Hidden Government Scanners Will Instantly Know Everything About You From 164 Feet Away

By gizmodo.com

Within the next year or two, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will instantly know everything about your body, clothes, and luggage with a new laser-based molecular scanner fired from 164 feet (50 meters) away. From traces of drugs or gun powder on your clothes to what you had for breakfast to the adrenaline level in your body—agents will be able to get any information they want without even touching you. And without you knowing it.

The technology is so incredibly effective that, in November 2011, its inventors were subcontracted by In-Q-Tel to work with the US Department of Homeland Security. In-Q-Tel is a company founded “ in February 1999 by a group of private citizens at the request of the Director of the CIA and with the support of the U.S. Congress.” According to In-Q-Tel, they are the bridge between the Agency and new technology companies.

Their plan is to install this molecular-level scanning in airports and border crossings all across the United States. The official, stated goal of this arrangement is to be able to quickly identify explosives, dangerous chemicals, or bioweapons at a distance.

 

The machine is ten million times faster—and one million times more sensitive—than any currently available system. That means that it can be used systematically on everyone passing through airport security, not just suspect or randomly sampled people.

Analyzing everything in real time

But the machine can sniff out a lot more than just explosives, chemicals and bioweapons. The company that invented it, Genia Photonics, says that its laser scanner technology is able to “penetrate clothing and many other organic materials and offers spectroscopic information, especially for materials that impact safety such as explosives and pharmacological substances.” [PDF]

Formed in Montreal in 2009 by PhDs with specialties in lasers and fiber optics, Genia Photonics has 30 patents on this technology, claiming incredible biomedical and industrial applications—from identifying individual cancer cells in a real-time scan of a patient, to detecting trace amounts of harmful chemicals in sensitive manufacturing processes.

Meanwhile, In-Q-Tel states that “an important benefit of Genia Photonics’ implementation as compared to existing solutions is that the entire synchronized laser system is comprised in a single, robust and alignment-free unit that may be easily transported for use in many environments… This compact and robust laser has the ability to rapidly sweep wavelengths in any pattern and sequence.” [PDF]

So not only can they scan everyone. They would be able to do it everywhere: the subway, a traffic light, sports events… everywhere.

How does it work?

The machine is a mobile, rack-mountable system. It fires a laser to provide molecular-level feedback at distances of up to 50 meters in just picoseconds. For all intents and purposes, that means instantly.

The small, inconspicuous machine is attached to a computer running a program that will show the information in real time, from trace amounts of cocaine on your dollar bills to gunpowder residue on your shoes. Forget trying to sneak a bottle of water past security—they will be able to tell what you had for breakfast in an instant while you’re walking down the hallway.

The technology is not new, it’s just millions times faster and more convenient than ever before. Back in 2008, a team at George Washington University developed a similar laser spectrometer using a different process. It could sense drug metabolites in urine in less than a second, trace amounts of explosive residue on a dollar bill, and even certain chemical changes happening in a plant leaf.

And the Russians also have a similar technology: announced last April, their “laser sensor can pick up on a single molecule in a million from up to 50 meters away.”

So if Genia Photonics’ claims pan out, this will be an incredible leap forward in terms of speed, portability, and convenience. One with staggering implications.

Observation without limits

There has so far been no discussion about the personal rights and privacy issues involved. Which “molecular tags” will they be scanning for? Who determines them? What are the threshold levels of this scanning? If you unknowingly stepped on the butt of someone’s joint and are carrying a sugar-sized grain of cannabis like that unfortunate traveler currently in jail in Dubai, will you be arrested?

And, since it’s extremely portable, will this technology extend beyone the airport or border crossings and into police cars, with officers looking for people on the street with increased levels of adrenaline in their system to detain in order to prevent potential violent outbursts? And will your car be scanned at stoplights for any trace amounts of suspicious substances? Would all this information be recorded anywhere?

Hidden Government Scanners Will Instantly Know Everything About You From 164 Feet AwayAbove: A page from a Genia Photonics paper describing its ability to even penetrate through clothing.

There are a lot of questions with no answer yet, but it’s obvious that the potential level of personal invasion of this technology goes far beyond that of body scans, wiretaps, and GPS tracking.

The end of privacy coming soon

According to the undersecretary for science and technology of the Department of Homeland Security, this scanning technology will be ready within one to two years, which means you might start seeing them in airports as soon as 2013.

