Sunday, October 04, 2009 Posted by Shattered Paradigm
In fact, the scanners are so accurate that some analysts claim that they produce better quality images of your exposed body than a magazine photograph would.
Keep in mind that these body scanners are going to be used as the "primary" security screening method at airports across the United States.
The alternative will be to have a security officer take you to the side and perform a "pat down", which many airline passengers are very uncomfortable with as well.
We were considering putting up a photo of what these "body scans" look like, but we decided not to because these body scans actually do border on obscenity.
The reality is that these "body scans" are the closest thing you can get to viewing a person's exposed body without actually seeing their skin.
Security officials in Australia where they have installed similar body scanning machines confess that these machines DO show people's exposed bodies.
Cheryl Johnson, the general manager of the Office of Transport Security in Australia, freely confessed the following about these intrusive scanners: "It will show the private parts of people, but what we've decided is that we're not going to blur those out, because it severely limits the detection capabilities."
The TSA insists that there will be measure in place to prevent security workers from gawking at the exposed bodies of passengers all day long, but the truth is that there are no laws or regulations that limit how the TSA uses these body scanners, only policies they choose to adopt. Any policy that they "choose to adopt" can be quickly discarded later.
A decade or two ago, even the most bizarre science fiction writers would not have dreamed of a world where security officers got to examine your exposed body before you could get on an airplane.
But it's happening.
The future is now, and it is not very private.