The MINI Z imaging scanner, developed by American Science and Engineering Inc (AS&E), is the latest tool for police to invade privacy.
It is a X-Ray scanning device that has been miniaturized to a handheld device.
The MINI Z system is ideal for security and public safety officials for multiple applications. Examples include:
- Public Safety: Quick screening of unattended and suspicious bags and packages for potential terrorist threats in public spaces.
- Border and Security Checkpoints: Inspecting vehicle bumpers, tires, panels, and interiors for explosives, plastic weapons, and other concealed threats and contraband.
- Drug Enforcement: Investigating suspected drug labs for drugs or currency.
- Event Security: Screening hand baggage and deliveries to ensure public safety.
- VIP Security: Security sweeps of meeting rooms and furniture for organic threats and IEDs to ensure personnel safety.
- Maritime Security: Screening the hulls and bulkheads of suspected drug running boats for contraband or narcotics.
- General Aviation Security: Inspecting the seats, compartments, and panels of small planes for hidden contraband.
The company’s founder, told Forbes in 2010 that they have sold U.S. and foreign government agencies more than 500 backscatter x-ray scanners mounted in vans that can be driven past neighboring vehicles to see their contents.
From a privacy perspective, it’s one of the most intrusive technologies conceivable.
I still suspect that’s how Chicago police discovered loose ammo in Mike Yocco’s car in 2012 during the NATO protests.