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Senate Proceeding on Feb 7th, 2011 :: 2:18:40 to 2:22:45
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Ben Nelson

2:18:37 to 2:18:59( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: give him a chance to talk about it. mr. nelson: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from nebraska. mr. nelson: thank you, mr. president. i thank my colleague, the chairman, for this opportunity to rise today to discuss an amendment to the f.a. reauthorization bill which i will be introducing shortly. we're currently working with the

Ben Nelson

2:18:40 to 2:22:45( Edit History Discussion )
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Ben Nelson

2:19:00 to 2:19:22( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: minority on some language changes, and this amendment will be proposed before long. and when it is, i will be seeking a roll call vote on it. the amendment which i proposed along with senators schumer, aka, whitehouse, tester and shaheen would make it a crime to photograph, record or distribute

Ben Nelson

2:19:23 to 2:19:45( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: a body scan image taken by a body scan imaging machine at either an airport or any federal building without expressed authorization to do so either by law or regulation. i've heard from many nebraskans who are concerned that the use of body scan imaging machines is overly invasive and their privacy is being ignored.

Ben Nelson

2:19:46 to 2:20:06( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: and i too share these concerns. this isn't an abstract concern. according to news reports, the u.s. martial service acknowledged last year that some 35,000 images from a body scanner at a security check point at a florida courthouse had been saved. that's despite promises from federal agencies that these

Ben Nelson

2:20:07 to 2:20:27( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: images wouldn't be stored. 100 of the saved images were leaked and some are now on line for anyone to view. so an invasion of privacy has already occurred. nebraskans and the american people understand that every step needs to be taken and every resource needs to be used to ensure the safety of our citizenry.

Ben Nelson

2:20:28 to 2:20:49( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: using technology to scan individuals for hidden weapons is a necessary, albeit sometimes unpleasant aspect of making sure our airways and public buildings are safe. however, in the scope of doing such things, safeguards can and must be put in place to help deter individuals from collecting and using those images inappropriately.

Ben Nelson

2:20:50 to 2:21:10( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: and this is the goal of the amendment that i and my colleagues are introducing. i'm well aware that transportation security agency officials have said that the agency will not keep, store transmit images, but that hasn't and doesn't assure compliance. if passing laws or directives

Ben Nelson

2:21:11 to 2:21:31( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: assured compliance, there would be no speeders in america. what is needed are additional consequences to make anyone considering keeping storing or transmitting these scanned images to think twice about the fact that they'll be committing a felony. if the consequence is enough of a deterrent, we will have better

Ben Nelson

2:21:32 to 2:21:52( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: compliance. and the privacy of every american will be better protected. let me explain very specifically what the amendment does. one, it makes it illegal to photograph, record and subsequently distribute the images taken by body scan machines in an airport or any federal building.

Ben Nelson

2:21:53 to 2:22:14( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: two, it imposes a penalty of up to one year in prison and up to $100,000 fine to those who inappropriately collect and distribute these images. three, it says that any individual who is acting within the course and scope of their employment is not breaking the law by saving these images or sending them if the purpose for doing so is to use these images

Ben Nelson

2:22:15 to 2:22:35( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: in a criminal investigation or prosecution. so, mr. president, by adopting this amendment, we will be telling the american people and my constituents in nebraska that we're not going to ignore or compromise their privacy in the process of making sure we have safe airports and federal buildings. our amendment takes a commonsense approach to

Ben Nelson

2:22:36 to 2:22:47( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: addressing this issue and why i'm seeking its inclusion in the f.a. reauthorization. i thank you, mr. president.

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