Musical comment on TSA pornoscanners

Jonathan Mann sez, "I saw Cory's post about the TSA accepting comments on the full body scanners and decided I'd give them a piece of my mind - in song."

My Comment To The TSA (Song A Day #1573) (Thanks, Jonathan!)


  1. Hate to be a bummer, but they do not have to accept your comment unless you also submitted a transcript of your song, then, contrary to the opening lines of this great piece of work, TSA does not have to listen to you.

    The Administrative Procedure Act requires agencies only that:
    “After notice required by this section, the agency shall give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making through submission of WRITTEN data, views, or arguments with or without opportunity for oral presentation.”  5 U.S.C. §553(c) (Emphasis mine.)

    Assuming that “written” comments mean comments that were made by “tracing or forming (characters, letters, words, etc.) on the surface of some material, as with a pen, pencil, or other instrument or means” (’s definition for ‘write.’  I don’t have time to search for case law on what constitutes “written” comments, though I am sure it has been litigated!)  then I don’t think that TSA will be forced to accept or consider your video submission.  And while they have proven countless of times that they are very good at doing things that they need not do, in this case, I put it to you that they would avoid addressing any comments unless done by the book.  As such, please make sure you send them a transcript!

    1. It’s all right, Grahamers2002. Submitting a transcript of the song is easy. So, if Jonathan is still able to send a transcript to the TSA, then he’ll just do that if he cares enough to. It’s no big deal. 
      What this song at least DOES do is raise awareness about something he cares about – which is working because I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Mann. That’s amazing.I applaud Jonathan Mann for his awesome song. This contribution to the world is a positive one.

  2. Grahamers2002:  Thanks for clearing that up with detailed and well researched comments on this comment. I wish you had time to research the case law. Wowzer. Too bad Jonathon totally wasted his time.

  3. “But you have billions of dollars, work with what you got”

    …Actually, that’s the problem. When funding is this huge, it’s use it or lose it. Spending that money on training and quality control is *much* slower than dumping it into fancy gadgets.

    We’d get better security from a lower tech approach, something I hope the events in Boston will drive home.

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