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Drive-By Body Scanners: Gun Control at a Distance

Written by Gary North on January 20, 2012

It had to happen. Technology gets more efficient. What the TSA has in airports your local police department will have in vans: body scanners that operate at a distance.

There will be scanners in police vans. If you are carrying anything metallic, you will be spotted.

The Chief of Police has submitted an order for these devices.

If Kelly gets his wish, the city will be receiving a whole slew of Terahertz Imagining Detection scanners, a high-tech radiation detector that measures the energy that is emitted from a persons’ body. As CBS News reports, “It measures the energy radiating from a body up to 16 feet away, and can detect anything blocking it, like a gun.”

What it can also do, however, is allow the NYPD to conduct illegal searches by means of scanning anyone walking the streets of New York. Any object on your person could be privy to the eyes of the detector, and any suspicious screens can prompt police officers to search someone on suspicion of having a gun, or anything else under their clothes.

This raises a Constitutional issue.

The scanners also raise the question of whether such searches would even be legal under the US Constitution. Under the Fourth Amendment, Americans are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures. Does scoping out what’s on someone’s person fall under the same category as a hands-on frisk, though?

To the NYPD, it might not matter. In the first quarter of 2011, more than 161,000 innocent New Yorkers were stopped and interrogated on the streets of the city. Figures released by the NYPD in May of last year revealed that of the over 180,000 stop-and-frisk encounters reported by the police department, 88 percent of them ended in neither an arrest nor a summons, leading many to assume that New York cops are already going above and beyond the law by searching seemingly anyone they chose.

Then there is the issue of keeping the military out of local law enforcement.

CBS News adds that the plan puts the NYPD in direct cooperation with the Department of Defense, who is working on testing the scanners to find a way to bring them to the streets.

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39 thoughts on “Drive-By Body Scanners: Gun Control at a Distance

  1. Liberty???

  2. Folks when are we going to stop this government intrusion on our lives

  3. Lester Goss says:

    I bleven in GOD and the second amendment.GOD BLESS AMERICA IN GOD we trust not the IDIOTS in Washington.
    I will keep my BIBLE and GUN.

  4. As soon as we Elect Ron Paul as POTUS@

  5. This is why everyone should be carrying a gun. Smoking Dan.

  6. Welcome to the new world order. I hope you guys realize that this is not gonna go away by waiting for November to vote. This is an exact repeat of what england tried to do 200+ years ago. Patrick Henry + others were pretty much right on target. Everyone wants progress; but, no one with half a brain wants the OBAMA change except the ones that aren't willing to work for it.

  7. We can not stop people…Look what we did with SOPA…Keep the heat on..Call, write, e-mail the New York PD, do the same with congress…Don't let up Every day hit them with Phone calls..set up times to go see them anything to let them know who they WORK FOR. God Bless

  8. Andy94538 part 1

    Fourth Amendment:

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    Board any commercial flight and you are searched with no probable cause whatsoever. In many jurisdictions, report for jury duty and you are likewise treated. Since when is it a crime for which you can be detained and searched to report for jury duty or board a commercial airliner? Where is the probable cause that you have committed a crime?

  9. Andy94538 part 2

    I am a warehouseman. I routinely carry a box cutter, "assault weapon" of choice in 9/11. Were I to walk down New York streets, would I be detained if this thing sees this? I am waiting to see someone cite the Fourth Amendment and Weeks v. U.S. (1914) which establishes what is known as the "exclusionary rule" which says in effect that any evidence seized as a result of an illegal (unconstitutional) search cannot be used in the prosecution's case. The illegal search here is being used as "probable cause" to arrest someone, exactly what our Founding Fathers understood under the British Crown and "writs of assistance," writs issued by the Crown or its stooges, at any time and for any reason, or for no reason at all. This is why the Fourth Amendment was included in our Bill of Rights.

  10. Who said Hitler was dead?????

  11. New Yorkies keep re-electing Bloomberg and other fascists into office. NYC voted for Obama by a 9:1 margin. Progressives want an all powerful state to achieve utopia.

  12. Wow, an new meaning of DriveBy! Pretty soon, the populace will rise up, and do a crack down of their own… Keep it up you who steals of liberty. The Wrath of the people will turn these lunch boxes liberty intruding machines into coffins.

