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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Did anyone actually read the articles?
by ferrels on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 02:32 UTC
ferrels
Member since:
2006-08-15

Mr. Fosdisk's story is just another fine example of "crap" journalism and scare tactics to grab attention. His link to one of the Forbe's articles is dated Sept. 2010! The DHS has been using this technology at US ports of entry for years now, well prior to 2010 or December 2011. And they have no intention of roving America's streets with this technology as his headline so mistakenly suggests. We actually have laws against such things here in the US which he so conveniently decided to leave out of his article.

Edited 2011-12-03 02:32 UTC

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marcus0263 Member since:
2007-06-02

We actually have laws against such things here in the US which he so conveniently decided to leave out of his article.


The problem is the U.S. Government doesn't care let alone abide by the rule of law. We in the U.S. have the illusion of Freedom and self govern. Latest example is the new defense bill that would allow the US military to detain American citizens indefinitely.

Direct violation of Posse Comitatus and Habeas Corpus.

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benali72 Member since:
2008-05-03

You say "And they have no intention of roving America's streets with this technology as his headline so mistakenly suggests."

But the second Forbes article states "..the company says law enforcement agencies have also been using them domestically, deploying the roving scanners to search for vehicle-based roadside bombs in American cities."

Please read the articles yourself before casting aspersions at others.

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ferrels Member since:
2006-08-15

Well, I happen to live here in the US and just because someone wrote something down doesn't make it true. I can assure you that the article you're referring to is false. Those vans are not being used to scan for roadside bombs in ANY American city. And even if they were, what's wrong with that? If there was a suspected bomb in a van parked next to a school or playground I'd think the responsible thing to do would be to check it out. So yes, I WILL cast my aspersion on those who refuse to read articles which make no mention of roving the streets to scan cars for those having sex OR planting roadside bombs. From the looks of the responses here, maybe 5 people actually took the time to read the articles, old as they are. The others respondents are just feeding off the disinformation thrown around by the others who didn't read the articles and the sensationalism of Fosdick's headline. As for ridiculous bills submitted thru Congress or the Senate, that happens all the time. Just because it's submitted for vote doesn't mean that it will be enacted into law.

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