17-031517-IM to MajorityReport: Microwaves

Hello to all at the Majority Report, very glad to see no one was swept away by the awesome power of Stella, but moving on to the many memes online with Kelley Ann Conway taking selfies with a microwave oven camera which are funny and appropriate, but are what I see as a great study in how humans make assumptions based on experience. I worked on radars while serving in the navy, the shipyard, and when I wrote tech manuals as a private contractor so that experience affects my perspective. Almost everyone old enough to use a microwave oven to pop corn calls the heating appliance a “microwave,” therefore when Conway heard the reference vis a vis the Wikileaks CIA spying methods documents release, she and most others probably assumed microwaves are the picture taking oven appliance, thus the many memes on social media. But, microwave frequencies run from 300 Mhz to 300 Ghz which encompasses the frequencies of millimeter wave (mmw) scanners used by TSA at airports. These devices are a privacy concern, because the highly detailed pictures are very graphic and have been shared by TSA employees. The scanners are “microwave” devices which operate at 24Ghz-30Ghz (about 10 millimeters), so in my opinion are most likely what was referred to in the the CIA dump.

 

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