Will Body Scanners Put Frequent Flyers at Risk for Cancer?

[When I was a young child, shoe stores briefly used X-ray gadgets to observe whether feet were fitting properly into shoes. The usual practice was that the shoe clerk would demonstrate with his own foot the machine before the buyer tried it. The practice was discontinued when shoe store clerks began to develop foot cancer.

The major promoter of body scans has been Michael Chertoff, former security secretary under Bush who has stock in one of the major producers, Rapiscan. Pilots have been objecting to the practice for themselves. Ed Kent]


* After the ‘bombing attempt’ Chertoff made a flurry of media appearances suggesting that the “attempted bombing incident” could have been avoided if all airports were using full body scanners.

* The Washington Post printed an article on January 1, 2010, calling Chertoff out for using his government credentials to promote a product that benefits his clients. It was revealed that Rapiscan Systems, the manufacturer of the naked body scanner Chertoff was recommending, was a client of Chertoff’s security consulting agency.

* Rapiscan has since received over $250 million in scanner orders.



“Michael Chertoff, while he was the Head of Homeland Security under Bush, advocated and pushed for installation and implementation of these new full-body scanners at our airports. Once he was out of “public service”, Chertoff’s consulting company (Read: Lobbying Company) landed as a client (Surprise!), Rapsican, the company that makes the scanners. He is now a much richer person, I’m sure.”


“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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