January 18, 2012
(TruthSquad.TV editors note: The Mainstream media frames this debate in terms of “privacy concerns” only. They have thus far not given the health concerns any significant coverage. Many people seem willing to grudgingly accept violations of their privacy because “they have nothing to hide” which makes the privacy concerns a safe conversation to have without endangering the public backlash that would impede the implementation of the technology. Health concerns however would enrage health conscious New Yorkers who would demand the terahertz radiation be banned. The independent media MUST get this information out to the public, who in turn must demand that their elected representatives take action to ensure that the public health is the primary issue in the decision whether to use this technology.)
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told CBS in New York his department is looking to deploy Terahertz Imaging Detection scanners on the street in the war on “illegal guns.”
Kelly said the scanners would be used in “reasonably suspicious circumstances” and intended to cut down on the number of stop-and-frisks on the street. So called stop-and-frisks are considered aviolation of the Fourth Amendment.
New York City is largely a Second Amendment free zone. The city’s mayor,Michael Bloomberg, has said that citizens “acting outside of any governmental military effort” should not be allowed to protect themselves with firearms.
“The NYPD and Department of Defense are working together testing Terahertz Imaging Detection, a new way to get concealed illegal weapons off the streets,” CBS reports. Terahertz Imaging Detection measures energy radiating from the body up to 16 feet away and can detect anything blocking it.
The ACLU and civil libertarians oppose the effort to use the technology on the street. “It’s worrisome. It implicates privacy, the right to walk down the street without being subjected to a virtual pat-down by the Police Department when you’re doing nothing wrong,” the NYCLU’s Donna Lieberman said.
In addition to violating the Fourth Amendment, the proposed technology would subject citizens to a documented health risk – the destruction of DNA.
Studies reveal that THz waves “unzip double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles in the double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication,” according to MIT’s Technology Review.
For more information, see this paper posted at the Cornell University Library.
If we are to believe CBS, most residents either are not concerned about the privacy aspects of the technology or think it is a reasonable trade-off to stop gun crime and terrorism.
CBS does not mention the ability of THz to destroy DNA. If they did, no doubt most people interviewed would oppose the new technology.
(Truthsquad.TV Editors Note: For more information on the health risks please read the article from NaturalNews.com below)
Full-body scanners used on air passengers may damage human DNA
Monday, January 11, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com
(NaturalNews) In researching the biological effects of themillimeter wave scannersused for whole body imaging at airports, NaturalNews has learned that the energy emitted by the machinesmay damage human DNA.
Millimeter wave machines represent one of two primary technologies currently being used for the “digital strip searches” being conducted at airports around the world. “The Transportation Security Administration utilizes two technologies to capture naked images of air travelers – backscatter x-raytechnologyand millimeter wave technology,” reports theElectronic Privacy Information Center, a non-profit currently suing the U.S. government to stop these electronic strip searches. (http://epic.org/privacy/airtravel/b…)
The manufacturers of such machines claim they are perfectly safe and present nohealthrisks, but a study conducted by Boian S. Alexandrov (and colleagues) at theCenter for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexicoshowed that these terahertz waves could “…unzip double-strandedDNA, creating bubbles in the double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such asgene expressionand DNA replication.”
In layman’s terms, any time you’re talking about interfering with “gene expression” and “DNA replication,” you’re essentially talking about something that could be ariskto human health.
Never approved as safe for humans
“At first glance, it’s easy to dismiss any notion that they can be damaging,” reports TechnologyReview.com (http://www.technologyreview.com/blo…). “But a new generation of cameras are set to appear that not only record terahertz waves but also bombard us with them. And if ourexposureis set to increase, the question that urgently needs answering is what level of terahertz exposure is safe.”
And yet no such long-termsafetytesting has ever been conducted by a third party. There have beenno clinical trialsindicating that multiple exposures to such terahertz waves, accumulated over a long period of time, are safe for humans. TheFDA, in particular, has never granted its approval for any such devices even though these devices clearly qualify as “medical devices.”
(If you try to sell an X-ray imaging device yourself, without FDA approval, you’ll be arrested. So why do theseTSAsuppliers get away with selling human body imaging equipment that has never been adequately safety tested or approved bythe FDA?)
The study cited in the TechnologyReview article mentioned above is visible at:http://arxiv.org/abs/0910.5294
There, study authors conclude: “Based on our results we argue that a specific terahertzradiationexposure may significantly affect thenaturaldynamics of DNA, and thereby influence intricate molecular processes involved in gene expression and DNA replication.”
In other words,millimeter wave scanning devices may damage your DNA.
