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Thursday, June 30, 2011

TSA Agents: Body Scanners Gave Us Cancer

Picture above is a common type of skin cancer (called basal cell carcinoma) that TSA agents in Boston may have contracted as a result of repeated exposure to the TSA's poorly-tested and controversial naked body scanners. TIME Magazine reports:

Could radiation from full-body scanners be responsible for a "cancer cluster" among airport security workers? That's what Transportation Security Administration union representatives in Boston have claimed.

Now, the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has obtained documents from the Department of Homeland Security, which EPIC says provide evidence that the government failed to properly test the safety of full-body scanners at airports, and dismissed concerns from airport agents about excessive exposure to the machines' radiation.

The documents, which include emails, radiation test results and radiation studies, were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by EPIC and released on June 24. The advocacy group says they indicate that Homeland Security "publicly mischaracterized" safety findings by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), by suggesting that NIST had "affirmed the safety" of full body scanners.

The government lied to us again? No way! And made us less safe and less healthy because of their lies? Unbelievable!

Hat tip: The Daily Paul