CT Scans Linked to Cancer. TSA Never Tested Full-Body Scans For Mass Transit, Except When It Did. Full-Body Scan Technology Deployed In Street-Roving Vans. DHS Tries To Hide Mobile Scanner Details. DHS X-ray Car Scanners Now At Border Crossings. DHS' X-ray scanners could be cancer risk to border crossers. Internal Homeland Security documents describing specifications for border-crossing scanners, which emit gamma or X-ray radiation to probe vehicles and their occupants, are raising new health and privacy concerns, CNET has learned.
Even though a public outcry has prompted Homeland Security to move away from adding X-ray machines to airports--it purchased 300 body scanners last year that used alternative technology instead--it appears to be embracing them at U.S. -Mexico land border crossings as an efficient way to detect drugs, currency, and explosives. A 63-page set of specifications (PDF), heavily redacted, obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center through the Freedom of Information Act, says the scanners must "be based on X-Ray or gamma technology," which use potentially dangerous ionizing radiation at high energies, and "shall be capable of scanning cars, SUVs, motorcycles and busses. " And the privacy concerns, too, are similar. Now Homeland Security wants more. Penn & Teller. The naked truth about scanners - Roger Simon. On the day after Christmas, readers of The Washington Post were given a real treat: pictures of naked men.
The men in the pictures were fully clothed, but they were naked nonetheless, because the pictures came from airport full-body scanners. Continue Reading VIDEO: Napolitano on security The machines provided graphic pictures of the male anatomy. True, they were no more graphic than Michelangelo’s David or Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man (that’s the naked guy with his arms and legs stuck out), but both of those were depictions, not actual people trying to heft their wheelie bags on the conveyor belt, take off their shoes and jackets, remove their laptops, take out their baggies full of fluids no more than 3 ounces in size, take the metal out of their pockets and somehow get through security before their planes take off. Lawmaker sails home to avoid TSA screening - Ben Smith. Ron Paul: TSA 'abusive,' involved in 'all kind of sexual activities' - Alexander Burns.
Claire McCaskill: TSA pat-downs 'get ugly' - Burgess Everett. Now that she’s sold her private jet, Sen.
‘Jersey Shore’ star: TSA mistreated me - CLICK. November 14, 2011 (Photo Credit: AP) One of the stars of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” is calling out the TSA for what she perceived to be unfair treatment over the weekend.
Rand Paul detained by TSA - Tim Mak. Kentucky Sen.
Rand Paul was blocked from boarding a flight Monday by the Transportation Security Administration in Nashville, Tenn., after refusing a full body pat-down, POLITICO has confirmed. “I spoke with him five minutes ago and he was being detained indefinitely,” Paul spokesperson Moira Bagley said. “The image scan went off; he refused patdown.”
Continue Reading Paul’s father, Rep. The TSA Blog. Microsoft confirms UEFI fears, locks down ARM devices - SFLC Blog - Software Freedom Law Center. At the beginning of December, we warned the Copyright Office that operating system vendors would use UEFI secure boot anticompetitively, by colluding with hardware partners to exclude alternative operating systems.
As Glyn Moody points out, Microsoft has wasted no time in revising its Windows Hardware Certification Requirements to effectively ban most alternative operating systems on ARM-based devices that ship with Windows 8. The Certification Requirements define (on page 116) a "custom" secure boot mode, in which a physically present user can add signatures for alternative operating systems to the system's signature database, allowing the system to boot those operating systems.
But for ARM devices, Custom Mode is prohibited: "On an ARM system, it is forbidden to enable Custom Mode. FOIA Documents Reveal Homeland Security is Monitoring Political Dissent. Cupcakegate. This will be short and “sweet.”
Like many of you, when I think of a cupcake, I don’t think of it being in a jar. However, the photo below shows the “cupcake” that was prohibited from being taken into the cabin of a plane last month. DHS Monitors Social Media For 'Political Dissent' Carnival Booth: An Algorithm for Defeating the Computer-Assisted Passenger Screening System. Carnival Booth: An Algorithm for Defeating the Computer-Assisted Passenger Screening System Samidh Chakrabarti Aaron Strauss 6.806: Law and Ethics on the Electronic Frontier Abstract To improve the efficiency of airport security screening, the FAA deployed the Computer Assisted Passenger Screening system (CAPS) in 1999.
Transit Police. The MBTA has been conducting random security inspections regularly since October 2006.
Passengers are selected on a random basis through the use of a computer generated sequence of numbers. These inspections involve the brushing, with a swab, of the exterior of a carry-on. What's the Best Way To Deal With Roving TSA Teams. TSA gathering info about radiation measurement devices for its airport screeners.
Radiation scan. House Republicans say TSA hasn't made skies safer - Burgess Everett. The Transportation Security Administration is a top-heavy, intrusive bureaucracy that is ineffective in protecting the nation’s skies from terrorists, House Republicans said Wednesday during the week of its 10th anniversary.
2011-11-16-TSA_Reform_Report.pdf (application/pdf Object) What happens to items left at security checkpoints? Troy Thompson The Pennsylvania Department of General Services sells items -- such as these knives -- left behind at aiport security checkpoints. By Harriet Baskas, NBC News contributor Betty Spencer doesn’t travel much, but she’s curious about what happens to items confiscated or surrendered at airport security checkpoints. “There are so many stories of people having to give up items,” Spencer, a patient accounts counselor in Spokane, Wash., wrote to Overhead Bin. “I wondered if any of the items could be donated or recycled. The Transportation Security Administration does indeed end up with a lot of stuff: Since 9/11, the TSA has detected approximately 50 million prohibited items, including 4,600 firearms, during airport checkpoint screening. Hazardous materials are disposed of, and dangerous or illegal items such as guns and explosives are turned over to law enforcement.
More often than not, travelers end up surrendering their items at the checkpoint. Congressional report calls for drastic changes at TSA. By Rebecca Ruiz, NBC News A report released today by the Republican leaders of a Congressional committee calls for the Transportation Security Administration to slash its work force, minimize its role in screening passengers and make public its performance results, among other recommendations. The report, "A Decade Later: A Call for TSA Reform," was published by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which is chaired by Rep. John L. House approves new TSA rules for U.S. military. By Joy Jernigan, TODAY Members of the U.S. military flying on official orders while in uniform may soon see faster security screening while traveling through the nation's airports. The U.S. House of Representatives today voted 404 to 0 to approve H.R. 1801, also known as the ‘‘Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of The Armed Forces Act," which will now be sent to the Senate.
If passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Barack Obama, the Transportation Security Administration within six months will be required to implement expedited security screening for members of the U.S. military and any family members traveling with them. “With all the contention and political gridlock we’ve witnessed over the past several months, what’s most important is that we come together to agree where we can,” said Rep. Rep.