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Andy Greenberg

Aug. 24 2010 - 12:00 pm

Full-Body Scan Technology Deployed In Street-Roving Vans

As the privacy controversy around full-body security scans begins to simmer, it’s worth noting that courthouses and airport security checkpoints aren’t the only places where backscatter x-ray vision is being deployed. The same technology, capable of seeing through clothes and walls, has also been rolling out on U.S. streets.

American Science & Engineering, a company based in Billerica, Massachusetts, has sold U.S. and foreign government agencies more than 500 backscatter x-ray scanners mounted in vans that can be driven past neighboring vehicles to see their contents, Joe Reiss, a vice president of marketing at the company told me in an interview. While the biggest buyer of AS&E’s machines over the last seven years has been the Department of Defense operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, Reiss says law enforc


Asked by tnmomofive at 1:08 PM on Aug. 27, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • that is friggen creepy and just wait until hell is unleashed when they inappropriately scan children. Couldn't that be considered child pornography?  I see a lot of problems with this. 


    Answer by QuinnMae at 2:05 PM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • Any which way, it's disgusting

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 3:29 PM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • It's a complete invasion of privacy.

    Answer by DEpley at 2:02 PM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • It's a complete invasion of privacy. IT IS WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!

    Answer by gammie at 2:51 PM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • Haha that's pretty disturbing in a way!

    Answer by nicolemstacy at 1:20 PM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • Someone's not a fan of privacy?

    Answer by DEpley at 10:41 PM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • haha.. oh wow ive heard it all now..

    Answer by Proudparent707 at 1:17 PM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • Not to mention all those weapons that some like to carry whether they've secured the proper permits or not!

     I agree DE- privacy?


    Answer by Sisteract at 2:43 PM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • Plus, they say that all that body-scanning might cause cancer. Yikes.....

    Answer by gertie41 at 3:24 PM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • I agree that it's an invasion of privacy. That's basically searching your vehicle, which they aren't allowed to do without a search warrant usually. That's BS!!!

    Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 11:31 PM on Aug. 27, 2010