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Lockheed Martin Wins $72 Million Contract To Install Body Scanners
Posted By admin On July 29, 2011 @ 4:32 am In Featured Stories,News In Focus,Paul Watson Articles,Tile | Comments Disabled
TSA to continue using radiation-firing devices despite availability of safe alternative
Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, July 29, 2011
Even as the US economy teeters on the brink of default, the federal government has handed a $72 million dollar contract to defense contractor Lockheed Martin to install radiation-firing body scanners at 300 more airports across the east and central United States, despite the availability of devices that do not rely on radiation to function.
“Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has been awarded two regional task orders totalling $72 million to help TSA integrate and deploy new passenger screening and security equipment at airports across the east and central United States,” states the press release. 
The defense contractor is virtually tied at the hip with the U.S. government, receiving tens of billions of dollars in contracts every year, and has a substantial lobbying budget which is used to support  Congress members and Senators who “advocate national defense and relevant business issues.”
Despite the TSA’s recent announcement that it plans to install a “privacy friendly” software update that will dispense with images that show intricate details of a person’s naked body, the devices will continue to use radiation in order to function.
This is a completely unnecessary health risk given the fact that Sony Corporation is already using scanners  that don’t rely on any form of energy being fired into the body to work, instead using “passive energy” to produce an image that also shows a generic outline of a person’s body.
In addition, Australian airports have begun trialing body scanning technology  that neither emits any form of radiation, nor produces a naked image of the person passing through it.
The $72 million Lockheed Martin contract only mentions software upgrades to existing Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) devices, the company will not be developing body scanners that protect travelers from health threats that have been identified by numerous prestigious scientific bodies.
Numerous highly respected universities and health bodies, including Johns Hopkins , Columbia University , the University of California , and the Inter-Agency Committee on Radiation Safety , have all warned that the health threat posed by the scanners has not been properly studied and could lead to increased cancer rates.
Despite the TSA lying  in claiming that Johns Hopkins had verified the safety of the scanners, Dr Michael Love, who runs an X-ray lab at the department of biophysics and biophysical chemistry at the Johns Hopkins school of medicine, has publicly warned  that “statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays”.
A study conducted last year  by Dr David Brenner, head of Columbia University’s center for radiological research, also found that the body scanners are likely to lead to an increase in a common type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma, which affects the head and neck.
As we reported earlier this month , leaked documents published by the Electronic Privacy Information Center revealed how TSA workers became concerned over a “cancer cluster” amongst screening agents at Boston Logan International Airport, and how the federal agency tried to cover-up the complaints.
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 states the press release.: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/28/3801458/lockheed-martin-awarded-72m-to.html
 which is used to support: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/investor/corporate_governance/PoliticalDisclosures.html
 Sony Corporation is already using scanners: http://www.prisonplanet.com/exclusive-sony-forces-employees-to-submit-to-body-scanners.html
 Australian airports have begun trialing body scanning technology: http://www.prisonplanet.com/australian-airports-to-test-non-irradiating-body-scanners.html
 Johns Hopkins: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h08khPyFPinX_4vNYd1JZwn8hV4Q?docId=CNG.442824fa7c08853af96322d7315a6f02.461
 Columbia University: http://www.prisonplanet.com/columbia-university-body-scanners-increase-risk-of-skin-cancer.html
 University of California: http://stoptsascanners.blogspot.com/2011/05/scientists-letter-to-john-holdren.html
 Inter-Agency Committee on Radiation Safety: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aoG.YbbvnkzU&pos=11
 Despite the TSA lying: http://www.prisonplanet.com/tsa-repeats-same-lies-about-safety-of-body-scanners.html
 As we reported earlier this month: http://www.prisonplanet.com/cancer-surges-in-body-scanner-operators-tsa-launches-cover-up.html
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 Naked body scanners may be dangerous: scientists: http://www.prisonplanet.com/naked-body-scanners-may-be-dangerous-scientists.html
 “Less Invasive” TSA Body Scanners Do Nothing To Address Radiation Risk: http://www.prisonplanet.com/less-invasive-tsa-body-scanners-do-nothing-to-address-radiation-risk.html
 The TSA Is Not Eliminating X-Ray Body Scanners: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-tsa-is-not-eliminating-x-ray-body-scanners.html
 Naked body scanners could be soon be in all UK airports after EU ruled they are safe: http://www.prisonplanet.com/naked-body-scanners-could-be-soon-be-in-all-uk-airports-after-eu-ruled-they-are-safe.html
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