Daily Archives: May 19, 2011

TSA backscatter radiation safety tests were rigged

NaturalNews.com | May 17, 2011

by Mike Adams

(NaturalNews) It can now be revealed by NaturalNews that the TSA faked its safety data on its X-ray airport scanners in order to deceive the public about the safety of such devices.

As evidenced by recent events in Washington, we now live in an age where the federal government simply fakes whatever documents, news or evidence it wants people to believe, then releases that information as if it were fact. This is the modus operandi of the Department of Homeland Security, which must fabricate false terror alerts to keep itself in business — and now the TSA division has taken the fabrication of false evidence to a whole new level with its naked body scanners (see below).

Even physics professors question the TSA’s obvious cover-up
The evidence of the TSA’s fakery is now obvious thanks to the revelations of a letter signed by five professors from the University of California, San Francisco and Arizona State University. You can view the full text of the letter at:

http://www.propublica.org/documents/item/april-2011-letter-to-john-holdren

The letter reveals:

• To this day, there has been no credible scientific testing of the TSA’s naked body scanners. The claimed “safety” of the technology by the TSA is based on rigged tests.

• The testing that did take place was done on a custom combination of spare parts rigged by the manufacturer of the machines (Rapidscan) and didn’t even use the actual machines installed in airports. In other words, the testing was rigged.

• The names of the researchers who conducted the radiation tests at Rapidscan have been kept secret! This means the researchers are not available for scientific questioning of any kind, and there has been no opportunity to even ask whether they are qualified to conduct such tests. (Are they even scientists?)

TSA operates in complete secrecy
None of the Rapidscan tests have been available to be subjected to peer review. They are quite literally secret tests using secret techniques engineered by secret researchers. We the People apparently have no right to see the data, nor the methodology, nor even the names of the researchers who supposedly carried out these safety tests.

• The final testing report produced from this fabricated testing scenario has been so heavily redacted that “there is no way to repeat any of these measurements,” say the professors. In other words, the testing violates the very first tenant of scientific experimentation which is that all experiments must be repeatable in order to be verified as accurate.

As the professors state in their letter:

The document is heavily redacted with red stamps over the words and figures. In every case the electric current used which correlates one to one with X-ray dose has been specifically redacted. Thus there is no way to repeat any of these measurements. While the report purports to present the results of objective testing, in fact the JHU APL personnel, who are unnamed anywhere in the document either as experimenters or as authors, were not provided with a machine by Rapiscan. Instead they were invited to the manufacturing site to observe a mock-up of components (spare parts) that were said to be similar to those that are parts of the Rapiscan system. The tests were performed by the manufacturer using the manufacturer’s questionable test procedures.

You got that? Where is the outrage from the “scientific” community on all this? This quack science TSA testing is so atrociously and inexcusably bad that if this fabricated evidence were presented at any sort of scientific meeting, they would be laughed off the stage and publicly vilified in the media. And yet, somehow, when the TSA engaged in this sort of quack science, virtually the entire scientific community says nothing. Only a small group of especially courageous scientists has stood up to this obvious quackery, and even these professors are of course being blasted in the press and called un-American for merely questioning the obviously flimsy evidence being laughably fronted by the TSA.

I mean, seriously: Can you imagine the total outcry if an herbal product company claimed that its products cured cancer, and it did all the testing itself, and all the names of the researchers were kept secret, and the methodology was a secret, and the whole document was 50% redacted to protect “proprietary information?” They would actually be arrested by the federal government for running a criminal scam! So why can the TSA get away with the exact same scandalous junk science distortions and virtually no one in the mainstream media asks a single question?

The complete fabrication of safety in the name of false science
It’s amazing what America has come to these days, folks. The federal government isn’t merely counterfeiting money every day (or stealing from your retirement accounts to keep itself afloat, which just started happening yesterday), but the feds are also fabricating scientific evidence to keep pushing their utterly fabricated “war on terror.” The feds in Washington aren’t really fighting a war on terror… they ARE the terror! When the feds reach down your pants and feel your junk; when they force you to be fried with high-powered X-rays at the airport; and when they threaten anyone who stands up to their Nazi-like marching orders, they have become the very terrorist organization they claim to be fighting.

