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US Marshals Saved 35,000 Full Body Scans 712

PatPending writes "A Gizmodo investigation has revealed 100 of the photographs saved by the Gen 2 millimeter-wave scanner from Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc., obtained by a FOIA request after it was recently revealed that US Marshals operating the machine in the Orlando, Florida courthouse had improperly — perhaps illegally — saved [35,000] images [low resolution] of the scans of public servants and private citizens."
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US Marshals Saved 35,000 Full Body Scans

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  • by beefnog ( 718146 ) on Tuesday November 16, 2010 @02:13PM (#34245012)
    Did anybody else notice that in some of the images the people well behind the pad (but still in the image frame) are showing up as well? Just how much EM do these things ACTUALLY emit?
  • by Shakrai ( 717556 ) on Tuesday November 16, 2010 @02:24PM (#34245196) Journal

    “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” -Sir Winston Churchill

  • Pie Crust Promise (Score:5, Interesting)

    by SloWave ( 52801 ) on Tuesday November 16, 2010 @02:30PM (#34245278) Journal

    Saying "the pictures will never be saved" is known as a "Pie Crust Promise" - easily made, easily broken. Here is some interesting reading on similar promises from the government, especially on how the SSN will never be used for identification. [] . The moral is never EVER trust the government .

  • That's nothing (Score:5, Interesting)

    by commodore64_love ( 1445365 ) on Tuesday November 16, 2010 @02:34PM (#34245336) Journal

    The TSA is now groping women's breasts and little kids genitals. (See the recent video of a girl crying, "Stop touching me!"

    And I just now heard an interview with an American is being punished $11,000 by the U.S.G. because he refused to be scanned, or groped by the TSA, so the guards told him, "You cannot fly." He then canceled his ticket, got a refund, left the airport, and was arrested for leaving the area.

    Apparently once you enter an air terminal, you no longer have any rights... except to submit to the US Gestapo and their warrantless/illegal searches.

  • by Achra ( 846023 ) on Tuesday November 16, 2010 @02:36PM (#34245382) Journal
    I second this 100%. I used to work as a correctional officer in a prison, so being frisked is literally no big deal to me at all. I like to give the TSA agent (who always looks way more uncomfortable than I do) tips. "You didn't check the bottoms of my feet". "You didn't have me take my hair down"... "You didn't check my junk". The fact is that these frisk searches are STILL security theater, they are still unwilling to do a proper search. I say make these guys do their jobs. If they are wanting to search people, make them search people by HAND. Plus, do we really need any more ionizing radiation in our lives? This stuff is aggregate.
  • by rahvin112 ( 446269 ) on Tuesday November 16, 2010 @02:40PM (#34245448)

    What I would personally like to see is someone with a young child, preferably female that instructs their child to start screaming if anyone touches their genitals. After the child begins screaming at the TSA checkpoint said parent asks that the cops be called and insists that the officer arrest the TSA agent for sexual molestation of a child. Most likely the cops will refuse, at that point a civil suit against the TSA for sexual molestation of a child would be appropriate.

    And for the record, no Federal law can override state criminal statutes. If it's illegal to touch a child's genitals the DHS and TSA can't make a regulation that says it's OK. One of these days I'm praying that this happens and that either a TSA agent is charged as a sex criminal or the TSA itself is defeated in a Civil Suit for instructing their agents to sexually molest children. These "enhanced" pat downs are offensive and illegal and until someone is willing to stand up and take the damn thing to court the DHS and TSA is going to continue molesting children. And let me tell you, once a pedophile finds out he can touch all the children he wants with TSA approval the ranks of the TSA are going to be FULL of pedophiles. I wouldn't be surprised if it's already occurring!

  • by bonch ( 38532 ) on Tuesday November 16, 2010 @02:51PM (#34245612)

    It's interesting that people here are bashing the TSA for saving body scan images, but in articles about Google "accidentally" saving emails, passwords, and other personal information, people spend their time defending Google.

  • Re:uhuh (Score:3, Interesting)

    by sconeu ( 64226 ) on Tuesday November 16, 2010 @03:19PM (#34246038) Homepage Journal

    After the OKC bombing, not TWA 800. There was never any suggestion that TWA was brought down by something on board (other than the fuel tanks). There was a conspiracy theory about a SAM.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 16, 2010 @03:24PM (#34246118)

    it probably won't be long until someone sets this up to happen. if you pick the right state, the TSA screeners faces the choice of child pornography (those new scanners) or child molestation (enhanced pat-down) charges. Create enough uproar, then it becomes a "Think of the Children" crowd vs "I want to feel safe" crowd.

  • by MooseTick ( 895855 ) on Tuesday November 16, 2010 @03:45PM (#34246488) Homepage

    I think you should wear a cup. Then when they go for the groin they will get a big plastic blob.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 16, 2010 @11:16PM (#34251178)

    "Last week, one of my flying partners (Captain with Skywest) was going through security at DEN with his 18 year daughter. As his daughter approached the detector, the TSO working the NoS said on his headset, "heads up, got a cutie for you." He then confronted the TSA clerk with what he said and that neither of us are going through the NoS. The TSA clerk said you must have misunderstood me.

    He said pat-down was pretty evasive, and his daughter felt uncomfortable. "

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