Janet Napolitano, also knows as Big Sis, caught lying about full body scanning. Janet Napolitano is called Big Sis in reference to George Orwellâ€™s 1984, has been caught lying about more than one thing in her attempt to quell a huge public backlash against the full body scanning technology and more invasive pat-down procedures that are being implemented by the TSA in airports across the nation.
Big Sis wrote a propaganda piece that was published in USA Today that said the scanning machines are safe and that the pat-downs are discreet. She goes on to say that the machines have been independently evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and they all affirmed their safety. Every single claim made in Big Sisâ€™s article can disprove or discredited. Some are flat out lies.
Dr. Michael Love runs an X-ray lab at John Hopkins University and said that statistically speaking, someone is going to get skin cancer from the new X-ray machines. Many other scientists are speaking out, saying the body scanners are far from safe. John Sedat, a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at University of California told CNet that the machines have â€œmutagenic effectsâ€, and even went to far as to write a letter to the White House to point out the risks to children and elderly.
Big Sis was also caught lying about the scanners being effective. The use of the body scanners would not have prevented the Christmas Day bomber, and security experts said the devices are useless.
One of the biggest concerns of the public, including this author, is that first we were told that the private parts of people would be blurred, as well as the personâ€™s face. After months of research, the DHS/TSA changed their claim that yes, the scanners produce detailed images of a personâ€™s body parts, all parts, but they can not be saved or transmitted. But, this also is not true. There detailed images of men, women and children that have passed through the scanners and then printed or transmitted.
Another lie Big Sis told was that the pat-downs are discreet. But forcefully feeling around a womanâ€™s breast and other private parts, in full view of all other passengers waiting in line, is not discreet. Even the pilots and flight attendants are taking up issue with these pat-downs. Parents are especially looking for this procedure to be changed for children after being shocked at just how much the privates are grabbed and felt.
Big Sis was caught lying about a bunch of other things too, and this probably wonâ€™t be the end of it. Itâ€™s almost as if the terrorists have won, because Americans are now being violated, just because they want to go on vacation. Safety is important, but there is a line. Do you think that these new invasive pat-downs and the full-body X-ray machines go too far?