Monday, 21 October 2013
"Security Check Now Starts Long Before You Fly"
"Security Check Now Starts Long Before You Fly" (by Susan Stellin, The New York Times, 21 October 2013, page A1):
The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its screening of passengers before they arrive at the airport by searching a wide array of government and private databases that can include records like car registrations and employment information....
"I think the best way to look at it is as a pre-crime assessment every time you fly," said Edward Hasbrouck, a consultant to the Identity Project, one of the groups that oppose the prescreening initiatives. "The default will be the highest, most intrusive level of search, and anything less will be conditioned on providing some additional information in some fashion."
More from the Identity Project:
- "TSA proposes arbitrarily individualized surveillance-based searches"
- Comments filed with the DHS in response to the latest proposals for the TSA's "Pre-Check" (Pre-Crime) databases
- "We call bullshit on the TSA’s lying "response" to today’s story in the New York Times"
- Background on how the system works and what information the government uses (video; slides)
I'll be talking about this on KPCC (Southern California public radio) at noon Pacific time on Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, along with former DHS Assistant Secretary for Policy and current lobbyist for the travel industry and travel technology companies (U.S. Travel Association, Sabre, etc.) Stewart Verdery: Would you rather be physically searched or electronically searched before boarding a flight?
I'll also be on the nationally syndicated America Weekend radio show with Paul Harris on Saturday morning, Oct. 26th, from 8:15-8:45 a.m. Pacific time. Podcast and streaming audio archive: Now TSA's Checking You Out Before You FlyLink | Posted by Edward on Monday, 21 October 2013, 19:15 ( 7:15 PM) | TrackBack (0)