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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Remember Backscatter X-rays?

A few days ago, I told you about a sensor that would be more discreet than other technology already being tested by Homeland Security called a backscatter x-ray. That particular screening device would be able to tell what a person's genitals looked like and if a woman had a mastectomy among other things. Critics of this particular technology say it is too invasive. I agree.

Unfortunately, the government, in it's infinite wisdom, is already using this device in the airport in Phoenix. They say that it's 100% voluntary to have this thing check you out. Yeah right. Maybe right now it is but I will be willing to bet that when, I said WHEN not if, the machine proves to be a great searching tool, which I have no doubt it will, then it will become the searching of choice for the government "to be sure" they get all the bad guys. The idea will be that this machine will take away any doubts about a person and what they have on their person.

Backscatter X-rays at the Phoenix Airport

February 24. 2007

The Phoenix airport yesterday became the first in the United States to test new X-ray technology that can see through people's clothes and show the body's contours with blush-inducing clarity.

Critics have said the high-resolution images created by the "backscatter" technology are too invasive. But the Transportation Security Administration adjusted the equipment to make the image look something like a line drawing, while still detecting concealed weapons.

Can anyone who reads this, in good conscience, actually believe that this is a good thing? What happens when you are the one that they want to search? "It's all in the name of security. We have to give up a little freedom so we are not terrorized." Yeah, well are you not seeing that this is a form of terrorizing? Are we not seeing that yet another freedom is going by the wayside in the name of security? What happens when we, the people, are the ones they consider to be terrorists just because we do not happen to agree with something the government wants to do?

Right now, we still are able to have our own say in these matters. We can talk about it all we want but I can tell you that this technology is already being used. It will eventually be so good that it ends up in more and more airports. Then it will be train stations, boat docks. Sometime later, it will end up in any type of place that needs some type of security measures. Like Walmart. All in the name of security.

Tell me, do we actually need THAT MUCH security? You decide.