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    Unfortunately, they do these screenings in every country of the world now. The ridiculous liquid bans have even reached Dubai. Apparently, the TSA have watched too many Die Hard movies if they believe that 4 ounces of water can explode.

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    I'm not surprised, the stupid arab rulers over there are quick to imitate the kuffars in all that is bad not so when it comes to the good stuff.

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    Muslim Scholars Say Full Body Scanners Violate Laws of Islam

    http://www.dailytech.com/Muslim+Scho...ticle17702.htm


    Airport security is and will continue to be an important topic in the post 9/11 world. There is a fine line between security and the invasion of a traveler's privacy. Many are claiming that the new full body scanners at some airports that show images of the human body in detail are an invasion of privacy.

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    full body scanners were first detailed in 2009 and show anatomically correct images of the person being scanned that are only seen by the operator. After a failed Christmas day bomb scare on a Detroit-bound flight, speculation arose after that Obama could decree the wider use of full body scanners in airports.

    Britain has now adopted a no scan, no fly policy where a traveler who refuses to be scanned on request will not be allowed to board a plane.

    Full body scanning at airports is now
    under attack by Muslim groups who claim that the scanners violate the Teachings of Islam. A statement was issued by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) stating, “General and public use of such scanners is against the teachings of Islam, natural law and all religions and cultures that stand for decency and modesty."

    The FCNA continued, "
    It is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or women be seen naked by other men and women. The Qur'an has commanded the believers, both men and women, to cover their private parts."

    Muslim groups are asking followers to refuse scanning and
    ask for pat downs instead reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The FCNA has asked that changes be made to the software of the scanner to only show body outlines.


    CAIR reports:


    CAIR offices have already received complaaints, particularly from female travelers who wear hijab, about being subjected to the new pat-down procedure. …

    One traveler wearing hijab, a 56-year-old Muslim flying out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, told CAIR the TSA screener patted-down her entire upper body, including, head, neck, chest, and hips, with the backs of her hands. The Muslim woman said she had “no idea” how invasive the procedure would be and would otherwise have opted for a private room or demanded to know why she was selected for secondary screening.

    [NOTE: The woman had been referred to secondary screening even though the MEATAl detector did not go off, a phenomenon reported frequently to CAIR by female Muslim travelers.]

    Council on American-Islamic Relations has issued some recommendations for Muslim women:

    If you are selected for secondary screening after you go through the MEATAl detector and it does not go off, and “sss” is not written on your boarding pass, ask the TSA officer if the reason you are being selected is because of your head scarf.
    In this situation, you may be asked to submit to a pat-down or to go through a full body scanner. If you are selected for the scanner, you may ask to go through a pat-down instead.
    Before you are patted down, you should remind the TSA officer that they are only supposed to pat down the area in question, in this scenario, your head and neck. They SHOULD NOT subject you to a full-body or partial-body pat-down.
    You may ask to be taken to a private room for the pat-down procedure.
    Instead of the pat-down, you can always request to pat down your own scarf, including head and neck area, and have the officers perfoorm a chemical swipe of your hands.

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    These women certainly have a right to go into a private room, but for the rest of us, beware: over my dead body will I allow them to take me into a private room with no witnesses of my own. I won’t go. Not unless my husband goes with me. (The last flights of my life are coming up soon anyway; after that, I refuse to fly.)

    Do you realize that if you allow that kind of “privacy” you are totally at their mercy? I’m urging all my friends who have a choice not to travel alone, and in any case never to let the TSA take you alone into a private room. You want witnesses. You need witnesses. The more the better. And in this case, videocameras are definitely our friend. You’re being watched as you go through security, and you want that tape in case you’re abused even worse than normal, or in case you’re accused of some bullshit like “elevated tone” — that’s their personal permission slip to further harass you or call the cops. (Of course, as you can discover on the TSA blog, they can also conveniently omit or erase certain parts of the tape when they want to.)