  13. Remember, the thugs in the White House care less about the Constitution. You probably wouldn't recognize the real Constitution. About five years ago, at a meeting, an attorney spoke up, and said the Constitution has been rewritten to suit those in office. We really haven't been a free country for 100 years.

    God told us to "hold down the fort" until his return. We've allowed the ungodly to take the helm in this country. They are using multiculturalism against us. Our elections are fraudulent, taxation is outright theft. Our rights are being eroded daily.

    We must STOP all legal unsponsored immigration, put a moratorium on immigration, and STOP all illegal immigration from countries we have nothing in common. ENOUGH is ENOUGH

  14. stephen thompson says:

    My bible has been altered to carry a .380acp pistol. I have now lined the inner 1st page and outer last page with aluminum foil, the real thick kind. It would only show I had a square object but is easily seen to be a bible. God helps those that help themselves.

  15. UnmitigatedTr says:

    Wow!!! This is just like in the Schwarzenegger movie "Total Recall".

    There is a scene in the movie where he walks past a wall and you can see a skeleton walking by with weapons on him.

    COOL! On to the Future..

  16. politicstick says:

    They want utopia and by doing what they are doing here, and in many other facets of their rulings, what they will end up with is oppression.

  17. So true Andy and the jihadists have been loving every minute of this since 9/11. They got what they wanted.

  18. As we watch more and more attacks on our Constitutional rights it makes you wonder if all the blood sweat and tears we put into this country generation after generation has not turned it back into what we left behind when we settled here. TAX US TO DEATH? TAKE OUR PROPERTY. ILLEGAL SEARCHES? REGULATE OUR INTERNET? TEACH OUR CHILDREN HOW TO SIN IN SCHOOL? FRAUDULENT VOTING? TELL OUR PREACHERS WHAT TO PREACH? etc…


    Well well it looks like this country is headed in the right direction for total loss of freedom for all. Next thing you know they will be scanning you when you are doing things in the bathroom. Joseph Stalin would love this device. I love it when people stand there and say its ok because it makes you safer. Poor things they dont realize they have just lost more freedom. Who is going to watch the watchers. This country is in real trouble with the government cops local cops and just too many cops. Every agency in the government is carrying guns today. Pretty soon the water and electric departments will start carrying guns. I suppose if you dont pay your bill they will drag you off to jail or shoot your family.

  20. It's a nice idea to catch the bros in the hood with pistols, but being a pistol permit holder I'll have to get an imprint on my outer jacket "I'm Packin-Legally!"

  21. They want to keep pushing you and keep pushing you into a corner until you can't take it anymore. Then when all the people rebel and a revolution starts up they declare martial law. This has been their plan all along. Only now some are starting to see. We are the last Free State standing in the way of the NWO.

  22. jim28threg. says:

    What's next a scanner that shows when a woman is a bit warmer in the tender area and therefor more likely to submit ? How
    far do we go before we reach the bottom? Does "do unto others" mean nothing anymore? So many sell their soul to the Devil
    for a cup of sugar .

  23. Is anyone concerned about the radiation from all of these machines? Oh that's right, it's just a little bit of radiation, not enough to hurt anyone. I'm sure that it's within the "safe" levels determined by our loving federal government. Never mind that each time you walk by them you're being radiated, but I'm sure that being scanned countless times per day almost every day of the year as you walk to work or shop or exercise won't add up to much. It's definitely safe; don't worry folks, you're in good hands.

  24. I don't think radiation is an issue in this one. This appears to be a passive infrared-type detector, which makes it even more insidious. It appears to work by comparing the body heat of the person against what is being blocked by the presence of metal objects. You can't buy a device that detects this the way you can buy and use radar detectors for police radar.

