The head of Interpol has questioned whether the ongoing scramble by western governments to install body scanners at airports is financially worthwhile and said they are is unlikely to stop terrorists. Ron Noble, the internation criminal intelligence agency's secretary-general, said at Davos that if you are a terrorist, "Are you …
someone in some authority with some intelligence - but the muppets will no doubt ignore this.
Na, just that interpol has no axe to grind, and no electorat to worry about.
Manufactures these body scanners?
And who's been lobbied?
Old news, people:
First rule of crime detection - follow the money.
How to beat middle-eastern religious extremists:
Don't go dicking about in their affairs in the first place.
He'll be fired like David Nutt was. It's against "the agenda" </tinfoilhat>
Kind of difficult
With Israel, the British obligations to India, the Saud's, Pakistan, French obligations to the forma French north African area, the Greece/Turkey problem, etc. Unfortunatly it is not as easy as "leave them alown".
Leave them alone
We will, as soon as they got off OUR land with all the oil under it.
'the best way to improve airport security was through better intelligence'
So he's saying we should sack the entire cabinet and replace them with lobotomised chimpanzees then?
why waste the money
Instead of going to all the trouble of getting chimps, just use goldfish. Much cheaper and yet still more intelligent than a member of the cabinet. Indeed, it's quite possible that _one_ goldfish would be brighter than the lot of them combined.
Who, me, bitter? Why do you say that?
Hey, don't be so nasty...
... to the chimpanzees!
"These passports are being used, fraudulently altered and are being given to terrorists, war criminals, drug traffickers, human traffickers."
He missed out photographers and paedophiles from that list.
@ Toby Rose
absolutely the right questions.
Didn't we just have the swine flu 'pandemia', as so declared by the WHO who know is taking
some (very deserved) beating because of being too close (under the sheets) with large
Same here, same here. Develope a monster scenario, frighten the mass and the cash will flow.
It's called Marketing nowadays.
Missing the point?
Not financially worthwhile and unlikely to stop terrorists? Get real Mr Noble - you're entirely missing the point !
Does the phrase 'gravy train' mean anything to you?
So... are these the millimeter wave ones, or the x-ray ones?
Personally I don't want skin cancer, so I'd rather not have my skin needlessly x-rayed over and over again. Thanks, but no. X-rays are a *known* carcinogen FFS, and the dose is heavily weighted towards the outer skin, which is bad news for those of us with pale skin...
Pay attention to what they list when they say the dose is low, as mostly they'll quote the whole body dose, which is quite low; what they specifically don't quote is the actual dosage to the outer layers of the skin. I wonder why?
As usual it's pointless security theatre, but this time the results could potentially have a detrimental effect on the health of millions of travellers, which is unacceptable IMO. I think that risking the health of millions for a piece of theatre is bordering on (if not outright) criminal.
That said, I'm fine with the QinetiQ millimeter wave cameras; they're still unnecessary, but since they're a passive devices they're safe.
The trouble is...
Can you imagine the Daily Wailing if they were NOT installed, and then a terrorist got on the plane?
Damned if you do, damned if you don't...
But had you considered...
Problem is, all the hoo-haw is always about stopping Terrorists getting in, not getting out. The scanners are only used BEFORE you get on a plane, so don't affect any of the inbound flights at all, and to date the only flights targeted (or allegedly so) by 'terrorists' have been inbound.
More theatre, more control of the populous. The more you capitulate, the more they'll MAKE you. How anyone can accept that strip searching everyone is acceptable shows how broken and compliant our populous has become. It's a sad day...
I'll have the cash, thanks
"Can you imagine the Daily Wailing if they were NOT installed, and then a terrorist got on the plane?"
About a million billion brazillion pounds worth of savings that can be used to, in less than a month, completely rebuild whatever was destroyed (including the cost of the research required to make cloning of human beings a success, and reconstructing every person accidentallied in the event)?
I'd rather live at a high quality of living with some risk, than a particularly low quality of living with oh hey look the same amount of risk but at least some US company now has all my money.
I write this on every related article, but again!
The chances of you being blown apart in a terrorist attack is virtually 0%, the chances of you dying on the way to the airport in a car crash are much higher, the chances of you dying while slipping in the shower are still higher then those of a terrorist, the chances of you dying of second hand smoke are still higher, the chances of you dying of ... virtually anything are higher then those of terrorism, so why spend all this effort/money on terrorists and not on something more deadly?
It's not a grenade, it's my scrotum, honest gov.
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