Appalled

/. brought this story of a woman who was arrested for denying TSA permission to either body-scan or physically examine her child.

A notable bit from that story is this:

“(She) told me in a very stern voice with quite a bit of attitude that they were not going through that X-ray,” Sabrina Birge, an airport security officer, told police.

“No, it’s not an X-ray,” she told Abbott. “It is 10,000 times safer than your cell phone and uses the same type of radio waves as a sonogram.”

So why is it okay for Federal employees to lie to the public?

Let’s assume for a moment that we’re dealing with a millimeter-wave scanner rather than the X-ray backscatter machine. Given that the resonant frequency of free oxygen and water is within the millimeter spectrum (and the USAF has weaponized this), how in the world would this particular employee be in a position to opine on the actual medical effects of the scanner? Worse, check out the lies in the form of pictures which the TSA have posted (the image to which I refer is the first one, which attempts to show relative energy densities of RF radiation, but manages to do so without reference to any sort of scale, or the fact that the actual frequencies involved are in fact different, and thus have different effects on the body. Further, the inverse-square law still applies, so having transmitters closer to your body makes them a LOT stronger, and of course, I’m not aware of the “everyday activities” which involve being right up close to a transmitter.

And of course, none of that actually matters. The important part of this is the intrusion on personal privacy for no actual security benefit. Given the now long and storied history of TSA abuse, a mother who is uncompliant in this matter is fulfilling her role as guardian of her children.

It is appalling to me that we Americans are trading our birthright of freedom for a mess of security-theatre pottage.

About thegameiam
I'm a network engineer, musician, and Orthodox Jew who opines on things which cross my path.

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