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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-28-11 08:46 PM
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Cancer Clusters Among TSA Workforce (Potential Risk From Scanners?)
Edited on Tue Jun-28-11 09:04 PM by KittyWampus
I don't know if simply going through a scanner once or twice every so often bothers me as a radiation risk. But the workforce who have to be around it might be facing a much higher risk factor.


TSA 'ignored warnings' on cancer cluster
Posted on Jun 28th 2011 by Kate Taylor

http://www.tgdaily.com/hardware-features/56899-tsa-igno...

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) says it's got evidence that the Department of Homeland Security has failed to properly evaluate the level of risk from airport body scanners.

In a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the DHS, EPIC says it's obtained documents concerning the scanners' radiation risks, including agency emails, radiation studies, memoranda of agreement concerning radiation testing programs and the results of some radiation tests.

EPIC says that TSA staff have been concerned that a large number of workers have been falling victim to cancer, strokes and heart disease. But the documents show that the TSA's response was simply to tell them: "Because TSA systems comply with federal regulations, the increased risk of developing radiation-induced cancer in later life is extremely small, no greater than other risks people routinely accept in their daily lives".

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TSA Workers Fear Radiation Dangers From Scanners

http://wusa9.com/news/article/156513/373/TSA-Workers-Fe...

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) --- After wading through documents he secured with a Freedom Of Information Act filing, the Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Marc Rotenberg told 9NEWS NOW, "We think that the Department of Homeland Security has not been forthcoming with the public about the true extent of radiation risk with the airport body scanners."

The release of new documents follows concerns of TSA workers that they are being exposed to dangerous levels of radiation as they conduct the screenings. Union representatives in Boston cite an increase in cancer cases among the TSA workforce there and have asked the agency to allow its members to wear radiation monitoring devices.

Some scientists do not trust the agency's science. In a letter to President Obama's Science Advisor, several University of California professors conclude: "There is still no rigorous, hard, data for the safety of x-ray airport passenger scanners."

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"It's one branch of government that's made the decision to deploy these devices and it's the same branch of government which is evaluating its own program. That's a recipe for a problem," Rotenberg said.



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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-28-11 08:48 PM
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1. I wonder if the data is broken down into the 2 types of scanners.
If this increase is scanner related, there should be a difference in the types.
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-28-11 08:54 PM
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3. Reading a bunch of articles- 0ne suggested basal cell carcinoma on face/head
might be most likely.
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dogmoma56 Donating Member (329 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-28-11 08:51 PM
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2. just Karma from terrorizing old women and children.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-28-11 09:03 PM
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4. Move along. Nothing to see here. Rich people must get richer off the scanners.
Radiation be damned.

After all, what does the govt care about TSA workers? It's most important to rake in those buckos that make rich people richer.
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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-28-11 09:03 PM
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5. Here is a link to the FOIA documents EPIC got
http://epic.org/privacy/airtravel/backscatter/epic_v_dh...

At the bottom of the page the documents are linked.

A few things I see that are odd. First, this increase only seems to be at Logan airport, the first article makes it seem as though it is everywhere, the second article gets it right. Second, I see no mention of stroke or heart disease... and how would a scanner cause those anyway? (what is a stroke? a blood clot? or something else?).
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-28-11 09:05 PM
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7. I just put a question mark into the title. Hope more info comes to light.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-28-11 09:04 PM
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6. the risk was reported before they were installed
every rule was broken to get these machines sold to the government.
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GoneOffShore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-28-11 09:09 PM
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8. And the TSA Cheerleading Squad will tell you that
The scanners are "safe" because the TSA says so.

But the blue shirted clerks aren't allowed to wear dosimeters. And now we're learning why.

Yet another experiment being conducted on the population by moneyed interests masquerading as a government agency.

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noise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-28-11 09:09 PM
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9. This sort of tin foil conspiracy makes the left look bad
Edited on Tue Jun-28-11 09:10 PM by noise
and reinforces all the communist/socialist antibusiness stereotypes.

There isn't a chance in the world that these fantastic devices were implemented with anything but 100% good faith.

:sarcasm:
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-28-11 09:19 PM
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10. There are times when saying "I told you so" probably isn't appropriate.
Like when someone gets a terminal illness. Still...
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GoneOffShore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-28-11 09:41 PM
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11. And it looks the TSA clerks are the first to come down with something.
Next will be passengers - but because the timeline is long, they won't be able to sue Chertoff and L-3.

Oh well. At least they'll have flown without being blown out of the sky. :sarcasm:

And they'll remember the TSA grope with some sort of fondness.
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peopleb4money Donating Member (206 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-28-11 10:15 PM
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12. They aren't even letting third parties test for radiation.
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peopleb4money Donating Member (206 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-28-11 10:19 PM
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13. Can someone just take some instrument into an airport and actually measure the levels?
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Politicalboi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-28-11 10:29 PM
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14. Collateral Damage I suppose
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Liquorice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-28-11 10:35 PM
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15. I wonder if cancer from radiation exposure would show up so quickly. I thought
it took quite a while for that to show up. Maybe it's some other work-related exposure causing the clusters? I do think they should be wearing radiation monitoring devices however.
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