Though not the subject of this story, read about 4th Amendment underwear.
3.2 million dollars is a drop in the bucket compared to the trillions used to subsidize Lloyd Blankfein’s house in the Hamptons, but Homeland Security spent at least that much in developing naked body scanners that can track moving targets such as unsuspecting pedestrians. Michael Chertoff’s buddies at Rapiscan were paid $1.9 M and Northeastern University was given a contract worth $1.3 M to develop the technology — and those are just the contracts we know about.
The kicker in all this is that scanning innocent people (i.e. giving them a virtual strip search) is obviously against the law (4th amendment anyone?), and yet it wasn’t until after DHS had spent millions on this failed technology that, according to USA Today, they were going to put it through their “privacy assessment phase.” In 2006, DHS was casually discussing how they would just randomly “collect” naked images of “individual commuters” — without their knowledge or consent. See here.
It should also come as no surprise that DHS’s own Inspector General recently found that their private contracts do not “contain sufficient evidence of justification and approval, market research, and acquisition planning.” That’s how they spent $1.3B in non-competetive contracts like the one with Rapiscan. See here.
Equally unsurprising, the scanner manufacturers, including Rapiscan and L-3 Technologies, have doubled the money they spend on government bribes lobbying. See here.
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Roxi Copeland – I’ll be groped for Christmas
Roxi Copeland Song – I flew to San Francisco a week ago and found myself having a disconcertingly intimate experience with the good folks at TSA. Since I’m anticipating the same overly exuberant greeting at Christmas, I thought I’d write this little ditty about it.
- “Groped? Or irradiated and naked? Tough decision.”
- “I’ll be groped for Christmas and stripped by prying eyes…”
A slideshow of TSA cartoons…
I hand-picked the best 25 from a few hundred. They are in no particular order.
I spent a few hours putting this together, so your clicking is appreciated.
The Daily Bail
Poll: Majority oppose body scans, nearly half seek alternative to flying
The use of backscatter x-ray machines to scan travelers’ bodies and new pat down procedures at airports will cause 48% of Americans to seek an alternative means of transportation, according to a Zogby International poll.
Of the 2,032 likely voters polled between November 19 and November 22, 61 percent said they oppose the use of body scanners and pat downs.Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite
By Andy Greenberg – Forbes
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 and assess what they carried. 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.”