Stop rollout of CANCER causing Airport Body Scanning MACHINES in Australia
  • Petitioned Anthony Albanese

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Anthony Albanese

Stop rollout of CANCER causing Airport Body Scanning MACHINES in Australia

    1. Aslan Avdi
    2. Petition by

      Aslan Avdi

      BRISBANE, Australia

ASLAN has started this petition because in July 2012 the Australian Government will roll out Airport Body Scanners at all major Australian airports.(1)

These Airport Body Scanning Machines use RADIATION to penetrate a passenger’s body, reflecting back information to construct a three-dimensional image; which is then displayed on a monitor for analysis.(2)

WHY?
Supposedly to detect weapons and explosives that may be hidden on a person’s body.

PROBLEMS
A: These machines do not always work properly; i.e. they miss things.

German television showed how in one trial, bullets, guns, and even a type of explosive were not detected.(3) Other formal studies conducted around the world have also highlighted inability to detect items every time. Even an undercover agent for the company running the machines in the USA, was able to smuggle a gun past the machines, undetected, on numerous oocasions.(4) So their effectiveness is seriously in doubt. Since the machines started operating internationally 6 years ago, there has not been a single terrorist capture as a result of a Body Scanner.(2)

B: These machines cause Cancer.

Of HUGE concern is the fact that these machines cause Cancer by shooting radiation at us. How much radiation exposure does it take to cause cancer? How little radiation exposure does it take to cause Cancer? The people pushing this technology tell us its 'harmless'. The people who make money from this technology tell us its 'harmless'. The truth is that the type of radiation emitted by these machines HAS caused cancers in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

So who will it be?

Who gets the cancer? You? Or me? Or your child? Or your mother? Or your partner?

The radiation we will be exposed to via these body scanning machines ‘unzips double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles in the double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication’ i.e. increased risk of cancers such as Skin Cancers, and increased risk of your body’s genetic foundation being affected/mutated by this technology.(5)

SECURITY THEATRE
This is just the latest example of supposed ‘security’ counter measures intended to provide the feeling of improved security while doing little or nothing to actually improve security, i.e. security theatre.

A Sydney Airport security expert believes the scanners are a placebo to make passengers feel good about safety and do not address non-passenger threats.

''There is no tarmac security on any Australian airport and all airports can be penetrated,'' Roger Henning said. ''The priority is to plug these kinds of holes - not add more glamorous front-of-house technology.”

''Body scanners will do nothing to reduce the risk of attacks on airport facilities - such as the suicide bombing of the Moscow terminal, which claimed 35 lives and injured more than 100.''

Transport Workers Union secretary Tony Sheldon said baggage handlers and other ground crew were often casual workers ''with little training and often not screened by police. It is a waste of money having a system in place when nobody is checking the checkers.''(6)

But the Australian Government (Labor/Democrat), supported by the Liberals (Tory/Republican) says, ‘No scan, no fly’.

So if you refuse to be subjected to this health damaging and ineffective technology, you can’t board your plane.

And this 'technology' is coming to an airport near you - if you let it.

So if this makes you angry, don’t get frustrated, get motivated, and please sign and spread this petition far and wide.

Sources:

1 - http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/aa/releases/2011/August/AA138_2011.aspx
2 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millimeter_wave_scanner
3 - http://www.americablog.com/2010/01/german-tv-highlights-failings-of-body.html
4 - http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/TSA-Agent-Slips-Through-DFW-Body-Scanner-With-a-Gun-116497568.html
5 - http://www.diagnosticimaging.com/safety/content/article/113619/1509059
6 - http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/grated-scanners-for-travellers-20110326-1cavi.html
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Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. GERMANY REJECTS AS INEFFECTIVE THE SCANNERS AUSTRALIA IS ROLLING OUT.

      Aslan Avdi
      Petition Organizer

      View the video and pass to EVERYONE YOU KNOW! That is if you want to win this fight?

    3. Reached 25 signatures
    4. This isn't going to work if you don't spread it around for me/you/us...

      Aslan Avdi
      Petition Organizer

      I sent it to 100 people I know. 17 have signed.

      Now maybe they don't all check their email everyday like I do, or maybe they don't give a frangipani...needless to say (but I will) I am a little underwhelmed at this lack of response.

      So I need you to help - more.

      Have you emailied all your contacts? Friends? Associates? Barely know 'em?

      One by one, all airports around the world will get these machines. First for international terminals, then for domestic terminals. You won't be able to avoid them then, wherever you go in the world.

      And that's why we have to stand up and shout now, to stop these here, now, or suffer the consequences.

      In your hands kids.

    5. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • pauline robins QLD, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I think this is terrible. We all have enough exposure to Radiation as it is. This will put some people of travel.

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    • Andrew McCarthy BATHURST, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is a massive violation of our civil liberties and cannot be tolerated! Mr Albanese must step down immediately!

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    • Jesse Hermans BERWICK, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Every other country that has had this forced upon them at least has an opt out option, yet we don't!

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    • Jennifer Gregor SUNNYBANK, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Lack of consultation with Australian population; no evidence these machines create a safer environment for the travelling public; mounting evidence of real health concerns due to radiation exposure; privacy issues.

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    • Robert Loomans GORDON PARK, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I think this is a very poor trade off particularly as the short and long term effects of these machines has little or no scientific (i.e., per reviewed and reproducible) research done.

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