According to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) report, airport X-ray body scanners are safe.
Excerpts from the report:
“The report also finds that the machines adhere to the recommended safety mechanisms described in the ANSI/HPS standards to prevent overexposure to radiation in the event of a mechanical failure or deliberate tampering.”
The committee couldn’t find a single instance where a person or operator received a dangerous dose of radiation. According to the report a single scan would need to last for more than 60 seconds to exceed the limit; by comparison, a typical screening takes six seconds.
We should all be happy knowing our government is looking out for our safety right? Wrong,
Let me explain..
The TSA started purchasing X-ray backscatter imaging machines in U.S. airports between 2008 and 2013. During that time, former DHS head Michael Chertoff used his position to profit from these TSA contracts.
In 2010 the TSA purchased 150 machines from Rapiscan with $25 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds or taxpayer dollars.
“Mr. Chertoff should not be allowed to abuse the trust the public has placed in him as a former public servant to privately gain from the sale of full-body scanners under the pretense that the scanners would have detected this particular type of explosive,” said Kate Hanni, founder of FlyersRights.org, which opposes the use of the scanners.”
In 2010, Congress handed out a number of large contracts to scanner manufacturers, withOSI(Rapiscan) receiving the largest one (a gleaming $173 Million contract to purchase Secure 1000 scanners). OSI employed Susan Carr as one of its lobbyists. Susan Carr served as a senior legislative aide to David Price chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee. Price was involved with planning the security budget and was pivotal in getting Rapiscan’s large contract.
What would prevent X-ray body scanner manufacturers from providing a Committee with machines that are fixed? I mean that never happens right?
In 2010 OSI charged Americans $5 million to fake tests and make it appear they were making progress with software updates to cover passenger’s genitalia. FYI, the Chertoff Group had a contractual relationship with OSI.
Would you trust these companies to X-ray you and your family?
Click here to read about other ‘alleged unbiased reports’ and the cancer risks associated with passenger X-ray machines.
It’s the old adage, follow the money…
For OSI and AS&E it’s all about the shareholders:
On October 1, 2015 OSI boasted how they just received a $293 million dollar contract to scan cargo!
AS&E and OSI appear to be working together to scan everyone and every piece of cargo in America. AS&E’s website brags about being one of four contractors awarded to scan cargo in America.
Just this week the mass media reported how Chertoff claims ‘You can’t have privacy without security.’
Of course he’s going to tell Americans we need $ECURITY, as he laugh$ all the way to the bank ($ signs intentional). No one from the mass-media asked him how much money he’s made off of Rapiscan and other security programs.
Soon, every cop in America will be using a portable X-ray scanner!
Nine reasons not to trust the NAS report:
1.) NAS’s website brags about how DHS has partnered with them.
2.) DHS brags about NAS’s Cost Reimbursement contracts, which allows the Heads of Contracting Activities to better support mission needs.
3.) Judge Paul Schneider is a Principal of the Chertoff Group and is a “Independent Consultant” of the NAS.
4.) Judge W. Ross Ashley III is a Senior Advisor to the Chertoff Group and worked with the NAS.
5.) Ronald Taylor served as Deputy to the NRC Executive Officer/Chief Operations Officer as part of a Senior Management Team at the NAS and works with DHS.
6.) Bryan Cunnigham is a Senior Advisor to the Chertoff Group and served on the NAS Committee on Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures.
7.) Adam Golodner is a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group and worked for the NAS.
8.) In 2010 the NAS even wrote a “DHS Risk Analysis” report.
Still think the NAS is independent? They have a ‘Committee on International Security and Arms Control‘(CISAC).
9 .) Gerald Epstein works with DHS and served on the CISAC committee.
Can anyone trust another allegedly unbiased report justifying X-raying airline passengers with obvious ties to DHS/TSA?