In other words, these portable, incredibly precise molecular-level scanning devices will be cascading lasers across your body as you walk from the bathroom to the soda machine at the airport and instantly reporting and storing a detailed breakdown of your person, in search of certain “molecular tags”.

Going well beyond eavesdropping, it seems quite possible that U.S. government plans on recording molecular data on travelers without their consent, or even knowledge that it’s possible—a scary thought. While the medical uses could revolutionize the way doctors diagnose illness, and any technology that could replace an aggressive pat-down is tempting, there’s a potential dark side to this implementation, and we need to shine some light on it before it’s implemented.

 

SOURCE:   http://wakeup-world.com/2012/07/19/hidden-government-scanners-will-instantly-know-everything-about-you-from-164-feet-away/




Let’s make it go viral: Video by engineer Jon Corbett reveals how TSA body scanners are completely useless

Since first posting his video analysis explaining how theU.S. Transportation Security Administration‘s (TSA) naked body scanners do nothing to prevent terrorists from smuggling weapons and other paraphernalia through security, engineer Jon Corbett’s eye-opening revelation has quickly met the heavy hand of attempted censorship. During a recent interview with Alex Jones on theAlex Jones Show, Corbett explained how his video had already begun to go “viral” across the internet within just a few hours of its posting, upon whichYouTubecensored it as containing “inappropriate” content.

Corbett originally posted theYouTubevideo link on his blogTSA Out of Our Pants!on March 6, upon which it was quickly picked up by the U.K.’sDaily Mail, the U.K.’sGuardian,CNET,DailyTech,Russia Today, theHouston Chronicle, theNew York Daily News, and hundreds of other news sources. But as was pointed out by Alex Jones during the recent interview, the original video, which was posted toYouTube, was also quickly censored in the process.

You can view Corbett’s original posting here:
http://tsaoutofourpants.wordpress.com/

As you will notice upon clicking the directYouTubelink for the video rather than the “Play” button, a message pops up explaining that the video “may contain material flagged by YouTube’s user community that may be inappropriate for some users.” In order to actually watch it, in other words, an individual must log into his or herYouTubeaccount, or sign up for account if he or she is not a registered user, an obstacle that detracts the vast majority of potential viewers from ever watching the video.

Corbett’s video has since been uploaded elsewhere, including atNaturalNews.TV(http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=91718591ABF48A76EB2423DA212DC115), but the fact that the original was flagged speaks volumes about how badly those in authority wish to hide the truth about the TSA and its fraudulent security theater from the public. Even so, the truth is still getting out, and you can help keep it going viral by sharing this article and sharing the link to Corbett’s video onNaturalNews.TV:
http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=91718591ABF48A76EB2423DA212DC115

“I’ve been working through the court system for about the past year and a half,” explained Corbett to Jones during his interview segment about a lawsuit he has already filed against the TSA for its illegal and unconstitutional naked body scan and pat-down procedures. “If the TSA standards are proven to be ineffective, that will be the quickest way to get them removed from our airports. The nude body scanner is nothing but a giant fraud.”

Be sure to check out Corbett’s original posting here:
http://tsaoutofourpants.wordpress.com

SOURCE:  http://www.naturalnews.com/035182_body_scanners_airport_security_Jon_Corbett.html




Cancer? No Thanks: Half Of Americans Want X-ray Body Scanners Scrapped

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poll finds travelers would rather take on terrorists than risk exposure to radiation

Steve Watson
Prisonplanet.com
December 8, 2011

A new survey has found that almost half of Americans want to see the TSA’s X-ray body scanners removed from the nation’s airports owing to concerns over potential health risks.

46% of Americans do not believe that the risks associated with the machines are worth any potential pay offs in terms of terrorism prevention.

The Harris Interactive poll, conducted for media group ProPublica, asked: “If a security scanner existed which would significantly help in preventing terrorists from boarding a plane with powder, plastic, or liquid explosives, do you think the TSA should still use it even if it could cause perhaps six of the 100 million passengers who fly each year to eventually develop cancer?”

Out of 2,198 respondents, 46% said no, 36% said yes, and 18% said that they were not sure.

The figures cited in the question originated from a peer-reviewed research paper written by a radiology and epidemiology professor at the University of California, San Francisco, which was also published on the TSA’s website.