• The dose rates of X-rays being emitted by the Rapidscan machines are actually quite high — comparable to that of CT scans, say the professors. Yes, the dose duration is significantly lower than a CT scan, but the dose intensity is much higher than what you might think. And as anyone who knows a bit about physics and biology will tell you, the real danger from radiation is a high-intensity, short-duration exposure. That’s exactly what the TSA’s backscatter machines produce.

• The radiation detection device used by Rapidscan to measure the output of the machines — an ion chamber — is incapable of accurately measuring the high-intensity burst of radiation produced by the TSA’s naked body scanners, say the professors.

• At the same time, the radiation field measurement device used by the TSA — a Fluke 451 instrument — is incapable of measuring the high dose rates emitted by backscatter machines. The measurement devices, in effect, “max out” and cannot measure the full intensity of the exposure. Thus, the TSA’s claims of “low radiation” are actually fraudulent. By the way, the device mentioned by the TSA really is an F 451. Does that ring a bell in terms of fiction novels? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fahren…)

• The amount of electrical current applied to the X-ray tubes has been redacted by the TSA (working with John Hopkins). This makes it impossible for third-party scientists to accurately calculate the actual radiation exposure, and it hints at yet more evidence of a total TSA cover-up. As explained by the professors:

…the X-ray dose is proportional to the current through the X-ray tube. Not having access to the current used in the JHU test, or in the field application of the scanner means that the measurements at JHU are irrelevant to the dose at the airport. There is also no data on the pixel size and overscanning ratio, which also bear directly on the dose delivered to subjects. The statement in the HHS letter that the fluence is not a relevant quantity ignores fundamental physics.

There shall be no independent testing whatsoever

The TSA adamantly refuses to allow independent testing of the radiation levels being emitted by the machines. The agency is using the cover story that “terrorists might be able to circumvent the technology” if anyone is allowed to actually test the machine.

Hilarious! This is the very definition of quack science. You have to trust our in-house fabricated experiments, and we won’t tell you how we even arrived at our test results, and we won’t release the names of the scientists who even ran the tests, but we can’t tell you more because of the terrorists.

Notably, this is after Osama Bin Laden has already been killed, and he was the whole reason the TSA started up in the first place. The terror mastermind is dead, in other words, and still the TSA can’t trust university physics professors to conduct credible science on its naked body scanners.

Actual radiation emitted by the machines is far higher than what the TSA claims

John Sedat, a professor emeritus in biochemistry and biophysics at UCSF and the primary author of the letter says, “..the best guess of the dose is much, much higher than certainly what the public thinks.” This indicates the public has been deeply misled by the actual amount of radiation emitted by the machines.

• Peter Rez, the physics professor from Arizona State, says that the high-quality images described by the TSA could not be produced with the low levels of radiation being claimed by the TSA. The images, in other words, don’t match up with the TSA’s cover story. Rez estimates the actual radiation exposure is 45 times higher than what we’ve previously been told.

• The TSA machines are capable of firing even higher levels of radiation into a “region of interest” (such as your anus or scrotum, in which the TSA seems to be taking great interest these days), thereby exposing that region to even higher levels of radiation than the rest of your body.

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United Airlines ‘sorry’ about reintroducing 9/11 flight numbers


Newspapers and flags decorate the fence overlooking the Flight 93 Memorial Park in Shanksville, Pennsylvania Photo: REUTERS

United Airlines has apologised after “inadvertently” reintroducing flights numbered 93 and 175 almost a decade after they were involved in the September 11 terror attacks.

United Airlines ‘sorry’ for 9/11 flight numbers blunder

Telegraph | May 18, 2011

By Alastair Jamieson

The carrier began selling tickets for flights with those numbers despite having withdrawn them they were hijacked in the 2001 atrocity.

The move was greeted with dismay by passengers and described as “a terrible misstep” by airline unions.

United 93 from Newark to San Francisco crashed into a Pennsylvania field, killing 33 passengers, seven crew and four hijackers while United 175 from Boston to Los Angeles was flown into the south tower of the World Trade Center killing 51 passengers, nine crew and five hijackers.

The airline subsequently withdrew UA93 and UA175 from use – a common practice when a flight number becomes widely synonymous with tragedy.

