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Been Through an Airport Recently?

by on August 4, 2010

Well? Have you? Because the US Marshall’s office has admitted to storing THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND images taken by their new body scanners. Now the story gets a little convoluted, as the TSA still claims that the scanners are not capable of storing images. Of course the clarification soon follows.

“While we have said this many times, it bears repeating, TSA will not keep, store or transmit images. Once deleted, they are gone forever. For additional privacy, the officer viewing the image is in a separate room and will never see the passenger and the officer attending to the passenger will never see the image. The officers have 2-way radios to communicate with other in case a threat object is identified”

So how did the marshall’s office manage to collect so many of these images? Turns out they have surreptitiously begun using the wave scanners in courthouses. The entire group of saved pics comes from a single building in Florida. Granted, this story has not yet spread to include airports, but I personally can only imagine it’s a matter of time. If the device is actually capable of saving it’s memory, even in the short term, images will inevitably begin slipping out.

Of course, the TSA has an answer to that as well, claiming the images amount to “blurry negatives”. Yet the images are considered so graphic that Great Britain doesn’t allow minors to be scanned. It’s pretty simple to find samples of scans online, and while they are nowhere near pornographic, they show much more than I’d be happy to have someone viewing of my own genitals. Have a feeling this is an issue that won’t be going away anytime soon….



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