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11-22-2010, 04:59 AM
Ever wonder why the regime is insisting upon using these body scanners?

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Be sure and read Tim Carney’s Examiner column today on the politically-connected lobby for the controversial new TSA scanners that are upsetting airline employees and travelers everywhere. Carney notes that a company called Rapiscan got a $165 million contract for the new body image scanners four days after the underwear-bomber incident this past Christmas. Not surprisingly, Rapiscan is politically connected, observes Carney:

<span style='font-size: 11pt'>Rapiscan got the other naked-scanner contract from the TSA, worth $173 million. Rapiscan’s lobbyists include </span><span style='font-size: 14pt'>Susan Carr, a former senior legislative aide to Rep. David Price, D-N.C., chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee.</span> <span style='font-size: 11pt'>When Defense Daily reported on Price’s appropriations bill last winter, the publication noted “Price likes the budget for its emphasis on filling gaps in aviation security, in particular the whole body imaging systems.”

Then this morning Carney also noted that former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff was flacking for Rapiscan.

As for the company’s other political connections, it also appears that</span> <span style='font-size: 14pt'>none other than George Soros, the billionaire funder of the country’s liberal political infrastructure, owns 11,300 shares of OSI Systems Inc., the company that owns Rapiscan. Not surprisingly, OSI’s stock has appreciated considerably over the course of the year. Soros certainly is a savvy investor.</span>

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/belt...s#ixzz160XIpgJm (http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2010/11/george-soros-also-profiting-controversial-new-tsa-scanners#ixzz160XIpgJm)</div></div>

Meanwhile the thugocracy is molesting Americans at an ever increasing rate.


11-22-2010, 03:09 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">"OSI Systems is the owner of Rapiscan Systems which manufactures the Secure 1000, one of the most commonly used backscatter x-ray machines. And, no it is not the Deepak Chopra you’re thinking of.

OSI Systems Chief Executive Officer Joins US Presidential Visit to India
HAWTHORNE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– OSI Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSIS), a vertically-integrated provider of specialized electronic products for critical applications in the Security and Healthcare industries, today announced that Deepak Chopra, Chairman and CEO, was selected to accompany US President, Barack Obama, to Mumbai and attended the US India Business Entrepreneurship meeting, which was held by the US India Business Council (US IBC). The goal of the meeting was to promote further trade between US and India...."</div></div>

OH DEAR! (http://dailypaul.com/node/149723)


11-22-2010, 06:46 PM
After all the whining and crying over Bush and Chaney, I'm surprised that we aren't hearing the same thing about this administration and similar financial dealings.



11-23-2010, 05:12 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: pooltchr</div><div class="ubbcode-body">After all the whining and crying over Bush and Chaney, I'm surprised that we aren't hearing the same thing about this administration and similar financial dealings.


Steve </div></div>

For once ... just <u><span style='font-size: 26pt'><span style='font-family: Arial Black'>ONCE</span></span></u> ... I'd like to see that.

I remember them bleating incessantly ... in their defense the party did tell them to bleat incessantly ... that the Bush regime had the audacity to listen in on a phone conversation made to or from numbers found on KSM's speed dial.

Today, they are Sphinx like in their silence over the mass molestation os law abiding US citizens ... but, after all, it is a financial payoff to the regime's backers.

If they read the definition of a fascist economy they would recognize that this is exactly what is being forced upon the nation. Sadly, they show no inclination of doing that ... or anything else the regime doesn't approve of them doing.


11-23-2010, 05:17 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">WASHINGTON — The companies with multimillion-dollar contracts to supply American airports with body-scanning machines more than doubled their spending on lobbying in the past five years and hired several high-profile former government officials to advance their causes in Washington, government records show.

L-3 Communications, which has sold $39.7 million worth of the machines to the federal government, spent $4.3 million trying to influence Congress and federal agencies during the first nine months of this year, up from $2.1 million in 2005, lobbying data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics show. Its lobbyists include Linda Daschle, a former Federal Aviation Administration official.

Rapiscan Systems, meanwhile, has spent $271,500 on lobbying so far this year, compared with $80,000 five years earlier. It has faced criticism for hiring Michael Chertoff, the former Homeland Security secretary, last year. Chertoff has been a prominent proponent of using scanners to foil terrorism. The government has spent $41.2 million with Rapiscan.

"The revolving door provides corporations like these with a short cut to lawmakers" and other decision-makers, said Sheila Krumholz, of the Center for Responsive Politics.

The use of body-scanning machines has ignited controversy over privacy and health concerns.

In a statement, Transportation Security Administration officials said they conduct "comprehensive" research and testing before buying a product.

The lobbying by both firms covered a broad array of topics. This year, L-3 Communications reported lobbying on nearly two dozen bills, ranging from homeland security appropriations to military construction. Among the bills targeted by L-3 lobbyists: legislation proposed by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, that would limit the use of the scanners at airports as a backup measure only.

Chaffetz's measure passed the House last year, but it stalled in the Senate after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's alleged attempt in December 2009 to ignite an explosive powder on a flight to Detroit.

The attempted bombing contributed to the bill's demise, Chaffetz said, "But I also routinely heard that 'Secretary Chertoff believes this is the right thing to do. Who are you to challenge him?' "

Last week, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, took to the House floor to criticize Chertoff's role in promoting the scanners.

Chertoff's firm provided advice to Rapiscan on "non-aviation security issues" and is no longer a consultant, said Peter Kant, a Rapiscan executive vice president.

Chertoff spokeswoman Katy Montgomery said Chertoff's firm "played no role in the sale of whole-body imaging technology" to the government, and he was not compensated for his public statements.

Daschle, the wife of former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle, lobbied against Chaffetz's bill. She said bombs represent a real threat. "I don't think it was Linda Daschle that made the difference" in L-3 Communications' success, she said. "I think it was people understanding what the threat is and seeing these capable solutions." </div></div>

OH DEAR! (http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-11-22-scanner-lobby_N.htm)