The poll was commissioned in response to the TSA’s promotion of a number of other recent surveys that have found in favor of the scanners, only where privacy issues are concerned.

The issue of body scanner safety was once again thrust into the spot light recently with the publication of a report by ProPublica, in conjunction with PBS NewsHour, detailing how the “U.S. Government Glossed Over Cancer Concerns” as it rolled out the scanners into airports.

Despite promising a Senate homeland security committee hearing that the TSA would commission further independent research into the safety risks associated with full body scanners, TSA head John Pistole later reneged, suggesting that a forthcoming inspector general’s report validates earlier conclusions that the machines are not harmful.

Last month, the European Commission formally adopted guidelines prohibiting the use of X-ray body scanners utilizing ionizing radiation in European airports.

“In order not to risk jeopardizing citizens’ health and safety, only security scanners which do not use X-ray technology are added to the list of authorized methods for passenger screening at EU airports.”a press release read.

The findings in the new Harris poll contrast with a recent poll that asked the same question of UK residents.

When asked ‘Do you think airport ‘strip-search’ scanners should be banned, in light of the cancer risks they could pose?’ a majority, 67%, said ‘no’. They were then asked to explain their reason for this decision, to which 54% said they would rather ‘risk their health and travel safe’, whilst a fifth, 22%, said they didn’t believe the health risks.

The British government has indicated that it will not comply with the EU directive on the scanners, and will instead continue to operate a “no scan, no fly” policy for any travelers who refuse to step through the x-ray machines when requested to do so.

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SOURCE: Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, andPrisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.,   http://www.prisonplanet.com/cancer-no-thanks-half-of-americans-want-x-ray-body-scanners-scrapped.html




Europe bans X-ray body scanners used at U.S. Airports

The European Union on Monday prohibited the use of X-ray body scanners in European airports, parting ways with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, which has deployed hundreds of the scanners as a way to screen millions of airline passengers for explosives hidden under clothing.

The European Commission, which enforces common policies of the EU’s 27 member countries, adopted the rule “in order not to risk jeopardizing citizens’ health and safety.”

As a ProPublica/PBS NewsHour investigation detailed earlier this month, X-ray body scanners use ionizing radiation, a form of energy that has been shown to damage DNA and cause cancer. Although the amount of radiation is extremely low, equivalent to the radiation a person would receive in a few minutes of flying, several research studies have concluded that a small number of cancer cases would result from scanning hundreds of millions of passengers a year.

European countries will be allowed to use an alternative body scanner, on that relies on radio frequency waves, which have not been linked to cancer. The TSA has also deployed hundreds of those machines – known as millimeter-wave scanners – in U.S. airports. But unlike Europe, it has decided to deploy both types of scanners.

The TSA would not comment specifically on the EU’s decision. But in a statement, TSA spokesman Mike McCarthy said, “As one of our many layers of security, TSA deploys the most advanced technology available to provide the best opportunity to detect dangerous items, such as explosives.

“We rigorously test our technology to ensure it meets our high detection and safety standards before it is placed in airports,” he continued. “Since January 2010, advanced imaging technology has detected more than 300 dangerous or illegal items on passengers in U.S. airports nationwide.”

Body scanners have been controversial in the United States since they were first deployed in prisons in the late 1990s and then in airports for tests after 9/11. Most of the controversy has focused on privacy because the machines can produce graphic images. But the manufacturers have since installed privacy filters.

As the TSA began deploying hundreds of body scanners after the failed underwear bombing on Christmas Day 2009, several scientists began to raise concerns about the health risks of the X-ray scanner, noting that even low levels of radiation would increase the risk of cancer.

As part of our investigation, ProPublica surveyed foreign countries’ security policies and found that only a few nations used the X-ray scanner. The United Kingdom uses thembut only for secondary screening, such as when a passenger triggers the metal detector or raises suspicion.

Under the new European Commission policy, the U.K. will be allowed to complete a trial of the X-ray scanners but not to deploy them on a permanent basis when the trial ends, said Helen Kearns, spokeswoman for the European transport commissioner, Siim Kallas.

“These new rules ensure that where this technology is used it will be covered by EU-wide standards on detection capability as well as strict safeguards to protect health and fundamental rights,” Kallas said.

