‘Naked Scanners’ were first introduced at a London airport last year, and from there it has been a slippery slope. We have all heard about the ongoing shennanigans and abuses of power by TSA employee, of people who refuse to be scanned being subjected to more and more invasive gropings, of women who refuse to have their bottles breast milk irradiated being put into glass cages in front of everyone, and even of visiting diplomats being subjected to such demeaning treatment.
As many of us expected, this trend toward government invasion of personal privacy is now just expanding and expanding. The TSA is now implementing airport-style security procedures at train stations and were recently criticized for wanding and frisking children after they had disembark at their destination.
But it won’t stop there. ‘Malintent’ scanners that can detect bad intentions have been around for a while and the DHS recently announced their intention to put them to good use at things like sporting events and the like under the FAST Program.
There are also mobile x-ray units that can travel along city streets, peering into vans and homes to detect human bodies, drugs and weapons. I remember seeing, over a year ago, a promo video by the makes of this van, who listed ‘stooling’ (aka taking a dump in your vehicle) as one of the activities their product could detect.
This technology is also covered in the following article in the Christian Science Monitor:
And if you think that’s bad, they have more in store for you including DNA scans at airports to be rolled out this summer! Accoring to the Activist Post, “This technology is being implemented under the cover of combating human trafficking, illegal immigration, and finding missing persons”. American police now also have authority to take DNA samples during arrests, before a person has been convicted of a crime, and have been doing the same through mandatory blood tests at DUI checkpoints in Florida
Prison Planet reports that DHS documents show their intention to roll out naked scanners at public events:
“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.”
They have the technology and fully intend to use it. So if you thought it wasn’t a big deal to go through a potentially cancer-causing scan now and then at the airport, think again. How far will you let them go in treating you like a criminal, invading your privacy, and subjecting you to toxic radiation? How far will you let them go in doing this to your children?
I expect that if this continues it will soon be standard procedure for people to undergo x-ray and other screening to participate in common activities like attending an event, entering a courthouse or school, or maybe visiting a shopping mall. Many of us wonder how long the public will tolerate this. There has been quite a lot of criticism and pushback from the public, but DHS is going ahead with their agenda anyway and I suspect that part of the goal is to get people to restrict their own movements as much as possible. Restricting personal freedom of movement is always a priority in any tyrannical regime. Of course, they have more finesse than to do it the old-fashioned way of making you, say, wear a Star of David and confining you to a ghetto. They will just see to it that going anywhere will be such a miserable experience that you will voluntarily circumvent your own movements.
Welcome to the future. Now bend over.