Gov's x-ray vans can see through buildings…and your clothes

We've all dreamed of having x-ray vision at one point in our lives, but like the Spider-Man quote goes, "with great power comes great responsibility." The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. military are buying up so-called x-ray vans that can scan right through everything around it including cars, clothes and buildings. You name it and these plain white vans can sniff it.

Made by American Science and Engineering (AS&E), the vans known as the Z Backscatter Van (ZBV) is mainly used to scan for "carbombs, drugs and people in hiding." This is neat stuff because it can aid in cracking down on terrorism — god knows we don't need another failed underwear bomber on Christmas again — and for tracking down illegal aliens who are trying to sneak over our U.S. borders.

The ZBVs can x-ray through a vehicle in less than 15 seconds and it can be operated remotely from over 1,500 feet. What's worse is that you probably won't even realize you're being scanned because the ZBVs look just like ordinary delivery vans.

Concerns over the x-ray vans being able to see through clothes and "lightly constructed buildings" of course set off all sorts of privacy alarms and people are reacting accordingly with feelings of privacy invasion. I'd be worried too if I was just scratching my rear and some van strolled up with an x-ray camera and decided to see right through my bits. It's a scary world we live in — scary times indeed.

Via Fox News

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