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Big Brother’s Body-Invading Lasers

July 13, 2012 by  

Big Brother’s Body-Invading Lasers
GENIA
Laser systems like this may soon analyze your body on behalf of Big Brother.

Would you be comfortable if someone standing more 100 feet from you had the ability to extract information from the most personal space you will ever know, your own body, without your consent or knowledge?

Within the next two years, the snoops and nannies working for the Department of Homeland Security may have the technology to be able to do just that with the help of a laser-based molecular scanner currently being developed. The scanner will reportedly be capable of discerning everything from what you are concealing in your clothing or what residues may be on your garments, to freakishly intimate details like what you ate for breakfast, if there are drugs in your system or what your adrenaline levels are. All of these things could also be determined in real time by the gadgets.

The technology is being developed for the agency by In-Q-Tel, a private firm that acts as the “bridge” between the CIA and new technology companies to develop surveillance technology for government spying.

The laser scanner was created by the firm Genia Photonics, which specializes in creating laser scanning devices for biomedical applications, research and security.

Once fully developed, the devices will reportedly be introduced to airports, public places and border crossings and will likely be welcomed by travelers as a much less intrusive alternative to Transportation Security Administration groping. But the consequence will be a nearly absolute guarantee of the loss of personal privacy in places equipped with the scanners.

Some of the capabilities of Genia laser products:

They “can penetrate through many dielectric materials, such as clothing, paper, plastics, leather, wood and ceramics” to create an image. This could mean that nothing on your person remains private when you are within range of a scanner.

They can be used to conduct “sensitive and selective rapid identification of substances such as drug mixtures, chemical and biological warfare (CBW), explosives and toxic spills in field while adapting a non-contact approach to the hazard.” Have you ingested any substance of which Big Brother would not approve in the past few hours?

The laser scanners are small and inconspicuous and are capable of sending nearly instant analytic results to a computer equipped with a program that reads the results of the scan.

In-Q-Tel says that “an important benefit of Genia Photonics’ implementation as compared to existing solutions is that the entire synchronized laser system is comprised in a single, robust and alignment-free unit that may be easily transported for use in many environments… This compact and robust laser has the ability to rapidly sweep wavelengths in any pattern and sequence.”

Because of its portability, the technology could become common equipment for patrol officers or be located in all public areas if it becomes accepted by the public.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Steve

    Sounds like BS to me. Marketing is a wonderful thing when used properly, this isn’t one of those times.

    • Robert Smith

      Privacy is a relatively recent concept. Mankind evolved in small groups that were together 100% of the time. They knew eachother without boundries.

      Now we mostly keep “secrets” because of some minor social disapproval if it got out. Drugs, sex with the “wrong” person (sex with kids is always wrong), or a belief that isn’t in lockstep with the majority.

      It is rare that an individual needs to be stopped from doing harm. Sadly while finding those who will do harm everyone else has the bogus social preshures inflicted upon them.

      If it weren’t for so many who are willing to judge others privacy wouldn’t be such an issue.

      Rob

      • MNIce

        I’ve seen the evolution myth used to justify all sorts of atrocious ideas from eugenics to racism – now you’re using it to justify taking away our God-given right to liberty. Why do we permit this evil religion in our public school curriculum?

      • FreedomFighter

        Looks like evolved totalitarian control to me.

        Laus Deo
        Semper Fi

      • Robert Smith

        Like I said, if there wasn’t a cadry of nuts who wants to control others and judge others privacy wouldn’t be so necessary as it is in the modern world.

        BTW, remember, if you are going to judge others you will be judged yourself.

        Rob

      • FreedomFighter

        We all make judgements of others evey day, we judge intent, actions, results, words, meanings and all else someone presents, and we do it to judge whom we are interfacing with.

        Judgement is referance I believe of life and death and law…keep BS to self Rob.

        In this case, the lasers are a tool to suppress, intimidate, control population, and if used by police will be used to fine and jail — make money for the state, its all about taking your money and nothing to do with safety.

        Laus Deo
        Semper Fi

      • Steve E

        Privacy NOT is a relatively recent concept. Pilgrims and Baptist use to always go behind the barn to have a drink.

      • restorefreedom

        What happened to just minding your own business. Prime example Mayor Bloomberg the commie.

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

        Robert: Like I said, if there wasn’t a cadry of nuts who wants to control others and judge others privacy wouldn’t be so necessary as it is in the modern world. Hopefully, some will be able to make some sense out of what i just said, as i find myself somewhat at a loss to understand what i just said, much less, make sense of it. Oh well, at least i try…dumb dee dumb dum dum….

  • Sirian

    In many regards this could be a very helpful new technology. But as so many others it can also be a true hindrance and blatant intrusion upon our freedom. We continue getting closer and closer to Star Trek level technologies. If only it will be put to good use in a variety of different professions instead of the exact opposite. It appears as though that has or very soon will become that which we will not need at all.

