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TSA Puts Off Safety Study of X-ray Body Scanners
Posted By admin On November 16, 2011 @ 2:05 pm In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The head of the Transportation Security Administration has backed off a public commitment to conduct a new independent study of X-ray body scanners used at airport security lanes around the country.
Earlier this month, a ProPublica/PBS NewsHour investigation found that the TSA had glossed over research  that the X-ray scanners could lead to a small number of cancer cases. The scanners emit low levels of ionizing radiation, which has been shown to damage DNA. In addition, several safety reviewers who initially advised the government on the scanners said they had concerns about the machines being used, as they are today, on millions of airline passengers.
At a Senate hearing after the story ran, TSA Administrator John Pistole agreed to a request by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, to conduct a new independent study  of the health effects of the X-ray scanners, also known as backscatters.
But at a Senate hearing  of a different committee last week, Pistole said he had since received a draft report on the machines by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general, or IG, that might render the independent study unnecessary.
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URLs in this post:
 ProPublica: http://www.propublica.org/article/tsa-puts-off-safety-study-of-x-ray-body-scanners
 TSA had glossed over research: http://www.propublica.org/article/u.s.-government-glossed-over-cancer-concerns-as-it-rolled-out-airport-x-ray
 conduct a new independent study: http://www.propublica.org/article/tsa-to-conduct-new-study-of-x-ray-body-scanners
 Senate hearing: http://commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Hearings&ContentRecord_id=8f993bd4-ecf6-43d6-af68-54798fcbeb0f&ContentType_id=14f995b9-dfa5-407a-9d35-56cc7152a7ed&Group_id=b06c39af-e033-4cba-9221-de668ca1978a
 TSA Backs Off Independent X-Ray Scanner Safety Test Knowing Truth Came Out in 1998: http://www.prisonplanet.com/tsa-backs-off-independent-x-ray-scanner-safety-test-knowing-truth-came-out-in-1998.html
 Another Bogus “Study” Claims Irradiating TSA Body Scanners Are Safe: http://www.prisonplanet.com/another-bogus-study-claims-irradiating-tsa-body-scanners-are-safe.html
 TSA pulls naked body scanners out of key airports; still refuses to submit to third-party safety testing: http://www.prisonplanet.com/tsa-pulls-naked-body-scanners-out-of-key-airports-still-refuses-to-submit-to-third-party-safety-testing.html
 Cancer? No Thanks: Half Of Americans Want X-ray Body Scanners Scrapped: http://www.prisonplanet.com/cancer-no-thanks-half-of-americans-want-x-ray-body-scanners-scrapped.html
 More Lies? TSA Says It Will Commission Independent Body Scanner Health Study: http://www.prisonplanet.com/more-lies-tsa-says-it-will-commission-independent-body-scanner-health-study.html
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