April 3, 2010
Earlier this year, as the government began to roll out in force its dangerous and intrusive naked body scanners at airports around the country, we were told the machines are unable to save images. For instance, the claim is made in the Associated Press report below.
As it turns out, the machines can save images. This was confirmed in a letter sent to Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, at approximately the same time the government claimed the machines are safe and cannot save images. In fact, this ability is a government requirement.
“TSA requires AIT machines to have the capability to retain and export imagines (sic) only for testing, training, and evaluation purposes,” states a TSA letter dated February 24, 2010 and signed by Gale D. Rossides, Acting Administrator.
The machines indeed store and transmit images. According to Rossides, however, this ability is limited to engineers, training contractors, and “Z” level users. “Z” level users are described as select lab personnel from the TSA’s Office of Security Technology.
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The images are apparently also sent to the TSA’s Threat Mitigation Lab.
It was not “Z” level employees, however, who printed a naked image of Indian film star Shahrukh Khan. It was security personnel at Heathrow Airport in London. Security at British airports, of course, is not run by the TSA. But the incident proves the machines can be used to print images and, as the TSA admits, transmit them.
Do you believe the government when it claims only lab techs and training instructors have access to these images? Is it possible the images are accessed by the NSA and other super-secret intelligence agencies and included in biometric dossiers kept by the government?
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Read the entire letter in PDF here.