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  • Group slams Chertoff on scanner promotion

    11/14/2010 7:21:19 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Since the attempted bombing of a US airliner on Christmas Day, former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff has given dozens of media interviews touting the need for the federal government to buy more full-body scanners for airports. What he has made little mention of is that the Chertoff Group, his security consulting agency, includes a client that manufactures the machines. Chertoff disclosed the relationship on a CNN program Wednesday, in response to a question. An airport passengers’ rights group on Thursday criticized Chertoff’s use of his former government credentials to advocate for a product that benefits his clients. ... In...
  • Homeland Security’s controversial airport face-scanners could be inaccurate or unlawful, report says

    12/22/2017 1:11:48 AM PST · by fluorescence · 7 replies
    The Verge ^ | Dec 21, 2017, 11:20am EST | Colin Lecher
    As Americans pack their bags for holiday travel, a new report is raising key questions about a pilot program that scans the faces of international travelers. The report, from Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology, criticizes the scope and execution of Homeland Security’s biometric exit pilot program. The program, currently running at nine airports around the country, uses facial recognition technology to identify passengers leaving on international flights. Homeland Security says the program, which it plans to expand, can catch travelers fraudulently using another person’s personal documents. But the report questions whether Homeland Security is vested with the power...
  • Is Trump a scanner?

    11/10/2016 6:26:05 AM PST · by Jaysin · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/10/2016 | vanity
  • AI-powered body scanners could soon be inspecting you in public (and airports; funded by Bill Gates)

    10/26/2016 10:11:30 PM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Oct 26, 2016 | Mark Harris
    Transport hubs in Los Angeles, Denver and Washington are soon to trial Total Recall-style high-speed body scanners A startup bankrolled by Bill Gates is about to conduct the first public trials of high-speed body scanners powered by artificial intelligence (AI), the Guardian can reveal. According to documents filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Boston-based Evolv Technology is planning to test its system at Union Station in Washington DC, in Los Angeles’s Union Station metro and at Denver international airport. Evolv uses the same millimetre-wave radio frequencies as the controversial, and painfully slow, body scanners now found at many...
  • (vanity) Need SCSI controller solution for small-form-factor PC

    07/02/2015 10:16:33 AM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 62 replies
    self | 7/2/15 | NewJerseyJoe
    I once again call upon the collective genius of all the FReeper minds, this time to help me solve a computer issue. I recently had no choice but to upgrade from the PC I've been using since -- wait for it -- 2000 (or thereabouts). Why did I wait so long? Well, because I've tweaked and customized it over the years to do exactly what I want it to do. But I had to face the reality that it's too slow to do things properly anymore, and more and more online stuff just doesn't work on the old XP machine....
  • 911 emergency dispatchers instructed not to say 'Ebola' over radio

    10/16/2014 7:16:01 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 31 replies
    MFoxDC ^ | 10-16-2014 | MyFoxDC
    911 emergency dispatchers in New York have been instructed not to use the work 'Ebola' over the radio. According to the New York Post, officials made the decision in an effort to minimize fear and panic since the radio channels are often monitored by civilians and the media. The Post reports that dispatchers have been instructed to use the code ‘F/T' when discussing callers that have a fever and have a history of travel to West Africa.
  • Mysterious Fake Cellphone Towers Are Intercepting Calls All Over The US

    09/04/2014 4:58:02 AM PDT · by wtd · 27 replies
    business insider ^ | Sept. 3, 2014 | Jack Dutton
    Seventeen fake cellphone towers were discovered across the U.S. last week, according to a report in Popular Science. Rather than offering you cellphone service, the [fake] towers appear to be connecting to nearby phones, bypassing their encryption, and either tapping calls or reading texts. [snip] Although it is unclear who owns the towers, ESD found that several of them were located near U.S. military bases.
  • Welcome to a government we’ll-tell-you-what-to-eat world

    07/20/2014 7:02:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/20/14 | Judi McLeod
    The supermarket ‘talking’ shopping cart Michelle Obama will use to push her over-the-top approved food list is a power push over unsuspecting masses, but would serve as the perfect replacement for her husband’s omnipresent rising sun logo. Six years ago, Barack Hussein Obama arrogantly made himself the rising sun in a logo by putting the sun under his stylized ‘O’, but his wife may have inadvertently come up with a better logo symbol to represent the empty life Barack Obama is bequeathing Americans: Michelle’s government-controlled supermarket shopping cart.
  • $15 RTL-SDR for Radio Monitoring on your PC

    04/03/2014 1:08:47 PM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 69 replies
    The Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 3 April 2014 | The Backwoods Engineer
    This post is of interest to ham radio operators, and also anyone who wishes to monitor NOAA weather radio, police, fire, EMS, aircraft, marine, and other radio traffic using a $15 receiver plugged into your laptop. The Chinese USB "dongles", originally intended to receive the Far East mobile television service, are being re-purposed as VHF/UHF receivers for many different modulation schemes and protocols.  The software to re-purpose them runs either on a PC (Win/Mac/Linux), or on a single-board computer like a Raspberry PI (Raspian Linux). At about US$15, Ol' Backwoods just had to have one. The RTL-SDR receives on...
  • Xerox 7655 Overview Picture (Obot claims to replicate Obama LFBC pdf w/floating signature)

    08/07/2013 6:29:11 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 1,057 replies
    The following image is a composite created by scanning the WH LFBC using Xerox WorkCentre 7655 upside down using the automatic feeder. The resulting file was opened in Preview, the image rotated 180 degrees and printed to PDF. The resulting PDF was opened in preview, the layers unlocked and moved to the side. In addition, a close up of the signature was ‘blown up’ to show how the background layer, not surprisingly, has filled in some of the white that resulted from the separation of the background and foreground layers. Note how for example the signature block is fully separated.
  • Public gets chance to comment on TSA's full-body scanners

