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