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The Homeland Security Department paid contractors millions of dollars to develop and study surveillance systems that could covertly track pedestrians and check under people's clothing with airport-style body scanners as they enter train stations, bus depots or major events, newly released documents show
A $1.9 million contract with Rapiscan Systems, which makes airport body scanners, asked the company to develop similar machines for "covert inspection of moving subjects"
These covert scanners never were put into production - not because of concerns about privacy and unlawful search and seizure, but because they could not get them to work. If they had developed a viable machine, the $1.6M would have been a $1.6B contract.