Yes, the TSA’s $1 Billion Rapiscan Scanners Really Were Completely Worthless
But at least they got to see your grandma naked.
It should be evident enough with our porous Southern Border that the fear hyped from potential terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 9/11 is more a mechanism of societal control than a real, tangible threat.
But nothing has proven that more than a recent WIRED report into how completely useless those Rapiscan full body scanners the Transportation Security Administration had been using at airports up until last year — you know, the ones that showed off you and your grandmother and children’s private parts in fine detail for all of TSA to see — really are.
We live in a country where we have been force fed the official story that a group of hijackers with box cutters were able to take over airplanes, so we aren’t even allowed to get on one now without taking off our flip flops first because there might be bombs hidden in them. In addition, if we don’t want to get patted down by TSA’s finest, we have to go through radiating full body scanners, you know, just to make sure we aren’t hiding bombs in our underwear either.
Except those scanners, which were supposed to help protect the American people from rampant terrorists trying to board planes and kill us all everywhere which scanned people for nearly a decade at over 160 airports for a price tag of $1 billion don’t actually work.
You probably remember how blogger Jonathan Corbett published a YouTube video in 2012 that showed the entire world just how easy it was to slip weapons through those scanners and onto airplanes using a few very simple tricks. You may even remember how the TSA flatly denied that this video was accurate.
Well, tech mag WIRED recently reported that a security research team from the University of California at San Diego, the University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins were able to fool those scanners again…and again…and again, basically rendering them completely useless at their entire reason for existing in the first place.