I'm pissed if I'm Brijot

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03/12/2008
I knew this would happen. For whatever reason, people have picked up on this ThruVision announcement of its T-Ray technology and turned it into "it's like superman's x-ray vision" and ""it's like x-ray glasses." This is so stupid on so many levels its hard for me to deal with it. Do these morons not realize that we have x-ray technology already? Oh my god, a machine that can see through clothes! That's crazy! How do they not realize that the innovation here isn't that it can see through clothes, but that it's a passive technology, that it receives rays that your body (and everything) emits, rather than bombard you with x-rays, which could be hazardous to your health? This blogger might be the most wrong-headed. She calls her blog "Go Girlfriend," but if she's empowering her fellow female travelers with tripe like this they're probably not all that empowered: Remember those X-ray goggles your brother used to tease you? Remember how he told all his friends he could see "everything" with them, including your polka-dot panties? His dreams may finally be a reality the new ThruVision or "Strip Search" camera. She then recants, saying, essentially, that her use of the word "may" was completely irresponsible, but then she finishes with this nonsense: The technology raises more questions than it reveals though. Does it invade too much personal privacy in the interest of keeping us all safe? How much privacy are you willing to give up to keep terrorism at bay? How does it raise those questions exactly? Because while walking through a portal you'll appear as a faceless blob that no one could ever recognize and if you're carrying a large, concealed metal object someone will be able to tell? You want to keep it private that you're fond of metal chastity belts or something? Afraid it will pick up hidden colostomy bags? This is the kind of muddleheaded reactionary thinking that keeps us from actually paying attention to security. How can you make a privacy argument about this when you allow your carry-on baggage to be screened with an x-ray machine, and your checked baggage to be physically pawed through, every time you travel? The Atlanta Journal Constitution doesn't do a bad job with the story, and even raises the point that the T5000 is designed to spot large objects, and not smaller objects that might be found in a shoe, but the author doesn't bother to ask anyone in the security industry whether this is in any way unique. If the author had asked me, I might have said: "Isn't that what Brijot's been doing for two years?" I don't think its millimeter technology is harming anyone, and its stuff can "see through clothes" from 80 feet away, like ThruVision's can, at least to pick up the giant packages I'm supposed to be impressed ThruVision can pick up. Why isn't anyone making ridiculous reactionary comments about Brijot? If I were them, I'd be pissed.

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