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Saturday, January 19, 2013

No more naked image scanners in US

The Transport Security Agency (TSA), the people who decided that an elderly chassidishe Rebbe is as big a terror suspect as a Muslim in his 20's, is being forced to get rid of about 250 airport scanners, because the nude pictures they produce are too explicit.
TSA will end a $5 million contract with OSI’s Rapiscan unit for the software after Administrator John Pistole concluded the company couldn’t meet a congressional deadline to produce generic passenger images, agency officials said in interviews.


The agency removed 76 of the machines from busier U.S. airports last year. It will now get rid of the remaining 174 Rapiscan machines, with the company absorbing the cost, said Karen Shelton Waters, the agency’s assistant administrator for acquisitions. The TSA will use 60 machines manufactured by L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (LLL), the agency’s other supplier of body scanners, and will move some scanners to busier airports to reduce waiting times.
“It became clear to TSA they would be unable to meet our timeline,” Waters said. “As a result of that, we terminated the contract for the convenience of the government.”
OSI Systems rose $2.37, or 3.5 percent, to $70.02 in Nasdaq trading.
The decision to cancel the Rapiscan software contract and remove its scanners wasn’t related to an agency probe of whether the company faked testing data on the software fix, Waters said.


L-3 scanning machines rely on millimeter-wave technology, which uses radio frequencies that can find both metallic and non-metallic items. Rapiscan’s machines are based on backscatter technology, which uses low-dose X-ray radiation to detect objects under a passenger’s clothes.
Airline passengers were offended by the revealing images, including those of children and the elderly. The Washington- based Electronic Privacy Information Center sued the agency in July 2010, claiming the scanners violated privacy laws and has called use of the machines equivalent to a “physically invasive strip search.”
 One of these days, maybe TSA will move into the 21st century and do security like they do it in Israel.

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At 2:39 AM, Blogger Inmemoryof Yossi said...

No they won't. They will continue to hire people who are you making ten bucks an hour. It's better than flipping burgers at Mc Donald's.


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