Scanners turn SFO into a locker room

The San Francisco Airport now has what I call an “open locker room.” It’s shocking to watch folks disrobing out in the open.

Worse are the scanners, which are not a good thing to go through for those of us who have had huge doses of chemo and radiation — not to mention that records are apparently kept, at personal discretion of hired hands. Who wants to be groped just to fly?

If the TSA was really been concerned about passenger privacy, they would have bought scanners that do not show your private body parts, see more and have less radiation, while getting the job done better. Those machines are available and are now used in Russia, I’m told.

Janet Campbell, San Francisco

Give al-Awlaki a chance?

Anwar al-Awlaki — the American-born jihadist who has been linked to the 9/11 murderers, underwear bomber Umar Abdulmatallab and Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood mass murderer — now claims responsibility for the recently thwarted mail-bomb attacks. From his overseas hideout, he urges all Muslims to kill Americans.

To its credit, the Obama administration has issued a CIA “kill” order on al-Awlaki. But guess who protests? The ACLU wants us to serve al-Awlaki a warrant, arrest him and then read him his Miranda Rights. In the meantime, how many Americans will be incinerated by jihadist mail bombs or human bombs?

Scott Abramson, San Mateo

Golden rule of elections

When the Supreme Court deregulated corporate money in campaign contributions, it allowed candidates to dump billions into the election.

We have free speech in America, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t cost money. The more money you have, the louder your “free speech” is. So when corporations dump billions into the election, their free speech becomes louder than the free speech of the people.

All this election proved is that money talks. The golden rule is: He who has the gold makes the rule.

Marc Perkel, Gilroy

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