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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 19 Nov 2003 13:00:00 GMT
From smith2004:
Ah, yes. The two most traumatic times of a man's life: the first time he can't do it twice, and the second time he can't do it once. ;-) (Been there, done that, outgrew the T-shirt.) -- Chris Claypoole

Marc Brands Liberty - What Politicians Can Offer You - cartoon commentary on the phrase "A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." Hehe. Couldn't read the name of the cartoonist. [smith2004] - Clamping Down on Terrorism - cartoon commentary on what really happens when you attempt to trade liberty for security.

I made my (first) National Ammo Day purchase last night at the little gun shop I frequent on Tuesday nights, a pound of H4895, 100 300 grain 44 caliber Hornady XTP bullets, and 100 Winchester large rifle primers. All set for loading up another hundred rounds for my 444 Marlin. Remember, if you want to play, you've got until Sunday to buy 100 rounds of ammo or reloading supplies.

Christina Stokes at - Strip search that spares your blushes - millimeter wave technology that replaces the declothed body with a computer-generated mannequin. This somehow makes it "OK" to search you without your consent and without a warrant. It's fighting terrorism, don't you know. For the children. Not yet ready for prime time, but the jackboots are working furiously. [claire]

The powerful scanner, which was developed by American scientists, uses millimetre waves to see through clothes. It works because the fibres in clothes are less than a millimetre across, allowing the light waves to pass right through them.

A special camera using the waves can see through clothes as easily as we can see through glass. And the picture it creates can be seen on a screen so operators can see not just if a person is carrying arms, but also drugs and plastic explosives. Non-metallic illegal substances like these are not picked up by normal airport scanners.


The scanner could eventually be used not just in airports and train stations but in all public places.

Petillot explained: "At the moment there is no real way of checking fans coming into a football stadium or pupils going into a school to see if they are carrying knives.

"The millimetre wave technology needs people to pause for a second at the moment. But it's possible that when the scanning software is developed it could get quick enough to scan crowds passing through turnstiles into a football match."

Another advantage of millimetre wave scanners over current technology is they do not interfere with pacemakers.

Petillot said: "The camera just receives the rays a person emits, rather than sending out waves itself. So it doesn't interfere with pacemakers and there are no risks involved in people going through the scanner."

And Petillot believes similar technology could be used to scan lorries and trains crossing borders for illegal immigrants.

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