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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Body scanners run afoul of UK child pornography laws




A computer monitor displays a full-body scan during a demonstration of passenger screening technology by the Transportation Security Administration in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

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This story is hard to not find this morning.

Will fear usurp child porn laws? Only time will tell, and it appears this concern exists only in England.

The rest if the world, especially the Anericans, will, as lambs to the slaughter, walk directly into a world with even less personal autonomy than today, if such is possible.

Now let megabucks enter this already miserable picture.

The money: "The US alone has 450 airports with about 2,000 security lanes, which gives an idea of the potential" of the market, said Joe Reiss, a spokesman with American Science and Engineering (ASEI), one of the world's four leading makers of full-body scanners, in an interview with AFP.

"The other manufacturers are two US companies, L-3 Communications and Rapiscan Systems, a unit of OSI Systems, and British rival Smiths Detection.

"Shares in L-3 gained 3.0 percent between last Thursday and the market close Wednesday in New York, and reached a 14-month high on Tuesday.

"Shares in ASEI and OSI leapt 10.5 percent and 26 percent, respectively, over the same period."

Fear vs. Privacy? The money will probably win. It usually does. The people usually do not.

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jk said...

I am a nerd and looked this up.

Typical metal detector costs about $6k.

Body scanner? $170k.

Jim Penny said...


The Crow said...

I reckon I won't be traveling by air anymore, 'cause there is no way I am exposing my aging, sagging, deflated carcass in one of those damned things!

(Sorry - TMI? Forget I said anything, okay?)