As reported by the Daily Mail,
The cross-party group of MPs accused ministers of taking a ‘laissez-faire’ approach to security and said the government must be more proactive in preventing attacks using new technology.
Their report concludes: ‘The Government's position of adopting "proportionate" measures is a euphemism for adopting a wholly reactive stance and waiting for terrorists to demonstrate their new capabilities before implementing improved security measures.
Yet, overnight a story has emerged in The Sun that provides the perfect example of why the rush to install full-body scanners at airports up and down the country should be put on hold.
A Heathrow security man was quizzed by police after ogling a girl colleague "naked" in a new anti-terror body scanner.
Jo Margetson, 29, reported John Laker, 25, after he took her picture with the X-ray gadget and made a lewd comment. The pervy guard leered and told her: "I love those gigantic t**s."
She had entered the X-ray machine by mistake – and was horrified when Laker pressed a button to take a revealing photo.
There needs to be much more thought given to the privacy and health concerns – how are those employed being trained and vetted and how dangerous is the radiation these machines produce?
As Alex wrote last week, body scanners are an intrusive and unnecessary over-reaction to a threat (the Christmas Day bomber) which could and should have been picked up using the intelligence available at the time.
Until they are put under the sort of rigorous testing that similar equipment has been subjected to, Big Brother Watch is campaigning for a complete suspension in the national roll-out of airport body scanners.
By Dylan Sharpe