Five-hundred body scanners, split about evenly between the two technologies, are deployed in U.S. airports. The X-ray scanner, or backscatter, which looks like two large blue boxes, is used at major airports, including Los Angeles International Airport, John F. Kennedy in New York and Chicago’s O’Hare. The millimeter-wave scanner, which looks like a round glass booth, is used in San Francisco, Atlanta and Dallas.

Within three years, the TSA plans to deploy 1,800 backscatter and millimeter-wave scanners, covering nearly every domestic airport security lane. The TSA has not yet released details on the exact breakdown.

 

SOURCE:  http://www.propublica.org/article/europe-bans-x-ray-body-scanners-used-at-u.s.-airports/single,  November 17, 2011 By 




TSA Claims X-ray Scanners are Safe as Europe Bans Scanners for ‘Health, Safety

The European Union has decided to ban all X-ray scanners from EU airports in order to protect the health and safety of EU citizens, yet the TSA still claims that the scanners are completely safe.

The ban comes after the recent media outburst regarding the 1998 report that linked the X-ray scanners to cancer. The report found that the machines could be causing 100 cases of cancer per year, conservatively.

It is quite clear that the TSA is clinging on to the X-ray scanners for dear life, while the EU is taking the appropriate steps in protecting the health of travelers. This is evidenced by how differently the two governing bodies responding to the X-ray scanner cancer issue.

The European Union, following the news that the scanners are causing a threat to public health, decided to address the threat by removing the scanners. The European Commission issued a press release on November 14th calling for members of the European Union to remove X-ray scanners from its airports to avoid risking “citizens’ health and safety.” The United States on the other hand,went back on a promise to launch an independent safety into the machines.

Instead of commissioning the independent review, TSA administrator John Pistole has declared a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ‘draft’ that focuses primarily on the upkeep and maintenance of the machines to be sufficient evidence that the machines are safe. The draft has not yet been released,though Pistole assures the American people that it is very conclusive and reassuring.

In fact, Pistole actually states that it is his ‘belief’ that the scanners are safe during a Senate hearing that was to be centered around hard evidence regarding X-ray scanner safety.

‘My strong belief is those types of machines are still completely safe,’ Pistole said. ‘If the determination is that this IG study is not sufficient, then I will look at still yet another additional study.’ 

Of course there is hard evidence that the machines are posing a risk to the health of citizens, just as the European Union has stated.

The scanners admittedly use ionizing radiation, which is known to cause DNA damage as well as cancer. The 1998 estimate of 100 cancer cases per year as a result of the body scanners is most likely far below the real numbers, considering that the radiation level of the machines was often-times found to be “10 times more” than expected.

It is quite outlandish how the TSA still expects citizens to blindly accept their lack of evidence on the supposed safety of the machines in place of the real evidence highlighting the powerful dangers. 

 

SOURCE:  http://www.activistpost.com/2011/11/tsa-claims-x-ray-scanners-are-safe-as.html#more, November 21, 2011 By  1 Comment




New trials show naked body scanners have up to 40% error rate

(NaturalNews) Recently trials of the naked full-body scanning machines in Australia have revealed that the highly invasive technology has a huge error rate of up to 40%, but Australian government officials plan to set up the scanners in airports regardless.

These radiation-launching machines, also known asAdvanced Imaging Technology(AIT), have once again been proven completely incompetent and absurd even though Australian Transport Minister Anthony Albanese described the scanners as the “most advanced passenger screening technology available in the world.”

The Australian Office of Transport Security announced this week that out of 23,500 scans carried out at Melbourne and Sydney airports throughout the months of August and September, around 20 to 40% of the alarms set off were done so in error. What’s even more ridiculous is the lack of certainty as to what exactly caused the machines to raise false alarms in the first place.

In other words, not only are thesedangerous and ineffective naked scannersbeaming serious amounts of radiation into passengers, they’re needlessly setting off alarms for unknown reasons– and STILL the Australian government plans to continue installing them. This isn’t comforting considering NaturalNews learned earlier this year that the energy emitted by these machinesmay damage human DNA(http://www.naturalnews.com/027913_f…).

Sound the alarm — this sweaty passenger is clearly a terrorist!

Prison Planet reported in August that it was suspected that passenger sweat is one of the main causes of the error, although this possibility has not been confirmed (http://www.prisonplanet.com/airport…). During a $6 million trial of the scanners, the alarms were set off repeatedly at an Australian airport by passengers with sweaty armpits. In fact, one of the machines unnecessarily set off an alarm three different times on the second person to walk through it at a Sydney airport.

