cause Canadian turbulence | Road tolls called ‘inevitable’ | UK Pilots threaten strike over ID card plan | Federal government stages another retreat on road tolls | Federal Road Toll Meeting Sponsorship Kept Quiet Until After Election | Germany rejects full-body scans at airports | Interpol wants facial recognition database to catch suspects | Mobile phones to track carbon footprint using GPS | Metrolinx considering road tolls after all | Feds give customs agents free hand to seize travelers’ documents | GTA Transport Plan Defers Road Tolls, Focuses on Centralization, Intensification | American Rail Passengers Subject to Random Searches, Police Presence | Second Greyhound stabbing suspect also required ‘psychological help’, media clamour for airport-style security renewed | Police drop off and pick up new Greyhound knife assault suspect | Red light cameras not going up fast enough for Toronto budget | Ottawa balks at travel permit for man trapped in Sudan | Montreal man changing name to escape U.S. no-fly list | Federal road-toll study announced, immediately cancelled on eve of election call | Global ‘Intelligent Transport’ initiative comes to your cellphone: Location data used to track traffic flow | GPS Mapping Systems Enable Police Tracking | Cities Debate Giving Away Public Infrastructure to Bankers | Greyhound bus passengers now subject to arbitrary luggage searches | NYC Residents Furious over Invasive Surveillance Grid | Security officials to scan D.C. area license plates | Beijing Taxis Are Bugged ‘For Driver Safety’ | ‘Please kill me,’ bus beheading suspect pleads as history of psychiatric treatment surfaces | Psych tests ordered for beheading suspect | Edmonton bus terminal ‘wide open’, security needed: ex-security guard | Bus beheading ‘a mystery’ | Bush Calls for New Highway Tolls, More Private Funding of Roads | Eye scans, fingerprints to control NZ borders | Drivers licences with chips spark heated debate | Regional transit requires ‘good governance’ | Get set — the future starts now | Air Canada objects to US plans to fingerprint exiting foreigners | RCMP conducts random search and seizure on Canada Day | TTC officers won’t carry Tasers, guns | Today’s suburbs, tomorrow’s slums? | Air passengers to undergo ‘virtual strip search’ | Ottawa Proposes Band-Aid ‘Bill of Rights’ for Airline Travellers | Road tolls, a bitter pill that works | Pistol Pendant Causes Airport Holdup | US Homeland Security Keen on ‘Novel’ Israeli Airport Security Technology | Every adult in Britain should be forced to carry ‘carbon ration cards’, say MPs | Ontario Privacy Czar Worried about High-Tech Licences | Family of Canadian stranded by no-fly list to make public appeal | American Border Officers Want to Fingerprint Canadians at SPP Bridge | American Border Officers Want to Fingerprint Canadians at SPP Bridge | Pay-As-You-Drive Car Insurance | Airport scanner a ‘virtual strip search’ | U.S. to collect DNA at border | Is it time for toll roads? | Metrolinx Proposes Satellite Vehicle Tracking for Road Tolls | Ontario privacy chief gives green light to TTC surveillance plans | Privacy International responds to Ontario Privacy Commissioner ruling on CCTV | Electronic Passports Raise Privacy Issues
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