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Naked scanners coming to a street near you by William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.

Naked scanners coming to a street near you

Uncle Sam is plotting to snap naked photos of you with a blast of radiation from a full-body scanner... and you might not even know when it's happening.

You already know how those scanners are being installed in airports around the country, despite unknown health risks and the fact that they routinely miss weapons in tests.

Now, newly exposed documents show the Department of Homeland Security is planning to place those machines, X-rays, and other security devices just about everywhere: train stations, sporting events, and even along city streets.

In one project revealed in the documents, Northeastern University and Siemens were asked to place backscatter scanners into vans so the feds can secretly strip search anyone walking down the street.

Rest in peace, Fourth Amendment. It was nice knowing you.

I don't know what's worse here -- the privacy invasion as Uncle Sam's low-wage security goons drool over your naked image... or the fact that they could be shooting backscatter radiation at you in secret and without your permission.

And that stuff is far more dangerous than the government is letting on.

One top radiation researcher says these machines open up the possibility of chromosome damage and cancer -- especially among vulnerable groups such as children, pregnant women and anyone who might be exposed to those rays often. (Click
here to read more.)

Until now, you had some control over it -- at least you could choose not to fly.

But if you're being zapped just walking down the street, all bets are off.

The TSA denies that they plan to follow through on this... but the proof is in the paperwork, and you can read it all on the Web site of the
Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Want to know the worst part? These documents are from 2006-2008.

I don't know about you, but -- denials or not -- I wouldn't be surprised at all to find out they've already put some of this plan into motion.

And YOUR naked photo might be on file in Washington already... or maybe in some TSA agent's cellphone.

Exposing the scan plan,

William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
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