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    Full-body scanners popping up at courthouses

    11/24/2010

    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — Taking a trip during the holidays isn't the only time that people might get a full-body scan to pass through security.

    People heading to court to testify, get a restraining order, pay a ticket or answer criminal charges could also face a full-body scan at courthouses.

    The U.S. Marshals Service, which is in charge of protecting federal judges nationwide, is exploring their use at federal courthouses. And two state courthouses in Douglas and El Paso counties in Colorado have already deployed full-body scanners that use radio waves to detect all objects on a person, including paper.

    A guard in a separate room monitors the gray images with pixelated faces and genital areas, and the images aren't stored on a computer. officials said. All visitors to the Douglas County Courthouse in Castle Rock, Colo., undergo full-body scans, while guards at the El Paso County Judicial Center in Colorado Springs use the scanners during peak hours.

    Angela Hellenbrand received a quick pat down Tuesday by security guard Mike Couts at the Castle Rock courthouse about 30 miles south of Denver. A guard in another room monitoring the full-body scans alerted Couts to an object in Hellenbrand's left rear pocket. It was the paper backing of a "Junior Deputy Sheriff" sticker that one of the guards had given her two young boys.

    "It's OK," Hellenbrand said. "It's how they do security here. It's my second time through."

    TSA officers, who handle security at airports, have been called molesters and threatened as they try to carry out patdowns called for in security measures for people who refuse to go through full-body scanners, including some that use X-rays.

    The new security techniques are meant to thwart plots by would-be terrorists to use liquid explosives and bombs hidden in shoes and inside underwear. Court observers note that the threat in a courtroom is somewhat different.

    "What we are still worried about at a courthouse is angry divorce litigants with a gun," said Sam Kamin, a law professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. "Metal detectors are pretty good at that."

    Still, court officials note that evolving technology in materials, including plastic guns and knives, aren't detected by the 1970s technology of metal detectors.

    "Although we have no current plans for deployment, the U.S. Marshals Service believes in the technology," said Washington-based Michael Prout, assistant director for judicial security for the U.S. marshals. "We will continue to explore the use of body scanners as a security measure for the federal judiciary."

    Prout declined to discuss the results of a full-body screening test, citing sensitive law enforcement and procurement information.

    In a statement, the marshals said they didn't receive any complaints from people passing through the scanners during the tests. The images of the full-body scans were saved on a computer hard drive, but weren't accessible without an administrative password and weren't reviewed by the marshals, according to the agency.

    However, privacy became an issue when it was learned the images were stored. The Marshals Service received a request for the information under the Freedom of Information Act, but it wasn't immediately known who made the request.


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    Next step for tight security could be trains, boats, metro

    By Jordy Yager - 11/23/10

    The next step in tightened security could be on U.S. public transportation, trains and boats.

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says terrorists will continue to look for U.S. vulnerabilities, making tighter security standards necessary.

    “[Terrorists] are going to continue to probe the system and try to find a way through,” Napolitano said in an interview that aired Monday night on "Charlie Rose."

    “I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime. So, what do we need to be doing to strengthen our protections there?”

    Napolitano’s comments, made a day before one of the nation’s busiest travel days, come in the wake of a public outcry over newly implemented airport screening measures that have been criticized for being too invasive.

    The secretary has defended the new screening methods, which include advanced imaging systems and pat-downs, as necessary to stopping terrorists. During the interview with Rose, Napolitano said her agency is now looking into ways to make other popular means of travel safer for passengers and commuters.

    Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, introduced legislation this past September that would authorize testing of body scanners at some federal buildings.

    Napolitano’s comments were in response to the question: “What will they [terrorists] be thinking in the future?” She gave no details about how soon the public could see changes in security or about what additional safety measures the DHS was entertaining.

    The recently implemented airport screening methods have made John Pistole, who heads the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the focus of growing public ire.

