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Government using mobile x-ray scanners to spy on people in their homes

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August 31, 2010 (Source: Homeland Security Newswire)

Inspection with van mounted scanner // Source:

Inspection with van mounted scanner // Source:

Massachusetts-based American Science & Engineering is selling van-mounted backscatter X-ray detection system to law enforcement; these vans can be driven past neighboring vehicles to see their contents.

As the privacy controversy around full-body security scans continues to grow, you should note that courthouses and airport security checkpoints are not the only places where backscatter X-ray vision is being deployed. The same technology, capable of seeing through clothes and walls, has also been rolling out on U.S. streets.

Joe Reiss, a vice president of marketing at Billerica, Massachusetts-based American Science & Engineering, told Andy Greenberg of Forbes that the company has sold U.S. and foreign government agencies more than 500 backscatter X-ray scanners mounted in vans. These vans can be driven past neighboring vehicles to see their contents. While the biggest buyer of AS&E’s machines over the last seven years has been the Department of Defense operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, Reiss says law enforcement agencies have also deployed the vans to search for vehicle-based bombs in the United States.

“This product is now the largest selling cargo and vehicle inspection system ever,” says Reiss.

The Z Backscatter Vans, or ZBVs, as the company calls them, bounce a narrow stream of X-rays off and through nearby objects, and read which ones come back. Absorbed rays indicate dense material such as steel. Scattered rays indicate less-dense objects that can include explosives, drugs, or human bodies. That capability makes them powerful tools for security, law enforcement, and border control.

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Written by familysurvivalhealth

October 21, 2010 at 10:49 am

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  1. Has anyone thought about how much radiation innocent people will be subjected to???? Its not right and we should sue to keep them from being used due to public safety concerns. I don’t need the radiation and cancer risk!


    October 26, 2010 at 7:49 pm

  2. These xray vans will do more harm than good…


    October 26, 2010 at 7:50 pm

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