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The European Commission, which enforces common policies of the EU's 27 member countries, adopted the rule “in order not to risk jeopardizing citizens’ health and safety.”
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The truth appears to be that the scanners were never thoroughly tested to begin with, nor have independent tests been done on them.
Read this article written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Andrew Schneider back in 2010 called “No Proof TSA Scanners Are Safe:”
And the best interview of Professors discussing the scanners and cancer:
The use of x-rays are only allowed by FDA when deemed medically necessary. The medical x-ray operators require advanced education and licensing by a state medical board. Medical x-ray equipment undergoes very strict guidelines and are closely monitored.
TSA x-rays provide no medical benefit, are operated by high school dropouts and are maintained by the manufacturer without any overview except maybe the TSA supervisor with a GED.
A cigarette by itself is not bad, it’s the accumulation and damage over time. Radiation is the same way. You are exposed to natural sources and that is part of life, to add additional exposure above and beyond that without clear medical benefit is insanity.
TSA is theater.
This petition is more relevant than ever:
Here is the money trail for those interested:
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) this week awarded Rapiscan Security Systems a $25.4 million contract using Recovery Act funding for whole body imaging systems that will be deployed at some of the nation’s airports, marking the first production award to any company for the imaging systems.
Rapiscan’s Secure 1000 system is based on X-Ray technology…
The award is a surprise considering how recently the agency began the pilot tests of the Secure 1000 at several airports.
A less surprising choice for the first production award would seem to have been L-3 Communications [LLL], which has sold about 40 of its ProVision millimeter wave-based whole body imagers to TSA beginning in the fall of 2007.
(Don’t feel bad for L-3. They’ve gotten at least $165 million from Uncle Sam for body scanners.)
Rapiscan has a very cozy relationship with the TSA and other government agencies. Just this year, Rapiscan has been awarded an IDIQ (indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity) contract for up to $325 million from the TSA for its checkpoint x-ray baggage inspection system, $35 million for advanced aviation checkpoint x-ray systems, $3.5 million for cargo and vehicle Inspection systems, $9 million for advanced cargo and vehicle inspection technologies, contracts worth up to $12 million for research, $18 million for cargo and people screening systems, $3 Million for Rapiscan Secure 1000 Portable Body Scanner, $25 million for cargo & vehicle inspection systems. Using my old-fashioned arithmetic, the total for the year is approaching half a billion dollars.
A blogger at ultra-liberal Daily Kos also smells something suspicious:
“Rapiscan’s lobbyists include Susan Carr, a former senior legislative aide to Rep. David Price, D-N.C., chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee. When Defense Daily reported on Price’s appropriations bill last winter, the publication noted “Price likes the budget for its emphasis on filling gaps in aviation security, in particular the whole body imaging systems.”
Very convenient, very cozy! (see Update I below)
Other Rapiscan lobbyists include Peter Kant and Adam C. Emanuel.
Rapiscan also has a financial relationship with former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff (now a peddler of whole body imaging).
- source leftcoastrebel.com