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Homeland Security: New Body Scanners Have Issues 181

Posted by Soulskill
from the many-tax-dollars-were-spent-to-reach-this-conclusion dept.
Fluffeh writes "Although the DHS has spent around $90 million upgrading magnetometers to the new body scanners, federal investigators 'identified vulnerabilities in the screening process' at domestic airports using the new machines, according to a classified internal Department of Homeland Security report. Exactly how bad the body scanners are is not being divulged publicly, but the Inspector General's report (PDF) made eight separate recommendations on how to improve screening. To quiet privacy concerns, the authorities are also spending $7 million to 'remove the human factor from the image review process' and replace the passenger's image with an avatar."
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Homeland Security: New Body Scanners Have Issues

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  • Re:Not perfect???? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by JasterBobaMereel (1102861) on Wednesday May 09, 2012 @07:45AM (#39940103)

    How to stop a determined suicide bomber getting onto a flight with a device powerful enough to down the plane ... you can't it's impossible

    All the security at airports does two things only :

    1) makes the passengers feel safe enough so that they will continue to fly (this is debatable...)

    2) deter all but the most determined and clever enough terrorists ...who hopefully the government are already aware of by other means

  • The terrorists win (Score:5, Interesting)

    by LordStormes (1749242) on Wednesday May 09, 2012 @08:00AM (#39940269) Homepage Journal

    I doubt al Qaeda had any intention of this bomb going off. They put it in somebody's underwear, just so Americans would now have to strip to get on a plane. Government officials need to stop going on TV and saying that the terrorists "hate freedom." Because they do. And if the terrorist's goal is to attack freedom, guess what, government? YOU'RE LETTING THEM WIN. Put an X-Ray machine, a Geiger counter, and a dog at every terminal in the country. That's it. When the terrorists have a bomb that isn't made of metal AND is made of a chemical the dog can't detect, send a sample of that chemical to every airport in the country, and teach the dogs to smell that too.

  • Re:Another DHS Fail (Score:5, Interesting)

    by boristdog (133725) on Wednesday May 09, 2012 @10:04AM (#39941527)

    Cancer causing is 100% correct. A friend of mine is a radiation oncologist. He has worked with every type of radiation emittable by a machine for many, many years. He knows the effects of all types of radiation on human flesh, it's his job. He uses various types of radiation to cure cancer and a host of other maladies. The man is an expert.

    He also refuses to step into one of the scanners, and he has advised me and everyone he knows to avoid stepping into them.

    'nuff said.

  • by bmo (77928) on Wednesday May 09, 2012 @10:36AM (#39941995)

    I don't see the separation of church and state as a problem.

    If you want religion in your state, be prepared for the state being in your religion.

    Be careful what you wish for.

    --
    BMO

The greatest productive force is human selfishness. -- Robert Heinlein

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