Italy looking to abandon use of full body scanning technology at airports

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Published to Public Criticism on Sep 30, 2010

In Vito Riggio’s, the president of Italy’s aviation authority, own words, "We didn’t get good results from body scanners during testing, it takes a long time to examine a person, more than with a manual inspection."

While this is obviously good news to all concerned about this security measure the final decision on the use of the machines will be taken by a government commission.

We suspect further developments may arise as the motivations responsible for driving the introduction and use of these machines are heavily influenced by an interlocking nexus of corporate and political agendas. As we, and others, have long pointed out the security angle, so often quoted by the media and our so called leaders, is a blatant falsehood. Reassurances given regarding the non-storage of scanned images has been shown to be a lie. Security experts have demonstrated the ineffectiveness of the scanners to detect certain substances that could be used to conduct a terrorist attack. Even a spokesperson for Qinetiq, one of the companies involved in developing the scanner technology, has admitted it wouldn’t have detected the materials used by Abdulmutallab, the so-called underwear bomber.

All this when a traditional pat down style search would be much more effective, less costly and present far fewer risks to both staff and passengers. With that in mind, why roll out an approach to security that is obviously flawed and detrimental on so many levels? We think the answers may fall somewhere in the following areas.

Social conditioning from the war on terror propaganda, rampant islamaphobia, false flag terror attacks and vested interests from certain quarters all conspire to push the ‘need’ for these machines on a populace who are mostly unaware of the risks presented by their use.


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