TSA plans to keep the scanners coming despite their now-proven inefficiency

Despite themassive glitch ratethat has become apparent through the scanner trials, Office of Transport Security executive director Paul Retter told a recent Senate estimates committee hearing that the technology was improving “on a weekly and monthly basis.” And while security experts have repeatedly warned that the scanners cannot even detect explosives successfully, Retter still insisted the inefficient and dangerous technology provides “the best chance in the world today to detect explosives, including home-made explosives.”

He also claimed that while the government has not yet decided whether to entirely adopt the technology, he plans to recommend the scanners be installed at eight international airports. This “rollout” of scanners will likely begin in the early part of 2012.

The German government says, ‘No futile radiation for us’

Before the Australian trials, the German government decided to abandon plans to use the full-body scanners. This occurred after police described the radiation-heavy machines as “useless” following a 10-month trial.

According to a German federal police report (http://www.prisonplanet.com/german-…), 35 percent of the 730,000 passengers checked by the deficient scanners set off the alarm multiple times although they had nothing prohibited on their person whatsoever. In fact, the same report noted that an alarm was raised without reason in roughlyseven out of every ten cases, adding that the scanners did not deal well with people wearing layers of clothing or boots and zip fasteners. Even the posture of passengers passing through seemed to affect the probability of a false alarm!

The German report concluded that the machines are far too sensitive to movement, and they operate too slowly to be of any practical use.

Potentially dangerous AND ineffective? The TSA could care less

These findings clearly reveal that these defective full-body scanners do not yield reliable results and are more than undependable — they are useless. Theyfire radiationinto passengers andraise false alarmsover absolutely nothing. They require people to pass through them multiple times and therefore repeatedly shower them with radiation WITHOUT CAUSE.

Yet the Department of Homeland Security in the US continues to roll out hundreds more of the scanning machines into airports across the country, all the while falsely claiming the machines have passed rigorous safety and efficiency tests. Their statements about the scanners, in fact, have been reported by Prison Planet to be “highly questionable at best” (http://www.prisonplanet.com/big-sis…).

These very same scanners — which now have beenPROVEN ineffective— have never been proven safe for human use, and even the TSA couldn’t tell us whether or not the long-term effects of their radiation could cause everything from cancer to infertility. In fact, the president of the Allied Pilots Association (APA) even issued a letter urging all pilots to opt out of the full-body scanning (http://www.naturalnews.com/030339_p…). Yet the scanners are still carelessly being rolled out in airports all over the US.

Read more about the potential detrimental effects of these machines here:http://www.naturalnews.com/027913_f…

Read more about TSA’s lies here:http://www.naturalnews.com/027914_T…

Sources for this article include:

http://www.naturalnews.com/027914_T…

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http://www.prisonplanet.com/airport…

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/034034_naked_body_scanners_errors.html#ixzz1cZb5dnFB

 

 

 

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/034034_naked_body_scanners_errors.html, 2 nov 2011, by: Christina Luisa

 

 




TSA Agents Harass Man Over Silver Coins

Federal agency tasked with airport security now routinely interrogates Americans about their financial affairs

A traveler flying into Las Vegas was questioned by the TSA about his small collection of silver coins, another example of how the federal agency is acting more like a secret police unit than an airport security outfit, routinely interrogating Americans about their financial affairs.

Alex Jones talked to Jeff, a software engineer, after he passed through security, who told him that TSA agents had questioned him about why he was carrying silver coins and demanded to know their value. The screeners also asked if Jeff was collecting them for a hobby or an investment.

Jeff explained that he was simply planning to cash in the coins and use that money on his vacation instead of dipping into his bank account. The total value of the coins was no more than $600 dollars.

The delay led to TSA agents telling Jeff they couldn’t guarantee that his bags would even make it onto the plane.

This is not the first time US citizens have been harassed by TSA screeners for carrying items of any value, or refusing to answer invasive questions about their financial affairs.

In 2009, Ron Paul campaign treasurer Steven Bierfeldt was detained and interrogated for nearly half an hour by TSA officials for the crime of passing a cash box through a metal detector which contained $4,700 in campaign funds.

During the interrogation, Bierfeldt was threatened with arrest and bombarded with questions about his personal life and political viewpoints.

