Medical doctors speak out about why they avoid naked body scanners at airports

(NaturalNews)    For those still contemplating whether or not the radiation emitted from airport naked body scanners is serious enough to avoid, you may be interested to know that many doctors routinely “opt out” and choose the full-body pat down instead because they recognize the inherent dangers associated with any level of radiation exposure. A recent CNN piece explains that for many doctors, avoiding all sources of radiation whenever possible is just the smart thing to do.

Throughout the past year, NaturalNews has covered many stories related to the US Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) controversial naked body scanners, which are now installed and in use at nearly 80 US airports (…). Besides representing an unconstitutional invasion of privacy (…), the scanners blast passengers with full-body doses of health-destroying radiation (…).

So what do medical doctors who fly have to say about the machines? Well, according to CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen who recently conducted her own small investigation, many are concerned about the radiation these scanners emit. In fact, Cohen quotes several doctors who express concern about the cumulative effects of repeated radiation exposure, even if such exposure is supposedly minuscule and below established thresholds for causing harm.

“I do whatever I can to avoid the scanner. This is a total body scan — not a dental or chest X-ray,” said Dr. Len Lichtenfield to Cohen in an email. “Total body radiation is not something I find very comforting based on my medical knowledge.”

Another doctor explained that there is “no absolutely safe dose of radiation,” and that “each exposure is additive.” So even if the supposedly low radiation doses emitted from the naked body scanners are as low as TSA and the machines’ manufacturers claim they are, habitual exposure will still cause bodily harm.

Even Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society (ACS) expressed concern about whether the safety of them machines, and whether or not TSA is properly maintaining and testing them for safety. After all, TSA refused to release safety reports for quite some time, and when they did, the bungled reports explained nothing more than TSA’s high level of incompetence (…).

Back in December, radiation scientists admitted that naked body scanners are fully capable of causing both sperm mutations and cancer, despite insistence by authorities to the contrary (…). Other reports suggest that nobody really knows how much radiation is actually emitted from naked body scanners due to flawed and inconclusive safety tests (…)

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Naked Body Scanner Blamed For Woman’s Death

(PRISON PLANET)   A radiation firing body scanner has been identified as the possible cause of death in the case of a 57 year old Palestinian woman who died over the weekend at a border crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

Haaretz reports that Palestinian sources are blaming the use of a “U.S.-made advanced portal using millimeter wave holographic technology to screen passengers for weapons and explosives” for the woman’s death.

It is believed that the woman did not mention to security officials that she had a pacemaker.

The machine is said to have interfered with the woman’s pacemaker. Around half an hour after passing through the machine at the Rafah crossing, she is said to have suddenly collapsed.

She was pronounced dead at an Egyptian hospital shortly afterwards.

The same crossing was closed last week by Palestinian authorities in protest of the installation of the scanning technology which they believe to be unsafe, according to the report.

The millimeter wave scanners emit a wavelength of ten to one millimeter called a millimeter wave, these waves are considered Extremely High Frequency (EHF), the highest radio frequency wave produced. EHF runs a range of frequencies from 30 to 300 gigahertz, they are also abbreviated mmW. These waves are also known as tetrahertz (THz) radiation.

Experts have previously warned that people with medical implants such as pace-makers should avoid electromagnetic pulse generating body scanners as they can significantly alter the waveform of the pacemaker pulse.

As we have previously highlighted, there are other dangers associated with such scanning devices.

The force generated from tetrahertz waves is small but, according to scientists, the waves can ‘unzip’ or tear apart double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles in the DNA that could interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication.

Those who pass through the scanners will be at risk of long term health effects, such as cancers, according to some scientists.

The reason millimeter-wave bands are used by the scanners is that they render clothing and organic materials translucent. However, while this allows the observer to see metal objects concealed beneath clothing, it does not necessarily reveal low-density materials such as plastic, chemicals or liquid, precisely the materials used by the so called underwear bomber.

This was the main reason that the manufacturers of the technology had to admit that it probably would not have prevented the incident form taking place (if you discount the fact that the bomber was aided through security by unidentified accomplices).

