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If you walk or drive through New York City there is a chance you and/or your vehicle are going to be fully scanned for drugs and guns by an X-Ray van. The NYPD doesn’t deny they use them. They don’t deny they do so without permission, warrants or authorization from those they scan.
They simply say it’s a different world now and people just have to accept that. Plus, they say they don’t scan people and we just need to believe them.
The top cop was asked Tuesday about the counter-terror vehicles, called Z Backscatter Vans, in light of the NYCLU’s request to file an amicus brief arguing that the NYPD should have to release records about the X-ray vans.
“They’re not used to scan people for weapons,” Bratton insisted. “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.”
He declined to give more specific details about the devices themselves.
“Those are issues I’d prefer not to divulge to the public at this time,” Bratton said. “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.”
We did a video explaining this and it’s worth a watch. (See video above)