United 93 was even used as the title for a film about the heroism of passengers who attempted to subdue the hijackers.

However, a recent schedule shake-up in preparation for the ongoing merger with Continental Airlines saw the numbers brought back as codeshares for flights operated by Continental but sold under the United brand.

Neither of the flight numbers would have been used on the same route but the airline responded quickly to complaints.

A spokesman for United said: “We regret that these flight numbers were inadvertently reinstated in our system. We are taking immediate steps to remove them and apologize for the error.”

A similar message was given on Twitter to frequent flyers who criticised the move as “boneheaded”.

The Association of Flight Attendants said using flight numbers 93 and 175 was “not an option”.

Greg Davidowitch, president of AFA at United, said: “We have advised United Airlines that reinstatement of flights 93 and 175 is a terrible misstep. Out of respect for those who lost their lives and those who will always remember our heroes, United Airlines must do what should have already been done – immediately and permanently retire these flight numbers.”

Air France changed the number of its Rio-Paris flight from A447 to AF445 after the former crashed over the Atlantic in 2009.

However, other flight numbers live on. BMI British Midland still operates flight 92 on its Heathrow-Belfast route, the same number involved in the Kegworth air disaster in 1989.

Oakland-based Family Radio sees donations soar as ‘Judgment Day’ approaches


An evangelical group from Oakland has been putting up signs declaring that Judgement Day is coming May 21. This billboard greets travelers headed north on I-880 near the Coliseum complex in Oakland, Calif. Friday April 22, 2011. (Karl Mondon/Staff)

Judgment Day is fabulous for business.

Contra Costa Times | May 18, 2011

By Matthias Gafni

Just ask Family Radio, the evangelical nonprofit that has plastered billboards and driven vans across the Bay Area and the world proclaiming the end of the world will be Saturday. The Oakland-based nonprofit has raised more than $100 million over the past seven years, according to tax returns. It owns 66 radio stations across the globe and was worth more than $72 million in 2009.

As The End nears, donations have spiked, a board member says, enabling Family Radio to spend millions of dollars on more than 5,000 billboards.

But it is not about money, say President Harold Camping and board member Tom Evans. It’s about spreading the Gospel and saving as many people as possible.

What will the nonprofit do with the millions of dollars left in the bank Saturday?

“When Judgment Day comes, if someone is a billionaire, how will they take their money with them?” said Camping, 89, during a phone interview Tuesday. “If we have any money left, and we will because we have to pay bills up to the very end “… it will all be destroyed because the world will be in a day of judgment.

“The money is not important at all. It’s a vehicle to spread the judgment and a vehicle of the Lord.”

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Armageddon coming this Saturday; supermarket lines expected to be long

Camping, a Bible scholar and former civil engineer, founded the 24-hour evangelical broadcasting network in 1959. The station with offices on Hegenberger Road in Oakland reaches listeners around the world in 75
languages — locally on 610 AM and at http://www.familyradio.com.

For years, the stations have espoused Camping’s belief that May 21, 2011, is the date of the rapture, when true believers will be taken up to heaven.

For those left behind, there will be a tremendous earthquake followed by six months of mayhem, disease and destruction until Oct. 21, when the world ends.

Camping used mathematical biblical calculations to determine the date. He erroneously predicted Doomsday before, Sept. 4, 1994, but says he has corrected his miscalculation.

The recent marketing blitz has drawn international media attention and the Day of Reckoning date trended as the hottest Google search Tuesday.

In September, Family Radio’s board members made a final push, dedicating all “extra dollars” to billboards and the Caravan project, which sent volunteers across the country in RVs painted with Apocalypse warnings, Evans said. The outreach has paid off.

“Donations have picked up, but not enough to offset the amount of money we’re spending,” said Evans, adding that the organization’s money comes only from listener donations, not corporate or church sponsors. “The only reason we had those assets in ’09 was God had been very generous to Family Radio.”

In 2009, in the last Family Radio tax return that was made public, the group collected $18.4 million in contributions, and earned more than $1 million in investment and other income. That year the group spent $36.7 million, and $41.2 million the previous year.

In 2009, Family Radio also reported employing 348 people earning more than $9 million in wages and benefits.

