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  • bollo_rollo bollo_rollo Sep 24, 2012 10:33 AM Flag

    Where is that darn press release???????????????????

    I'm not sure there's ever been another company that's taken longer to press release the biggest contract in their history. Why is that?

    Something stinks

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

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    • The Transportation Security Administration is dropping nearly half a billion dollars on compact, next-generation body scanners to better detect concealed explosives, such as the newfangled underwear bomb recently seized in Yemen. The imaging machines, like other upgraded systems, hide a passenger’s nude body from TSA officers by displaying generic representations of appendages with suspect items flagged.

      Two five-year contracts, each worth $245 million, have been awarded to L-3 Communications Corp. and American Science and Engineering Inc., according to government databases. The procurement documents released during the past week do not disclose the number of machines purchased or name the airports where they will be stationed.

      Citizens frequently bash TSA for invading privacy and holding up checkpoint lines without improving security. Agency officials said the new body scanners will provide “enhanced threat detection capabilities and increased passenger throughput.”

      In May, White House officials confirmed spoiling an apparent Yemeni-driven conspiracy to detonate hidden explosives that were more resilient than those worn by the failed underwear bomber on Christmas Day 2009.

      The episode sparked questions about the ability of existing body scanners to spot more sophisticated combustible materials.

      The procurement documents state the next-generation machines can discern both metallic and non-metallic items such as “weapons, improvised explosive device components and plastic threats.”

      The Homeland Security Department, which supervises TSA, is partnering with A-T Solutions on a five-year, $46 million project aimed at countering homegrown IEDs, the contractor announced on Sept. 13.

 
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