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We all know that we will never REALLY know what it is that #DARPA has secretly achieved in recent decades under various names, alphabet letters and guises, but what they DO allow us to see is just plain amazing. Here are a few choice gems from today’s #science and #militarytechnology search. Check this blog’s new DARPA Page for the latest updates every week or so.

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Colorado Businessman Retails TSA Scanner “X-Ray Resistant” Underwear

Copyright 11.23.2010 By CK Hunter

Innovation is alive and well in the United States of America.

A Colorado businessman has been both farseeing and ingenious, anticipating the coming backlash from American travelers against the TSA‘s invasive full body scanners as far back as January.

Jeff Buske of Larkspur Colorado began developing x-ray resistant bras and briefs earlier this year. He began retailing the x-ray proof undergarments in March of this year, and sales have been brisk. Story details can be found at:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-tsa-fig-leaf-20101123,0,4639299.story

“You shouldn’t have to be digitally strip-searched or doused with radiation to visit your grandmother,” Buske, a 52-year-old electrical engineer, said by phone Monday from New Jersey, where he was trying to find facilities to manufacture more of his undergarments.

Buske hit upon the idea in January after authorities said a Nigerian air passenger unsuccessfully tried to detonate a bomb in his underpants. That led the TSA to speed its deployment of full-body imaging machines across the country. Buske anticipated an inevitable backlash.

TSA-proof underwear By Jeff Buske:

Rockyflatsgear.com

The fig leaf is designed to repel X-rays in airport full-body scanners.

Confirmed: FED Storing Images Procured With TSA Full Body Scanners?

Updated 12.28.10 Please readhttp://www.boingboing.net/2010/08/04/surprise-feds-stored.html

Copyright 11/17/2010 By CK Hunter, Re-posted material courtesy of blogspot.com

A truth researcher on blogspot.com has produced documents he alleges prove that the US government, is in fact, storing the images they procure with full body scanners. He cites several instances in Florida which flatly contradict Janet Napolitano‘s statements to the press that the images are not kept or stored.

Let me pose a question to the reader:  If you were an evil secret world government crime cabal, intent on surveilling and identifying, tracking, and marketing your junk non-stop to every world citizen, and you had access to full body scanner technology and the databases compiled from airport security of all passengers who were scanned, then wouldn’t you GREATLY DESIRE to PROCURE and store those scans, just in much the same way that every little transaction we make becomes part and parcel of our so-called “credit report.?”

It’s just one more thing the world beast system can amass and collect on the average citizen: a complete detail of their nude body, replete with any and all identifying marks, moles, scars, tattoos, breast implants, hip replacements, et al.

Of course they DESIRE GREATLY to illegal amass and store these scans. They would be fools not to, if they are intent on being able to identify any human being on the planet, with or without that human’s consent. That’s something they especially want to do with Americans, because we are just about the only population left with the moxie, mojo and spiritual spine to stand up to these people.

Chase Kyla Hunter

http://www.youtube.com/v/LY0BJIu0o0s?fs=1&hl=en_US

Here’s the info posted by the .com blogger:

Government Storing Images of Body Scanners

Government Storing Images of Body Scanners
I saw a presentation on television where Janet Napolitano said that the body scanners did not record and save the images it took of people. Then I remembered hearing that these body scanners can in fact record the images, and are able to do so during testing. According to an article the U.S. Marshals have admitted that these security scanners have recorded images taken at a Florida Courthouse.
From TSA Procurement Specifications (page 11)
“For purposes of testing, evaluation, and training development, the WBI shall (22) provide a Test Mode.
The WBI Test Mode shall (23) be the sole mode of operation permitting the exporting of image data.
“”BI Test Mode shall (24) be accessible as provided in the User Access Levels and Capabilities
appendix.
When in Test Mode, the WBI:
• shall (25) allow exporting of image data in real-time;
• shall (26) prohibit projection of an image to the IO station;
• shall (27) provide a secure means for high-speed transfer of image data;
• shall (28) allow exporting of image data (raw and reconstructed).”
Source
Article about the Government Storing Images
TSA Procurement Specifications
Court Documents about Body Scanners
TSA reply House
Video about Body Scanners
Video Report about US Marshals storing images
The following information was gleaned on 12.28.10 courtesy of Liquid Matrix Security Digest:

According to the TSA, there are currently 385 full body scanners in 68 different US airports. Check to see if your local airport is using these scanners to sneak a peak at your goodies.

Albuquerque International Sunport Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
• Boston Logan International
• Bush Houston Interncontinental Airport
• Boise Airport
• Bradley International Airport
• Brownsville
Buffalo Niagara International Airport
• Charlotte Douglas International
• Chicago O’Hare International
• Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International
• Cleveland International Airport
• Corpus Christie Airport
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
• Denver International Airport
• Detroit Metro Airport
• Dulles International Airport
• El Paso International Airport
• Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
Fort Wayne International Airport
• Fresno Airport
• Gulfport International Airport
• Grand Rapids Airport
• Harrisburg International Airport
• Harlingen/Valley International Airport
• Honolulu International Airport
• Indianapolis International Airport
• Jacksonville International Airport
John F. Kennedy International Airport
• Kansas City International
LaGuardia International Airport
• Lambert/St. Louis International Airport
• Laredo International Airport
• Lihue Airport
• Los Angeles International
• Luis Munoz Marin International Airport
• McAllen Miller Airport
McCarran International Airport
• Memphis International Airport
• Miami International Airport
• General Mitchell Milwaukee International Airport
• Mineta San José International
• Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport
• Nashville International Airport
• Newark Liberty International Airport
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
• Oakland International Airport
• Omaha Eppley Field Airport
• Orlando International Airport
• Palm Beach International Airport
• Philadelphia International Airport
• Phoenix International Airport
• Pittsburgh International Airport
• Port Columbus International
• Raleigh-Durham International Airport
• Richmond International Airport
• Rochester International Airport
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Salt Lake City International Airport
• San Antonio International Airport
• San Diego International Airport
• San Francisco International Airport
• Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
• Spokane International Airport
• T.F. Green Airport
• Tampa International Airport
• Tulsa International Airport

Chicago Midway International Airport, Houston William P. Hobby Airport, and Saipan International Airport are supposed to receive their full body scanners soon. Given that many of the airports in the list are major destinations, chances are someone’s going to get a real good look at you the next time you fly (which could very well be this holiday season). Supposedly, TSA’s goal is to up the amount of full body scanners to a 1000 by the end of 2011 too. [TSA via Geekosystem]

Send an email to Casey Chan, the author of this post, at cchan@gizmodo.com.