Skip to comments.NYPD, Feds Testing Gun-Scanning Technology, But Civil Liberties Groups Up In Arms
Posted on 01/18/2012 4:31:09 PM PST by CedarDave
The NYPD is stepping up their war against illegal guns, with a new tool that could detect weapons on someone as they walk down the street.
But is it violating your right to privacy?
Police, along with the U.S. Department of Defense, are researching new technology in a scanner placed on police vehicles that can detect concealed weapons.
You could use it at a specific event. You could use it at a shooting-prone location, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez on Tuesday.
Its called Terahertz Imaging Detection. It measures the energy radiating from a body up to 16 feet away, and can detect anything blocking it, like a gun.
And the idea is causing quite the uproar on both sides of the privacy issue.
Police Commissioner Kelly said the scanner would only be used in reasonably suspicious circumstances and could cut down on the number of stop-and-frisks on the street.
But the New York Civil Liberties Union is raising a red flag.
Its worrisome. It implicates privacy, the right to walk down the street without being subjected to a virtual pat-down by the Police Department when youre doing nothing wrong, the NYCLUs Donna Lieberman said.
(Excerpt) Read more at newyork.cbslocal.com ...
Alexandrov and co have created a model to investigate how THz fields interact with double-stranded DNA and what they've found is remarkable. They say that although the forces generated are tiny, 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. That's a jaw dropping conclusion.
In short, they’re subjecting people to the same kind of radiation they’d get from a microwave oven.
If they were INSIDE it.
Yeah, that can’t be bad.
And, of course, if one of us plebes was to aim such a device at a cop or a politician we’d be beaten and then prosecuted for assault.
I wonder if anyone else is worried about a police state besides me?
Mylar jackets will be the hot new fashion.
Me worried? No. But I am forwarding your post to #attackwatch and email@example.com; just to be safe citizen.
Lead jackets might be the latest fashion trend?
You’re right to worry - we are there.
They’re welcome to point that thing at me...just as soon as they show me the search warrant, supported by oath or affirmation of my accuser, and particularly describing the thing(s) to be seized which I am accused of having on my person.
Of course, once I’ve read the warrant, I’ll willingly empty my pockets for them, or take off my jacket, or whatever they like. Show me the warrant and we’ll all get along just fine.
Mylar? Would that really work?
Hmmm... I DO sew....and could use some extra money!
Mylar jackets? does Mylar block detection?
(This ole great gramma wants to know ;o)...)
(Police Commissioner Kelly said the scanner would only be used in reasonably suspicious circumstances)
Well then, that’s good enough for me! Just like citizens believed that only 2000 people would be subject to the income tax when it was passed, or that Social Security would not be raided, and countless other promises from the government.
this is no different than that police using tech scanners to look into homes without a warrent.
the USSC already said no.
Bloomberg is a jerk for allowing this.
We are “smart enough” to vote for the idiot but not smart enough to run our own lives. If the police have money for this nonsense then the police have too much money.
No I’m worried too about this police state crap too.
This “security” over liberty thing has gotten out of control.
I grew up with thousands of soviet ICBM missiles aimed at us and it didn’t bother me in the least.
Have we really become a nation of cowards afraid of our shadow?
Why don't you read the article? The source of the radiation is the person themselvees, because they happen to be at a normal temperature. They're just looking at a long wavelength region of the subjects' own black-body emmisions. \
IOWs there are no health effects and any claims that there are amounts to rubbish.
NY Congressman Emanuel Cellar’s 1966 dream of scanner for guns has come to life. God help us all.
You don’t understand. In NYC, the Constitution, especially the 2nd amendment, means nothing. People are now routinely arrested for carrying fully licensed weapons, even with CCW licenses. They don’t give a good goddamn.
Anyone who would live in NYC under this regime is an idiot. A blithering idiot.
The greatest Rat, Roach, Bedbug, Nanny State infested $hithole on earth.
It's fun to watch as the Mayor takes control of the daily lives of the citizens. Yes you hear the complaints. But he is still there. And every few months he comes up with a new way to intrude into their lives.
Not according to the linked article in my first comment:
But a new generation of cameras are set to appear that not only record terahertz waves but also bombard us with them. And if our exposure is set to increase, the question that urgently needs answering is what level of terahertz exposure is safe.
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