Comments: Good News! TSA Scanners Damage DNA, Increase Cancer Risk to Everyone, But Will Kill Small Children and TSA Agents First

I agree with everything but the pity. When you go to work knowing that your job is to violate the rights of your fellow citizens all day, then I'm OK with a little rough justice ending you up in the oncology ward.

Posted by Phelps at November 29, 2010 01:07 PM

A young woman should most definitely refuse to go through the scanners. If you are pregnant, then you face a very real possibilty of damage to the fetus. In fact, the chance to injury to an unborn would far exceed the risk of a terrorist incident on even a plane that does not have any security. Opt out. Better yet, take names, they prosecuted the Nazi camp guards and they can do the same for these fools.

Posted by David at November 29, 2010 01:15 PM

David, our Government learned from Nuremburg. They have legal protections for Government Agents who violate the rights of citizens under color of law. The term is "Sovereign Immunity", I believe. It is the reason Lon Horiuchi, the murderer of Vicki Weaver, is a free man.

Posted by Jeremy at November 29, 2010 01:29 PM

All true - about the X-ray scanners. The machines reportedly operate in the 50KV + range and are suitable for full penetration X-rays. The sort you get with a chest X-ray. Operators should wear the full lead radiation suit, and be limited to a very few hours of exposure a month.

But some of the T&A's scanners are "millimeter wave" scanners, operating somewhere in the 300 to 500 teraHertz range. They are not inherently dangerous - even for reasonably long term exposure, but even at that, I do not want some public employee strip searching me. Whether it a real search, or only a simulated search.

Since the T&A's motto should be "billions and billions of searches done and not a terrorist found," the best solution is to defund Homeland Security, and get rid of the security theater.


Posted by Stranger at November 29, 2010 05:24 PM

They do not address the most realistic threats ...

Agree. The most realistic threats are the Airline ground crew employees and TSA employees. They do not get the daily search when they come on duty and can wander freely among the airplanes and other "secured areas" of the airport. The insider threat is always the most likely.

This is not just eyewash. It is graft, corruption, and payoffs to the owners of the companies that make those machines in exchange for their generous campaign donations and support for other worthy causes.

I long for the days when this was JUST incompetence.

Posted by Professor Hale at November 29, 2010 06:42 PM

There are a TON of issues, this will be the straw that breaks the camel's back. They truly do not know how much radiation these are putting out, and 'rumor' has it, they can turn it up if they are not getting a 'good' picture. I've opted out every time so far! I'd rather have some bozo hitting my balls than having them fricasseed due to the amount of flying I do.

Posted by Old NFO at November 29, 2010 08:57 PM

CY ... I agree with everything you say about this TSA debacle. The anecdotal stories on the Internet which are now abounding are quite horrifying. One scientist who went through the naked body scanning machines said that there is no way that the screeners could guarantee the accuracy of the supposed measurements of radiation, depending on variations in the settings of the individual machines. Additionally, if one opts for the pat downs, the screeners, who are not trained medical personnel, often do not change their gloves between pat downs of different passengers, and the next passenger can be exposed to the illnesses and possible infections of the previous passenger if the screener fails to change his/her gloves. So the granny from Iowa, who probably has an impaired immune system, can be exposed to everything from crabs to AIDS to intestinal infections. Talk about Typhoid Marys!

Marianne Matthews

Posted by Marianne Matthews at November 30, 2010 12:26 AM

Please remember that "Law Enforcement" is readily available at EVERY TSA checkpoint. Each of those officers has sworn an oath to "...preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution..." yet will not bother to defend the citizens against this violation of their 4th Amendment rights. In addition, sexual assault is a crime in EVERY jurisdiction where this is being done, yet NOT ONE of those fine officers will bother to arrest the perpetrators. Because, after all, they are fellow "Only Ones." The stench is overwhelming.

Posted by Mark Matis at November 30, 2010 08:57 PM

Sounds like the same BS the good people of St George, Utah were told by the government 'experts' during the early days of atomic weapons testing in Nevada. Nothing to worry about!!

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