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Full-body scanners used on air passengers may damage human DNA

In researching the biological effects of the millimeter wave scanners used for whole body imaging at airports, NaturalNews has learned that the energy emitted by the machines may damage human DNA.
Full-body scanners used on air passengers may damage human DNA

Monday, January 11, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com

(NaturalNews) In researching the biological effects of the millimeter wave scanners used for whole body imaging at airports, NaturalNews has learned that the energy emitted by the machines may damage human DNA.

Millimeter wave machines represent one of two primary technologies currently being used for the "digital strip searches" being conducted at airports around the world. "The Transportation Security Administration utilizes two technologies to capture naked images of air travelers - backscatter x-ray technology and millimeter wave technology," reports the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a non-profit currently suing the U.S. government to stop these electronic strip searches. ( http://epic.org/privacy/airtravel/b...)

In order to generate the nude image of the human body, these machines emit terahertz photons -- high-frequency energy "particles" that can pass through clothing and body tissue.

The manufacturers of such machines claim they are perfectly safe and present no health risks, but a study conducted by Boian S. Alexandrov (and colleagues) at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico showed that these terahertz waves could "...unzip double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles in the double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication."

In layman's terms, any time you're talking about interfering with "gene expression" and "DNA replication," you're essentially talking about something that could be a risk to human health.


Never approved as safe for humans

"At first glance, it's easy to dismiss any notion that they can be damaging," reports TechnologyReview.com ( http://www.technologyreview.com/blo...). "But a new generation of cameras are set to appear that not only record terahertz waves but also bombard us with them. And if our exposure is set to increase, the question that urgently needs answering is what level of terahertz exposure is safe."

And yet no such long-term safety testing has ever been conducted by a third party. There have been no clinical trials indicating that multiple exposures to such terahertz waves, accumulated over a long period of time, are safe for humans. The FDA, in particular, has never granted its approval for any such devices even though these devices clearly qualify as "medical devices."

(If you try to sell an X-ray imaging device yourself, without FDA approval, you'll be arrested. So why do these TSA suppliers get away with selling human body imaging equipment that has never been adequately safety tested or approved by the FDA?)

The study cited in the TechnologyReview article mentioned above is visible at:  http://arxiv.org/abs/0910.5294

There, study authors conclude: "Based on our results we argue that a specific terahertz radiation exposure may significantly affect the natural dynamics of DNA, and thereby influence intricate molecular processes involved in gene expression and DNA replication."

In other words, millimeter wave scanning devices may damage your DNA.

Link to above article 12.Jan.2010 13:39

J.A. Simon

Link to above article:

Full-body scanners used on air passengers may damage human DNA
 http://www.naturalnews.com/027913_full-body_scanners_DNA.html

DC indymedia has some bad information on body scanners too 12.Jan.2010 23:15

SCAN THIS!

DC IMC SAYS THIS:
Announcement :: Civil Liberties/Constitution
Protest The Use Of Full Body Scanners! (and other hyper "security" measures)
Author

* Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS-SI-NYC)

Say NO to the use of full body scanners! Fight the racial profiling of targeting certain "terrorist-prone countries"! Resist the fearmongering and hysteria!
full body scans.jpg
We've all heard alot of talk lately about "heightening security" at
the airports. Well just want to say the members of Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS-SI-NYC) in coalition with other outraged activists, both locally and nationally, aren't having it.

WE ARE PLANNING PROTESTS AT LOCAL AIRPORTS.
AND WITH YOUR HELP, ON A NATIONAL BASIS.

The use of full body scanners is as invasive to our privacy as it is degrading to our dignity.
Targeting "terrorist prone counties" amounts to nothing less than racial profiling.
We aren't moved by pleas for increasing security against "terrorists".
We can't be convinced that even more abuses to our privacy rights are necessary for anyones safety.
We won't be bullied by government or media hysteria -- No matter how ratcheted up the fearmongering gets or how overheated the propaganda becomes.
We plan to make our voices heard,
and we'd like you to join in this campaign if you agree.

The government violates privacy rights and makes people jump thru' hoops enough under the pretext of security. But the right to privacy
is an inalienable human right. And our determination to protect that human right from increased intrusions is unshakeable.
We not only refuse to subject ourselves to full body scans, we reject their use altogether.
On any person, from any country, at any time!

THEY SAY, extra security screening of people from "terrorist prone
countries" will make everyone safer.
WE SAY, it's racist, and can't be allowed to stand. Not in our name.
THEY SAY, head-to-toe x-raying of the entire body, adults and children
alike, is "simply precautionary", "safeguarded", and "for our own
good".
WE SAY, we'd rather be blown to bits than to live in a world where racial profiling was the norm, and dehumanizing violations of our right to privacy, accepted.

Full body scans are nothing less than virtual strip searches.
All human beings have a right to be secure in their person, and no
amount of fearmongering should be able to strip that right away!

***************************************

Send us an email at movementforademocraticsociety (at) gmail.com
for more information on how you can participate, help plan and organize
protests now.

If you'd like to engage in discussion, join the Google Group, "ScanThis", at
www.facebook.com/l/a65c8;groups.google.com/group/scanthis
Our protest group is as yet unnamed, but our discussions begin immediately.

And look for the low volume Riseup list when it becomes active to receive
digest updates
and action announcements.


Comments
Re: Protest The Use Of Full Body Scanners! (and other hyper "security" measures)
12 Jan 2010
by MDS
Correct link for the Google Group should be,

 http://groups.google.com/group/scanthis

DC IMC ARTICLE:  http://dc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/148460/index.php

electronic strip searches 12.Jan.2010 23:18

SCAN THIS!

This is what a woman looks like from a full body scan.

More Information on Body Scanners 12.Jan.2010 23:39

Ben Waiting benwaiting_is@joe-anybody.com

 http://epic.org/
EPIC has lots of good privacy information


Here is the Tiny URL Link for the EPIC page that has lots of information regarding this topic of "body scanners"

 http://tiny.cc/iF9x3

then don't fly so much 12.Jan.2010 23:57

but that's just me...

I don't really care if a bunch of rich people get damaged DNA.