TSA to Look Through Your Clothes
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USA Today reports “TSA hopes modifications make X-ray not so X-rated.”
The TSA now hopes to test modified “backscatter” machines in a few airports this fall that will solve the privacy issue. That’s a “significant software challenge” because wiping out body parts also makes weapons less visible, says Peter Kant, a vice president at backscatter maker Rapiscan Systems.
Barry Steinhardt, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s technology program, says he’s “skeptical that you can both identify dangerous items and eliminate embarrassing imagery.”
TSA spokesman Mark Hatfield said, “Determining whether or not that balance exists is precisely the aim of these tests.” The agency is paying Rapiscan and American Science & Engineering $722,000 to deliver prototypes.
The reporter, Thomas Frank, fails to ask why these are being tested on innocent civilians, rather than TSA and DHS officials. And his paper innocently reveals the truth with this photo, carefully cut off to preserve the model’s privacy.
These child-porn producing machines have been featured before on Emergent Chaos, in posts like
“Small Bits: Xrays..”