NYC Using Military X-Ray Vans To Spy On People

Dystopian truth is stranger than dystopian fiction.In New York City, the police now maintain an unknown number of military-grade vans outfitted with X-ray radiation, enabling cops to look through the walls of buildings or the sides of trucks. The technology was used in Afghanistan before being loosed on U.S. streets. Each X-ray van costs an estimated $729,000 to $825,000.

The NYPD will not reveal when, where, or how often they are used.

“I will not talk about anything at all about this,” New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told a journalist for the New York Post who pressed for details on the vans. “It falls into the range of security and counter-terrorism activity that we engage in.”

He added that “they’re not used to scan people for weapons.”

Here are some specific questions that New York City refuses to answer:

  • How is the NYPD ensuring that innocent New Yorkers are not subject to harmful X-ray radiation?
  • How long is the NYPD keeping the images that it takes and who can look at them?
  • Is the NYPD obtaining judicial authorization prior to taking images, and if so, what type of authorization?
  • Is the technology funded by taxpayer money, and has the use of the vans justified the price tag?

Those specifics are taken from a New York Civil Liberties Union court filing. The legal organization is seeking to assist a lawsuit filed by Pro Publica journalist Michael Grabell, who has been fighting New York City for answers about X-ray vans for 3 years.

Source Article from https://www.popularresistance.org/nyc-using-military-x-ray-vans-to-spy-on-people/

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