Have TSA Body Scanners Been Used On Trains and Even Sidewalks?

Got TSA?The TSA is, off course, denying this story. Andy Greenberg writes on Forbes’ FIREWALL:

Giving Transportation Security Administration agents a peek under your clothes may soon be a practice that goes well beyond airport checkpoints. Newly uncovered documents show that as early as 2006, the Department of Homeland Security has been planning pilot programs to deploy mobile scanning units that can be set up at public events and in train stations, along with mobile x-ray vans capable of scanning pedestrians on city streets.

The non-profit Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) on Wednesday published documents it obtained from the Department of Homeland Security showing that from 2006 to 2008 the agency planned a study of of new anti-terrorism technologies that EPIC believes raise serious privacy concerns. The projects range from what the DHS describes as “a walk through x-ray screening system that could be deployed at entrances to special events or other points of interest” to “covert inspection of moving subjects” employing the same backscatter imaging technology currently used in American airports.

The 173-page collection of contracts and reports, acquired through a Freedom of Information Act request, includes contracts with Siemens Corporations, Northeastern University, and Rapiscan Systems. The study was expected to cost more than $3.5 million.

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  • Anonymous

    LOL. How can the TSA deny the story when official documents were obtained via the FOIA? What a joke that organization is.

  • smooth_operator

    LOL. How can the TSA deny the story when official documents were obtained via the FOIA? What a joke that organization is.

  • http://twitter.com/_wait_what _will_s_

    woo-hoo!

    ..even MORE questionable amounts of random radiation, given to a potentially unsuspecting general public?

    i don’t see what could possibly go wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/_wait_what _will_s_

    woo-hoo!

    ..even MORE questionable amounts of random radiation, given to a potentially unsuspecting general public?

    i don’t see what could possibly go wrong.