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Posted on May 19, 2011
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Six American university researchers have written a letter to White House science adviser John Holdren demanding to know why the TSA won’t allow independent scientists to assess the safety of its controversial airport scanners.

Among the researchers’ concerns is the fact that investigations into the scanners’ safety were conducted by the manufacturers themselves on machines that aren’t even used in airports. —ARK

Mother Jones:

An interesting new round in the airport scanner wars: Why won’t TSA make its scanners available for independent scientific assessment—the same kind of assessment required for medical imaging machines?

That’s the question asked of White House science adviser John Holdren by five researchers at UC San Francisco and one at Arizona State University in a letter titled, There is Still no Rigorous Hard Data for the Safety of X-Ray Airport Passenger Scanners.

... In another letter to Holdren last year, the same group argued that though the overall dose may be low, no one had yet quantified the dose to the skin. Officials from the FDA and TSA responded by releasing a study ... estimating that though the dose to the skin was twice the dose to the body it was still extremely low. But in their latest letter, the UCSF et al researchers note that Johns Hopkins didn’t test an actual airport machine but a model built by the manufacturer configured to resemble a system previously tested by the TSA.

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By MarthaA, May 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm Link to this comment

bogi666, May 21 at 7:01 am,

Similar to the authoritarian Hitler administration’s tactics when the NAZI’S ruled Germany .

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By bogi666, May 21, 2011 at 7:01 am Link to this comment
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The TSA PURPOSE is obedience training of adults. Its procedures are meant to strip people of their dignity publicly by demonstrating that they cannot protect themselves and/or their families from abusive atrocities conjured up by the USG to facilitate bribery and corruption for the politicians.

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By MarthaA, May 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm Link to this comment

Real Airport Security—Trained Dogs of War—much better than being radiated.

“Chertoff & Company have raised the price of their mandatory full body irradiation devices from $160,000 to $250,000 since the winter.

Why the big price increase?

They’ve got a lot of Congressmen to pay off.

The good news is that the GOP (god bless their pointy little heads) have said “NO” to funding additional purchases of these things.”

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/1102.html

“Five physics professors point out that the TSA’s claims about the safety of the newly installed full body scanners are fraudulent.”

“Here are just some of the problems:

1. The TSA ran its own test.

2. They won’t reveal the names of the testers.

3. They blacked out huge portion of their own report.

4. They won’t let anyone else test these machines.

5. There is no way to get the image quality they’re getting with the low level of radiation they’re claiming.

Five scientists stepped forward. THOUSANDS are remaining silent. And the US news media that has a golden scoop laid at their feet chooses to ignore the story.”

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/1108.html

TSA Naked Body Scanners Was Right-Wing PR to Prevent Workers from Unionizing. The Right fears nothing more than unionized workers, and found a cunning way to scapegoat workers to derail a campaign to organize the TSA.

http://www.alternet.org/story/150767/did_you_fall_for_it_america’s_outrage_over_tsa_naked_body_scanners_was_right-wing_pr_to_prevent_workers_from_unionizing?page=entire

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By MarthaA, May 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm Link to this comment

Real Airport Security—Trained Dogs of War
—much better than being radiated.

“Chertoff & Company have raised the price of
their mandatory full body irradiation devices from
$160,000 to $250,000 since the winter.

Why the big price increase?

They’ve got a lot of Congressmen to pay off.

The good news is that the GOP (god bless their
pointy little heads) have said “NO” to funding
additional purchases of these things.”

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/1102.html

“Five physics professors point out that the
TSA’s claims about the safety of the newly
installed full body scanners are fraudulent.”

“Here are just some of the problems:

1. The TSA ran its own test.

2. They won’t reveal the names of the testers.

3. They blacked out huge portion of their own
report.

4. They won’t let anyone else test these
machines.

5. There is no way to get the image quality
they’re getting with the low level of radiation
they’re claiming.

Five scientists stepped forward. THOUSANDS are
remaining silent. And the US news media that
has a golden scoop laid at their feet chooses to
ignore the story.”

