Friday, 7 October 2005
"Spot the Terrorist"
USA-EU dual citizen and fellow CFP-er Wendy Grossman has more on the new demands for passenger information by the USA government and airlines, as well as the latest USA plans for a Ministry of Silly Walks , in her net.wars column here and here :
Spot the Terrorist
... Some of this, as travel data guru Ed Hasbrouck says in his blog entry on the subject, is silly. You've long been asked for a US address on customs forms, but there's nothing to stop you from lying or changing plans. Much more of it is simply invasive, the more so because you can't give the information directly to the government; instead it goes to several commercial organizations along the way: the airlines, the "Computerized Reservations Systems" who handle the airlines' data, travel agencies. Forcing EU citizens to supply personal data to companies that are not bound by EU data protection law or its equivalent ought to be a violation of EU principles....
Meantime, the TSA has also been asking the industry to suggest technologies for detecting suspicious behavior....
While the technology industry gears up to meet the challenge, I have some guidelines that might be of assistance to TSA personnel stationed at bus depots, train stations, and airports to play spot-the-terrorist:
...[At] airports, you should be suspicious of anyone who does not complain about the long lines, the questions, the wait, the rules, or the personnel. You show me someone who is docile, cooperative, and pleasant throughout, and I will guarantee that person is either drugged or has an ulterior motive. It's not normal to be bureaucratted for three hours and not get cranky.
See Wendy's full column and the Detecting Suspicious Behavior Request For Information (RFI) for more fact and fancy. The RFI is a disturbing indication of the TSA's continuing interest in more widespread use of discriminatory Israeli-style behavioral profiling of travellers, despite the ongoing lawsuit against its first major publicly-disclosed USA use at Logan Airport in Boston.Link | Posted by Edward on Friday, 7 October 2005, 07:09 ( 7:09 AM) | TrackBack (1)