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NYPD Creating Mobile Street Scanners for Concealed Weapons

If you've ever felt violated at the airport thanks to all of those fancy body scanners and search mechanics, you might be unsettled to learn that the police are developing a mobile version of the full body scanners found in many modern airports. Such a device would allow the police to scan the streets from the safety of their cars without anybody even knowing about it.

Although it is being designed to help officers determine whether or not somebody is armed and dangerous, we have a feeling such a device might cause some controversy regarding privacy. Seeing as how some people are already upset about searches at the airport (a place we expect to be searched and scanned) giving police the ability to scan people anywhere without their consent or knowledge could be bad.

The project was announced earlier this week by NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly who stated that the NYPD and the Department of Defense were able to create a successful prototype. The current prototype is only capable of scanning from a range of three to four feet, but Kelly is fairly confident the device will soon be able to reach up to eighty feet. If the project does continue and reach such a long range, we just hope the device produces images clear enough to differentiate between a firearm and an iPod.

  • spasmolytic46
    Great, now the police can continue their practice of sexual assault & harassment + they can give us cancer too!
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  • mcvf
    I thought that people had right to carry a weapon for their protection in U.S, but I guess I was wrong. Even from this article we can deduce conclusion having weapon = being suspicious and dangerous.
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  • kcorp2003
    i see potential health issues here.
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  • Lord Captivus
    I dont have anything to hide...do you?
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  • dickcheney
    mcvfI thought that people had right to carry a weapon for their protection in U.S, but I guess I was wrong. Even from this article we can deduce conclusion having weapon = being suspicious and dangerous.
    The right of the cops to violate your rights is an American value!
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  • spookie
    hopefully the range won't get bigger, for now we should just walk as far away from the road when we see a police car
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  • spookie
    hopefully the range won't get bigger, for now we should just walk as far away from the road when we see a police car
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  • aion_w
    Gonna stash weapons like hitman
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  • spasmolytic46
    Attention pedophiles! Join the NYPD! Look at naked kids from the safety of your patrol car.
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  • millerm84
    lord captivusI dont have anything to hide...do you?
    No, I have nothing to hind and no the police have no reason to look and see if I do. This technology is fine for police personal who have a search warrant to search a building and it's occupants, but to be used on the streets without warrant or consent of those scanned presents a Constitutional Rights violation. This technology should only be used when a person would otherwise be patted down. The argument that police can search you because you have nothing to hide is crap and should be treated as such.
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