Who stands to gain from body scanners?

Who stands to gain from body scanners?

FULL-BODY SCANS ALREADY SEEMS UNSTOPPABLE.

Body scanners  were mandated on January. 4, 2010 as part of the “enhanced” screening for travelers from selected countries, and hundreds of the machines are already on order. Some before the bombing attempt

(are you thinking yet?) ,

at a cost of about $150,000 apiece

  • Within hours of the bombing attempt,

Former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff told the Washington Post, “You’ve got to find some way of detecting things in parts of the body that aren’t easy to get at. It’s either pat downs or imaging, or otherwise hoping that bad guys haven’t figured it out, and I guess bad guys have figured it out.”

Michael Chertoff Forgetting to tell us about his ties to the manufacture that makes these scanners.

Announcing hearings by the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Joe Lieberman approached the use of scanners as a foregone conclusion, saying one of the “big, urgent questions that we are holding this hearing to answer” was “Why isn’t whole-body-scanning technology that can detect explosives in wider use?

(is the picture becoming more clear ?)

One manufacturer, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, is American Science & Engineering, Inc. AS&E has hired the K Street firm Wexler & Walker to lobby for “federal deployment of security technology by DHS and DOD.” Individual lobbyists on this account include former TSA deputy administration Tom Blank, who also worked under House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Chad Wolf — former assistant administrator for policy at TSA, and a former aide to Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tex., a top Senate appropriator and the ranking Republican on the transportation committee — is also lobbying on AS&E’s behalf.

Within hours of the bombing attempt, everyone was talking about so-called whole-body imaging as the magic trick that could stop this type of attack.

Smiths Detection, another screening manufacturer, employs top transportation lobbying firm Van Scoyoc Associates, including Kevin Patrick Kelly, a former top staffer to Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., who sits on the Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee. Smiths also retains former congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley, R-Md.

Former Sen. Al D’Amato, R-N.Y., represents L3 Systems, about which Bloomberg wrote

L-3 has “developed a more sophisticated system that could prevent smuggling of almost anything on the body,” said Howard Rubel, an analyst at Jefferies & Co., who has a “hold” rating on the stock.

“Speed and privacy issues have slowed its introduction.”

U.S.A fought earlier attempts to implement theses scanners by other counties sighting privacy issue. So why the change of heart

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/dec/30/body-scanners-blocked-us-netherlands The US blocked Dutch attempts to install full-body scanners for passengers traveling to the US before the failed suicide bombing of a transatlantic flight on Christmas Day, the Dutch interior minister said

Watchdog says TSA misleading public on body scanning technology

http://rawstory.com/2010/01/tsa-misleading-body-scanners/

L-3 rose $1.17, or 1.4 percent, to $86.80 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading yesterday. That was the highest closing price since October 2008.

President Dwight Eisenhower and Major General Smedley Butler in the USMC and, at the time of his death was the most decorated Marine in U.S. history.

Tried to warn us about the growth of a “military-industrial complex,” today we also have to worry about a Homeland Security-industrial complex. September 11th, the creation of the Transportation Security Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security may slow us down at the airport but it has accelerated visits through the government-lobbying revolving door it seems.

This all smells a little to fishy don’t you think?

Other links http://queenscrap.blogspot.com/2010/01/pols-in-favor-of-body-scanning.html

http://www.the-peoples-forum.com/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?ArtNum=16255

http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20100106221405435

http://www.alternet.org/rights/144971

 

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One Response to “Who stands to gain from body scanners?”

  1. iggymom Says:

    Great Post AVA, you hit it square!

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