Camping, however, said he has been a full-time volunteer for five decades.

“I’ve never taken one nickel out of Family Radio,” said its president, who lives with his wife in Alameda. “Many evangelists have become very rich, but my wife and I live very modestly.”

In 2008 and 2009, he lent $175,516 to the organization, according to the tax returns.

Spreading the word of God also did not shield Family Radio from the 2008 stock market crash. The nonprofit reported $8.6 million in investment losses, dropping its stock portfolio to about $35.3 million that year.

It is sad, said a Pinole atheist, that Family Radio preys on fear, particularly during tough economic times.

“I’m concerned people will give their life savings to the organization and come Sunday, they’ll say, ‘Well, I’m still here and all I have is this Winnebago,’ ” said Larry Hicock, California director for the American Atheists, which is hosting post-rapture parties in Oakland and elsewhere this weekend. “This could be a Kool-Aid moment. It takes an incredible denial of reality to not have a Kool-Aid moment.”

Camping bristles at talking about money or fundraising.

“We have no interest in talking about money. We never tell people what to do with their money, that’s between them and God,” he said. “We’ll be paying all our bills to the last day and we’re honest in everything we do.”

Family Radio has no intention of giving away its money or assets before The End.

“There isn’t going to be a Saturday. So certainly none of Family Radio’s assets will be left because it won’t matter,” Evans said.

“The last thing people should be concerned with is what Family Radio is doing or what their assets are. They should be concerned with what I am doing and how I will stand before God.”

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British businessman facing jail for Prophet Mohammed insult


Insulting Islam is a serious offence in the United Arab Emirates and can attract a fine and a sentence of up to a year in prison Photo: GETTY

A British businessman is facing jail for insulting the Prophet Mohammed after getting into an argument in a shop in Dubai.

Telegraph | May 18, 2011

By Richard Spencer, Dubai

The man, named in court papers as Andrew Graham, 40, is said to have told Hassan Habib, a Pakistani computer salesman, that the Prophet was a “terrorist”.

Insulting Islam is a serious offence in the United Arab Emirates, as in other Gulf countries, and can attract a fine and a sentence of up to a year in prison.

Mr Graham pleaded not guilty at a hearing in Dubai Courts on Tuesday, admitting he had an argument with Mr Habib but denying he had attacked the Prophet or muslims.

Mr Habib, 21, told The Daily Telegraph Mr Graham had seemed to be trying to pick a fight when he came into the store where he sells Dell laptops, Emax in Mall of the Emirates.

“He insulted first my country, then Muslims, and then the Prophet,” he said.

“It was not the first time – he has had arguments in other outlet stores, according to my friends. But they are Indians and with me he increased the argument.”

The court was told Mr Graham had got into an argument with Mr Habib about the Taliban. When Mr Habib insisted that muslims were peace-loving, Mr Graham allegedly said: “All Muslims are mad and your Prophet Mohammad was a bad man. Your Prophet Mohammad was a terrorist.” Mr Graham, who had to be told to change after arriving at court wearing shorts, said: “I spoke with him about the problems between the Pakistani government and the Taliban.

“From what he said I understood that the salesman was a supporter of the Taliban. I told him he was crazy because they were terrorists and they kill people and bomb each other. I didn’t say anything bad about Muslims or the Prophet.” Mr Graham was remanded on bail until the next hearing on June 9, when a verdict will be handed down. He is believed to work in Qatar but to be staying near the Mall of the Emirates, as Mr Habib said he had seen him jogging nearby in the days before the incident.

Inside Obama’s “Orwellian World” Where Whistleblowing Has Become Espionage: The Case of Thomas Drake

democracynow.org | May 18, 2011

National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake faces 35 years in prison on espionage charges for alleged unauthorized “willful retention” of five classified documents. “Espionage is the last thing my whistleblowing and First Amendment activities and actions were all about,” Drake said recently in a public speech. “This has become the specter of a truly Orwellian world where whistleblowing has become espionage.” According to The New Yorker, the Obama administration has used the Espionage Act of 1917 to press criminal charges in five alleged instances of national security leaks—more such prosecutions than have occurred in all previous administrations combined. We play excerpts of Thomas Drake’s first public comments and talk to former Justice Department whistleblower, Jesselyn Radack. [includes rush transcript]

AMY GOODMAN: A new exposé by Jane Mayer in The New Yorker magazine has revealed more details about the Obama administration’s crackdown on whistleblowers. The article focuses on former National Security Agency analyst Thomas Drake, who’s being prosecuted for leaking information about waste and mismanagement at the agency. Drake was the source for a Baltimore Sun series on the NSA’s overspending and failure to properly maintain its large trove of domestic spy data.

