They just can’t help themselves, these people

For July 4th:

As the privacy controversy around full-body security scans begins to simmer, it’s worth noting that courthouses and airport security checkpoints aren’t the only places where backscatter x-ray vision is being deployed. The same technology, capable of seeing through clothes and walls, has also been rolling out on U.S. streets.

American Science & Engineering, a company based in Billerica, Massachusetts, has sold U.S. and foreign government agencies more than 500 backscatter x-ray scanners mounted in vans that can be driven past neighboring vehicles to see their contents, Joe Reiss, a vice president of marketing at the company told me in an interview.

While the biggest buyer of AS&E’s machines over the last seven years has been the Department of Defense operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, Reiss says law enforcement agencies have also deployed the vans to search for vehicle-based bombs in the U.S.


Have you ever wondered just how much your phone reveals about you?

1 comment for “They just can’t help themselves, these people

  1. Greg Tingey
    July 5, 2012 at 7:41 am

    REAL problem with these scanners is the background level of ionising radiation.
    Wait to see if really frequent flyers start developing skin & surface cancers in the next 20 years.
    There is already a low-level controversy (amongst the scientis whom Highfield doesn’t trust, the idiot) as to how bad it might be/is.
    The “authorities” are, needless to say, pooh-poohing it all.
    I’m not so sure, but then my first training was in Physics, and unwanted radiation at the “correct” energies/frequencies is not something you want.

    As opposed to the “dangerous” mobile phone masts, that put out about as much energy as a small light-bulb, for instance….

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