Sunday, 2 May 2004

Congress has questions about rail passenger searches

Reacting even before this coming Tuesday’s planned start of the USA Transportation Security Administration’s Transit and Rail Inspection Pilot program, House Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), has sent a list of questions about the rail passenger searches:

“[I]n accordance with the Committee’s oversight obligations, I request that TSA provide the following information to the Committee by May 11, 2004:…

  • Whether the checkpoint will be mandatory or voluntary for passengers;…
  • Explain specifically the criteria TSA will use order to assess TRIP’s effectiveness to prevent terrorist attacks and make rail travel safer….
  • [W]hether TSA has plans to implement a program similar to TRIP for Metro [Washnington-area rail rapid transit] riders in the future….
  • TSA’s plans to implement TRIP at other locations in both the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area and throughout the United States;
  • The time frame for implementation at other rail stations; and
  • Whether the participation in TRIP would be mandatory or voluntary for the additional stations.

The clear implication is that, once again, the TSA has been ready to implement intrusive public search and surveillance programs before they have even informed Congress, much less sought their authorization, as to what they intend to do.

Link | Posted by Edward on Sunday, 2 May 2004, 22:09 (10:09 PM)
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