It’s Not Safe For Your Safety

Remember the mobile body scanners that the Department of Motherland Homeland Security (DHS) developed and deployed? If not an article about the machines can be found here. Basically they’re vans with integrated x-ray devices that drive around and look inside of other vehicles. Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center we now know that the mobile body scanners produce too much radiation to be declared people safe. One of the retrieved documents [PDF] states the following:

Yet the DHS authorized these vehicles to drive around cities exposing anybody who the vans pass by to doses of radiation too high to certify the device as a people scanner. Remember these vans are for your own good and we need them to keep you safe. If you don’t like being exposed to high doses of radiation then you must be a terrorist!