Wednesday, November 28, 2012

DHS to Deploy New Scanners That Secretly Search From 50 Yards Away

{As mentioned in this blog two days ago (11/26/12) UN Global Gun Ban Flimflam, The UN unanimously passed the Global Firearms Ban on November 7, 2012 (the day after our election, with the knowledge that Obama was reelected, and no longer concerned about leaving office. He will most likely now be on board)

"...when the treaty was being deliberated in July, the United States was the only obstacle preventing the global arms control regulations from being imposed on the world."

 They will have this technology available to detect if you have firearms or ammunition in your home from over 150 feet away}

The full article:

Very soon the Department of Homeland Security won’t have to touch you to know everything it wants to know about you. Using a new laser-based scanner that fires a beam from about 164 feet, the government will be able to see everything it wants to see about your body, your clothes, and what’s in your suitcase. Reports indicate that the soon-to-be-deployed scanner is so powerful that it can detect everything from “what you had for breakfast to the adrenaline level in your body.”
And what’s the most frightening part about this long distance ├╝ber-powerful pat-down? You’ll never know it’s happening.
Mission accomplished. The bridge builders at In-Q-Tel have managed to find a company so innovative that it can secretly bypass the Fourth Amendment from more than 50 yards away.
Naturally, the government wants to get this device installed in airports and border crossings as soon as possible. Genia Photonics’ website claims that their product will allow agents to detect “drug mixtures, chemical and biological warfare (CBW), explosives and toxic spills…” before they become a threat to the homeland or to the agents themselves.
The beam used in this scanner is ten million times faster and one million times more sensitive than those currently in use. Imagine the possibilities of a tool so fast and so sensitive: no longer will the TSA be resigned to plucking one or two or even a dozen people out of a security line in the airport. Now, with the Genia Photonics laser, they can scan every single passenger and know so much more than just what he’s carrying. And again, the best part about it is that passengers will never be the wiser. They will never know that their very body chemistry is being monitored and recorded by agents working on behalf of the U.S. government.
Of course, DHS and TSA will not be satisfied with merely being able to quickly detect explosives, chemical, and biological weapons and now they won’t have to be. Reading straight from the promotional material produced by Genia Photonics, the new scanning method (called terahertz spectroscopy) can “ penetrate through many dielectric materials, such as clothing, paper, plastics, leather, wood and ceramics.”
Does one often carry wood and ceramics on board an airplane? No, but one certainly finds such objects in a home. Fortunately, for Homeland Security, their new little scanner is very portable and won’t be confined to use in airports or border patrol stations.
Take this bit of boasting from In-Q-Tel as evidence of the ultimate unconstitutional use of the device:
 An important benefit of Genia Photonics' implementation as compared to existing solutions is that the entire synchronized laser system is comprised in a single, robust and alignment-free unit that may be easily transported for use in many environments… This compact and robust laser has the ability to rapidly sweep wavelengths in any pattern and sequence.
Everyone everywhere will now be a potential target for this portable, powerful laser beam. From 164 feet the government can fire a laser beam that can penetrate wood (houses?) and detect important biological data about whatever (whoever) is inside.
 In order to understand how the scanner works, read this brief description provided by Gizmodo:
The machine is a mobile, rack-mountable system. It fires a laser to provide molecular-level feedback at distances of up to 50 meters in just picoseconds. For all intents and purposes, that means instantly.
The small, inconspicuous machine is attached to a computer running a program that will show the information in real time, from trace amounts of cocaine on your dollar bills to gunpowder residue on your shoes. Forget trying to sneak a bottle of water past security — they will be able to tell what you had for breakfast in an instant while you're walking down the hallway.
Basically, if Genia Photonics can deliver on their promises, there will be few places that the government cannot go and few things it cannot know. Imagine, for example, the private information that would become available to the government if were to attach one of these devices onto a drone? The unmanned aerial vehicle could carry the scanner to with 50 yards of a window or wall and instantly detect crucial biological information from anyone on the other side.
In another scenario, perhaps police cars will be fitted with the scanners and allow local law enforcement to patrol neighborhoods surreptitiously searching for otherwise undetectable traces of drugs or explosive material without the need for a pesky search warrant or probable cause.
So, as soon as November of this year, the government could be in possession of this scanner. A scanner that detects and stores information about you on the molecular level via high-frequency lasers aimed at your body from over 160 feet away. This data will be instantly delivered to the controller of the device who will then possess a range of information about you that includes a precise “genetic analysis” of your body — and you’ll never know you’ve been searched.

Observation without limits

There has so far been no discussion about the personal rights and privacy issues involved. Which "molecular tags" will they be scanning for? Who determines them? What are the threshold levels of this scanning? If you unknowingly stepped on the butt of someone's joint and are carrying a sugar-sized grain of cannabis like that unfortunate traveler currently in jail in Dubai, will you be arrested?
And, since it's extremely portable, will this technology extend beyond the airport or border crossings and into police cars, with officers looking for people on the street with increased levels of adrenaline in their system to detain in order to prevent potential violent outbursts? And will your car be scanned at stoplights for any trace amounts of suspicious substances? Would all this information be recorded anywhere?

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