Thursday, February 17, 2011

Austinite challenges scanner safety

The Washington Examiner (a widely-read free paper, I believe) has a layman's plea for more caution about scanner safety. An excerpt:
One of the most unfortunate aspects of the TSA scanner controversy is that the technical specs of the scanners have not been made available to the public. Nor, to my knowledge, are scanners being made available for independent testing. We’re simply supposed to trust the word of the TSA, the FDA, and hand-picked radiation “experts” that the scanners are safe. This lack of transparency (no pun) is both frightening and illiberal considering the dangers these machines could pose to public health. At the moment, these machines are ‘black boxes.’