Yikes! Like any technology we have privacy issues to discuss and this article brings up some interesting potential rules as far as use. If someone steps on a joint and it’s on the bottom of their shoe just from walking somewhere, will that person be arrested? They shouldn’t be but how far will this go. Great that it can detect gun power and the undesirable stuff we don’t want but again how far will it go? What if you have a trace of cocaine on your dollar bill that the convenience store gave you with change? We all know and have read how many items of currency have been tainted with the drug and there’s tons of them out there. As far as the weed on the shoe, this already happened in Dubai and they guy went to jail as there was a microscopic speck of cannabis stuck the bottom of one of his shoes.
The scanners have been developed by the CIA and Homeland Security with that chief that doesn’t use email will know all about you. The units are portable and can be moved around so this item will probably appear in more than just airports as it could be on a bus, train, sporting event, a mall and even a hospital for that matter. It can detect increased levels of adrenaline in your system. Airports may have them as soon as next year 2013. When you stop and think about it knowing what you just ate, maybe be even be able to tell if you recently had sex? Drug metabolites in urine can be found in less than a second. Also they state their products can be used to detect counterfeit drugs and the observation could be done remotely.
The company is also involved with biotech scanning products to be used for research and development so I am not sure exactly other than using in a lab for molecular content to be determined at a distance, exactly what else it would do, but at any rate be ready for this one to appear at airports and other places soon and we don’t know how much of the data will be stored. BD
If you thought the x-ray scanners at the airport were bad, wait until you find out that TSA employees will soon know what you had for breakfast and how pumped you are to sit on a plane for twelve hours.
Unfortunately, you won’t know what they know, because Homeland Security’s new toy is capable of detecting every molecule on your person from over 164 feet (50 meters) away—without your permission.
“Within the next year or two, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will instantly know everything about your body, clothes, and luggage with a new laser-based molecular scanner fired from 164 feet (50 meters) away. From traces of drugs or gun powder on your clothes to what you had for breakfast to the adrenaline level in your body—agents will be able to get any information they want without even touching you,” reports Gizmodo.
The scanner was developed by Genia Photonics before being subcontracted by In-Q-Tel, a company founded in 1999 “by a group of private citizens at the request of the Director of the CIA and the support of the U.S. Congress.” Although the technology is not new, In-Q-Tel made it exponentially faster and more convenient to use—which has its own implications.