Feeds

Interpol chief questions body scanner rollout

Over-expensive, under-effective

Boost IT visibility and business value

The head of Interpol has questioned whether the ongoing scramble by western governments to install body scanners at airports is financially worthwhile and said they are is unlikely to stop terrorists.

Ron Noble, the internation criminal intelligence agency's secretary-general, said at Davos that if you are a terrorist, "Are you going to carry explosives that are going to be detected? No."

The AP reports he also questioned "the amount of money and resources that go into these machines".

Gordon Brown told Parliament last week that body scanners would be installed at UK airports this week. A Department of Transport spokesman today told The Register he was unsure if they had been deployed yet, but noted the week isn't over.

Noble also cast doubt on the usefulness of no-fly lists, another of the UK government's policy responses to the failed Christmas day airliner bombing over Detroit.

"(The lists) are useful but I don't believe they are the be-all and end-all," he said, expressing concern about their expansion.

He explained that passport fraud was a major problem, and that the best way to improve airport security was through better intelligence and intelligence sharing.

"Right now in our database we have over 11 million stolen or lost passports," he said.

"These passports are being used, fraudulently altered and are being given to terrorists, war criminals, drug traffickers, human traffickers." ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal
And our man Corfield is pretty bloody cross about it
China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft
Doesn't much like Apple or Google, either
UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco
'Reset rating keeps secrets on one-dole-to-rule-them-all plan', say MPs
Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years
Man jailed for dodgy cinema recording of Hollywood movie
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt
Defeat to Raytheon branded 'catastrophic result'
Don't even THINK about copyright violation, says Indian state
Pre-emptive arrest for pirates in Karnataka
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?