Documents Reveal TSA Research Proposal To Body-Scan Pedestrians, Train Passengers

Documents Reveal TSA Research Proposal To Body-Scan Pedestrians, Train Passengers
by Andy Greenberg

Giving Transportation Security Administration agents a peek under your clothes may soon be a practice that goes well beyond airport checkpoints. Newly uncovered documents show that as early as 2006, the Department of Homeland Security has been planning pilot programs to deploy mobile scanning units that can be set up at public events and in train stations, along with mobile x-ray vans capable of scanning pedestrians on city streets. The non-profit Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) on Wednesday published documents it obtained from the Department of Homeland Security showing that from 2006 to 2008 the agency planned a study of of new anti-terrorism technologies that EPIC believes raise serious privacy concerns. The projects range from what the DHS describes as “a walk through x-ray screening system that could be deployed at entrances to special events or other points of interest” to “covert inspection of moving subjects” employing the same backscatter imaging technology currently used in American airports. The 173-page collection of contracts and reports, acquired through a Freedom of Information Act request, includes contracts with Siemens Corporations, Northeastern University, and Rapiscan Systems. The study was expected to cost more than $3.5 million. One project allocated to Northeastern University and Siemens would mount backscatter x-ray scanners and video cameras on roving vans, along with other cameras on buildings and utility poles, to monitor groups of pedestrians, assess what they carried, and even track their eye movements. In another program, the researchers were asked to develop a system of long range x-ray scanning to determine what metal objects an individual might have on his or her body at distances up to thirty feet. “This would allow them to take these technologies out of the airport and into other contexts like public streets, special events and ground transit,” says Ginger McCall, an attorney with EPIC. “It’s a clear violation of the fourth amendment that’s very invasive, not necessarily effective, and poses all the same radiation risks as the airport scans.”

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One response to “Documents Reveal TSA Research Proposal To Body-Scan Pedestrians, Train Passengers

  1. Like it said before, this was the plan from day one ! The fact of the matter they are using “false tactics” to trick the unsuspecting american into submitting themselves under false guises. And for the numbheads who are either paid operatives, bloggers , twit twatters, whatever , and perpetuating the false idea that it will “help” get the so called bad guys. At some point the innocent people who want to help , should realize whom they are being used by and why. Eventually ? If the so called bad guys in this country are just so very known , then why the games and houseplaying ? Why not stop letting them in, and stop supporting “those particular countries,” send then elsewhere . They never assimilate to this country anyway, and yet we the people are continuously trapped within our own nation and laws including foreign laws being forced upon us at every avenue. What part of that don’t america see, why hasn’t anybody stopped it? Simple because the plan is an overall plan to completely subjugate this country into its own prison. You think your free , think again ! Being on a bus used to feel sorta like a poors mans ride , now its a jail mans ride coming unless we the people stop it . Riding the train used to be fun, now images of our first peoples ( american indians) and also the buffalo’s almost extinction bc of this govt , all along has used the tools for good intentions . Prisoners get groped and raped , now its a new form or groping and raping of the mind , soul, and body but legal looking by TSA ? Another “color of the law concept.” They find ways around things by using hidden verbiage. Now they use false tactics, making you think you are safe, but hey touch and grope and rape of rights first .. NOT ! Every american should be stopping this . Id rather take my chances , and keep my freedom then let the govt decide what is and what is not safe. Have a nice day ! Keep your property rights , your land , your body and you mind ! TSA- Keep your smut paws off us americans !

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