In his January 23, 2013 article titled, “The TSA Is Not Eliminating X-Ray Body Scanners”, Paul Joseph Watson uncovers the truth behind the mainstream media's announcement: The TSA is not eliminating the privacy-invasive and potentially dangerous machines, they're simply switching to a new manufacturer.
Watson, editor and writer for Alex Jones' website, InfoWars.com, reports that Rapiscan, the company initially responsible for supplying the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) with the x-ray body scanners, failed to comply with a congressional demand to install software which disguised images of travelers' naked bodies. As a result, the TSA ended their $5 million contract with Rapiscan.
On January 18, 2013, the mainstream media announced that the TSA was going to remove the x-ray body scanners from airports but, as Watson reveals, the press reports left out one important piece of information: “The TSA signed a much larger $245 million contract with American Science and Engineering, Inc. back on October 9, 2012.”
According to Watson, “The only difference between Rapiscan’s body scanners and those developed by American Science and Engineering, Inc. is that the latter company was able to develop “privacy friendly” software to comply with congressional demands. The scanners they will provide to the TSA are the same x-ray backscatter version that have been linked with cancer by numerous prestigious health bodies.”
In a promotional video published on YouTube, Joseph Reiss, VP of Marketing for American Science and Engineering (AS&E), Inc. located in Billerica, MA, explains that AS&E manufactures x-ray detection systems for force protection, the Department of Homeland Security, and customs applications. Their customers include the US Department of Defense, US Customs, and law enforcement agencies, as well as a variety of international agencies involving customs and security missions.
Why the jump from the $5 million contract the TSA had with Rapiscan to a $45 million contract with AS&E? Because AS&E will also be supplying Z Backscatter vans, “vans that can roam highways and conduct drive-by scans.” According to Reiss, these vans have the capability to detect drugs and explosives being transported in trucks, cargo containers and passenger vehicles.
Ostensibly, the vans will be used as another high-tech weapon in the War on Terror and the War on Drugs, but we all know what they're really going to be used for. Let's be careful out there, folks. Big Brother is watching.
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