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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Job Creation?: Stimulus Funds Used to Buy Naked X-Ray Machines in Airports

The Stimulus may have failed to turn around this economy but it seems it has succeeded in something else...

Destroying your Right to Privacy.

According to the Department of Homeland Security Website, those very invasive and humiliating Back Scatter X-ray machines where bought and paid for with Stimulus funds:

"Washington, D.C. - Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the deployment of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)-funded advanced imaging technology (AIT) to 28 additional airports nationwide - strengthening security at airports throughout the nation while creating local jobs.

"As part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to* best protect the traveling public and detect terrorism threats, we continue to deploy state-of-the-art advanced imaging technology across the country," said Secretary Napolitano. "The rapid deployment of this critical technology, made possible by Recovery Act funds, will strengthen security at even more airports nationwide."

"The deployment of advanced imaging technology demonstrates TSA's ongoing commitment to stay ahead of evolving threats to aviation security and protect the traveling public," said TSA Administrator John Pistole.....

......Factors including airport readiness, checkpoint infrastructure, and capacity to ensure privacy protections - including a separate, remotely located room for viewing images - are carefully considered before AIT units are deployed to selected airports.

Advanced imaging technology is designed to bolster security by safely screening passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats - including weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of clothing. The ARRA-funded machines will include the latest security enhancements to detect new and evolving threats.

TSA ensures passenger privacy through the anonymity of AIT images - a privacy filter is applied to blur all images; in the operational mode images are permanently deleted immediately once viewed and are never stored, transmitted or printed; and the officer viewing the image is stationed in a remote location so as not to come into contact with passengers being screened. In addition, AIT screening is optional to all passengers. Those who opt out may request alternative screening, to include a physical pat-down."

I know this may be infuriating news but don't worry, the Department of Homeland Security only gave the TSA $1 Billion Dollars in order to destroy your Right to Privacy Nation Wide.

Which makes me wonder, if buying Back Scatter X-Ray machines falls under the heading of Stimulus Job Creation...

Then under what heading do we put the Destruction of Your Right to Privacy...

Police State or Tyranny?


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Both. And throw in fascism for a more complete picture. Behind all the crap we’re fed about “keeping America slaves”… er I mean “safe”, is another motive; the politically well-connected, like Michael Chertoff, profit handsomely by selling security technology to the government – at a premium price, we can be sure. Fondling 6-year-old girls and humiliating 95-year-old women does not make us safe. It makes us livestock, property of the US Government. The next predictable step is an expensive, high-tech branding.

Live free or die, America.