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TSA’s Naked Scanners Headed to Afghanistan

• Adam Rawnsley via
Smile, Afghanistan. The U.S. Army is about to take some very candid pictures of you.

Naked scanners, the controversial imaging devices used by the Transportation Security Administration to look for hidden weapons at airports, are making their way to Afghanistan. The Army announced late Wednesday that they’ll buy $248 million worth of vehicle and personnel scanners from a range of different vendors for use on its bases in Afghanistan.

One of the systems the Army is set to purchase is the Secure 1000 personnel scanner. You might know it by its other use as one of the TSA’s get-naked scanners.

The Secure 1000 works by sending an X-ray beam at its test subject and observing how the X-ray photons are scattered back (hence the term “backscatter” technology).


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