You know, we should be thanking these TSA folks. Some of them may be giving up 20 years of their life span keeping us safe. Though the reports say,
this is our government remember, the most you might get is skin cancer or even more if you are a child or have genetic problems, most of that won't
show up until decades down the road. These dedicated TSA workers are around this active scanner day in and day out with little or no protection. The
exposure they will be getting is much more then the average once a year scan or what frequent fliers may get. These people will be literally dying to
protect our lives.
EPIC Presses for Release of Government Documents on Health Risks of Airport Body Scanners: EPIC has filed an appeal with the Transportation Security
Administration, challenging the agency's denial of expedited processing and fee waivers for an EPIC Freedom of Information Act request. EPIC's is
seeking documents from the TSA concerning full body scanner radiation risks and testing. EPIC challenged the TSA's denial of expedited processing,
arguing that by delaying to release of the records, the agency was risking the health of travelers and its own employees. EPIC also argued that the
record request was particularly timely, as three US Senators recently wrote to the Department of Homeland Security about the safety of the airport
body scanners and the risk to air travelers. Separately, EPIC has urged a federal court to suspend the program, pending an independent review of the
health risks and privacy impact. For more information, see EPIC: Body Scanners and EPIC v. DHS (suspension of program). (Aug. 30, 2010)
According to David Brenner, the head of Columbia University's Center for Radiological Research, the concentration on the skin -- one of the most
radiation sensitive organs of the body -- means the radiation dose is actually 20 times higher than the official estimate. Brenner says the most
likely risk from airport scanners is basal cell skin cancer, which mainly occurs on the head and neck. Brenner was consulted to write the guidelines
for the security scanners in 2002, but now says he would not have signed the report had he known the devices were going to be used so widely.
Naturally our government and the Transportation Security Administration are assuring us that these devices are safe and there is no reason for
concern. Tell that to the families of first responders and emergency workers at Ground Zero who were assured that the air around the site was safe
to breathe. Nine years later, many of these heroes and Good Samaritans, who trusted their government, are dying or facing serious medical issues from
breathing toxic air.
“They say the risk is minimal, but statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays,” said Dr. Michael Love, who runs an X-ray
lab at the department of biophysics and biophysical chemistry at Johns Hopkins University School of medicine.
'If there are increases in cancers as a result of irradiation of children, they would most likely appear some decades in the future. It would be
prudent not to scan the head and neck,' he added.
The only benefits they get is a paycheck and maybe some pictures to take home & treasure.
Now it turns out that some police agencies are storing the controversial images after all. The U.S. Marshals Service admitted this week that it had
surreptitiously saved tens of thousands of images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse.
This follows an earlier disclosure (PDF) by the TSA that it requires all airport body scanners it purchases to be able to store and transmit images
for "testing, training, and evaluation purposes." The agency says, however, that those capabilities are not normally activated when the devices are
installed at airports.
Remember these brave souls who are shortening their lives to extend ours.