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Archive for September 17th, 2008

TSA Could Use Controversial Scanner For Car Bombs

A scanner used to check passengers at airports could be used by TSA to check for car bombs, but some say it may be too intrusive.

By Thomas Frank
USA TODAY
A controversial new X-ray technology is being tested that could stop potential terrorists from blowing up a car bomb at one of the nation’s airports, homeland security officials say.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is running a test at a North Carolina ferry terminal of a 21-foot-high arch-like machine that shoots low-intensity X-rays at cars as they pass through. The photos show whether explosives or drugs might be in the car.
The technology, called backscatter X-ray, is in use at several airports to screen passengers. Privacy advocates have denounced scanning people as invasive because the X-rays can see through clothes.
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FBI Director Faces Hill Skeptics On Anthrax

FBI director Robert Mueller faced a skeptical Congress Tuesday
when he assured members that the anthrax case would still get a thorough review. Some people still wonder whether the FBI got the right guy.

 

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON –FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told skeptical lawmakers yesterday that the bureau will enlist an expert panel to assess the quality of scientific evidence in its widespread anthrax investigation.
Deflecting calls for a special congressional inquiry, bureau leaders are reaching out to the National Academy of Sciences to evaluate the advanced genetic tests that investigators used to trace lethal anthrax spores back to a single flask in an Army lab at Fort Detrick, Md.
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