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May122011

Why Everyone Should "opt out" of the Airport Body Scanners: Part 1

"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?

Dentists still claim that mercury fillings are perfectly safe for your health -- a preposterous notion -- and cell phone companies 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 authorities during the roll-out of some new technology. Why should we believe that full-body scanners are safe when they've never been proven safe?" - Natural News

Hello Friends,

(click to enlarge)Since the new whole-body backscatter X-ray machines were implemented at airports around the country last October, I've been hearing many contradictory things about them. Some say the level of radiation emitted by them is low and therefore perfectly safe, while other reports claim that the scanners cannot be trusted because there have been no long-term clinical studies on the health effects of their radiation on travelers. 

However, there's lots of information out there on radiation. If you do some research on the subject, you'll find that the effects of radiation are cumulative in the body. The more you expose yourself to it, the more your cells are mutated, and thus the higher your risk of developing various forms of cancer among other potential health issues. There's no safe dose of radiation. So here's the thing: even if you accept that the amount of radiation is low when you go through the scanner, simply knowing that the effects of radiation are cumulative should make you think twice about walking through a body scanner at the airport. Especially since we also know that we are unavoidably exposed to background radiation on a daily basis.

Not to mention that this is a HUGE invasion of privacy. As you're likely well aware, the radiation emitted by the machine is for the purpose of taking a naked picture of your body that is then reportedly stored in some TSA/government database. Furthermore, this is just a photo of the naked body; it does not show if someone is hiding something dangerous in a body cavity. You can even put something between your butt cheeks and the machine wouldn't see it. If someone is willing to give up their life to harm others, they will go to extremes to hide something. So, in the end, is this machine actually protecting us? Like this article says, body-scanners may not work, but they do cause cancer.

I recently found this letter that was written to Dr. John P. Holdren, the man appointed by President Obama as the Science and Technology Czar. The letter was written by doctors and professors from the University of California, San Fransisco who are experts in imaging, cancer, biochemistry and biophysics. And they share my concerns. What they wrote in the letter below blew my mind! I can't believe these machines are being called "safe," when, as these UCSF scientists and physicians point out, they're anything but safe.

After explaining all the serious health risks, the doctors end the letter with this statement:

"...we urge you to empower an impartial panel of experts to reevaluate the potential health issues we have raised before there are irrevocable long-term consequences to the health of our country. These negative effects may on balance far outweigh the potential benefit of increased detection of terrorists."

Do your friends and loved ones a favor and share this letter with them. We should all know the truth about these machines:

Download the letter here

For these reasons and because I have no choice but to travel extensively at times for work (School Pride would've never happened if the entire crew didn't travel by airplane) , I will never go through one of these machines. Even if you don't travel a lot, you should still opt out. Radiation exposure, in any amount, is never a good thing.

Be Well,

 

 

"We really need to look at what benefit we're getting from these scanners. Certain kinds of plastic explosives will remain undetectable. People can also swallow an explosive or hide them in body cavity like the anus or vagina and that won't be detectable."

- Arjun Makhijani, nuclear engineer and president of the Institute of Energy and Environmental Research in Maryland 

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Here are 8 studies from the US National Library of Medicine on the harmful effects associated with terahertz radiation http://www.greenmedinfo.com/anti-therapeutic-action/full-body-scanners-using-terahertz-radiation

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSayer Ji

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May 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrobert

Excellent post Susie, thank you.

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul N

Terahertz radiation, is part of your daily world already. You can’t escape exposure to it. Both mid-infrared and terahertz radiations are ubiquitous since they are significant part of blackbody radiation from any objects (including human bodies and cars etc.) around room temperature. http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/physics/chen/

You receive much more artificial THz exposure from the light-bulb in your
house, or from other warm objects in the ambient environment, than from the
weak exposure for a short period of time from current THz scanners, (which by the way, are not one-size fits all. Some are pulsed, while others are continuous.)
Not to worry in either case, since they are non-ionizing, meaning unlike an x-ray they won’t harm you.

Dr. Alexandrov, most recently participated in new testing, and co-authored an article which demonstrates that for DNA to show any changes due to artificial terahertz exposure only occurs after being bombarded for hours at a time, using a broad-band spectrum of THz. Even then, the changes were specific to the particular DNA which received exposure at these high levels and for such lengthy duration.
"Mammalian Stem Cells Reprogramming in Response to Terahertz Radiation"
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0015806?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+plosone/PLoSONE+(PLoS+ONE+Alerts:+New+Articles)

A pioneer in THZ research, Dr. Daniel Mittleman from Rice University provided his thoughts on this issue, on my blog.
http://terahertztechnology.blogspot.com/2010/12/dr-mittleman-at-rice-university.html

