"I am one of those frequent flyers that will opt-out for health concerns," said Celente. "The government's assurance that the scanners are completely safe is alone enough to convince me that they are dangerous.
"Moreover, the fact that full-body scanners were promoted by former Homeland Security Czar Michael Chertoff as the 'most effective means of detecting hidden explosive devices' further raises my suspicions," Celente said. Following last year's Christmas Day "Underwear Bomber" episode, Chertoff who had left Homeland Security to open his own consulting firm spent the holiday season making the media rounds loudly championing the scanners while keeping quiet about his firm's contract with Rapiscan, their manufacturer. (Furthermore, it was established that the bomber could not have ignited the device with matches or the syringe of accelerant in his possession. Only an electronic detonator or "extreme heat" could have set it off.)
"In other words," said Celente, "the entire flying public is being subjected to either radioactive contamination or gross privacy invasion so that Chertoff & Co. can make a profit out of these pernicious machines.