Privacy advocates are outraged as the
scanners show basically a nude image of the passenger -- with
genitals and breasts blurred by software (though the raw image is
fully nude). However, there may be a far greater problem with
the scanners. According to British government officials -- they
The British Department for Transport (DfT) and
the Home Office tested the new 3D scanners thoroughly and found that
while they were relatively accurate in catching high-density
materials that pat-downs missed (such as knives, box-cutters, or
other problem items), they failed to detect most low-density items,
including bags of liquid.
The Christmas Day bomber used a 3
oz. package of the chemical powder PETN (pentaerythritol
tetranitrate), disguised in his crotch. Hard to detect in a pat
down, British politicians familiar with the country's internal
research say that "millimeter-wave" scanners would also
likely fail to spot the bag of low-density chemical
According to Ben Wallace, the UK Conservative MP,
tests showed that the new scanners failed to detect a variety of
low-density materials, including, plastic, chemicals and liquids.
The waves pass through these materials, hitting the body and then
bouncing back, revealing only the underlying skin.
U.S., the UK is now considering adopting the scanners on a broad
basis. However, emerging evidence from government studies on
the scanners indicates that the rollout may be nothing more than a
pricey game of "security theater" designed to make people
feel safe, while doing little in reality. This is significant,
considering the investment may amount to hundreds of millions, if not
billions of dollars, an expense that will surely be passed on to
Mr. Wallace comments, "[UK Prime Minister]
Gordon Brown is grasping at headlines if he thinks buying a couple of
scanners will make us safer. It is too little, too late. Under his
leadership, he starved the defence research budget that could have
funded a comprehensive solution while at the same time he has
weakened our border security. Scanners cannot provide a
comprehensive solution on their own. We must now start to ask if
national security demands the use of profiling."
Wallace is among the politicians in the U.S., UK, and abroad that's
suggesting some sort of profiling system as an alternative to more
effectively increase security. Such a system might involve
additional searches of foreign nationals, particularly from volatile
regions like the Middle East and Africa, while potentially lightening
the searches on certain groups, like the elderly.
quote: Mr. Wallace is among the politicians in the U.S., UK, and abroad that's suggesting some sort of profiling system as an alternative to more effectively increase security. Such a system might involve additional searches of foreign nationals, particularly from volatile regions like the Middle East and Africa, while potentially lightening the searches on certain groups, like the elderly.
quote: If we start profiling, then the bombers will all be little old ladies with nice European names and white skin.
quote: First off, assuming you find nice white European women willing to BLOW THEMSELVES UP for a cause that's not even their own
quote: Ok fine. Whatever guys lol. Good luck finding all those non Muslim terrorists just itching to be suicide bombers
quote: All they want is self determination and for others to leave their lands. I'm sorry but I don't see what is so hard about that.
quote: One commits suicide to gain self determination? I have trouble accepting that as a profitable endeavor.
quote: Especially when those who are trying to being kept out of "their lands" isn't there to begin with.
quote: In reality the MIC(Military Industrial Complex) is just using Islamic Extremist and Al Qaeda as their new Fear mongering campaign, similar to Communism, which was the big fear mongering tool they used for the last Century to get us involved in pointless wars costing billions of dollars and millions of lives.
quote: I was wondering when the cookoo conspiracy theory would come out of your mouth. I'm surprised you didn't throw in the "war for oil" while you were at it.
quote: Last year I read overseas news(the media that has not be controlled by Jewish/US/UK/whatever western of course), there were over 600K civilians killed in Iraq ALONE.
quote: The problem here is not catching the terrorists it's really determining why they keep attacking us.
quote: All these terrorists that are created want the same thing for Western and European powers to leave them alone. Whether your and IRA, Al Qaeda, or Hamas. All they want is self determination and for others to leave their lands. I'm sorry but I don't see what is so hard about that.
quote: You mean like Timothy James McVeigh
quote: You don't think people have tried to reason with them ? They are freaking savages, end of story. There is no point in trying to determine why they do what they do.
quote: That is absurd. They want a world wide Muslim state, convert or die. You might want to actually pay attention to what they believe and you might understand their motivations.
quote: One guy, and he isn't even a suicide bomber. Nice try, you failed.
quote: The simple fact that you devalue almost an entire continent of people as savages just amazes me.
quote: Muslims and all middle eastern people are NOT suicide bombers, extreemist, or anything of the like.
quote: If it wasn't for the US and it's allies, all the Jews in the middle east would be dead or displaced.
quote: He's trying to establish a rational and logical cause!=effect pattern of behavior to people who blow themselves and innocent people up. Insanity.
quote: lol, and they say I'm racists on here...
quote: They've had their country to run on their own, but they then also attacked other countries that then came to us for help.
quote: Fact is these extremists don't want to play nice with our allies.
quote: How many Israeli planes have had passengers on a flying plane attempt terrorism lately?
quote: The problem with that is we know why but our governments wont stop causing it. All these terrorists that are created want the same thing for Western and European powers to leave them alone. Whether your and IRA, Al Qaeda, or Hamas. All they want is self determination and for others to leave their lands. I'm sorry but I don't see what is so hard about that.
quote: Airports are not the first line of defense though. They are the last line
quote: Give the intelligence and investigative agencies more money and manpower to chase down leads and fire the director of any agency that doesn't cooperate fully with the others, which is about 50% of the time the only thing stopping arrests being made.
quote: Since 9-11, your odds of being on a plane where a terrorist incident occurs are 1 in 16 million per flight, and the vast majority of those incidents were failures.
quote: The problem I am having is that this fellow had a powder hidden in his crotch which is not normally detectable in a pat-down search. Is the idea that we are going to start cavity-searching anyone that looks non-western? If you are willing to pack high exlosives next to your bait-n-tackle, then you are probably willing to cram it (gently) where the sun don't shine.
quote: How do we win then?
quote: If the airlines begin to fail and ask for a bailout, I shall write my representatives arguing against it.
quote: The terrorists have won, but not because of terror, but because of the stupidity the government and airlines put us through because of it.