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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Germany to scrap airport scanners

UPDATE: 6 January 2012

Despite frequent claims by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that their naked body scanners are harmless, a radiation doctor says the surveillance devices can cause death or cancer.
The head of radiology at Florida Medical Center, Dr. Edward Dauer, has recently said that body scanners that emit ionizing radiation are, undeniably, a very serious health threat that can even cause cancer.

He said the devices are especially carcinogenic for the people over 65 years of age and in women, who are genetically prone to developing breast cancer

"Ionizing means it knocks the electrons out of your body, which breaks your DNA chain, which can cause death or cancer," Dauer said.

However, the TSA continues to insist that the scanners, X-ray scanning machines, whose radiation could penetrate passengers' clothes and show hidden objects, emit a minimal amount of ionizing radiation.

It argues that the scanners are by no means more dangerous than the 'higher' amounts of background radiation people are exposed to in their ordinary everyday lives. Yet the agency has failed to provide any solid proof to support its claim.

A group of scientists from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), have also publicly contradicted the TSA's claim.

The group says this claim is highly deceptive since during a naked body scan, the radiation is concentrated directly on the skin and its underlying tissues. Yet, background radiation that the body is exposed to in places such as airplanes is absorbed by the whole body.

Having repeatedly challenged the legitimacy of the use of the body scanners, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a public interest research group based in Washington, DC, is at present filing a lawsuit aimed at putting an end to the entire body scanner program, which it denounces as 'unlawful, invasive, and ineffective.'


BODY scanners being trialled at a German airport ahead of a planned nationwide roll-out were so inaccurate that the whole scheme has been scrapped, a government official has announced.
The so-called backscatter scanners had an error rate of 54 percent during their year-long trial at Hamburg Airport, The Local reported.
The controversial screening devices are similar to the "naked scanners" already in the US at several major airports.
But the German models proved unusable, returning false results triggered by folds in clothing and even by perspiration.
Selection from Natural Health News
Mar 14, 2011
Smith-Bindman, who has testified before Congress about excessive radiation from medical scans, studied the TSA reports and said she wasn't concerned about the airport X-rays. The risks are "truly trivial," she wrote in an ...

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