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Monday, November 22, 2010

Body scanners, Michael Chertoff, George Soros and shady Homeland Security profits


JACQUELINE MARCUS FOR BUZZFLASH
It's amazing what our government has forced us to accept in the name of "security". They've bankrupted our treasury to chase down a hundred or so Islamic extremists hiding in the mountainous caves of Afghanistan.  The reasoning for this insanity is that "We must get them before they get us."  In the last year alone, the military tab came to $100 billion dollars to find 50 or 100 extremists or "insurgents" who are fighting because they don't want the U.S. oil companies to steal their oil.  We don't know how many people have died from our government's illegal, pre-emptive invasions in the name of security, but it's estimated over a million victims, fathers, mothers and children were killed, and hundreds of thousands of victims are maimed for life, including our soldiers.  Meanwhile, weapon contactors profit by the billions on selling weapons for an unnecessary occupation while our government officials tell us that we "must sacrifice by cutting Social Security for the elderly," which is far more frightening to those dependent on that income than an extremist hiding in a cave somewhere in Afghanistan.
Now our deeply concerned government officials are forcing every law-abiding citizen to experience the humiliating treatment of entering a prison at the airports.  We are forced to stand inside a whirling radiating scanner while images of our naked bodies are examined by strangers; and if we refuse, then we must be subjected to offensively intrusive pat-downs exactly like criminal prisoners on the verge of entering prisons instead of commercial airliners.  And if you refuse both and decide to go home, TSA guards will chase you down and charge you an $11,000 dollar fine.
The pilots association this month instructed members to refuse body-scanner screening, out of concern that frequent exposure to the machines would subject them to health risks.  Passengers are equally concerned for the same reason.  Inspectors near the machines are also worried that radiation exposure is subjecting them to health risks.
These changes didn't take place because the searches prior to the body scanner machines and intrusive pat-downs weren't working: they were working extremely well.  No, these changes happened because "the former Head of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, had an ulterior motive in promoting the Airport security scanning machines that people are objecting to so strongly.  The company that makes the machine is now one of Chertoff's clients but in the past under the Bush administration Chertoff was selling these machines to the government and to the Obama administration and they bought it hook, line and sinker...Michael Chertoff has been the leading promoter-sales pitch man for All body Scanners." (Politco)
Let's get real.  Our government officials could care less about our safety.  If they did, they'd be doing something about the Oil & Gas companies' terribly dangerous process of extracting natural gas known as "fracking": Hydraulic fracturing is a means of natural gas extraction employed in deep natural gas well drilling. Once a well is drilled, millions of gallons of water are polluted, sand and proprietary chemicals are injected...In short, fracking contaminates our drinking water, rendering it toxic. (Gasland: A Film by Josh Fox) In fact, it'sso toxic that a single flick of a match can create an explosion from the contaminated water.
If our government officials were so concerned about our safety, they'd protect the public from BP's oil spill: the exposure of methane, and the tons of toxic dispersants that were dumped in the Gulf.  Instead, the Obama administration tells us that it's all good, including the endless sea of dead fish that washed up on the shores. And what fish are left in the toxic Gulf-the EPA has given the approval: Safe to eat!
If they can force passengers to enter body scanners that undress them and expose them to radiation, then what's next?  Should we expect government contracts on satellite security bracelets that mark our every move in the name of "security" too-which would enrich Chertoff and associates even more at the expense of our liberties?  If they can force us to enter risky body scanners in the name of security, then our Fourth Amendment is completely annihilated.  Body trackers are next...
Trust me, you can be sure that Michael Chertoff will never step foot in his own company's body scanner when he flies.  Nope-he's got his own private jet-free from all body searches, compliments of the American taxpayers.

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How Billionaire George Soros Profits From New TSA Full-Body Scanners



Be sure and read Tim Carney’s Examiner column today on the politically-connected lobby for the controversial new TSA scanners that are upsetting airline employees and travelers everywhere. Carney notes that a company called Rapiscan got a $165 million contract for the new body image scanners four days after the underwear-bomber incident this past Christmas. Not surprisingly, Rapiscan is politically connected,observes Carney:
Rapiscan got the other naked-scanner contract from the TSA, worth $173 million. Rapiscan’s lobbyists include Susan Carr, a former senior legislative aide to Rep. David Price, D-N.C., chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee. When Defense Daily reported on Price’s appropriations bill last winter, the publication noted “Price likes the budget for its emphasis on filling gaps in aviation security, in particular the whole body imaging systems.”
Then this morning Carney also noted that former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff was flacking for Rapiscan.
As for the company’s other political connections, it also appears that none other than George Soros, the billionaire funder of the country’s liberal political infrastructure, owns 11,300 shares of OSI Systems Inc., the company that owns Rapiscan. Not surprisingly, OSI’s stock has appreciated considerably over the course of the year. Soros certainly is a savvy investor.
Note that OSI Systems CEO is Deepak Chopra, but it appears to be a different Deepak Chopra than the more famous liberal new age guru.
By: Mark Hemingway
Commentary Staff Writer
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