Newly released documents obtained by The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) yesterday released the documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, clearly show that the The Homeland Security Department continued to pursue a mobile surveillance program, moving radiation firing body scanners out of airports and into streets and shopping malls, despite claiming it has dropped the plans altogether.
I guess being subjected to radiation and having your naked when inverted body image scanned at the airports just isn’t enough, now we may soon be subjected to this while driving without our knowledge or consent. I guess we also need it in malls, subways, stadiums, and streets too. You never know what could happen at your local Sears or baseball game.
EPIC noted that the DHS has actively deployed “mobile body scanner technology in vans that are able to scan other vehicles while driving down public roadways.”
“These vans, known as ‘Z Backscatter Vans,’ are capable of seeing through vehicles and clothing and routinely store the images that they generate.” EPIC’s lawsuit notes. To get a better picture of how this technology works watch the video below of Joseph Reiss VP Marketing American Science and Engineering (ASE) describing how there mobile backscatter technology works and how the US department of defense, homeland security, law enforcement, US customs, as well as international agencies. 4 minutes into the video he shows how they can use this technology to scan vehicles. You can also see more info about ASE’s technology from a document (I assume as part of a meeting or presentation) from 2006 here (pdf).
In this video Fox news covers this new technology. I don’t know when this broadcast aired but it was uploaded 2 years ago and they mentioned that TSA scanners were just put in at the airports that day. I love how they don’t mention once in the interview the dangers of radiation.
So it looks like the government is buying this backscanner technology as Joseph Reiss VP Marketing American Science and Engineering validates in the video above. And we know from the EPIC lawsuit that the DHS has actively deployed “mobile body scanner technology in vans that are able to scan other vehicles while driving down public roadways.” And we also know from the Fox news report above that the day the scanners were put into airports they knew about mobile backscanner technology to scan cars on the road with radiation.
Why? Well to catch large drug movements and I suppose terrorist and criminals will most likely be the claim. Which sounds good on the surfacebut…… is that really necessary? Will citizens really be anymore protected? And at what cost? We will pay dearly financially, with our health (unknown exposure to radiation) and to our liberties (personal data (like your naked body shot) that can be stored who knows where). I don’t know about you but this creeps me out. Personally I think being subjected to unknown amounts of radiation without my knowledge is far more likely to harm me than this scanning technology is to save me from some imaginary threat. No amount of radiation is OK. And I believe we should have the ability to decide whether we want to expose ourselves to risk like that.
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New Documents: Big Sis Lied About Canceling Mobile Body Scanner Program . Infowars.com. Aug 17, 2012