ProPublica, an independent non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest, requested police reports, training materials, contracts and any health and safety tests on the vans under the state's Freedom of Information Law.
The watchdog group filed the request as part of its investigation into the proliferation of security equipment, including airport body scanners, that expose people to ionizing radiation, which can mutate DNA and increase the risk of cancer. The mobile scanner vans utilize the same technology as airport naked body scanners. The same technology that the University of California Berkley requested the White House ban the use of. The same technology that a MIT study says "unzips human DNA."
NYPD's argument that disclosing these documents would endanger New Yorkers by giving terrorists access to information that would help them avoid detection was rejected by the court.