New York police get X-ray vision

Jan 24, 2013

The New York Police Department already has the long arm of the law. Now it gets X-ray eyes.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly says officers are in the advanced stages of testing a futuristic new weapon in their war against gun-toting residents: a device that can detect the presence of hidden metal from a distance.

The device measures terahertz, the natural energy emitted by people and objects. "If something is obstructing the flow of that , for example a weapon, the device will highlight that object," Kelly said in a speech Wednesday.

The boxy machine can be hidden in a vehicle, allowing officers to discreetly scan their target. The is being seen as a possible alternative to the NYPD's reliance on the controversial tactic of stop-and-frisk, where officers routinely search large numbers of men in high-.

"We still have a number of trials to run before we can determine how best to deploy this technology. But we're very pleased with the progress we've made over the past year," Kelly said.

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matter0ni
5 / 5 (4) Jan 24, 2013
More police-state toys, just what we need. I'm starting to feel like a suspect, or an open-air prisoner in my own land and I'm not even a criminal in the slightest. Privacy and freedom seem to be lost ideas nowadays.
jscroft
2 / 5 (8) Jan 24, 2013
Before long the only people left in NYC will be cops, welfare queens, and Nanny Bloomberg. Cry me a frigging river! :)
jonnyboy
2.6 / 5 (10) Jan 24, 2013
"Terahertz waves, invisible to the naked eye, are being used to provide 'superhuman vision'. 'With terahertz imaging it is possible to see the body beneath the clothes not just the bones that you see with x-rays,' says Tim Drysdale of the University of Glasgow"

just what we need, pornovision for cops.
Argiod
2.3 / 5 (10) Jan 24, 2013
Ve gave you privacy; und ve can take it away.
You have the rights ve vant you to have.

Any society powerful enough to grant you rights is also powerful enough to deny you those same rights.
FrankHerbert
1 / 5 (8) Jan 24, 2013
Where exactly do you think those rights come from?
(Hint: There is no god.)
hudres
not rated yet Jan 24, 2013
You don't 'measure terahertz'. The word terahertz refers to a part of the electromagnetic spectrum, like megahertz or kilohertz. Correct usage would be 'measures terahertz radiation", or 'performs terahertz imaging' (as alluded to by the earlier commentator).
VendicarD
1 / 5 (2) Jan 24, 2013
Very true.

"Any society powerful enough to grant you rights is also powerful enough to deny you those same rights." - Argiod

Any society that is not powerful enough to grant you rights is a society that is not powerful enough to restrict the corrosive nature of Corporate greed.
Roland
not rated yet Jan 24, 2013
Searches based on this have to be illegal. The courts have ruled that search warrants for warm cannabis growrooms cannot be based on use of infrared cameras. Of course, these days the Supremes can find a way to justify anything.
DonaldJLucas
1 / 5 (2) Jan 25, 2013
A device such as this will most likely scan at a single terahertz frequency to keep the scanning mechanism simple. Single freuency devices, even devices in the terahertz band, can be cloaked with advanced metamaterials. Imagine covering your gun holster with a thin material that cloaks a single frequency of terahertz radiation. This would let the good officers scan right through your gun (more accurately, they would scan right around your gun) and never see a thing. And, of course, this is complex enough that common criminals probably couldn't afford it - only the powerful organized crime cartels and government intelligence networks would have access to it. Thus no need to actually outlaw guns because the cops would be able to identify the dumb criminals from a distance and the smart crimals would be able to cloak their presence and kill more discretely so life goes on as it always has...
PJS
1 / 5 (2) Jan 25, 2013
"NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly says officers are in the advanced stages of testing a futuristic new weapon in their war against gun-toting residents"

This is the real crux of the problem. We, the people, should be waging a war on THEM, not the other way around...
VendicarD
not rated yet Jan 25, 2013
"Kill the Cops! Destroy the State!

This is the real crux of the problem. We, the people, should be waging a war on THEM, not the other way around..." - PJS
kochevnik
1 / 5 (6) Jan 25, 2013
So the NYPD can casually expose people to cancer-causing radiation? This scanner is advertised as passive, yet I read other articles stating it emits radiation. And what exactly is the problem with carrying a gun? I suspect the majority will be following the law and have a permit. Yet while following the law they will still be singled out for enjoying their rights. And people with knee and hip replacements are also now targets.

So only carry plastic guns you print yourself
gurper707
1 / 5 (1) Mar 12, 2013
Very true.

"Any society powerful enough to grant you rights is also powerful enough to deny you those same rights." - Argiod

Any society that is not powerful enough to grant you rights is a society that is not powerful enough to restrict the corrosive nature of Corporate greed.


LOL this is stupid and laugable. I am not granted rights I HAVE THEM, WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS A GOD. END OF FUCKING STORY.