“I do not believe I should give up my constitutional rights each time I choose to travel by plane. I was doing nothing illegal or suspicious, yet I was treated like a potential criminal and harassed for no reason,” said Bierfeldt.

The Department of Homeland Security is training TSA agents to act like secret police, quizzing people on their financial status and political persuasions. This has nothing to do with airport security.

Another example involved war reporter Michael Yon, who was handcuffed and detained after TSA officials demanded to know Yon’s personal income.

“No country has ever treated me so badly,” Yon wrote in a Facebook message. “Not China. Not Vietnam. Not Afghanistan. Definitely not Singapore or India or Nepal or Germany, not Brunei, not Indonesia, or Malaysia, or Kuwait or Qatar or United Arab Emirates. No county has treated me with the disrespect can that can be expected from our border bullies.”

Yon said he stood firm and refused to allow his privacy to be violated by TSA thugs because his friend had told him of how she was forced to hand over her Internet passwords and watched in horror as TSA screeners read her private emails.

Eventually, Yon was released by Port Authority police because the TSA had no legitimate grounds to hold him.

Given that TSA goons are now stationed at highway checkpoints in order to conduct searches of vehicles, we can expect to see many more examples of invasive interrogations where Americans are guilty until proven innocent, as the country begins more and more to resemble an authoritarian police state where citizens are constantly mandated to show their papers in order to travel anywhere.

Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones, Prison Planet.com, Monday, October 24, 2011




TSA begins VIPR highway inspections in Tennessee

PORTLAND, Tenn. – You’re probably used to seeing TSA’s signature blue uniforms at the airport, but now agents are hitting the interstates to fight terrorism with Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR).

Video: http://www.newschannel5.com/story/15725035/officials-claim-tennessee-becomes-first-state-to-deploy-vipr-statewide

“Where is a terrorist more apt to be found? Not these days on an airplane more likely on the interstate,” said Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons.

Tuesday Tennessee was first to deploy VIPR simultaneously at five weigh stations and two bus stations across the state.

Agents are recruiting truck drivers, like Rudy Gonzales, into the First Observer Highway Security Program to say something if they see something.

“Not only truck drivers, but cars, everybody should be aware of what’s going on, on the road,” said Gonzales.

It’s all meant to urge every driver to call authorities if they see something suspicious.

“Somebody sees something somewhere and we want them to be responsible citizens, report that and let us work it through our processes to abet the concern that they had when they saw something suspicious,” said Paul Armes, TSA Federal Security Director for Nashville International Airport.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol checked trucks with drug and bomb sniffing dogs during random inspections.

“The bottom line is this: if you see something suspicious say something about it,” Gibbons said Tuesday.

The random inspections really aren’t any more thorough normal, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott who says paying attention to details can make a difference. Trott pointed out it was an Oklahoma state trooper who stopped Timothy McVeigh for not having a license plate after the Oklahoma City bombing in the early 1990s.

Tuesday’s statewide “VIPR” operation isn’t in response to any particular threat, according to officials.

Armes said intelligence indicates law enforcement should focus on the highways as well as the airports.

Adam Ghassemi, News Channel 5, October 20, 2011

FLASHBACK 2009: DHS, Military Police, Law Enforcement Plan Checkpoint in Tennessee

FLASHBACK: Massive Checkpoint Operation in Tennessee Violated Posse Comitatus, Fourth Amendment

FLASHBACK: Alex Jones’ Police State 2000 – Highway Checkpoints

FLASHBACK: Feds Radiating Americans At Internal Checkpoints

FLASHBACK: TSA Invades Roads & Highways With VIPR Checkpoints

FLASHBACK: The Secret The TSA Doesn’t Want You To Know

FLASHBACK: VIPR Searches and the American Citizen: ‘Dominate. Intimidate. Control.’

FLASHBACK: Leahy Takes Chertoff to Woodshed Over Vermont Checkpoints

 

FLASHBACK: Surprise! TSA Is Searching Your Car, Subway, Ferry, Bus, AND Plane

 

FLASHBACK: Air Marshals Expand Beyond Planes

 

 




Senator: TSA Forced Me To Go Through Body Scanner

Lawmakers slam “baloney” Americans are forced to put up with at the hands of “arrogant” TSA screeners

Orrin Hatch

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch was forced to go through a TSA naked body scanner against his will, according to testimony heard at the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, as lawmakers complained to DHS head Janet Napolitano about the “baloney” Americans were forced to put up with at the hands of “arrogant” TSA screeners.

