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Pricey new "millimeter-wave" full body scanners may seem promising, but in reality they do little to detect liquids, plastics, or chemical explosives, say UK government officials.  (Source: IOS Graphics)
Turns out we might really not be any safer with new semi-nude scans

On Christmas Day Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, attempted an audacious terrorist attack on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.  Fortunately, the Nigerian native's scheme failed due to faulty explosives and he was taken into custody after being restrained by passengers.  However, in the wake of the attacks, U.S. President Barack Obama is considering rolling out current test-phase 3D scanners on a national basis.

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 don't work.

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 explosives.

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.

Like the 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 taxpayers.

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."

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.

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RE: Finally some common sense
By AEvangel on 1/4/2010 2:08:31 PM , Rating: 3
One commits suicide to gain self determination? I have trouble accepting that as a profitable endeavor.

I would agree, but since most of these people are poor uneducated or just at their weak minded enough so that others can convince them of their "just cause". They are used as pawns in this battle. Then we come along and feed them more ammunition by attacking the Muslim countries, whom never really posed any threat to us.

Especially when those who are trying to being kept out of "their lands" isn't there to begin with.

I'm not sure what you were saying here, but if you mean to say that we are not in the middle east or interfering with their affairs I would ask where you have been living the last 75 years or so.

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.

RE: Finally some common sense
By Reclaimer77 on 1/4/10, Rating: 0
RE: Finally some common sense
By AEvangel on 1/4/2010 3:16:09 PM , Rating: 2
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.

Like I said the more you talk the more ignorant you sound. it amazes me you can even form coherent sentences.

RE: Finally some common sense
By chick0n on 1/5/2010 8:32:44 AM , Rating: 1
I agreed with you AEvangel.

I think people have been watching Fox and NBCs about "OMG ANOTHER Solider KILLED IN IRAQ ~~~" way too much. Sure some of our US citizens died. but do you fags have any idea how MANY Civilians got killed by US from so called "we believed/the intelligences told us that this location has terrorist so we bombed them up"

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.

No wonder so many people want to be suicide bombers and more and more people join the so called "terrorist" group.

RE: Finally some common sense
By AEvangel on 1/5/2010 6:28:53 PM , Rating: 2
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.

Exactly...I'm not going to quote exact #'s like you did but I think any intelligent person should realize that more innocent people have been killed in this ignorant WAR ON TERROR campaign then died in what started this whole witch hunt.

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