Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Full Body Scans to a Street Near You?

Technology is advancing at an enormous pace and government certainly will want to utilize these advancements to fulfill their obligation to protect the citizenry. However, because of the intrusive nature of many of these devices, there is a fine line between our security and the governments infringement upon our Constitutional rights and our freedom. This roving scanner alone does not bother me; it is the cumulative effect of all the government is doing that is setting off the alarm bells within me.

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.

“This product is now the largest selling cargo and vehicle inspection system ever,” says Reiss.
Full-Body Scan Technology Deployed In Street-Roving Vans

Also read The 4th Amendment: May It Rest In Peace

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