    On Monday, Pistole said he understood peoples’ privacy concerns and that the TSA would consider modifying its screening policies to make them “as minimally invasive as possible,” but he indicated the advanced-imaging body scans and pat-down methods would remain in place in the short term, including during the high-volume Thanksgiving period of travel.

    Lawmakers from both parties have received hundreds of complaints about the new methodssome have likened the pat-downs to groping — and have called on Pistole to address the privacy concerns of their constituents, who were not informed about changes ahead of time.

    Many lawmakers say the public should have been informed before the pat-downs and body-imaging techniques were put into practice. As a result, any move to implement new security screening measures for rail or water passengers is likely to be met with tough levels of scrutiny from lawmakers.

    Pistole, who spent 26 years with the FBI, told reporters Monday that he rejected the advice of media aides who advised him to publicize the revised security measures before they took effect. Terrorist groups have been known to study the TSA’s screening methods in an attempt to circumvent them, he said.


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    Biometrics Please - Told you so

    by Ed - 12/18/2010



    What was it I told you? Oh yeah ... TSA Screening Outrage Solution: Biometrics Please


    Now I understand the revolt against TSA body scans and pat downs. Now I know why all of a sudden these security screenings became an orchestrated problem for so many. They're going to offer you a kinder, gentler way of moving you through the checkpoints.

    They want your biometrics.

    Once entered in to the national database, you can go anywhere hassle free. Not 'free' as in 'freedom', but without hassle. They will also introduce this form of surveillance to other venues. But remember, it's all for your safety and security. They will know everywhere you travel. Let me rephrase that .. they will know where you are, anywhere, the moment you arrive.

    And what do we have here?

    Iscon 1000D whole body imaging portal detects virtually any object, without radiation or privacy issues

    Iscon1000D uses thermo-conductive infrared technology that completes a 360o scan in 30 seconds, reveals a multitude of objects, but doesn’t penetrate clothing, so there’s no privacy or radiation issues.

    Iscon's enhanced version of the 1000D whole body scanner equipped with optional biometric technologies and identity verification techniques will vastly improve security at corrections facilities, law enforcement as well as international airports.

    The Iscon 1000D is the only whole body imaging portal that can be integrated with state of the art technologies to detect virtually any object, without radiation or privacy issues and confirm that the person is indeed who they claim to be. This is critical in prisons as inmates try to pose as others to escape as well as airport security to speed processing, identify terrorists and discover contraband.

    It can detect the thermal imprint of any object that many scanners miss, including:
    - thin plastic
    - wood
    - powder (pills and drugs)
    - paper (money)
    - liquids
    - ceramics (explosives)

    Iscon 1000D is already been sold in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan, Iraq, Russia and the Ukraine.

    The enhanced system offers stand alone or combined options for integrated security capabilities through identify verification using the following technologies:

    · Facial Recognition – Can compare a person’s facial attributes to existing databases and cross match with other systems.

    · Fingerprint Recognition – Fingerprints are a highly reliable identification method and are a fast and easy way to determine identity. Large law enforcement databases can be accessed to cross match and verify a person’s identity quickly and easily.

    · Iris Recognition - Scans of a person's iris can be cross-matched to a database for identity verification.

    · Card/Barcode Reader - For high traffic areas that need fast scans, the Iscon 1000D is equipped with a card and barcode reader. At manufacturing facilities and other high security operations, that require both scanning and verification, this system is ideal for people who are preapproved and can simply scan their card or barcode and go through safely.

    “Facilities are facing significant privacy and health issues using scanners that expose a persons body parts that can be stored and shared digitally,” explains Iscon Founder and President Izrail Gorian. Using existing databases available today, or using a proprietary system of employees or inmates, security will ultimately be enhanced for everyone and at the same time ease verification for those who are not suspect.”

