July 6, 2011
On June 28, Paul Joseph Watson reported that the TSA was caught red-handed covering up a surge in cases of TSA workers developing cancer as a result of their close proximity to radiation-firing devices.
After union representatives in Boston discovered a “cancer cluster amongst TSA workers linked with radiation from the body scanners, the TSA sought to downplay the matter and refused to issue employees with dosimeters to measure levels of exposure, Watson wrote.
The effort to downplay the explosion the cancer rate among workers surfaced in documents released to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) under a Freedom Of Information Act request.
According to the documents, the National Institute of Standards and Technology warned that airport screeners should avoid standing next to full body scanners in order to keep exposure to harmful radiation “as low as reasonably achievable.
A growing number of TSA workers diagnosed with cancer are expressing concern that the full body scanners are to blame for their illnesses despite claims by the Department of Homeland Security that the devices are safe.
“In addition to regular maintenance, each individual machine that uses X-ray technology is regularly tested to ensure the radiation emitted falls within the national safety standards, the agency insists.
A number of studies demonstrate that the machines pose a cancer risk. In 2010, Dr. David Brenner, head of Columbia University’s center for radiological research, warned that children and people with gene mutations whose bodies are less able to repair damage to their DNA are most at risk. “The population risk has the potential to be significant, said Brenner.
University of California biochemist David Agard said the cancer risk from naked body scanners has been dangerously underestimated and could lead to an increased risk of skin cancer, particularly in children. “Ionizing radiation such as the X-rays used in these scanners have the potential to induce chromosome damage, and that can lead to cancer, Agard explained.
Others disagree. “We get exposed to radiation and ionizing radiation from lots of different sources, Rebecca Smith-Bindman, MD, professor of radiology and biomedical imaging at the University of California“San Francisco wrote in a report published by the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Infowars.com readers, however, are not taking any chances. Instead of allowing the government to expose them to deadly radiation, they have decided not to travel by air.