Radiation detectors in state police cars.
And you wonder why you're so deep in debt as a country. Because of
crazy-ass spending like this.
Doesn't matter how many rights and freedoms you give up in the process.
And probable-cause can apparently now extend to any detector that the
gov't deploys in police cars.
Which means when they come up with a "bad-guy" detector, the police will
have all the probable-cause they need to pull over anyone -> for any
Mike Apatow was minding his own business Wednesday, driving to an
appointment for work in Washington Depot when a state police car
appeared suddenly and signaled for the Milford resident to pull over.
Apatow, 42, was entering Interstate 84 in Newtown when the cruiser
appeared, and he had no idea what he'd done to merit police attention.
It turns out he didn't do anything.
But earlier that day, Apatow, who'd experienced a recent spike in his
blood pressure, had a nuclear stress test at Cardiology Associates of
Fairfield County in Trumbull. In the test, a small amount of a
radioactive material is injected into the veins and used to help track
blood flow to the heart.
Though the amount of radioactive material used in the test is relatively
low -- equal to a few X-rays or a diagnostic CT scan -- it was enough to
set off a radioactivity detector in the state police car. The detectors
are used to help identify potential terror threats.
"I asked the officer `What seems to be the problem?' " Apatow said. "He
said `You've been flagged as a radioactive car.' "
Apatow's doctor had given him a document attesting that he'd had a
medical procedure involving a small amount of radioactive material that
he handed to the officer.
"I had no idea the police even had devices like that," he said. "I
imagined it being like a cartoon -- like I'm driving down the street and
my car was glowing."
State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance confirmed that many of the
state police cars have the radioactivity detectors. "It's part of our
homeland security operations here," Vance said. "It's just another layer
of public safety that we have in this state."
Though the goal of the detectors is to alert police to motorists who
might be carrying hazardous materials, cases like Apatow's happen from
time to time.
"They're very sensitive," Vance said of the detectors.