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U.S. media outlets created a supportive domestic context of reception for surveillance technologies adopted in the post-9/11 era by portraying the United States’ enemies in the war on terror as the “opaque” bodies of reference from which “transparent” passenger-suspects are encouraged to distinguish themselves. U.S. public discourse domesticated full-body scanners via gendered and sexualizing scripts of being seen-through by the security state as a form of romantic love, attraction, and/or repulsion. In so doing, it obscured two important political developments: first, high-tech screening produces a new normate body; and second, the differential application of high- and low-tech surveillance is organized...

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