X-Ray Measures Being Used by Feds an Anti-Terrorism Tactic
October 1, 2010
U.S. (ChattahBox U.S. News) – A new project by the U.S. government has raised some concerns with privacy advocates who fear that they are taking things too far in ordering x-rays to be used in vans to scan cars.
The anti-terrorism method would use backscatter x-ray machines in the backs of vans. These machines would bounce rays off of passing or parked vehicles and get a semi-complete reading of the inside. Less dense objects, such as a human body, could be seen. As could a bomb or weapons.
It is a step forward in anti-terrorism methods in the U.S. amidst increasing fears of a coming attack, or attempted attacks like in Time Square earlier this year, or on a plane to Detroit at the end of last year.
But Frederick Lane, expert and author of ‘American Privacy’ is one of many who has voiced concerns over this method of homeland security. In an interview with the Christian Science Monitor he discussed his problem with the program.
“This really trips up the creep factor because it’s one of those things that you sort of intrinsically think the government shouldn’t be doing. But, legally, the issue is the boundary between the government’s legitimate security interest and privacy expectations we enjoy in our cars.
“Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum of national security … you have to be realistic that this is another way in which the government is capturing information they may lose control over. I just have some real problems with the idea of even beginning a campaign of rolling surveillance of American citizens, which is what this essentially is.”
The machines are currently on order. There is no word on when they will begin being used.