Thursday, 15 January 2004

"Color it gone -- why TSA's new screening plan won't fly"

Today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial on CAPPS-II

The Transportation Security Administration’s latest flailing at airline terror risks has earned immediate and justified outrage. The color-coded CAPPS II proposal, a system of segregating passengers into presumed threat categories, is Big Brother played by Barney Fife….

Possibilities for abuse are legion. Derogatory colors could be slapped arbitrarily on dissidents, government critics and even on political activists to restrict their travels. Nothing more than a computer glitch — or misreading of a foreign-sounding name, as in the Air France flight cancellations — could brand an innocent flier passenger non gratis ….

Perhaps the proposal’s worst failing is the false sense of security it may offer air travelers. Identities can be stolen, identification doctored, records altered. A committed terrorist would slip through such a system, while innocent passengers are delayed, inconvenienced, stereotyped and stigmatized….

This one won’t fly.

Link | Posted by Edward on Thursday, 15 January 2004, 10:28 (10:28 AM)
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