Wednesday, July 6, 2011

hate to say we told you so: cancer cluster found amongst Logan TSA

After Union representatives in Boston discovered a “cancer cluster” amongst TSA workers linked with radiation from the body scanners, the TSA sought to downplay the matter and refused to issue employees with dosimeters to measure levels of exposure.

“A large number of workers have been falling victim to cancer
strokes and heart disease.”

The Department, rather than acting on it, or explaining its position seems to have just dismissed. I don’t think that’s the way most other agencies would have acted in a similar situation if they were confronted with that question,”
- Marc Rotenberg, EPIC

“TSA Boston’s growing number of TSOs working here that have thus far been diagnosed with cancer.”
- Union Reps - email sent to Heather Callahan, Deputy Federal Security Director

The medical industry ensures its staff & patients are properly protected when conducting X-rays,
and the equipment they use occasionally endures routine procedures to guarantee calibration is up to par.
So why is it TSA agents themselves are not protected from the risks involved with these mechanisms,
nevermind the general public who fail to be warned when its they who are exposed to a direct dose.
The scoundrels who profit from these machines have already been caught cooking the books 
on the safety of their product. Yet the majority of the public simply subside to the security,
disregarding the fact that they are jeopardizing their own safety, and the likelihood of a terrorist boarding their plane are far outmatched by the inevitable risk of being stricken with cancer in the future.

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