Full Body Scammer

After jihadist pantybomber Abdulmuttallab’s attempt on Christmas Day to blow up a Northwest translantic flight, conventional wisdom is that had he been put through a full-body scanner, pantybomber’s plot would be foiled because the scanner would have revealed the cache of explosives attached to his groin.

Right on cue, politicians began clamoring that airports must now install full-body scanners — the magic bullet against future would-be bombers — at a cost of $150,000 each. Sen. Joe Lieberman, in announcing hearings by the Senate Homeland Security Committee, declared that one of the “big, urgent questions that we are holding this hearing to answer” was “Why isn’t whole-body-scanning technology that can detect explosives in wider use?” For his part, former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff touted full-body scanners to the Washington Post, “You’ve got to find some way of detecting things in parts of the body that aren’t easy to get at. It’s either pat downs or imaging, or otherwise hoping that bad guys haven’t figured it out, and I guess bad guys have figured it out.”
The Transportation Security Administration claims that the images “are friendly enough to post in a preschool,” though the pictures themselves tell another story. Here’s what your body looks like when it’s being full-body scanned:
No wonder numerous organizations are opposed to the scanners as a gross invasion of privacy!
Beyond privacy issues, however, are questions about whether these machines actually work.
Critics say the scanners are highly fallible, and are incapable of revealing explosives hidden in body cavities—an age-old method for smuggling contraband. The London Independent reports that “officials at the [UK] Department for Transport and the Home Office have already tested the scanners and were not persuaded that they would work comprehensively against terrorist threats to aviation.” A British defense-research firm reportedly found the machines unreliable in detecting “low-density” materials like plastics, chemicals, and liquids — precisely what the pantybomber had stuffed in his briefs. 
There are also questions about who stands to benefit most from the introduction of full-body scanners to airports across the globe. Chief among the beneficiaries is none other than Chertoff, who now heads the Chertoff Group — one of the leading manufacturers of whole-body-imaging machines, the Rapiscan Systems! For days after the attack, Chertoff made the rounds on the media promoting the scanners, calling the bombing attempt “a very vivid lesson in the value of that machinery”—all without disclosing his relationship to Rapiscan.
I smell a rat. Don’t you?
To read James Ridgeway’s article on this, CLICK HERE.
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10 years ago

If our leadership simply defines the enemy, we wouldn’t need full body scanners!