Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 12:12 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption If you're modest, think twice before having sex in your van, truck, or RV. Law enforcement uses roving vans with backscatter X-ray technology to peer inside vehicles (the same technology used in airport body scanners). In the Land of the Free, authorities don't request search warrants. More at Forbes here and here. What, you don't want an X-ray bath?
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RE: Radiation?
by Neolander on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 20:52 UTC in reply to "Radiation?"
Neolander
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Well, spontaneously, I'd say that it depends on the x-ray dose. Ordinary radiography doses should remain pretty much harmless as long as exposure remains exceptional.

The problem is that metals only weakly transmit most electromagnetic waves, absorbing and reflecting most of them. If this is also true of x-rays (which I don't remember), it means that what is a safe dose for people fornicating inside a car could be highly harmful for an unprotected pedestrian passing by near the police van.

And in any case, sending ionizing radiation on people without their consent is simply not right, no matter if it should have no averse health effect on most people.

Edited 2011-12-02 20:53 UTC

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