Killing Us Slowly Department: Airport TSA X-ray “backscatter” scanners

Like the author of this post, I too always opt out of this infernal technology. This year, unfortunately, I’ve already had to fly back and forth across the country four times, and each time, I have to remember not to say “groped,” when I ask for a “pat-down” instead.

And each time, I’ve been the only one in line for this grope. (What? Am I the only one out of hundreds in these stupid lines that condition us into obedience who realizes what’s going on? The only one who sees the link between the many ways they poison us and the cancers we then get and the industrial/medico/pharmaceutico corporations that then profit from our failing health? Really? The only one? I think I live among enlightened folk, but every time I fly I wake up to the still sleep-walking trance of the mass mind.)

Only once, did the woman who “patted me down” bother me. A brusque, middle-aged white woman, her touch was way too “intimate” at the top of the inner thighs. The feeling of having been violated was so quick and sure that I felt stunned. (I can only imagine what a person with old unhealed childhood wounds from sexual predators would have done with this feeling). That one officious woman in her para-military TSA uniform felt and looked like she was a direct descendant from the Nazis. Otherwise, the women have been young, and foreign-looking, and very very sweet. I feel for them. Probably the best job they can get.

Because, let’s face it, besides the military itself, and related industries — and the murderous western medical system — what industries are still “growing”? “Security” is a biggie. 

J. D. Heyes ~ There Is ‘No Safe Dose Of Radiation’ From TSA Naked Body Scanners

August 8, 2012

naturalnews via shift frequency

Natural News ~ Besides the fact that they are being operated by an agency that demonstrates on a daily basis a disdain and disregard for discretion, privacy, and professionalism, the Transportation Security Administration’s full-body backscatter x-ray machines are just not safe.

That’s the diagnosis of Dr. Dong Kim, the neurosurgeon who treated U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., when she was shot in the head in January 2011 by a crazed gunman in Tucson.

“There is really no absolutely safe dose of radiation,” said Kim, chair of the department of neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical School. “Each exposure is additive, and there is no need to incur any extra radiation when there is an alternative.”

In fact, Kim says he doesn’t allow the TSA to irradiate him when he travels; he always opts for the individual pat down when passing through airport security.

More opting out

He’s not alone. Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, also says he opts out of the x-ray, citing concerns that the machines may not be properly calibrated and inspected in a timely manner.

That kind of apprehension is spreading. The European Union is so concerned about the radiation levels emitted by backscatter x-ray machines that it has put a moratorium on their use continent-wide.

The more is known about them, the more dangerous they seem.

The machines, according to the Alliance for Natural Health, emit x-ray signals that “skim the entire surface of your skin instead of being directed to a localized area of your body, which means that radiation levels could be 10 to 20 times higher than the manufacturer’s calculations.” The low-level ionizing radiation emitted can also cause skin cancer.

The not-for-profit investigative journalist group known as ProPublica filed a report in November 2011 citing similar health concerns from noted radiation safety experts who had gathered in Maryland to evaluate a backscatter machine called Secure 1000. When the experts learned the machine used x-rays to see through people’s clothing, they were alarmed.

Many within the group, which convened at the behest of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said the way the machine functioned appeared to violate a cardinal rule governing radiation safety: Humans really should not be x-rayed unless there is some medical benefit.

“I think this is really a slippery slope,” Jill Lipoti, one-time director of New Jersey’s radiation protection program.

Raising red flags

Already, such machines were deployed in prisons but what was next, she and others wondered – schools, courthouses…airports?

“I am concerned … with expanding this type of product for the traveling public,” Stanley Savic, the vice president for safety at a large electronics company, said. “I think that would take this thing to an entirely different level of public health risk.”

Steven W. Smith, the machine’s inventor, assuaged panelists’ angst by assuring them he did not think his machine would see widespread use in the United States. At the time, he told them, only about 20 were in use around the country.

“The places I think you are not going to see these in the next five years is lower-security facilities, particularly power plants, embassies, courthouses, airports and governments,” he said. “I would be extremely surprised in the next five to ten years if the Secure 1000 is sold to any of these.”

My, how a few months have changed things.

Today, of course, the U.S. government has begun sending millions of travelers through the backscatter machines, health risks – and the assessment of legitimate radiation safety experts – notwithstanding.

What’s more, the government has chosen machines despite the existence of a safer alternative even the loathsome TSA says is equally effective.

The question then becomes – Why? More people should be asking their government.

About Ann Kreilkamp

I'm a Ph.D. philosopher, author, magazine founder and editor, and consulting astrologer who took the Permaculture Design Course in 2007. In 2009 I deepened my committment to both "above" and "below" by starting to attend UFO conferences and founding a neighborhood permaculture garden (ganggarden.wordpress.com). See www.tendrepress.com for bio, etc.
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