So I was reading an article this morning about this van the federal government has at big sporting events and everything.
While I think it's a great idea others are saying it's an "Invasion of privacy". This semi ticks a nerve because since when did insuring a mass amount of people are safe become a privacy issue via x-rays? Do people have any idea how much they are being tracked via internet, cellphones, and GPS? An x-ray van should be the least of their worries.Atlanta – For many living in a terror-spooked country, it might seem like a great government innovation: Use vans equipped with mobile X-ray units to scan vehicles at major sporting events, or even randomly, for bombs or contraband.
Full story can be found here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20100929/ts_csm/329052But news that the US is buying custom-made vans packed with something called backscatter X-ray capacity has riled privacy advocates and sparked internet worries about "feds radiating Americans."
"This really trips up the creep factor because it's one of those things that you sort of intrinsically think the government shouldn't be doing," says Vermont-based privacy expert Frederick Lane, author of "American Privacy." "But, legally, the issue is the boundary between the government's legitimate security interest and privacy expectations we enjoy in our cars."
Do you think this is a bad thing for the government to do? Or do you think they should continue it because it may save many lives?