Friday, September 2, 2011
EPIC has obtained more than one hundred fifty pages of documents  detailing the Department of Homeland Security’s development of mobile body scanners and other crowd surveillance technology.
The documents were obtained as a result of a Freedom Information Act lawsuit  brought by EPIC against the federal agency. According to the documents obtained by EPIC, vehicles equipped with mobile body scanners are designed to scan crowds and pedestrians on the street and can see through bags, clothing, and even other vehicles.
The documents  also reveal that the mobile backscatter machines cannot be American National Standards Institute “certified people scanners” because of the high level of radiation output and because subjects would not know they have been scanned.
For more information see EPIC: Whole Body Imaging Technology  and EPIC: EPIC v. DHS (Suspension of the Body Scanner Program) .