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRandy Knudson

Last night I went through DFW security. I fly out every Sunday night for my job, as I am a consultant and am on different accounts across the country as the need arises. Since February, I have been flying American Airlines from Dallas to Detroit, same flight, same day, etc. I have been through the advance imaging technology scanner many times and I have had pat downs many times. Last night, wearing the same clothes that I've worn many times in the past, something didn't go through the full body scanner. I was at first asked if I had on a belt,which I did not. I was then asked if I had some type of artificial implant, which I do not. I was then asked to go into a private screening room with two women. They proceeded to tell me that they were going to do a pat down and that they would be touching my breasts and my rearend with their hands. I told them that they could do a pat down, but that they would not be allowed to touch my breasts, rearend or private parts. They they called DPS, which is apparently the police, and I reached for my phone to call my husband, a colleage and the police. About six different TSA people came flooding in the room and a big grey haired TSA guy told me that if I touched my phone or any of my other personal belongings that 'I'd be in a lot more trouble than I was already in' ie he threatened me and did not allow me to have a person of my choosing in the room, which is a requirement. I was then escorted out of the terminal and not allowed to board my flight. Talking with anyone at the airport, including Sgt Earhart of DPS, Chuck Sloane, the head guy at the TSA at DFW and their Customer Service Representative (who accused me of insulting the DPS officers (who I thought were airport security, but were really real police) by telling them I wanted to call the 'real police'. She had her own agenda and was of no use. I called TSA the next morning, to no avail. Right now, I intend to file a lawsuit because they are preventing me from making a living unless I submit to a sexual assault AND I was denied having a person of my choosing to come in with me. NO ONE at TSA will come right out and tell you that it's okay for them to touch your breasts...they all refer to the 'pat down procedures'...every road you go down is a dead end. I'm not a prude...in fact, when I saw Susie's complaint on TV, I thought she was just overly sensitive - having been through this process so many times in the past. The fact is, they will put their hands on your breasts and your vagina and your rearend and wherever they think they need to go if you don't go through the scanner OR if you go through it and they don't like something on it (even if you've worn the same clothes and they've been fine in the past). You have no recourse. And by the way, they wouldn't even tell me what was wrong with my image so that perhaps I could have removed that piece of clothing or jewelry or whatever it was that was causing the supposed issue. So, I'm grounded for now. I don't know if I'll have a job moving forward. I mean, is this America? Or is this Nazi Germany? I feel completely violated as a person and US citizen.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLori

Lori: Hope U win your lawsuit. The TSA R nothing more than rapists. Everyone needs to strand up and SCREAM!

May 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Page

I just saw the coverage of your video at the airport by RT on the way they have treated you and I find it really disgusting and violating and I really sympathize with you a lot!
I come from the Netherlands and I cannot imagine that our own government would do something like that to us
or to anyone for that matter!
My love and strength to you and I hope your voice and the voice of all people with the same
experience is going to be heard!! - Theo

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheo W.

IMO this has little if anything to do with fighting terrorists and everything to do w/milking more money out of the American taxpayer and into the pockets of gvt officials and their friends. Although our gvt has a long proven track record of milking the taxpayer, IMO compromising our health and dignity to do it is stepping so far over the line we're losing track of where the line is and the courts seem to be as much in the pockets of big business as the rest of the American Gvt. Google Michael Chertoff and Rapiscan to find out what's really going on, it's very sad and the only way I see out of this mess is to severely shrink the federal gvt.

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIntelligent Donkey

"Why of course the people don't want war ... But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship ... Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." — Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II

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wake up the patriot act was created to use against the american PEOPLE

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrobert

I want thousands, millions of Americans to stand up with you, Miss USA and say: The people shall be secure in their persons, papers, homes and effects from unreasonable search and seizure.

Thank you Suzie for give voice to what we all feel.

Freedom is not freedom if we must choose between radiation and molestation. The patriot act does to our electronics what the TSA folks did to your private parts.

The fourth amendment would protect us from such affronts, if we demanded the constitution be honored, as all office holder have vowed. I hope you lead both parties to remember our center, Miss USA.

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Bean

Last September I flew to the US and was told to go through the body scanner twice plus they gave me a pat down as well. On reflection I should have refused the second body scanner at least but the whole experience of going through security especially in the US is both stressful and intimidating. Five months later, I developed areas of potentially dangerous melanoma on my skin. There could, of course, be no connection but it has made me think. To this day, I do not know why I was required to go through the scanner twice and wonder if this means it was twice as dangerous?

July 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavina Green

I think you are overreacting to the female TSA agent contacting your personal parts with the side or back of her hand. You are a very attractive woman and have capitalized on that to a large degree. I have to say, looking at your photos the thought of patting you down crossed my mind and lingered there for some time. I agree that x-rays are a danger regardless of where you get them. If you travel, you're also going to get natural radiation and it's probably more than you'd be comfortable with. Back to the TSA, I don't think it's anything to cry about unless it was some kind of sexual experience for you. Body parts are body parts, nothing more. I keep telling myself that, but you're so damned cute.

February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat Down

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