  25. Did they, now? There are over 100 mosques in NYC. The only one being paid attention to was and is the one next to GZ. What is going on in all those other "Places of prostration"? How many Wahhabist radicals who are combat veterans from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, etc. are walking around the streets of NYC? What is in those 100 mosques? How many women veiled in a burqa in NYC are actually women? We are still at war, people. Start listening to the Imams, to what they are really saying: the war is here, at home and the target, the prize, is our will and courage to stand up and defend ourselves in any and every way possible. Seems the NYPD – based upon some painful experience known as 9-11, is doing what the TSA cannot do: profile. This seems to be commonly accepted by those NYC residents who don't want another 9-11. Works in Israel because they understand from THOUSANDS of years of dealing with hostility and enmity from their Arab cousins the depth of Islamic hatred for Christians and Jews. And using high-tech devices such as these, and the portable high-tech vehicle scanners developed by the Germans – another country beset by a burgeoning problem with a rising Muslim population which is demanding ever-more protection from non-Sharia codes – is a very good idea – if used wisely, meaning that coupled with profiling, a terrorist can be spotted by high-tech scanning with a weapon or an IED even inside their body and stopped on the way to the target. This, with the ability to mount a rapid response before an attack can take place is exactly how the Israelis operate…as for the Fourth Amendment, it tells the federal government what it will not do without demonstrating "probable cause" – the applicability of the Fourth Amendment within the borders of a State which has been attacked twice would make for a very interesting and lively discussion – A s has been demonstrated many times in this war, timely intelligence information that is immediately followed up on is the most important weapon in this war. The solution must be two-fold: understanding and patient observation and assistance from citizens and the means to respond to a threat without getting too many sissies riled up, you know, the ones who have forgotten 9-11…


  27. Mayflower Decendant says:

    Another good reason to stay away from NYC. I listened to a person knowledgeable about these types of scanners and she refuses to use the airport ones because they alter your DNA! They make your DNA strands unwind. Sounds like that can't be a good thing!

  28. I'd like to find a metal mesh T-shirt I can cut letters out of, creating an appropriate saying.
    Or I think I'll cut gun shapes out of blocks of aluminum and carry a dozen or so at all times.
    Anything to make them waste their time over this nonsense.

  29. There is no more Fourth Amendment: It has been canceled by NDAA last week. 96 senators voted for it. Even Marco Rubio.
    God is not going to help you!! America has truned it's back on GOD. Only we the people can save America now. Are their any people like those that lived in 1776?? I hope so.

  30. They Keep Removing Our Constitutional Rights! Next They will outlaw all gun sales!
    If We Don’ WAKE UP AMERICA Now!!!
    This Is Our Future Now! http://www.infowars.com/government-censors-docume….
    This Future is already here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6nchQl9JDg&fe….
    America is on the precipice of demise! http://www.inflation.us/videos.html
    Help WAKE UP AMERICA Now!!!
    Info @ http://www.wakeupamerica.com/constitutionalbeliev…. just as many conservative groups have, along with thousands of other people have joined WAKE UP AMERICA! I believe thousands more, hundreds of thousands, or millions more will help take back our republic with Wake Up America! So The POTENTIAL IS HUGE!
    Take Care and GOD BLESS!
    Mr. Harris



  33. There is a really simple solution to this equipment. If the police or any government agency wishes to use such equipment to violate the privacy of the citizens of this republic, you can always respond in a fashion similar to how I intend to. Once it is learned that this type of equipment is being employed, I intend to begin carrying a few 1/4 to 1/2 inch pipe segments and pieces or a baggie full of steel washers or lead bits in my pocket so that the machines will alert that I am carrying something. Then when the police decide to stop and search me without evidence of a crime, probable cause or even reasonable suspicion of a crime, I will turn around and very publicly sue the police, the department and those who are responsible for implementing the use of this equipment personally. Added to this, if I can find the intent behind their actions as enforcement of some government anti-gun agenda, I will institute proceedings against them for wilful violation of my constitutional rights (also very publicly as an example). These are measures I personally believe others should consider, aka, fighting stupidity with stupidity.

  34. same here …………THEY CAN KEEP THE CHANGE!!

  35. It is time to fire the entire Federal Government and start over.

  36. what about REV 22:19? would that apply here? i think you should use a cur-ran instead!! bet you would never be hassled! LOL!


  38. The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it. – Benjamin Franklin
    God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty…. And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
    — Benjamin Franklin

  39. No probable cause equals “unconstitutional” at all levels!!