    The enhanced Iscon system is less expensive than other whole body imaging systems, requires a smaller footprint and completes scan and detection in 30 seconds without radiation or privacy issues since infrared doesn't penetrate clothing.

    source: securitypark (17/12/2010)

    I find the company name strange Iscon Is Con? Looking at the website it isn't an acronym for anything. I also find the Iscon Founder and Presidents name funny, Izrail Israel?? They say Izrail Gorian left Russia for the U.S. in 1992. They say the company has representatives throughout the world. Looking at the representation page the area of highest concentration is the middle east. I also notice on the ISCON news page article circulation really picked up in 2010.

    None of the aforementioned means anything. I just thought it odd.


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    Europe bans X-ray body scanners used in US airports

    Michael Grabell - 16 November 2011

    The European Union prohibited the use of X-ray body scanners in European airports, parting ways with the US Transportation Security Administration, which has deployed hundreds of the scanners as a way to screen millions of airline passengers for explosives hidden under clothing.

    The European Commission, which enforces common policies of the EU's 27 member countries, adopted the rule "in order not to risk jeopardizing citizens "health and safety."

    As a ProPublica/PBS NewsHour investigation detailed earlier this month, X-ray body scanners use ionizing radiation, a form of energy that has been shown to damage DNA and cause cancer. Although the amount of radiation is extremely low, equivalent to the radiation a person would receive in a few minutes of flying, several research studies have concluded that a small number of cancer cases would result from scanning hundreds of millions of passengers a year.

    European countries will be allowed to use an alternative body scanner, on that relies on radio frequency waves, which have not been linked to cancer. The TSA has also deployed hundreds of those machines - known as millimeter-wave scanners - in US airports. But unlike Europe, it has decided to deploy both types of scanners.

    The TSA would not comment specifically on the EU's decision. But in a statement, TSA spokesman Mike McCarthy said, "As one of our many layers of security, TSA deploys the most advanced technology available to provide the best opportunity to detect dangerous items, such as explosives.

    "We rigorously test our technology to ensure it meets our high detection and safety standards before it is placed in airports," he continued. "Since January 2010, advanced imaging technology has detected more than 300 dangerous or illegal items on passengers in US airports nationwide."

    Body scanners have been controversial in the United States since they were first deployed in prisons in the late 1990s and then in airports for tests after 9/11. Most of the controversy has focused on privacy because the machines can produce graphic images.

    As the TSA began deploying hundreds of body scanners after the failed underwear bombing on Christmas Day 2009, several scientists began to raise concerns about the health risks of the X-ray scanner, noting that even low levels of radiation would increase the risk of cancer.

    As part of our investigation, ProPublica surveyed foreign countries2019 security policies and found that only a few nations used the X-ray scanner. The United Kingdom uses them but only for secondary screening, such as when a passenger triggers the metal detector or raises suspicion.

    Under the new European Commission policy, the UK will be allowed to complete a trial of the X-ray scanners but not to deploy them on a permanent basis when the trial ends, said Helen Kearns, spokeswoman for the European transport commissioner, Siim Kallas.

    "These new rules ensure that where this technology is used it will be covered by EU-wide standards on detection capability as well as strict safeguards to protect health and fundamental rights," Kallas said.

    Five-hundred body scanners, split about evenly between the two technologies, are deployed in US airports. The X-ray scanner, or backscatter, which looks like two large blue boxes, is used at major airports, including Los Angeles International Airport, John F. Kennedy in New York and Chicago's O'Hare. The millimeter-wave scanner, which looks like a round glass booth, is used in San Francisco, Atlanta and Dallas.

    Within three years, the TSA plans to deploy 1,800 backscatter and millimeter-wave scanners, covering nearly every domestic airport security lane.
    The TSA has not yet released details on the exact breakdown.

    http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/news/2011/...-airports.aspx


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    They are removing the x-ray scanners which produce a really graphic nude image of the body and causes cancer. They are still keeping the millimeter-wave scanner, which also produces graphic nude images of the body and still can cause cancer because they radio waves they are using are not the same frequency as the used normally in radio wave products.


 

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