A Bull Market in Lead Vests?

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Manufacturers
of the lead vests used in dental offices to shield patients from
x-rays may have a new source of revenue, thanks to the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security.

Courtesy of
the never-ending “War on Terror,” intrepid DHS bureaucrats
have now deployed more than 500 mobile x-ray vans. The vans drive
up to suspicious looking objects, vehicles, houses, or individuals,
and zaps them with a focused stream of X-rays. Technicians then
analyze the reflection of the x-rays (the “backscatter”)
to determine if explosives, drugs, or other contraband substances
are present.

Most of the
vans are deployed outside the United States in the various and sundry
wars in which we have chosen to involve ourselves. But not all of
them – one might be rolling through your neighborhood, right
now, surreptitiously zapping your teenage daughter to make certain
she’s not a suicide bomber.

That might
not be as uncommon as you might think. This technology is similar
to that deployed in the infamous full-body scanners used to produce
full-body – and anatomically correct – images of passengers.

Not so coincidentally,
it turns out that full-body scanners are useless to protect against
their purported target – terrorists carrying bombs into airplanes.
“I can overcome the body scanners with enough explosives to
bring down a Boeing 747,” the former chief security officer
at the Israel Airport Authority recently testified. “That’s
why we haven’t put them in our airport.”

So, what’s
the rush to employ full-body scanners – or backscatter x-ray
mobile vans? Well, maybe it is to check out your teenage daughter…and
not for drugs or bombs.

Maybe it’s
time for a lead vest after all…if not for you, for her.

October
21, 2010

Mark Nestmann is a journalist with more than 20
years of investigative experience and is a charter member of The
Sovereign Society's Council of Experts. He has authored over a dozen
books and many additional reports on wealth preservation, privacy
and offshore investing. Mark serves as president of his own international
consulting firm, The Nestmann Group, Ltd. The Nestmann Group provides
international wealth preservation services for high-net worth individuals.
Mark is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (member
of subcommittee on Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers, Committee
on Taxation) and member of the Society of Professional Journalists.
In 2005, he was awarded a Masters of Laws (LL.M) degree in international
tax law at the Vienna (Austria) University of Economics and Business
Administration.

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