US Law Enforcement to Use Targeted Radiation Blasts to Conduct Warrantless Searches on Local Roads
Search technology used in Iraq and Afghanistan coming to an interstate near you.
American Science & Engineering, a company based in Billerica, Massachusetts, has sold U.S. and foreign government agencies more than 500 backscatter x-ray scanners mounted in vans that can be driven past neighboring vehicles to see their contents…
While the biggest buyer of AS&E’s machines over the last seven years has been the Department of Defense operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, Reiss says law enforcement agencies have also deployed the vans to search for vehicle-based bombs in the U.S. “This product is now the largest selling cargo and vehicle inspection system ever,” says Reiss.
Imagine the same controversial technology that is used in US airports now being used on the highway without notification.
The vans [are a] mobile version of the same scanning technique that’s riled privacy advocates as it’s been deployed in airports around the country.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) iscurrently suing the DHS to stop airport deployments of the backscatter scanners, which can reveal detailed images of human bodies…
“It’s no surprise that governments and vendors are very enthusiastic about [the vans],” says Marc Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC. “But from a privacy perspective, it’s one of the most intrusive technologies conceivable.”
(via Full-Body Scan Technology Deployed In Street-Roving Vans - Forbes)