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New Homeland Security Laser Scanner Reads People At Molecular Level
cbs ^ | 7/11/12 | staff

Posted on 07/11/2012 7:13:07 PM PDT by Nachum

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Department of Homeland Security will soon be using a laser at airports that can detect everything about you from over 160-feet away.

Gizmodo reports a scanner that could read people at the molecular level has been invented. This laser-based scanner – which can be used 164-feet away — could read everything from a person’s adrenaline levels, to traces of gun powder on a person’s clothes, to illegal substances — and it can all be done without a physical search. It also could be used on multiple people at a time, eliminating random searches at airports.

The laser-based scanner is expected to be used in airports as soon as 2013, Gizmodo reports.

The scanner is called the Picosecond Programmable Laser. The device works by blasting its target with lasers which vibrate molecules that are then read by the machine that determine what substances a person has been exposed to. This could be Semtex explosives to the bacon and egg sandwich they had for breakfast that morning.

(Excerpt) Read more at washington.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: homeland; laser; scanner; security
Oh boy.
1 posted on 07/11/2012 7:13:20 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Good technology. But why are terrorists exempt again.


2 posted on 07/11/2012 7:15:08 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Nachum; KevinDavis

More Philip K Dick predictions coming true.


3 posted on 07/11/2012 7:21:25 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Nachum

Initial testing did find some small problems.

4 posted on 07/11/2012 7:22:46 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: Nachum

how would this be any good at finding a knife in my pocket?

does it penetrate ??


5 posted on 07/11/2012 7:25:35 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Nachum
'The device works by blasting its target with lasers which vibrate molecules'

One has the option of not going thru the TSA porno scanners, now they are gonna blast everyone with 'lasers'.

Shooting lasers into someone would still require permission.

I cannot try to microwave the general public and expect a form of arrest.

6 posted on 07/11/2012 7:27:44 PM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: Theoria

expect to see this at a road side drunk driving lane in a state near you, soon.


7 posted on 07/11/2012 7:55:41 PM PDT by Michigan Bowhunter (Michelle Obama slept with her husband after he made it with Larry Sinclair.)
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To: Nachum

Sounds like another company John Kerry has stock in.


8 posted on 07/11/2012 7:58:04 PM PDT by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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To: Nachum

Of course they’ll use it on American civilians instead of trying it in Afghanistan to look for suicide bombers or IED planters.

THAT WOULD BE AGAINST THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. Yeah, I’m yelling.


9 posted on 07/11/2012 8:14:11 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Nachum

If it can detect Semtex molecules it can also find cancer cells. There’s good here too. What Americans needs is to refuse to accept the Police State.


10 posted on 07/11/2012 8:14:11 PM PDT by Poison Pill (Take your silver lining and SHOVE IT!)
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To: Nachum; Marine_Uncle; NormsRevenge; SunkenCiv; blam
Sounds like an overhyped story....Don't MRI's work that way....and you have to move thru a tube to be scanned.....

Have they just built a super duper MRI unit?

Medical field should be a market.

11 posted on 07/11/2012 8:24:46 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?)
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To: Nachum

Great. Advanced space technology in the hands of Neanderthals. This should work out well.


12 posted on 07/11/2012 8:26:43 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Nachum

"Looks like they're drunk with power, Jim."


13 posted on 07/11/2012 8:29:12 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Ayn Rand: "In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win")
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To: Iron Munro

Isn’t the CIA and DARPA some 20 years ahead of what is made public. Methinks this has been used already, without consent of course. I commented on this app. March 20 of this year.


14 posted on 07/11/2012 8:34:57 PM PDT by quickquiver (No, means N O.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
RE: "Have they just built a super duper MRI unit?"
No Ernest. Entirely in every way from a physics stand point different.
MRI works on the principle of pumping very selective high energy magnetic radiation through a body which "excite the protons within say a person's body within a small area, which then change energy levels (obviously with the electron shells playing into the process) which then radiate outward and are picked up by the MRI sensors and feed into very complex computer's to run their algorithms, and finally plot out on a display or other recording device, slice by slice as the MRI scans take place.