Could these scans causecancerand birth defects?
Could these scans cause infertility? Cancer? Shortened lifespan? We don’t yet know the answers to these questions, but then againneither does the TSA. This technology is beingrecklessly rolled outwithout adequate safety testing that would prove it safe for long-term use.
How many times in the past have the “experts” told us technologies were perfectly safe and then later we found out they were dangerous? X-Rays were once used in shoe stores to see if new shoes would fit the bone structure of your feet. High-voltage power lines are perfectly safe, we’re told — but then why do children who live closer to those lines have higher rates of cancer?
Dentistsstillclaim that mercury fillings are perfectly safe for your health — a preposterous notion — andcell phonecompanies continue to insist that cell phone radiation isn’t hazardous to your health at all. Time and time again,the public has been lied to by the authoritiesduring the roll-out of some new technology. Why should we believe that full-body scanners are safe when they’ve never been proven safe? Furthermore, there is now reason to believe they may damage human DNA.
What if the experts are wrong about their safety and ten years later we find out that there iscumulative DNA damagethat causes infertility and cancer? What if airtravelerswho subject themselves to this radiation wind up suffering some currently-unknown health condition as a result? At no time in the history of human civilization have large numbers of humans ever been subjected to terahertz bombardment of this type and frequency.
Sure, you can argue that you get more radiation sitting in an airplane at high altitude than you get from a full-body scanner, or you can explain that cell phones emit far more radiation on the whole (which they do, when you’re talking on them anyway). But if there’s one thing we all should have learned about radiation by now it’s thatfrequencies matter. The terahertz frequencies have never been rolled outen massein a scanning technology. Who’s to say they’re going to be safe?
What about pregnantwomen? Can the TSA absolutely guarantee that these full-body scanners won’t damage the DNA of the unbornbabies? What if this technology becomesthe next Thalidomideand ten months from now women start givingbirthto mutant babies who were damaged by terahertz radiation?
I’m not saying this is going to happen, but wouldn’t it be wise to determine the safety of this technologyin advance of its global rollout?
As theNational Council on Radiation Protection and Measurementsadmitted in a 2002 report that studied thesesecuritydevices: (http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/AC/03/briefing/3987b1_pres-report.pdf)
“[We] cannot exclude the possibility of a fatal cancer attributable to radiation in a very large population of people exposed to very low doses of radiation.”
Barring solid evidence of the safety of this terahertz-emitting technology, the TSA would be wise to followthe Precautionary Principlewhich states that we should err on the side of caution when it comes to the roll out of new technologies. Unfortunately, the TSA appears to be erring on the side of stupidity by subjecting the public to an unproven, “experimental” technology with unknown long-term effects on human DNA.
And here’s the real kicker:These full-body scanners do nothing to stopterroristsbecause they can’t detect powder explosives in the first place. A determined terrorist can hide all sorts of powder in a shoe, or a sleeping pillow, or a plastic bag sewn into the side of his carry-on luggage. There are a thousand places for terrorists to hide explosives that won’t be caught on full-body scanners, no matter how detailed theimagesare.
Besides, in order to avoid engaging in child pornography (because these machines offer very detailed depictions of body parts), the rules will allow people under 18 years of age to bypass them. So all you need then, if you’re a terrorist, isa 17-year-old terrorist assistantwho can pack explosives in his own underwear.
Radiology experts claim full-body scanners are safe
Radiology experts are claiming that the radiation emitted from these full-body scanners is perfectly safe for you. Then again,they also claim mammograms are safe, and recent science has now proven that mammograms cause cancer.
When it comes to radiation safety,you can’t trust radiologists. They say all that radiation is safe for YOU, but then they flee the room when the X-rays are turned on, ever notice that? They really have zero credibility when talking about the long-term safety of medical imaging devices. Most doctors, similarly, don’t have any real clue how much radiation is emitted by a CT scan!
As BusinessWeek reports: (http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/634724.html)
“The health effects of the more common millimeter-wave scanners are largely unknown, and at least one expert believes a safety study is warranted.
‘I am very interested in performing a National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements study on the use of millimeter-wave security screening systems,’ said Thomas S. Tenforde, council president.”
TheNew YorkTimes adds: (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/09/health/09scanner.html)
“Collectively, the radiation doses from the scanners incrementally increase the risk of fatal cancers among the thousands or millions of travelers who will be exposed, some radiation experts believe.”
NYT goes on to state that the TSA has entered into a contract under which it could purchase900 full-body scannersto be deployed inairportall across the country.
Physics Letters, January 8, 2010
New York Times: