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Rectum Scanning Started For UK Prisons

This is from back in February 2009, via the UK’s Telegraph, but for some reason it strikes us as timely:

Bottom scanners to be introduced in prisons

Prisons are set to introduce bottom scanners in an attempt to stop prisoners smuggling mobile phones into jail.

By Chris Irvine 02 Feb 2009

The £6,500 [$10,276] chairs are being put in 102 jails across Britain aimed to tackle a surge in phone smuggling.

Prisoners will have to sit on the chairs, called Body Orifice Security Scanners (Boss), which bleep if they have a phone hidden inside them.

What a wonderfully apt acronym. In fact, it’s almost Orwellian.

(By the way, notice how British decorum keeps the terms ‘rectum’ or ‘anus’ from appearing in anywhere this article. They don’t mind examining such things, but they can’t bring themselves to talk about it.)

They are then scanned in a non-intrusive manner and can also be used to detect drugs and weapons.

The mobile Boss chairs have three sensitive sensors which can detect metal items as small as a pin.

Resembling an electric chair, they have a metal detector on the seat and audio and visual alarms are activated when metal is carried into the magnetic field.

Of course, just like the new ‘naked body scanners, this still would not detect powdered explosives like PETN, since the metal detonators, such as a cell phone, could be on another person.

The person being screened positions their chin near the oral sensor and then sits momentarily in the chair. The entire procedure takes a few seconds.

So far two of the Boss devices have helped detect 21 mobile phones in just months at Woodhill prison, in Milton Keynes

‘First they came for the cell phones up our rectums. But I didn’t have a cell phone up my rectum…’

Still, we have nothing to worry about. Like so many things we see happening in Britain, it can’t happen here. We have Constitutional rights which will prevent these sort of things.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Rectum Scanning Started For UK Prisons”

  1. robertj

    Wouldn’t the pained expression on their face give away the prisoner with the I Phone up their bum?

  2. proreason

    If Drooling Barney can hold out for just another year of two, perhaps he will stike it rich and see this thrilling innovation implemented in the US. He might even waive his trial.

  3. Rusty Shackleford

    Sadly, Great Britain, the land of my descendants by one generation, has become the willing dupe for political correctness, equal-outcome “fairness” and a dangerous tolerance for islam that will see more and more riots and death before it’s all said and done. However, for us in the US, it serves as a model on how not to do things. That is, except when we have very uncreative and non-intuitive leadership in DC who think that they are being “smart” by doing what Europe does. If you’ll note, they haven’t had any original thoughts, ever. They simply adopt another nation’s failed policy or habits and then they cannot figure out why it all goes wrong. They are obviously such huge intellectuals that the basic example of microcosm/macrocosm are lost on them and they actually believe that “it failed because the people were stupid” is the best answer. If you ever want to have fun with a home-grown socialist who thinks that government should provide for all, just hit them with the easy, obvious questions. They will either A) resort to bickering B) call you a racist or C) remain silent as they discover the folly of their own “logic”.

    • proreason

      Cultural evolution at work.

      Risk takers from Europe with courage, confidence and brains migrated to the United States. They risked EVERYTHING for a better life. That process lasted from the early 1600’s to the mid 1900’s. We carry the genes of people who conquered a continent and arose from the worlds’ greatest known economic depression to defeat one of the greatest military powers ever created, the nazis . The poople who accepted their lot in life stayed in Europe. Modern Eurpope is filled with their descendents. (But I also think they will find within themselves the ability defeat Islam. You can’t breed courage out in a few dozen generations. I certainly hope so.)

      The same can be said about Asians in the US. The Boat People are just as heroic as the people who sailed on the Mayflower. The Asian Indians in this country came because they want a better life and had the guts to pursue it.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      …To say nothing of also defeating a deeply entrenched psychopathy like the all-powerful emperor of Japan. Then, there was that thing about going to the Moon. Digital technology, etc. I sit in front of a GLARING example of ingenuity and entrepreneurial fortitude in the form of my personal computer, a word that 30 years ago was still only found in science fiction novels. I bought my first one in 1992. A 386. Dialup internet. In college, in the mid 80’s my computer science friends could buy a pretty nice computer package for about $2,000 that wasn’t even up to the capabilities of a 386 yet.

      And then there’s the cell phone, Global positioning with real-time map interface programs so you never have to miss your exit again. Digital cameras, flat-screen TV’s. The list is endless. I do not know of much pioneering technology that has come from Europe, Russia, the middle east or China. Japan has had some nice adaptations of existing technology but for the most part, the leading edge of it has come from the USA. This is something that American socialists are acutely unaware of. As Pro alluded to, something that goes back thousands of years, which is probably deeply entrenched in the DNA of the European genome (if such a thing exists) that is endemic to people who seek, who find, who (yes) conquer and desire ever better, ever higher, ever more. A mass gaggle did occur and I dare say the very inventive, insightful and clever people all seemed to have landed in the Land Of The Free. Thanks to the Nazis, we acquired some very on-the-edge thinkers. (Yes, a head-nod to European academia ca:1900-1939.) The explosion of technology that occurred after WWII and even during left its fallout all over the world. But it was concentrated and centered in the US of A. Television, business machines, refrigerators, cars, airplanes, ships, etc. Why? Because after WWII, the US became a powerhouse of business and people who worked in those businesses made money and were allowed to progress into the middle class. Yup, right there at the center of the old bell curve. When prior to WWII, there were the rich—and the poor, post-war saw the largest expansion of a very new class of people…the upwardly mobile, first time college graduates, doers as well as thinkers and many who could do both.

      And now, the socialists are poised to destroy all of that. With help from the RINO’s, who largely are from the generation of “I’ve got mine, to hell with you”. Sure, that’s sort of a competitive spirit but certainly not very noble. And, to be fair, they’re not all that way…but it is a signature of how many baby boomers think; Those largely on the left of the pile. But I hope there are far more who know that the creation of the middle class is one thing that sets this nation apart from all others. No other nation enjoyed such a boom in prosperity so as to create a thing called a “housing market” where a family with the means could contact a real estate agent, look at a model home and in six months move into a brand new house made largely to their specifications. My god, building a house in any other part of the world is a phenomenal ordeal. And, in all other parts of the world, the homeowner DOES NOT own the earth beneath their own home.

      I am all for stopping, by any means necessary, those who would infringe and inhibit the rights that are laid down on paper and were ratified by the first Continental Congreff. (sic)

      In short, those who think that because we’re the richest nation in the world we somehow “owe” others a piece of that wealth, really piss me off and need to be sent away. To a nation where they DON’T enjoy the fruits of freedom and then they can re-assess their position. Probably wouldn’t do any good. Can’t fix stupid.

  4. Liberals Demise

    Rectum?
    Rectum?
    Hell……we damn near killed ‘em!!

    It will be a failure there soooooooo look for it here in the near future.
    The Ass Nazis (D) are coming!!


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