This is the first reported case of someone actually dying as a result of going through one of the scanners. Unfortunately, it is almost certain not to be the last.

Meanwhile Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano, or big sis as she has been nicknamed, recently announce that hundreds more of the body scanners would be installed into American airports, with the long term goal to make their use mandatory for all air travelers.

Memo to TSA: Treat ‘Em Like Terrorists

(Christopher Manion)   It is so bizarre that you won’t believe it, but the tactics of the TSA agents who terrorize Americans traveling by air are virtually synonymous with the deliberately inhuman and debasing standard operating procedure of CIA and MI5 interrogators of terrorist suspects in war zones.

“The British military has been training interrogators in techniques that include threats, sensory deprivation and enforced nakedness in an apparent breach of the Geneva conventions, the Guardian has discovered.

Training materials drawn up secretly in recent years tell interrogators they should aim to provoke humiliation, insecurity, disorientation, exhaustion, anxiety and fear in the prisoners they are questioning, and suggest ways in which this can be achieved.”

OK, class, let’s check the box: Threats, check: Do you want to step in here and be groped by my perverted supervisor? Humiliation, check: Take off your shoes, belt, and bra in front of everyone. Insecurity, check: Will I make my flight?  Disorientation, check: Which line will they push me into? Where are my children? Exhaustion, check: Two-hour waits, standing in your stocking feet. Anxiety, check: Did I forget to take out my nail file? Fear, yes: the preening thug approaches you: Will he understand “Constitution”? Will she grope with a grimly slitted eye likeFairy Hardcastle?

And can you believe it? “Enforced Nakedness!” Check!

Can you believe it??!! In the UK, these methods are being investigated as breaches of international law when used on terrorists!

“The purpose of terror is to terrorize.” — V. I. Lenin

How to steal a body-scan picture

This photo shows a computer monitor viewed by a Transportation Security Administration officer, revealing details of the body of a fully-clothed employee of L3 Communications Security and Detection Systems as she is scanned inside a ProVision whole-body imaging machine at Los Angeles International Airport.(JOHN ROACH)   In an effort to reassure skittish fliers, the Transportation Security Administration says its body-scan images “cannot” be stored, transmitted, or printed — unlike the tens of thousands of images that were stored in a machine operated by the U.S. Marshals Service. But just how ironclad can that kind of denial ever be?

The TSA acknowledges that this sort of thing is possible when the machines are in test mode. What’s more, there’s no magic technology that would keep a truly dedicated (and twisted) screener from smuggling out a cell phone picture of a screen shot showing you in all your glory, passing through airport security.

Instead, the TSA relies on a policy that bans cell phones and cameras in the screening area. “Our officers adhere to the highest professional standards, so we are confident our policy is followed,” Lauren Gaches, a TSA spokeswoman, told me.

These reassurances fail to appease privacy rights advocates. Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, told me this a “double standard.”

He noted that airplane passengers aren’t allowed to bring explosives on the plane, but they are subjected to body scans and enhanced pat-downs on the way to catch their flight — just in case they try to skirt that policy. What’s to prevent a TSA employee from skirting the cell phone policy?

Nor is it clear what keeps the machines locked out of test mode when they’re at the airport. Gaches confirmed that the machines — referred to as Advanced Imaging Technology, or AIT in TSA jargon — can store, export, and print images in test mode, but insisted that this functionality is “disabled prior to arrival at the airport.”

Rotenberg isn’t so sure this will keep the critics at bay. “This is all in software, and a TSA official with a proper account password can enable the recording and storage of images in every single airport in the United States,” he said. “There is nothing stopping the TSA from doing that.”

EPIC is also concerned that USB drives, hard disk drives or the networking capabilities of the machines could be exploited to store images on an unauthorized device, though the TSA says these channels “are for limited data transfer only — an officer’s user ID, log-in and log-out time, and statistical data.”

Rotenberg’s organization wants the scanning program suspended and further deployment of the technology delayed until privacy and security issues are identified and resolved.

“The TSA has crossed a line,” Rotenberg said.

What do you think? Are you reassured by the TSA’s statement that it “has not, will not … and cannot store images of passengers”?

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