Body Scanner Vans: Are They In Your Neighborhood?

Via Allen Greenberg‘s blog at Forbes:

As the privacy controversy around full-body security scans begins to simmer, it’s worth noting that courthouses and airport security checkpoints aren’t the only places where backscatter x-ray vision is being deployed. The same technology, capable of seeing through clothes and walls, has also been rolling out on U.S. streets.

American Science & Engineering, a company based in Billerica, Massachusetts, has sold U.S. and foreign government agencies more than 500 backscatter x-ray scanners mounted in vans that can be driven past neighboring vehicles to see their contents, Joe Reiss, a vice president of marketing at the company told me in an interview. While the biggest buyer of AS&E’s machines over the last seven years has been the Department of Defense operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, Reiss says law enforcement agencies have also deployed the vans to search for vehicle-based bombs in the U.S.

Continues at Forbes

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  • Guest

    THIS IS FUCKING BULLSHIT, I DON'T WANT THESE THINGS AROUND!!! how can anyone even congressmen and women?????!????

  • Captain Humboldt

    No more secrets, big brother is officially here. Who needs a search warrant when they can look through your walls! I think this kind of technology is useful when dealing with those who are a threat to other’s safety, but it could so easily be used to peek in on all of us to make sure we are law abiding citizens. Our government has obviously entered a new level of intrusiveness. I believe Orwell would be screaming his head off right now if he were alive.

  • Captain Humboldt

    No more secrets, big brother is officially here. Who needs a search warrant when they can look through your walls! I think this kind of technology is useful when dealing with those who are a threat to other's safety, but it could so easily be used to peek in on all of us to make sure we are law abiding citizens. Our government has obviously entered a new level of intrusiveness. I believe Orwell would be screaming his head off right now if he were alive.

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