TSA LIES: Body Scanners CAN Save and Transmit Images

TSA LIES: Body Scanners CAN Save and Transmit Images
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Natural News
January 11, 2010

The TSA has been lying to the American people about full-body scanners. The agency has insisted that these “digital strip search” machines are incapable of saving, storing or transmitting the images they take. This, we are told, makes it okay for people to be digitally strip-searched.

But secret documents uncovered by the Electronic Privacy Information Center ( have revealed that these machines do indeed posses precisely such capabilities. According to TSA specification requirement documents that have been uncovered by the EPIC, all full-body scanners purchased by the TSA must have the ability to both save and transmit the scanned images of air passengers.

The documents were obtained by EPIC through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. They have also been shared with CNN, which has viewed the documents and published a story about what they reveal.

These documents contradict the claims of the TSA, which include the statement that “the system has no way to save, transmit or print the image.”

TSA misleads the public

The TSA’s own “imaging technology” page (…) claims, “This state-of-the-art technology cannot store, print, transmit or save the image. In fact, all machines are delivered to airports with these functions disabled.”

That in itself is an interesting statement because by stating those functions are “disabled,” it also admits that the machines inherently have these functions. And just because the machines are delivered with the functions disabled doesn’t mean those functions can’t be re-enabled at the flick of a switch.

In other words, these machines are designed and constructed with the ability to save, store and transmit the images.

“I don’t think the TSA has been forthcoming with the American public about the true capability of these devices,” said the Executive Director of EPIC, Marc Rotenberg in a CNN interview. “They’ve done a bunch of very slick promotions where they show people — including journalists — going through the devices. And then they reassure people, based on the images that have been produced, that there’s not any privacy concerns. But if you look at the actual technical specifications and you read the vendor contracts, you come to understand that these machines are capable of doing far more than the TSA has let on.” (…)

In other words, the TSA is telling the public and the press one thing, but the machines they’re buying are capable of something far more insidious, these documents reveal. Is the TSA intentionally lying to the public in order to mislead people over the real capabilities of these machines?

If these full-body scanners can save, store and transmit images, then it’s only a matter of time before some rogue TSA employee finds a way to copy off the images or display them on the screen so that they can take snapshots with their own portable cameras.

The TSA says it’s protecting your privacy. But its own scanner specification documents tell a different story: The TSA won’t even buy these machines unless they can save, store and transmit revealing images of air passengers.

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Of course these machines have the ability to store information. They would be useless to the feds if they didn’t. Assume another would-be terrorist manages to slip through the body scanner due to human error and board a flight.The government would insist on having the scans to review, especially if it wanted to put the terrorist on trial.

For similar reasons, faces will also be scanned and the records saved.

All a terrorist has to do to avoid detection is secrete the explosive in a body cavity and then visit the bathroom once on board. The scanners will have no effect on terrorism but they will deter ordinary people from flying.

What happens when ordinary people don’t want to fly?

One effect is that they won’t converge on Washington, D.C. for mass protests–or the number of protestors will be greatly reduced.

This is a government plan to control the masses by reducing freedom of movement.

Comment by Jessica R

The Jewish people as a whole will become its own Messiah. It will attain world dominion by the dissolution of other races, by the abolition of frontiers, the annihilation of monarchy and by the establishment of a world republic in which the Jews will everywhere exercise the privilege of citizenship.

In this New World Order the children of Israel will furnish all the leaders without encountering opposition. The Governments of the different peoples forming the world republic will fall without difficulty into the hands of the Jews. It will then be possible for the Jewish rulers to abolish private property and everywhere to make use of the resources of the state. Thus will the promise of the Talmud be fulfilled, in which is said that when the Messianic time is come, the Jews will have all the property of the whole world in their hands.”

— Baruch Levy, Letter to Karl Marx, ‘La Revue de Paris’, p.574, June 1, 1928

Comment by Mihail

A second comment. I once worked at a high school in which a security guard was fired for taking nude pictures of female students. He was caught when he brought the film to the store to be developed. The point: a certain percentage of men have an insatiable appetite for this kind of thing. More than a few will be motivated enough to find ways to disable the software that blurs faces and prevents saving the images. Innocent travelers will find their nude forms on the internet. My guess is that the first cases will occur within two months–it not two days–of the scanners becoming operational.

Comment by Jessica R

Supplementary to the gratuitous privacy violations that these things are, perhaps we could expand the point of the issue by asking to know who the citizens and dual citizens will be whose privacy will be exempt from violation ?

Will first class and business class be both exempt, as all such `high fliers` have profile and are firmly embedded and move in upper strata of society, whereas `terruhrists` are men of no visible means of support ?

People should demand that no one be exempt from uniform humiliation no matter how high in position or wealth in the society, and so also accept this particular burden of fighting `terruh` as an expression of solidarity with the cattle class travellers.

The reason why a `terruhrist`, whether home grown or from overseas has not yet flown a small private plane laden with PETN into a iconic building in America is not because it is beyond the capabilities of Al Qaeda to set this up, but because Al Qaeda is a intel created fictional scare crow entity to be waved at us at intervals by a complicit in the lie media.

Had any Muslims over the last several years wanted to get their act together and do this small plane laden with PETN crime they would have done so already, but don’t want to as that only would bring on a million fold retaliation onto the Muslim world.

But in the event of the United States continuing to spread War in the World it might become advisable to require all users of small private planes to first go through a body scanner.

Naturally the manufacturers of body scanners would approve of such a move – wouldn’t they ? – as the market would be a multiple of what it is now. But private plane owners might regard this as an invasion of privacy.

Here’s an opening for protestors; why are private plane owners/users exempt ?

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