"Deception by an omission of the truth is as bad as a lie." Jennifer ChiaveriniThe mainstream media was quick to publicise the findings of a survey that showed widespread public support for the global drive to install 'naked' full-body scanners at airports.
Articles such as Sky News:UK Holidaymakers Back Use Of Full-Body Scanners and Agence France-Presse:Opinion poll: US anti-terror too lax, uncritically repeated the report's findings without questioning the reliability of the survey or mentioning the conflict of interests held by those in the security industry who stand to profit from rolling out these dangerous machines.
There is one glaring omission from these and the many media reports that published 'news' articles based on the Unisys press release. That is who Unisys is, their connections with government, military, Homeland security, the Transportation Services Authority (TSA) and how they profit from airport security technologies. The failure of the mainstream media to report the true source and motives behind this survey is a clear example of how they lie by omitting the most important facts.
The survey generated headlines in Austrailia, New Zealand, America and the UK. All with similar sweeping joyous news of approximately 80% of air travelers from these countries who just can't wait to get zapped and show their privates to security guards in order to catch their flight.
Reading the triumphant headlines, you'd be forgiven for believing the incredible turnaround in public support for invasive technology that has generated many serious concerns, including:
- Perverted airport workers ogling at images of female colleagues passing through the scanners.
- The failed trials of this technology that breaks child pornography laws
- The privacy issues resulting from scanners that 'show passengers naked'
- Health risks of miscarriages and DNA damage from the dangerous levels of radiation:
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