  • http://gravatar.com/thenaturenurd Craig

    Everything can be abused if in the wrong hands sounds like a great tool for police officers.

  • dan

    Could be a psy-op but then X-rays are just high frequency energy and the increasing sensitivity of and differentiation of data combined with processing speeds….
    in my expert opinion,it’s not only possible but probable….good thing I have nothing to hide and no political enemies…..ooops !
    If everyone is guilty then no-one is guilty…and I like the medical and humanitarian aspects

  • http://CenturyLink Mr. Walker

    What would the laser do to the eyes? Could the laser make a person Blind?

    • MNIce

      That depends on whether there is enough incident energy to injure the retina. Eye-safe lasers have a very low power per unit area of the beam spot (low intensity). There is also a wavelength factor – is it terahertz, infrared, visible or ultraviolet? My guess is it would be terahertz or longer wavelength infrared; the shorter wavelengths would not go through walls. I very much doubt it is X-ray; it is very challenging to make an X-ray laser, and the beam would be physiologically too dangerous for anything but medical radiation treatment unless it has very low intensity.

  • scared

    Yes all the wonders of being able to read us but no side effects or dangers mentioned. Just at an airport near you soon and who knows where else. For medical reasons they say too. Oi wouldn’t want to know if I had 1 cancer cell! Nature takes care of most of that anyway. Humans playing God doesn’t work

  • chuck

    “They”(big bro) may find “residue” so prevalent that it will be impossible to point a finger at anyone. Think about money and how many hands through which it passes in even a single day. Think about how many folks (millions) sit in those seats at the airports EVERY DAY. Door knobs, bath rooms, restaurants, busses & subways, the list never ends. These pigs are off on a wild goose chase trying to justify their sick agenda to rob the people who pay the bills. This country is becoming sick and despicable, all the while robbing honest, harmless folks of their freedom and livelihood.

  • http://http/yahoo sophillyjimmy

    I guess the ACLU won’t mind if our gobment uses these type of devices as long as Obama is in office, so hopefully Romney wins so the liberal sugar teets at the ACLU will fight their use in court.

  • MNIce

    I checked out the Genia Photonics page on this product line (http://www.geniaphotonics.com/business-markets/defense-and-security/terahertz-spectroscopy/)

    The relevant information is this: it apparently uses infrared laser beams interacting in a special mixing crystal to generate a terahertz laser beam. The longer wavelength of the terahertz laser will not cause photoionization, but (not mentioned in the write-up) the effects of terahertz resonance on biological molecular interactions are not well-known. Probably there is nothing to worry about, but it would be nice if somebody did the research to make sure.

    The greatest physiological hazard is eye safety – if the mixing crystal is misaligned, infrared laser radiation could emerge along with the terahertz radiation and possibly be intense enough to burn the retina. This is a major issue with cheap green laser pointers – the green laser beam is generated in a similar manner. (If your green laser pointer appears dimmer after you dropped it, the crystal is misaligned, and it is more dangerous to the eye because the infrared emission is much brighter than it should be even though you can’t see it.) The use of this device for security should be strictly regulated – it should be mandatory to regularly test the infrared leakage to ensure it would not be sufficient to burn holes in retinas, or there should be an automatic self-test and shutdown system incorporated. After all, if alignment problems are permitting excess infrared emission, the terahertz emission may be too weak to detect explosives – the claimed reason for security purposes.

    One aspect is dielectric (electrical insulator) penetration. If you are wearing conductive clothing (such as some antistatic body suits used in electronics manufacturing), you are probably shielded. In our paranoid airport security culture, wearing such a suit may get you flagged for a warrantless physical body search.

    • Robert Smith

      So, are you going to organize a fashion show for tin foil hats?

      Rob

      • cawmun cents

        Nope…
        we’ll leave that to you and your kind at the Democratic National Convention.
        Cheers!
        -CC.

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

        Robert: So, are you going to organize a fashion show for tin foil hats, or would you rather use my thick-skull as a battering ram? I’m here to help!

  • http://www.facebook.com/glen.copple Glen Copple

    If these scanners are used by people who do not respect God and the teachings of the Bible, they will be extremely dangerous.

    We must return to following the life and teachings of Jesus Christ or our nation will self-destruct.

    • Renée

      Right on Glen, the next step after this is the mark of the beast.

      Why do they need to know all of this information? They didn’t need it before. It has to do with complete control and they don’t give a hoot about safety. They said the scanners were safe but now with research, Hmmm, they aren’t. You know they tell us the same with the lasers and we will find out that it too causes cancer or something else. They are probably using them to sterilize people without their knowledge or consent. I think that every new thing that the gov. wants to spring on us should be tested on them first. Then wait for a year to see what the side effects are…only then should they consider using it on the people. Just food for thought.

