I’m adamantly opposed to these new scanners on privacy and Fourth Amendment grounds, but the health concerns alone seem worrisome. Here’s a PDF of the letter from four members of the UCSF faculty, laying out their concerns.
When 4 physicists form UCSF have serious questions about the safety of these devices, we might want to listen. It is interesting that. Additionally, Michael Chertoff, the former head of Homeland Security, started us down the path to these machines.
So, I guess to no one’s surprise, Chertoff’s lobbying company now works for the maker of these scanners. Yes, he has been giving interviews about the need for these machines, even as his company benefits from their sales.
So when our choice of air travel comes down to being examined with X-rays form a machine that may not be quite as healthy as the TSA would like us to believe but makes a lot of money for an ex-Homeland Security Director or to be groped in ways that are normally used on criminals,maybe we just won’t travel at all.
I know I’m going to give it a lot more thought.