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March 19, 2010

ANOTHER REASON NOT TO FLY SO MUCH

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - All airline passengers in the U.S. will eventually be required to undergo a full-body scan before boarding planes, just as metal detectors became a standard and accepted part of the screening process at airports decades ago, the federal transportation security chief in Chicago said Monday.

The Transportation Security Administration plans to send hundreds of the scanners, which cost between $130,000 and $170,000 each, to all major U.S. airports. The scanners use low-dose X-ray to go underneath clothing and display weapons, explosives and other objects that might be hidden on the body, above the skin.

EPIC - In testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security, EPIC President Marc Rotenberg urged Congress to halt the plan to deploy body scanners in the nation's airports. "Based on the documents we've obtained, the views of experts, the concerns of  American, and the extraordinary cost, Congress should suspend the program," said Mr. Rotenberg. In a recent letter to President Obama, EPIC and Ralph Nader recommended an independent review to assess health impacts, privacy safeguards, and the actual effectiveness of the devices. Through FOIA litigation, EPIC has obtained technical specifications, vendor contracts, and hundreds of complaints from US air travelers about the body scanners. A recent report from the GAO has also raised questions about the effectiveness and cost of the devices. For more information, see EPIC Whole Body Imaging and EPIC Air Travel Privacy.


1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone remember the Nuremberg Code regarding involuntary human experimentation?

Will there be any independent testing to prove that the x-ray radiation dose is as low as Big Brother claims it is?

And since there is no such thing as a "safe" dose, exposing many millions to it (through coercion) will result in some illnesses and deaths, although it will be impossible to prove any particular victim was killed by the radiation. The perfect crime.

March 19, 2010 6:41 PM  

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