Scott Horton Interviews Becky Akers

Scott Horton, January 05, 2011

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Becky Akers, columnist at, discusses the Department of Homeland Security’s expansion into malls, hotels and Walmarts; the disputed safety of TSA body scanner radiation and millimeter wave technology; the DHS “If You See Something, Say Something” program for recruiting citizen informants (a familiar hallmark of police states); and why the 9/11 Commission’s primary duty was to recommend the creation of DHS.

MP3 here. (18:11)

Becky Akers, an expert on the American Revolution, writes frequently about issues related to security and privacy. Her articles and columns have been published by, Campaign for Liberty, The Freeman, Military History Magazine, American History Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Post, and other publications.

12 Responses to “Becky Akers”

  1. "Millimeter wave scanners unravel your DNA" – Becky Akers

    Becky, for all her good works, is light-years away from any understanding of what milimeter-wave energy does, or can do, at various levels, frequencies and durations: Everybody exposes themselves to this stuff with cell phones, WLAN computers and Microwave ovens.

    Ok? Got that? It's all around you, all the time.

    Don't buy into Becky's scare tactics. But feel free to use them as propaganda on the stupid. (oh, that's what we're doing? oops, ok! )

  2. Don't forget that the Sun is a massive generator of microwaves.

  3. I should amend my comments:

    The TSA hasn't even tried to prove that these are safe, and the particular frequencies used here have not undergone the kind of multi-million dollar testing that would be needed to gain a basic understanding of their safety risks. Do not subject yourself to these teraherz scanners – for a number of reasons – including the reason that the risk is simply unknown.

    This MIT journal link below should be enough reason to refuse any scan. The theoretical risks would include higher incidence of skin cancer, but they simply cannot penetrate your skin to produce damage to ovaries / testes.

  4. They scrapped the MX, also called Peacekeeper – but why did they put the warhead from MX on Minuteman-3 ? Professor Paul Rogers tells that the warhead from MX and the warhead on Trident-2 D5 are designed to minimize nuclear winter effects when used against hard targets like missile silos.

  5. I don't totally buy it that public informants are bad. I travel by subway frequently, and have once turned in a backpack which was lying under a seat. Interestingly, the driver looked right inside of it and concluded some high school student had run off disburdened of his books. But still – it was right to pay attention. By picking it up, I too could have played right into the hands of a terrorist, but the odds of that are slightly worse than winning the last big lottery.

  6. What gets me is that the security apparatchiks are pushing to have these go mobile! Damn things can look through cars and even your own home. So what they're eventually doing is bringing Fallujah to your front doorstep. So do you submit and take your radiation "treatments" or will the day come when people are blowing them up? They're bringing the war home and they know it.

  7. In a retail context, asking for ID helps to prevent otherwise rampant fraud.

  8. As always, my best regards to Becky Akers. She's a staunch foe of those colossal boondoggles, the Department of Fatherland Security and the Transportation Scam Authority. Their live-on-the-taxpayers'-dime goons do a good job of pushing law-abiding, productive citizens around, but nothing else.

    By the way, if you see people criticizing or bad-mouthing the government, turn 'em in. Disagreement and dissent are things we can definitely do without, right?

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  10. I forsee a future in which seriously mutated Morlok-Like TSA officials will bother/devour wide-eyed Eloim.

    "The Morlocks treat the Eloi as cattle, and the Eloi do not resist being captured."

    H.G. Wells was clairvoyant!

  11. You now realize that there may be people listening to this who weren't even born when the whole surveillance asshattery started.

    Anthrax! Anthraaxxxxx!!!

  12. It's obvious why stores ask for ID when you make a credit card purchase. It's to deal with the massive credit card fraud that goes on today.

    I've lost count the number of times that I have changed my credit card over the years. Usually I would get a phone call informing me of "unusual charges" and asking me to verify them. I once had someone call me up and read my credit card number over the phone.

    I don't even take my ID out of my hand. I just flash it for them, and that's enough.

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