This is just a curiosity, but don't for a minute think the Naked Body Scanners that are being placed at airports around the country, and are technically known as backscatters, are coming from what in any way could be considered the private sector. It's tough to pin down, but around every corner of the backscatter are military men and intelligence operatives.
The backscatter X-ray was first applied as a commercial security scanning device by Dr. Steven W Smith. Smith is currently President of Spectrum San Diego, a wholly owned subsidiary of the military connected SAIC. The president of SAIC is Walter P. Havenstein.
Havenstein received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1971 to 1983, specializing in tactical communications and systems acquisition management, and completed his career in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1999 retiring as a colonel.
SAIC has an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group. Its president is K. Stuart Shea. In 2003, Shea was named to the 12-member National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the U.S. Intelligence Community, established by Congress to review the full range of current research and development programs in the intelligence community
Smith sold his backscatter device to Rapiscan Systems, a division of OSI Systems, Inc. On OSI's board sits Dr. William F. Ballhaus, Jr. He served as director of NASA's Ames Research Center.
Another producer of the backscatter is American Science & Engineering. It is a publicly traded company and has on its board, General John A. Gordon, who, naturally, has a very strong military/intelligence background
Gordon is a General, United States Air Force (Retired) He was elected as a Director of the AS&E in November 2008, and has served on AS& E’s Science and Technology Advisory Committee since January 2006. General Gordon served in the White House as the President’s Homeland Security Advisor from June 2003 to June 2004 and as the Deputy National Security Advisor for Counter Terrorism and the National Director for Counter Terrorism from June 2002 to June 2003. General Gordon was the first administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration and Undersecretary of Energy, responsible for the entirety of the nation’s nuclear weapons program, serving from June 2000 to June 2002. Additionally, he served as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence at the Central Intelligence Agency from 1997 to 2000 and as Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support from 1996 to 1997. As an Air Force four-star general, General Gordon’s thirty-two year Air Force career included assignments in research and development, strategic planning, missile and space operations, inter-governmental operations, and international negotiations. He was commissioned in 1968 following graduation from the University of Missouri with a bachelors of science degree in physics. He earned a masters degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and a masters of arts in business administration from New Mexico Highlands University.
Again, there are no smoking guns here of any kind, there is no direct connection, but around every corner of the backsactters is a military/intelligence man, somewhere. Big Brother is bad enough, but Big Brother with a military/intelligence man lurking around every corner is worse. Creepy.