US House Republicans oppose more airport scanners

By REUTERS
May 13, 2011 01:07

 
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WASHINGTON - Republicans in the US House of Representatives on Thursday spurned the Obama administration's request for funds to buy 275 additional airport full-body scanners and to hire personnel to run them.

The scanners generate a revealing image of a person so security personnel can determine if someone is trying to hide a bomb or other weapon underneath clothing. But they have provoked criticism from privacy and civil liberties advocates.

Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee, unveiling their proposed fiscal 2012 budget for the Department of Homeland Security, said they rejected President Barack Obama's requested $76 million for the scanners and personnel.

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