The process being described here, regarding the laser, is where an actual laser beam interacts with molecules on say one's skin, and then a specialized spectroscope (I'm clueless as of yet exactly what type would be incorporated, perhaps an array of say IR, and UV spectroscopy units, would then read sample molecules from the air, and analyze them. Just like you would pump a sample in a spectroscopic unit via. a hypodermic needle.
Short answer. To totally different types of diagnostic tools using totally different type of electronics and sensors.
15 posted on 07/11/2012 8:51:09 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Nachum

DEAR DHS: I fart in your general direction. Put that in your f’n laser!


16 posted on 07/11/2012 8:54:27 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Nachum

I foresee a new sort of civil disobedience: sprinkling your clothes with trace amounts of hundreds of random chemicals. Kind of like all the kids in a high school stopping at the coffee shop for poppy seed bagels and poppy seed cake on the way to school when drug tests are announced: overload the system with false positives.


17 posted on 07/11/2012 9:17:29 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: beethovenfan
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18 posted on 07/11/2012 9:17:59 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: Marine_Uncle

Sounds like it could hurt.


19 posted on 07/11/2012 9:23:41 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?)
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To: Nachum

Somewhere in this news story is a futuristic dystopian novel just waiting to be written.


20 posted on 07/11/2012 9:26:34 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Time will tell. If people are complaining about loosing their arms, say like seeing what was a hand, now just a smoldering cinder... Star Wars anyone :) ....
Don't worry. You won't feel a thing. Seriously. You wouldn't feel anything. Not even a puff of air, or slight pinch on the skin most likely. Where thinking about a very "skinny" beam, with quite low power, mostly likely in a controlled pulse mode. Very well controlled. You don't get hurt by the insertion of a misquote's little beak. Think a beam a thousandth or less the diameter of that beak, being only applied to your surface skin for a a micro second. Your nerve endings wouldn't even pick up the energy transfer most likely.
21 posted on 07/11/2012 9:33:32 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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22 posted on 07/11/2012 10:59:10 PM PDT by PMAS
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To: sten; Ernest_at_the_Beach
RE: "how would this be any good at finding a knife in my pocket? does it penetrate ??"
No. Read my very brief explanation to Ernest in post #15.
There is no magic. I'll add. Think of it this way. A very short pulse of laser energy is focused on let us say your wrist. The laser beam is extremely very short in duration so it would not destroy hardly any tissue on your skin surface.
But would ionize various types of molecules located at your skin surface in that tiny area of space. The energy that would be produced at very precise frequencies would then be sensed by a "sniffer unit" place close to the area the beam was directed at.
The sniffer is a one or more types of what we call spectrometers. They within the bounds of the type they are can detect certain types of molecules within a range, as well as the type of radiation emissions given off in the form of say infrared, through visible through ultraviolet radian bands.
The detector will then analyze the sample it takes into it's chamber. And then display perhaps on a little tape ticker or now adays, on a little hand held computer display the type of materials found on that person's wrist. So if you where dealing lets say in chemicals relating to drugs, or explosives, just two examples, it would give you a readout as to what type of compounds where found.
Hope that helps a bit in envisioning what this type of device could afford police and security agencies.
23 posted on 07/11/2012 11:00:06 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Nachum

Will rubbing my body with uranium baby powder help matters any when I go to the airport?


24 posted on 07/11/2012 11:20:52 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Marine_Uncle
Don't MRI's work that way

MRI = magnetic resonance imaging

MRI electromagnetic fields are in the RF range of tens of megahertz (often in the shortwave radio portion of the electromagnetic spectrum)radiated within the coil itself.

Megahertz is a measurement of time equal to one million hertz or one million cycles per second.


Laser = light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation

Lasers appear to range from the Infrared light spectrum at 1540 nm (nanometer) through visible light into the Ultraviolet spectrum of 238 nm (UV-C)

A nanometer is a measure of distance equal to one billionth of a meter.


one nanometer is approximately equal to .3 hertz

one megahertz is approximately equal to 300 meters

25 posted on 07/11/2012 11:49:40 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: Nachum
which can be used 164-feet away

But it won't work at 165 feet? That's what happens when some moron writer converts 50 meters to feet. At least they didn't write 164.04199475065616797900262467192 feet.

26 posted on 07/12/2012 3:40:35 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: higgmeister

Thanks. Understand.


27 posted on 07/12/2012 4:04:33 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It runs on beans, it runs on laser beans.


28 posted on 07/12/2012 3:17:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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