August 4, 2010

US MARSHALS SERVICE ADMITS STORING 35,000 NAKED BODY SCANS OF PEOPLE ENTERING US COURTHOUSES

CNET - For the last few years, federal agencies have defended body scanning by insisting that all images will be discarded as soon as they're viewed. The Transportation Security Administration claimed last summer, for instance, that "scanned images cannot be stored or recorded."

Now it turns out that some police agencies are storing the controversial images after all. The U.S. Marshals Service admitted this week that it had surreptitiously saved tens of thousands of images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group, has filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to grant an immediate injunction pulling the plug on TSA's body scanning program. . .

William Bordley, an associate general counsel with the Marshals Service, acknowledged in the letter that "approximately 35,314 images...have been stored on the Brijot Gen2 machine" used in the Orlando, Fla. federal courthouse.

3 comments:

m said...

Is anyone surprised that the scans provide anatomical detail, and that they are saved? When does your government not save every data point that it can collect?

We can only assume that the images of those under 18 are being passed onto the Department of Defense. Some pedophiles at the DOD have been known by management since 2002 to be active in their crimes on DOD computer networks.

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/07/23/pentagon_workers_tied_to_child_porn/

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