    04/21/2013 5:36:21 PM PDT · by Jubal Harshaw · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 21, 2013 | Hugo Martin
    In response to a lawsuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit ... ordered the TSA to give the public a 90-day comment period, which the agency did not do when it launched the scanning program. The TSA began the comment period online in March, and so far it has been getting an average of 26 comments a day — nearly all of which blast the TSA and the scanners for a variety of reasons .... To add your comments, visit and type in the case code TSA-2013-0004.
  • TSA ends naked airport scanners contract after years of controversy

    01/18/2013 7:47:00 AM PST · by Veggie Todd · 51 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 1-18-13 | Unknown
    The US Transport and Security Administration (TSA) will remove all 174 of OSI Systems Inc. (OSIS)’s Rapiscan body scanners from airports, following serious concerns over their inability to protect the privacy of passengers.
  • How to Beat the TSA’s Pricey Nude Body Scanners (video)

    03/07/2012 3:24:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    moonbattery ^ | 3/7/12 | Dave Blount
    The government drones at the TSA must get a thrill out of looking at nude pictures with their new scanners, because they can’t possibly think the extravagantly expensive contraptions are keeping us safe. Let’s hope no Muslims have seen this video:
  • New TSA scanners disabled by water damage (Lubbock, Texas)

    02/22/2012 4:54:02 PM PST · by Army Air Corps · 12 replies
    KCBD News Channel 11 ^ | 22 February 2012 | KCBD Channel 11
    LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Transportation Security Administration unveiled new, less-invasive scanners last month, promising to keep up security while protecting passenger privacy. The new software used Automated Target Recognition technology to focus on the detection of unusual objects without showing a detailed image of the bodies being scanned. Now, less than a month later, the scanners are no longer working. The Aviation Director for the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport says they suffered water damage after a nearby air conditioning unit leaked on them. The TSA is currently determining whether to fix the scanners or to replace them entirely....
  • TSA Confiscates Pregnant Woman's Insulin, Ice Packs

    08/04/2011 10:20:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    7News ^ | August 4, 2011 | Marc Stewart
    Security Tells Woman Isulin Vial Was An Explosives Risk. Aaron Nieman is frustrated, after his pregnant wife's insulin and ice packs were confiscated by TSA screeners at Denver International Airport on Thursday afternoon. The couple has traveled around the world with her supplies and have never encountered any troubles before. "It made me feel upset and made me feel somewhat helpless," he said. His wife is traveling alone to a baby shower in Phoenix. She asked us not to use her name for fear of security and retaliation for speaking out.
  • TSA installing privacy-protection software in imaging machines (finally, something sensible)

    07/20/2011 10:37:41 AM PDT · by rawhide · 11 replies ^ | 7-20-11 | Kelly Yamanouchi
    Travelers will get more protection from prying eyes when going through security screening thanks to an upgrade to more imaging machines at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and many other airports around the country. TSA tested the software earlier this year on one machine at the Atlanta airport, as well as at airports in Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. The testing was successful and in the coming months the software will be rolled out to all similar machines at 40 airports, including all of the imaging machines at Hartsfield-Jackson. The $2.7 million software upgrade comes in the wake of an outcry over...
  • How Safe Are TSA's Porno Scanners? (A Detailed And Devestating Article)

    06/28/2011 10:33:51 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 32 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | 5/17/2011 | Julia Whitty
    UCSF researchers have some hard questions for White House science advisor John Holdren. An interesting new round in the airport scanner wars: Why won't TSA make its scanners available for independent scientific assessment - the same kind of assessment required for medical imaging machines? That's the question asked of White House science advisor John Holdren by five researchers at UC San Francisco and one at Arizona State University in a letter titled "There is Still no Rigorous Hard Data for the Safety of X-Ray Airport Passenger Scanners." [link at url]...
  • TSA 'ignored warnings' on cancer cluster

    06/28/2011 7:34:09 AM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies
    tgdaily ^ | June 28, 2011 | Kate Taylor
    The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) says it's got evidence that the Department of Homeland Security has failed to properly evaluate the level of risk from airport body scanners. Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the DHS, EPIC says it's obtained documents concerning the scanners' radiation risks, including agency emails, radiation studies, memoranda of agreement concerning radiation testing programs and the results of some radiation tests. EPIC says that TSA staff have been concerned that a large number of workers have been falling victim to cancer, strokes and heart disease. But the documents show that the TSA's response was simply...
  • Dubai says no to body scanners

    06/17/2011 11:23:08 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies
    The National ^ | 6/10/11 | Awad Mustafa
    DUBAI // Full-body scanners will not be introduced at Dubai International Airport, police have confirmed. Security teams will instead rely on well-trained personnel to provide screening, Brig Gen Ahmed bin Thani, the director of the Airport Security Department at Dubai Police, said yesterday. The airport had been considering purchasing the controversial machines - which create images of passengers' bodies through their clothing - as recently as December, when officials suggested they could be modified to protect privacy and health. However, Brig Gen Thani said that international standards adopted by the airport in 2007 were already adequate to ensure passenger safety....
  • New tests of U.S. airport scanners find radiation OK

    05/27/2011 12:43:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/27/11 | Jerome Pelofsky - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New tests of full-body scanners deployed at airports found that the radiation they emit was within acceptable levels, the Transportation Security Administration said on Tuesday after previous checks found some anomalies in results. The machines, which have provoked health concerns about excessive radiation exposure, have been deployed at dozens of airports to thwart attacks on the U.S. aviation system which has continued to be a prime target of al Qaeda militants. "The latest reports confirm previous testing and show that every backscatter unit currently used for passenger screening in U.S. airports is operating well within applicable national...