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Airport Scanners ~ What The TSA Is Hoping To Conceal

By Theodora Filis
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) X-ray scanning machines are a sci-fi fan's dream. Lower-energy beams that penetrate clothing and the topmost layers of skin, exposing any explosives concealed under clothing. 
The TSA has set-up 385 full-body image scanners at 68 airports across the United States. They hope to have 1,000 up and running by the end of the year.
According to a group of scientists and professors, low-energy rays do a "Compton scatter" of tissue layers just under the skin, possibly exposing some vital areas and leaving the tissues at risk of mutation.
Scientists from the University of California San Francisco wrote to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy expressing concerns that the scanners might expose the skin to high doses of X-rays that could increase the risk of cancer and other health problems, particularly among older travelers, pregnant women and people with weak immune systems.
Tests in Italy raise…