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  •  I expect the report to be buried... (1+ / 0-)
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    white blitz

    Or "the debate is still out there" a la climate change when it comes back saying backscatter machines should never have been made.

    •  It is a sticky situation (3+ / 0-)
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      If the NAS report is very negative and states there is an increased risk of cancer (even minimal...like 1 in a million), DHS is in a bad spot.  They are on record saying these machines are safe.  My guess is they will be continued to be quietly redeployed and then will just kind of disappear over the next few years.  Millimeter wave scanners have won the battle of the technologies.  

      Does anyone remember the machines at airports that used air puffs to detect trace chemical compounds?  You had to stand in it and it would analyze one side of your body at a time.  They were in many airports and they disappeared very quickly and quietly because the technology didn't function properly in "real world environments."

      "When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along." --Carl Sandburg

      by Mote Dai on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 07:14:36 AM PST

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      •  There were so many "get rich quick" schemes (5+ / 0-)
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        after 9-11.  I recall reading about so many of these companies lining up with their lobbyists in DC trying to sell DHS and Congress on the latest gadget or subcontracting scheme.  

        Airport security became a billion dollar industry virtually overnight. Congress was just throwing money at it without looking closely at quality or effectiveness or need.

        Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

        by Betty Pinson on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 07:33:33 AM PST

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        •  The perception of "doing something" (0+ / 0-)

          There are many times when the government acts in the way you described because the public demands that it "do something."  The problem, as you mentioned, is that sometimes the "something" is inefficient, poorly conceived, and expensive.  And the charlatans come out of the woodwork with promises of grand schemes.

          "When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along." --Carl Sandburg

          by Mote Dai on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 08:27:13 AM PST

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