Thursday, September 30, 2010

feds radiating americans

American Science and Engineering Company told Forbes that it had sell more than 500 ZBVs, or Z Backscatter Vans, to US and overseas governments. The US Department of Defense bought the most for war zone use, but US law enforcement has also deployed the vans to search for bombs inside the US, according to Joe Reiss, a company orator, as quoted by Forbes.

Mobile X-ray vans hit US streets

    The mobile X-ray technology works by lively narrow X-ray streams off an object like a car and then analyzing the scatter rate of the returning rays. Operators can then locate less-dense objects that could be bodies or bombs.

    Backscatter X-ray is already part of an continuing national debate about its use in so-called full body scanners being deployed in many US airports. In that case, US officials have said they will not store or share the images and will use masking technology to avoid enlightening details of the human body. Nevertheless, information security advocates have filed suit to stop their use, citing concerns about privacy.

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