July 12, 2012 www.nomorefakenews.com
Picture this. You’re sitting in an airport and they’ve just announced your plane’s departure has been delayed for the third time. You feel your blood boil. You want to strangle somebody. Of course, you’re not going to do that, but your adrenaline is spiking big-time.
You feel a gloved hand on your shoulder. You look up. Three DHS agents are surrounding you.
“Come with us, sir. We need to put you in a holding room. Now.”
Boom. You’re a potential terrorist.
In a year or two, airports will be deploying small, mobile, laser-based, molecular scanners. Developed by Genia Photonics, which in turn was funded by In-Q-Tel, the notorious CIA company that invests in cutting-edge technologies, this device measures, well, everything, including your adrenaline levels. And it does it in real time.
The scanner can read a tiny grain of marijuana on your person (even if you stepped on a roach in the airport bathroom). It can read what you ate at your last meal. It can read gunpowder residue, so don’t drive to the airport right after practicing at the range.
These scanners don’t touch you. They operate from 164 feet away.
DHS is drooling.
The comedy version of this technological breakthrough is that, at any given moment, half the people at any airport in the world are experiencing elevated adrenaline levels, for one reason or another—including the invasive actions of TSA employees. The serious version is if it’s you, you could wind up having to explain yourself to a DHS/TSA agent who’s several sandwiches short of a picnic.
Your feelings and your endocrine levels are now part of the “official record.” This makes Orwell’s 1984 look like Sunday school.
Obviously, the DHS won’t stop at using these portable scanners in airports. Think roving cars and vans, traffic stops, shopping malls, parks, hotels, community meetings, sports events, concerts…
This is the heaven the surveillance state has been waiting for.
It’s also a significant prelude to Brave New World, where all citizens are expected to be happy and nice and polite all the time in their genetically modified utopia. Grievances against the government or predatory corporations? Arguments with friends and family? Simply having a bad day? Blogging with a sense of outrage? NOT PERMITTED. Your adrenaline indicators are over the permitted threshold. You need “treatment.”
Studies will be done to redefine Oppositional Defiance Disorder, linking it to endocrine output, and depending on the government’s disfavored groups of the moment, remedial steps will be taken.
The only silver lining in all this is: heralded technological breakthroughs often don’t work. The manufacturers hype them as they test them, but when they leave the lab and go into the field, sudden problems arise. Let’s hope that’s the case here.
The other prospect involves the true number of disgruntled and angry people walking around in the world. The scanners might be overwhelmed.
If you thought simple x-ray scanners in airports were invasive, now they’re going after your internal processes. The obvious step is to deploy these laser devices along with the grope-and-scope as you head through security to your gate.
“Sorry, sir. You can’t fly today. You’re a bit too…edgy. An agent will take you to Room 101 for questioning.”
See, they’ve got me already.
The author of an explosive new collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world.