dumber than a box of hair
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Stoneham MA
The amount of radiation considered safe for most humans is the equivalent of one chest x-ray per year. Anything above that is considered dangerous.
First, consider that the human body is mostly water...soft tissue which x-rays can easily penetrate. Now, consider that what these vans are doing is attempting to penetrate sheet metal with those very same x-rays. They'll need much higher amounts of radiation, and anyone caught in an x-ray beam coming out of one of these vans without any shielding will be overexposed...and probably won't realize it until they develop burns or other symptoms.
I'm certainly not one of these paranoid types who won't have a cell tower near my house, but this is not only exposure to dangerous amounts of radiation but also unchecked governmental snooping on private citizens of the type we foolishly allowed nine years ago with the Patriot Act. The authors of the Bill of Rights must be doing spins in their graves, especially those who wrote the Fourth Amendment. Unfortunately I can see our current Supreme Court finding some convoluted reasoning to justify it on Fourth Amendment grounds.
This is how it occurs, folks...bit by bit...our rights and freedoms become eroded and eventually disappear, because of things like this which, in another era, would have been considered an outrageous and unwarranted intrusion into our privacy. Now, in the name of fighting terrorism, it seems anything goes...including our freedom.
It needs to be stopped. It won't be.
"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves." - Edward R. Murrow