Despite the TSA’s official policy stating that travelers can select whether to pass through the radiation-firing body scanner or take an “enhanced pat down,” Utah Senator Hatch told Napolitano during the hearing that he wasn’t offered the choice.

“Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, raised the issue, saying he’s been forced twice to go through the scanning machines when he would have preferred another method of screening,” reports the Washington Times.

“Maybe I look like a terrorist,” Hatch joked sardonically.

Hatch also said that he had witnessed TSA screeners “force” other travelers to go through the naked body scanner when they had expressed a wish to pass through the standard x-ray metal detector instead.

Vermont Democrat and committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy complained that TSA screeners were punishing travelers who rejected the body scanner, stating, “Sometimes you get the impression they almost want to make you miss your plane because you have to go through the pat-down.”

Leahy went further, telling Napolitano that TSA workers had an “arrogant disregard for real Americans who have to put up with this baloney,” and were disconnected from reality, while also criticizing the fact that children have to pass through the radiation scanners.

The Democrat also slammed TSA agents for claiming that it was illegal to film them. “There is no such law,” Leahy stated.

Napolitano responded to the lawmakers’ grievances with a smug reference to the incident that provided the pretext for the introduction of the scanners in the first place. “I can say the answer in one word, and that’s Abdulmutallab,” she stated.

What Napolitano failed to mention was the fact that underwear bomber Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab was aided through airport security by a “well-dressed man” despite the fact that he had no passport and was a known terror suspect.

It later emerged that the State Department was ordered not to revoke Abdulmutallab’s visa by “federal counterterrorism officials” even though the accused bomber had known terrorist ties, in addition to the fact that his own father had warned U.S. intelligence officials of the threat posed by Abdulmutallab a month before the attempted attack on Delta Flight 253.

Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars.com, Thursday, October 20, 2011




Radiation Overdose at the Airport

As the rate of cancer spikes among Transportation Security Agency (TSA) officers who work near the full-body scanners at the Boston Logan Airport, union reps are alarmed at having been misinformed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and TSA regarding the safety of these machines. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, has acquired radiation studies, and radiation test results from DHS which the center says gives evidence that the government failed to appropriately test the safety of these devices at airports and disregarded concerns from airport. According to the documents, “A large number of workers have been falling victim to cancer, strokes and heart disease.”

EPIC says the relinquished documents indicate that DHS “publicly mischaracterized” safety findings by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) by intimating that the organization had “affirmed the safety” of the ominous scanners. In fact, antipodal to confirming their safety, the documents obtained by EPIC show that NIST cautioned that TSA officers should avoid standing next to the machines, as to keep exposure to caustic radiation “as low as reasonably achievable.” In contradistinction to repetitive TSA claims that Johns Hopkins had authenticated the benign nature of the scanners, the FOIA docs illustrate how the university’s study actually unveiled that radiation zones around the machines could exceed the “General Public Dose Limit”. In fact, Dr. Michael Love, head of the X-ray lab at the department of biophysics and biophysical chemistry at Johns Hopkins, publicly stated that “statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays”.

Dr. David Brenner, head of Columbia University’s center for radiological research, discovered in a study conducted last year that the machines are likely to lead to an increase in basal cell carcinoma, a common type of skin cancer affecting the head and neck. Post-study, Brenner urged medical authorities to overview his work, indicating the critical notion of mass scanning millions of people without proper oversight. February 2010 saw like concerns voiced by the prominent Inter-Agency Committee on Radiation Safety, who warned in a report that the scanners increase the risk of cancer and birth defects and should not be used on pregnant women or children. And Bloomberg reported, “Frequent exposure to low doses of radiation can lead to cancer and birth defects, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency”.

A dark pall has hung over these devices since their inception. If they are really as benign as they are claimed to be, then why did EPIC have to sue for the culpable information? This past December, TSA workers complained about the radiation peril of the scanners, declaring they were being kept in the dark by their employers, in spite of ongoing requests for information. TSA union reps at the Boston airport requested dosimeters (radiation-monitoring devices) to monitor the safety of their officers but have yet to receive them.

Jan Van Liere, Reality Sandwich, Monday, August 8, 2011