Drake faces 35 years in prison for espionage but isn’t actually accused of spying. Instead, he’s accused of holding on to classified documents in his basement that he says he didn’t know were classified. His trial is set to begin next month in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

Overall, The New Yorker magazine reports, the Obama administration has used the Espionage Act of 1917 to press criminal charges in five alleged instances of national security leaks—more such prosecutions than have occurred in all previous administrations combined. Gabriel Schoenfeld of the Hudson Institute said, “Ironically, Obama has presided over the most draconian crackdown on leaks in our history—even more so than Nixon.”

Drake received the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling last month. In his acceptance speech, he criticized the prosecution of whistleblowers.

THOMAS DRAKE: Truth tellers, such as myself, are those who are simply doing their jobs and honoring their oaths to serve their nation under the law of the land. We are dedicated to the proposition that government service is of, for, by the people. We emphatically do not serve in order to manipulate on behalf of the powerful, nor to conceal unlawful, illegal or embarrassing secrets from the public, because truth does matter. Truth may be inconvenient. It may cause embarrassment. It may threaten the powers that be and their unlawful activities, but it is still the truth. I have but this one life to live.

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World Bank: “BRIICS” Harbinger Of A New World Order

World Bank: The Rise of the BRIICS A Harbinger Of A New World Economic Order

Forbes | May 17 2011

By EVA PEREIRA

The days of U.S. global economic dominance are numbered. A report recently released by the World Bank predicts that by 2025, a multi-polar world will emerge in which economic clout is spread across developed and emerging economies.

Between 2010 and 2025, average growth rates in emerging economies are expected to be more than twice that of advanced economies — 4.7 to our 2.3 percent. The BRIICS (Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China, South Korea) will lead the emerging world, accounting for more than half of all global growth.

Interestingly, trade and investment patterns are shifting too. Foreign investment deals between developing countries are rapidly increasing. According to the report, over a third of FDI inflows to developing countries now originate in other developing countries, a trend which is predicted to increase as emerging economies further industrialize and shift production down the value chain. This is already underway in China, where the WSJ recently reported rising wages are causing local companies to shift production outside the country, in some cases to Bangladesh, in an effort to keep costs down.

According to Mansoor Dailami, manager of the Emerging Global Trends team and lead author of the report, China’s increasing economic dominance will lead to a more international role for its currency. “The most likely global currency scenario in 2025 will be a multi-currency one centered on the dollar, the euro, and the renminbi.” Already, the Chinese are moving to internationalize their currency through the development of offshore renminbi markets and by encouraging its use in trade.

In the long term, growth in emerging economies will be contingent on their ability to innovate and shift away from an externally driven growth model to one fueled in part by local consumption. Reforms across the board will be needed in order for a middle class to form.

The shift towards a multi-polar world will usher in a new era for U.S. policymakers. Power is no longer as centralized as it once was. Policy coordination will become increasingly important in navigating a more integrated global economy and seizing the opportunities that lie ahead.

Ohio High Temperatures Coldest Ever For Mid-May

whiotv.com | May 18, 2011

WILMINGTON, Ohio — Ohio’s chilly mid-May has made the record books.

The National Weather Service says Monday’s high temperature in Columbus of 49 degrees and Tuesday’s high of 51 were the coldest maximum temperatures ever seen on May 16 and 17 in the city.

Tuesday’s cool weather in Columbus broke a record that had stood since 1915.

Also on Tuesday, Cincinnati’s high of 51 degrees and Dayton’s top temperature of 49 were the coolest highs ever recorded in those cities on May 17. The weather service says Cincinnati and Dayton on Monday saw their second-chilliest maximum temperatures for May 16.

Ohio’s central and southern regions are expected to see a slight warm-up on Wednesday — into the 60s.