Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Homeland Security Lied to Us About Storage of Images, Health Safety, and High Resolution Revealing Everything

(Prison Planet.com) The Drudge Report today linked to a story by Gizmodo.com which highlights the fact that the TSA and Janet Napolitano’s assertion that the imaging machines cannot store, transmit or print images is not true.

The footage of images taken and stored by a full body imaging machine that have leaked online only tell part of the story as to why the machines constitute such a threat to privacy.

So clearly this story proves that the aforementioned claims of the TSA and Napolitano are outright lies, and that the American public therefore cannot trust the government’s pledge of privacy protection.

However, proponents of the technology may seize upon the fact that the leaked images show only fuzzy outlines of the people walking through the machines, thus bolstering an already debunked notion that the full body scanners do not show crisp detailed images of naked bodies.

“What’s the big deal here?” the wider public may be inclined to think after seeing the images.

It therefore should be reiterated that the leaked images are taken from a millimeter wave machine and not one of the x-ray backscatter machines. The two have roughly the same capabilities, but the majority of machines being implemented now in airports all over the country, and the world for that matter, are the more sophisticated backscatter devices, which produce images of a much higher resolution, revealing much more detail. As scientists have pointed out, these machines are also more of a health threat.

The group points to a further document (PDF) it has obtained from DHS showing that the machines used by the department’s TSA are not only able to record and store naked body images, but that they are mandated to do so.

It is impossible to believe anything coming from Janet Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security. In order not to cause a public panic, Napolitano lied to the American pulblic. In reality, TSA do store the body scan images, the picture is of higher resolution, revealing more detail, and the machines are a health threat.