It’s safe to say that most travelers personally despise airport body scanners, but the debate about them has seemingly died down in America. It seems as though the media has successfully shifted the narrative about the TSA and its gross civil rights abuses to their penchant for, well, molesting people and embarrassing old folks wearing Depends.
But what about the health risks posed by the body scanners, and why hasn’t anyone protested yet? More and more body scanners are being installed, which means more windfalls for Michael Chertoff (co-author of the PATRIOT Act and a dual American-Israeli citizen) and others of his ilk, who profit off of the militarization of America in the supposed name of safety.
Meanwhile, in Europe, where some semblance of public awareness and sanity exists, body scanners have been banned due to “health and safety” concerns, linking them with cancer. A lawsuit claiming “cancer clusters” in TSA employees has also been filed, which could bring more damning evidence to the equation that the American public seemingly doesn’t care about.
If that doesn’t drive you to consider protesting or writing your reps, have a listen to this: “Resonant effects allow THz waves to unzip double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles in the double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication,” concluded Boian Alexandrov at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico along with a few peers.
The protest signs practically write themselves, but Americans seem too apathetic or perhaps wary of all the bad news, or maybe distracted by ‘Storage Wars’ or ‘American Pickers’ or something, to do so. Maybe they’d rather just bake a few cookies for Susan G. Komen and expect her to wave a pink wand to save them and their loved ones from cancer that seems inevitable these days for so many Americans due to things that are banned in other countries.
My last trip to the airport was an unpleasant one, as I opted for the pat-down despite “assurances” that the scanners are safe (contrary to much research). But the worst feeling I had on that recent trip was that of watching My Fellow Americans lining up, one-by-one, to enter those highly-profitable cancer boxes with bewildered looks on their faces, holding their arms high and spreading them wide as if they’d just been arrested.
All of this happens in the name of “safety,” brought about by a failed plot and subsequent overreaction fueled in part by a Chertoff PR campaign on TV “news.”
The scanners have overstayed their welcome, and in more ways than one: consider the case of the blogger who recently found out a simple trick to get virtually anything past those who examine the scanner images.
It’s safe to say that most policies in the post-9/11 era have been utter failures for all but a select few, and failures don’t get much more obvious than airport body scanners. Will America do anything about them before they start popping up at roadblocks, on buses, trains, and at sporting events?