The clamor to ramp up airport security with invasive naked body imaging scanners has nothing to do with ensuring the safety of travelers. Rather it is part of an ongoing incremental push to break the will of the people and encourage mass subservience and meek obedience.
Perhaps the most alarming aspect of the body scanner push is that people are willingly accepting it. As Bloomberg news reports today, “Passenger acceptance of airport body scanners has increased following the failed terrorist attack,” with 92% of passengers at Manchester airport in northern England now agreeing to pass through the machines in a voluntary trial, compared with 75 percent before the incident.
The same report indicates that Around 90% of Muslims and Orthodox Jews were opting to use the scanners even prior to the Detroit incident rather than risking physical contact via pat downs and strip searches.
Travelers in Canada have indicated acceptance of the scanners, saying that they would “do anything for safety” and describing them as “a necessary evil”.
Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds of Germans favour airports using full-body scanners, despite claims that they are an invasion of personal privacy, a new poll has shown.
The will of the people is being systematically eroded and incrementally broken down. Airports are serving as reservations where the fundamental right to privacy must be left at the door.
Travelers have been acclimatized over time to know they must remove their shoes, take off their belts, untuck shirts, discard water, baby milk, shampoo and toothpaste. During the flight hands must be visible on laps, and even bathroom visits can now become national incidents as we have recently seen.
A culture of extreme fear has been engendered where the only way to stay safe is to cozy up to big brother, a psychological response akin to that of Stockholm syndrome.
This is where the technological control grid plays such a key role. Imagine if TSA agents were made to take women and children and physically strip search them while they held their hands aloft, the public would balk at such an abuse. However, with the body scanning machines there is a divide that clouds the process in futuristic technology.
The very body scanners we see being implemented within airports now have already been extensively trialed in railway stations in major cities.
The same technology is being considered by governments for general use in cameras on the street. Once accepted as part of everyday life in airports, it becomes much easier to sell for use in all public places.
X-ray specs were once considered a pervert’s fantasy science fiction invention, now they have become a reality.
With such technology at their disposal the already active TSA viper teams will no doubt patrol mass transit facilities with much more vigor.
All of this is being rolled out despite numerous issues that raise questions aside from the assault on privacy.
The scanners are similar to C-Scans and carry health risks. They fire ionizing radiation at those inside which penetrates a few centimeters into the flesh and reflects off the skin to form a naked body image.
Research shows that even very low doses of X-ray can delay or prevent cellular repair of damaged DNA, yet pregnant women and children will be subjected to the process if new guidelines including scanners are adopted.
The machines also break child pornography laws in the UK that bar the production of indecent images of children.
No matter that the Amsterdam airport where the so called underwear bomber boarded already had the scanners installed, the solution is more scanners!
No matter that designers of the technology have admitted that the machine would not have detected explosive materials hidden within clothing, the solution is more scanners!
All these issues have led even mainstream sources to question the validity of the freedom crushing initiatives being rolled out en mass.
Meanwhile we continue to be bombarded with fearmongering rhetoric that unless we give up all our liberties and submit to gross invasions of privacy, airliners will start to fall from the sky.
Those pushing the technology are, as always, set to make huge profits. Leading defense contractors in conjunction those who have made their names from the terror business, such as former Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff are lining their pockets with taxpayer money literally stemming from the so called “economic stimulus”.
If the public willingly accepts naked imaging x-ray machines in the name of security, what comes next?
The former EU justice Commissioner says that scanning inside people’s bodies is an acceptable proposal. Microsoft has suggested slapping monitoring bracelets on all it’s employees. The TSA is considering taser bracelets that can deliver electric shocks to anyone who steps out of line inside an airport or on a plane.
Passport control officers at airports are to be phased out as new biometric face scanning cameras are set to replace them under UK border control measures that came into force last year. A global biometric facial scan database is the end goal of security authorities the world over.
Other proposals include placing the cameras in every seat on aircraft and installing software to try and automatically detect terrorists or other dangers caused by passengers.
The development of all of this nightmare technology only emphasizes the need for immediate outright rejection of the mass implementation of body screeners. If we continue to allow such gross attacks on our liberties to succeed the onslaught will never end.
Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010
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