  • dan

    When Congress Critters figure out that we will be using these instruments on THEM, and the results posted and gone viral , i’m sure they’ll be banned quicker than you can say Ted Kennedy..

    • Rick

      Dan I want to and run that scan. It will show they are heartless, brainless, and totally lack comjmon sense.

  • steve

    looks like this is a job for reynolds wrap man.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Brownink09 Frank B.

    And You Thought you had LIBERTY!!
    Good Luck with that!

  • http://www.survivingurbancrisis.com/ Silas LongshotS

    Every new privacy invasion or diminishment for the past 100 years has been for ‘public safety’ or ‘counterterrorism’ but has ALWAYS been abused and directed at ALL average ‘Joe Public’ citizens. This too, will be abused and now every citizen can be ‘illegally’ searched without permission, just like the ‘frisk as you will’ random searched the cops can do in some big cities now.

  • ONTIME

    I don’t remember reading about this in Orwell’s 1984 but here tis, another new toy for the government to intrude with upon the citizens of the US. I find it amazing that this government would propose a shoddy worthless HC scam to steal life and fortune, pay itself and it’s abundance of employees handsomely, infringe upon civil liberty and rights, then tell you “We are deserving of a raise”. What arrogance and what a shabby bunch we have to represent what little we have left, this can change but the fight is going to be a real battle of
    moral, ethic and integrity pitted against hard core communist and left leaning despotism, they who oppose the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness for individuls and would rather have elitism, mediocrity and oppression.
    This new way to intrude is just one of many things that are making americans ire come to the surface but a recapturing of our representation will be the path to setting things right…

  • Rennie

    Even if it caused cancer, blindness, or immediate heart attacks, as long as Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or others owned stock in the company the Obama administration will buy and use them, if neccesary Obama could just write an executive order. Look on the bright side, he might let the hispanics keep their forks and knifes if he had one of these units with him when he attends their dinners.

  • cawmun cents

    Male Bovine Scat Detector…..has gone ballistic!
    A beam of light which disseminates information through what medium?
    How do they tell what I ate?By the inherent speed in what I am currently digesting?
    I suppose that if I take some LSD,it will tell them that as well?

    No folks,this is no lie.
    It is nano-tech gone horribly awry.
    Nano-technology will make this nightmare come true.
    Here is how it will work.
    You will go to the store to buy something,and that something will have nano-bits covering it.
    You will get in your car and the same thing will happen.
    You will breathe the air where you live,or wherever you go,and the same thing will happen.
    The potential for monitoring under this technological advance is staggering.
    You will be addicted to what they tell you to be addicted to,simple as that.
    Total control,by numerical information,gathered by infinitely small bits of dust capable of being produced on a gigantic scale for providing useful demographical knowledge of individual consumption.
    It is not science fiction.
    It exists today.
    The good news is that you will probably live to well over a hundred years old.
    The bad news is that you will do so under the direction of those who permit you to live that long.
    You will be controlled from birth to death in the future by microscopic bits of information which will cause you to react in the way that they program you to react.
    Welcome to the real world my friends.The wave of the future is a tsunami of the proportion which you cant even fathom.
    Ever hear of something called flavinoids?
    They make the food irresistable,so that you continually crave it.
    Well flavinoids are not the only kind of that thing which you have to deal with.
    If you think corporations have vigorously competed for your business in the past,I want to re-introduce you to the company store.
    Just where are these types of things being given trial runs?
    Imagine a government that doesnt care about whether you have the illusion of freedom or not.Now imagine that same government giving you the illusion of freedom.
    I am not speaking of our government.
    But there are others where the illusion of freedom is being marketed to make them seem capitalistic.In fact you could say that billions may be being infected as we speak,in the name of social justice.
    Cheers!
    -CC.

  • mamazoomba

    Damn! Now I’m REALLY feeling paranoid. Your mamas told you this would happen one day but, again, you didn’t believe her (sorry mom).

  • Les

    Just remember this, the people working for the federal government are a whole lot smarter than you, just ask them and they’ll tell you. Therefore, they need to be in control and they need to decide what is good for you. Also remember that you need to do what you are told to do by them. This is not an issue of one administration over another, administrations come and go and the agenda of the federal employees continues to march on. They are the ones that are bringing this country to its knees. Their bureaucratic BS keeps expanding at an ever accelerating rate. They are now spending close to 4 trillion dollars a year on federalizing the country. This is exactly what the founding fathers were trying to prevent.

    “A REPUBLIC, IF YOU CAN KEEP IT” went out the window starting with Lincoln, a nationalist who eliminated states rights in favor of a federal bureaucracy. Centralized thinking, by control freaks, created Washington, DC.

  • simian pete

    If these new scanners are safe- healthwise – then the TSA won’t have to search folks or use those radiation spewing xray machines !

    So when are these new scanners going on line at the airports ?

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