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Independent testing needed for TSA airport radiation scanners, say scientists

Scientists Seek Independent Testing For TSA Body Scanners Aviation Week May 19, 2011By James Ott A group of scientists are questioning why the U.S. Transportation Security Administration will not permit independent testing of radiation of advanced imaging technology (AIT) full-body scanners.

Pro Publica Inc. says the five University of California San Francisco professors, and another from Arizona State University, in an April 28 letter to White House science adviser John Holdren argue that the TSA-sponsored tests at Johns Hopkins University were flawed. They say the report on tests was heavily redacted and there was no way to repeat any of the measurements.

The professors also raised questions last November in a letter to Holdren about the radiation dosage from AIT machines at airport security checkpoints. ……….

Pro Publica says TSA’s Robin Kane, assistant administrator for security technology, testified in a congressional hearing that outside testing could expose sensitive information…….http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_generic.jsp?channel=aviationdaily&id=news/avd/2011/05/19/12.xml&headline=Scientists%20Seek%20Independent%20Testing%20For%20TSA%20Body%20Scanners

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May 20, 2011 - Posted by | general

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