It came out today that some of their full body scanners are putting out 10 times the expected radiation levels.
The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that it would retest every full-body X-ray scanner that emits ionizing radiation — 247 machines at 38 airports — after maintenance records on some of the devices showed radiation levels 10 times higher than expected.
As always the agency immediately went into damage control mode claiming that it is still less than what a person receives in background radiation during a normal day. The fact is this is not surprising at all considering the complete disregard for common safety measures taken when dealing with equipment that use radioactive material. The spike caused by the malfunctioning equipment would have been immediately seen on the dosimeter worn by employees working around the equipment. That’s one of the main reason dosimeters are worn by employees. This is willful negligence on the part of the TSA and DHS.
This coupled with the fact that the DHS also claims the right to:
- strip search any passenger without cause or warrant,
- expand to malls
- expand to public transportation,
- expand to private aircraft,
- and otherwise strip you of your liberty and freedom
really illustrates an out of control agency that serves no other purpose than to abuse and kill Americans, albeit slowly by increasing cancer risks. A Security Theater has done nothing to improve safety, in fact they are now showing that they are doing the complete opposite. If any private organization had been this negligent OSHA would be all over them until they declared bankruptcy.
This agency needs to be put down like a rabid dog and it’s behavior and rate of growth reminds me of some other agencies in the early 1990s. The only difference is they haven’t shot a woman holding a baby or burned a bunch of people to death. Instead they are giving people extra unnecessary dose of radiation at the point of the gun, claiming necessity, but in reality it’s pointless.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.