Gizmodo adds some fuel to the fire in the full body scanner controversy by publishing 100 leaked full body scan photos captured by a Gen 2 millimeter wave scanner from Brijot Imaging Systems in a Florida Federal courthouse. It was recently revealed that U.S. Marshals operating the machine had improperly saved images of the scans and the gadget site managed to obtain 100 of the 35,000 images by a FOIA request. You can check it out over here.
We understand that it will be controversial to release these photographs. But identifying features have been eliminated. And fortunately for those who walked through the scanner in Florida last year, this mismanaged machine used the less embarrassing imaging technique.
Yet the leaking of these photographs demonstrates the security limitations of not just this particular machine, but millimeter wave and x-ray backscatter body scanners operated by federal employees in our courthouses and by TSA officers in airports across the country. That we can see these images today almost guarantees that others will be seeing similar images in the future. If you're lucky, it might even be a picture of you or your family.