Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

NYPD Has Secret X-Ray Vans It Doesn't Want To Talk About

vans2.png

Yep. The New York Police Department has x-ray vans - and they really don't want to talk about them.

A fleet of counter-terrorist vehicles known as "Z Backscatter Vans" have gained unwanted publicity in recent months, with civil rights group The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) filing a briefing that, if successful, would see the NYPD release information on the use of its x-ray vans.

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has taken a firm stance against the NYCLU's call for transparency, stating that their use should remain secret for security and counter-terrorism operations.

"They’re not used to scan people for weapons," Bratton said at a press briefing. "The devices we have, the vehicles if you will, are all used lawfully and if the ACLU and others don’t think that’s the case, we’ll see them in court - where they’ll lose! At this time and the nature of what’s going on in the world, that concern of theirs is unfounded.

As for how the vehicles actually work, Bratton remained tight lipped:

"I will not talk about anything at all about this - it falls into the range of security and counter-terrorism activity that we engage in."

AS&E

This isn't the first time civil groups have called for more details on the Z Backscatter Vans to be released: website ProPublica requested information on the dose of x-rays the public may be subjected to back in 2012, calling into question the long-term health risks of these secret vans.

New York State Supreme Court Judge Doris Ling-Cohan had ruled in 2014 that the NYPD needed to reveal certain information about the surveillance vans, but the NYPD successfully appealed the decision.

If Bratton has his way, the x-ray vans are going to remain as clear as the solid walls they're currently being used to look through. 

(Images: AS&E)

[Via: New York Post]


More


Related

ISS-Main-611651.jpg

UFO or Secret NASA Experiment? Mystery Objects spotted ‘hounding’ ISS

nes2.jpg

Gamer Leaves SNES On For 20 Years To Save Game

water12.jpg

This 4K Video Of Water In Space Is Amazing

halo1.jpg

Halo 5's Launch Trailer Is Nuts

usb2.jpg

This Tiny USB Stick Can Kill A Laptop In Seconds

NBT-RED-500x540.jpg

'Hoverboards' Are Already Illegal Thanks To A 180-Year-Old Law

Comments

More

Super Mario in Grand Theft Auto is weird and awesome

Who would've thought Mario would get into a knife fight in a park?

by Jamie Carson
18 Jan 2017

The only Vines worth preserving

The most important cultural artefacts of our time

by Tristan Cross
17 Jan 2017

Hurrah: The Nintendo Switch now has a price and release date

Here's everything you need to know about the new console

by Tom Fordy
13 Jan 2017

The best underwater photographs of 2016 are staggeringly beautiful

Aquatic snaps that made a splash

by Dave Fawbert
12 Jan 2017

Using Google Maps actually does ruin your sense of direction

"Make a U-turn where possible"

by Dave Fawbert
11 Jan 2017

Netflix releases 8-bit game featuring Narcos and Stranger Things

Goodbye, productivity.

by Emily Badiozzaman
10 Jan 2017

The original Game Boy is coming back

Time to dust off your Pokemon Red & Blue cartridges

by Jamie Carson
10 Jan 2017

Watch Steve Jobs launch first iPhone 10 years ago

Today marks 10 years since Steve Jobs presented the world with this iconic product, but it could have been so different

09 Jan 2017

The best gadgets to launch at the biggest tech conference in the world

Christmas 2017 can't come early enough

by Joe Ellison
05 Jan 2017

This is why hitting the snooze button is bad for your health

If you snooze, you really do lose

03 Jan 2017