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/1108.html

TSA Naked Body Scanners Was Right-Wing
PR to Prevent Workers from Unionizing. The Right
fears nothing more than unionized workers, and
found a cunning way to scapegoat workers to
derail a campaign to organize the TSA.

http://www.alternet.org/story/150767/did_you_fall_for_it_america’s_outrage_over_tsa_naked_body_scanners_was_right-wing_pr_to_prevent_workers_from_unionizing?page=entire

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By Okasis, May 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment
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Come on guys. We all advocate for Universal Health Care, yet we are the only country in the world with one stop, free, check-ups. Only the US provides a chest x-ray, colonoscopy, and pelvic exam, complete with either a pap-smear or prostrate check as required. All of this for only the cost of a one way plane ticket to the nearest destination.

What a bargain!

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By ExpatCZ, May 20, 2011 at 9:31 am Link to this comment
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@Richard_Ralph_Roehl Really guy, your paranoia is a little over the top, and unfounded. Yes, there are a lot of things that I don’t either like, or understand about the ways and means of our governmental agencies, but it doesn’t mean that I adhere to “hasty generalization” or “bandwagon” propaganda techniques, in order to explain the aberrations. My funky twin sister holds similar conspiracy theories as well. Ameri(C)a is what it is, a diverse, crazy, interesting, cool place to be. But the old saying is, “love it, or leave it”. I left. So here is my point, if you are not American, you have no right to comment. If you are American, and you continue to post with this kind of vernacular, then you should be ashamed of yourself. Leave the country, enjoy a different culture, less stress, fewer headaches. Then maybe you’ll simply STFU.

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By poonckie, May 19, 2011 at 10:41 pm Link to this comment

It’s so suspect that the underwear bomber was allowed to carry out his mission even though his father had alerted the authorities months earlier and then suddenly these scanners that hadn’t been tested were critical to our flight safety. The truth is that all of this enhanced screening does nothing to make us safer.

Every airport in the country is surrounded by miles of unguarded fence, every major airport crowds people together like cattle in cheek to jowl check point bottlenecks where an explosion would do the most damage, and every airport in the country has failed security checks where unauthorized people gained access to the ramps and other secure areas. This whole security crap is a farce making people fabulously rich one scheme at a time.

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., May 19, 2011 at 10:30 pm Link to this comment

PatrickHenry, May 19 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment
The hotdogs I eat have more scientific research behind
them than these scanners.

Flying has become such a invasive hassle I quit.
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Yup, me too. I hate flying anyway; but this shit pushed
me over the edge. Cheers.

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By TDoff, May 19, 2011 at 8:53 pm Link to this comment

When, finally, this whole TSA scanner hoax is exposed, and those effing contraptions are junked, can you imagine the loot the TSA gropers are going to make when they put their passenger porn collections up for sale on EBay?

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By Richard_Ralph_Roehl, May 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment

I shall never again catch a plane from an Amerikan based airport. I do NOT want to suffer a full body ‘chest X-ray’ from a cancer maker machine… nor have my anus and penis fondled and violated by government agents wearing AIDES infected latex gloves.

This is NOT about security. It’s about indoctrination and humiliation of the population. The corn-$yrup people in faster poo-food Amerika have devolved into obese consumer wimps. Amerikans as a whole (and ass-a-hole) are cowards. They are peasants for the ruling class agenda. Behold! See them waddle their fat butts into Wal-Mart (a.k.a.: China Red Ink) to buy sugar pop aspertane soda water for bread an’ circus pro-$ports on tell-lie-vision.

Amerika has devolved into a violent, war-mongering plutocratic corpratocrazy… and this terrible, evil beast must be destroyed.

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By PatrickHenry, May 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment

The hotdogs I eat have more scientific research behind them than these scanners.

Flying has become such a invasive hassle I quit.

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By TDoff, May 19, 2011 at 11:55 am Link to this comment

The TSA isn’t ‘hiding’ anything. It’s just taking a while for the TSA PR department to come up with a positive slant on why it’s a good thing for all airline travelers to be ‘inadvertently’ sterilized.

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