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Is Former DHS Secretary Chertoff making money off TSA scanners?

File this under “never let a crisis go to waste” and “strike while the iron is hot” or in this case while the iron is luke warm. On the floor of the house this week, two congressmen, Rep. Duncan and Rep. Paul, claim that the scanners were merely a “sweetheart deal” that is costing American taxpayers 300,000,000.00 for 1000 scanners and the deal maker is none other than Former Secretary of DHS, Micheal Chertoff.

Here is what we know so far, just days after the “underwear bomber” attempted to explode a bomb on Christmas Day 2009, Former Secretary, Michael Chertoff had this article in the Washington Post in which he stated:

During my time as secretary of homeland security, the Transportation Security Administration began working to replace the 1970s-era metal detectors used at airports across America with modern technology able to detect non-metal weapons concealed by terrorists on their bodies — even in their underwear, where Abdulmutallab allegedly hid his bomb. The latest versions of these machines — sometimes called whole-body imagers — are deployed at 19 airports, and the TSA is attempting to place them throughout the nation.

So these scanners were in the “works” even before the close call with the “underwear bomber”, but what was not disclosed at the time is that the Chertoff Group, his security consulting agency, represents Rapiscan, the manufacture of the body scanners that the TSA is using.

As Anderson Cooper reported on CNN, Wednesday, Chertoff has continued to advocate for the use of the scanners ever since the Christmas incident, without disclosing his financial interest. This has drawn criticism for airport passenger’s right groups.

“Mr. Chertoff should not be allowed to abuse the trust the public has placed in him as a former public servant to privately gain from the sale of full-body scanners under the pretense that the scanners would have detected this particular type of explosive,’’ said Kate Hanni, founder of FlyersRights.org.

And rightly so, I might add. There has been much speculation about whether the scanners would have worked experts seem to stop short of certainty citing there is always room for human error.

So, we had our “crisis” and it appears that for this crisis, not only did we not let it go to waste, we were prepare for it. I am sure the controversy is far from over and there are other details that need to be follow-up on, such as what happen to the legislation that would have stop this.  So stay tuned, there is a lot more on this.

About Michelle Stanley

A concern citizen, Co-Founder of Richmond Patriots, grass root activist interested in putting government back in its proper role.

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