Will Big Brother Be Scanning Your Home Soon?

American Science & Engineering of Billerica, MA which sells it's scanners to government agencies such as The US Customs Office has created technology such as the Back scatter X-Ray scanner. These devices can peer through vehicles and detect various items such as drugs and people. What concerns me is law enforcement agencies could invoke legislation in where they just drive up and down American neighborhoods using these scanners to peer into people's homes. If these scanners are able to pick up anything that may be considered illegal , it will be all they need to acquire a search warrant and come crashing into your house with the old probable cause cliché'. The technology is whether a scanner can identify a bag of sugar from a bag of cocaine has not yet been determined, but law enforcement has had less evidence to invade your home, throw you in jail plus the costly expense of defending yourself in court, even if your acquitted .The future technology coming will include scanners that not only identify objects and people, but will also have the capabilities to identify a human being's DNA in which you will never be able to hide from the world satellite system or Big Brother's watchful eye. Above Photo is the Model 101ZVAN which employs Back scatter technology in a mobile vehicle. Above are images on how the Back scatter X-Ray scanner can identify people hiding in trucks and a car's fender well filled with drugs.

Eye Scanning System Coming JULY 2000: Travelers soon may be scurrying through airport ticketing lines in the blink of an eye. Eye Ticket Corp. is talking to several airlines and airports about adopting an eye scanning system that it says could dramatically speed up the check in process. "It will instantly check you in without you reaching for a wallet or having a ticket or standing in line," said Evan Smith, senior vice president for Eye Ticket, based in McLean, Virginia. "Just look in the camera and go." By scanning the eye with an ordinary digital camera, the system comes up with a 512 character code based on the characteristics of the iris. That code then can be stored in a database with other information, such as passwords and frequent flier and passport numbers, which participating airlines could share. Eye Ticket, which says the system would be voluntary and free for travelers, had representatives Monday at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport to show off the program and gauge public interest. By the looks of it, people at the North Carolina airport liked what they saw. Eye Ticket already has installed an iris scanning security system in Charlotte for the U.S. Airways staff and hopes to have a program in place for passengers by the end of the year.

Getting Snooped On? Too Bad You say you don't like browser cookies? You're not quite sure if that program you download from the Net is revealing more about you than it should? Well, here's something to make you really nervous: In the United States, it may be illegal to disable software that snoops on you. The folks who came up with this idea turn out to be the large corporations that helped to draft the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which restricts some forms of tampering with copyright protection devices. In some cases, that means you won't be able to turn off any surveillance features it might include, according to participants in a Thursday afternoon panel at the Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference. " Privacy circumvention is possible only under a limited circumstance," said Paul Schwartz of the Brooklyn Law School. Privacy advocates fret that if future works are secure and thus protected under the DMCA, they could reveal consumers' private behavior --Real Networks' Real Jukebox player secretly did just that -- and tinkering with the program to turn off the reporting mechanism would be illegal. " We're getting tortured by laws that are inherently incoherent," complained Barry Steinhardt, associate director of the ACLU. Violating the DMCA is a civil offense, and "willfully" violating it for private financial gain is a criminal offense punishable by five years in jail and a $500,000 fine.