Friday, 3 March 2006

Who is watching the watchers?

FBI takes airport spy devices (by Mark-Alexander Pieper, [Guam] Pacific Daily News, 4 March 2006):

FBI agents have taken custody of mini-surveillance cameras and listening devices found Thursday at the island’s airport…. Several listening devices and at least three small cameras were found after the Guam Department of Customs and Quarantine received a tip from U.S. Customs, said Guam Customs Director Rick Blas. The devices were concealed in the area where customs agents check arriving passengers and their bags.

At least two of the cameras were “live,” or in operation, when they were discovered, Blas said, adding that local officials do not yet know where the camera signals were going. A possible link to terrorist activity has been ruled out, according to Guam Homeland Security Adviser Frank Blas Jr….

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nestor Licanto said the TSA is not part of the investigation, adding that the TSA has no evidence that there is surveillance equipment in areas it oversees at the airport. Licanto said the local TSA has not received any requests to launch an investigation and currently has no intention to start one….

Who is watching the watchers? I have no idea, and the TSA doesn’t care (or claims not to care).

(Also reprinted in the excellent daily Pacific Islands Report of the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii, although I missed it when it appeared there earlier today. Thanks to my once-upon-a-time Wellesley High School debate partner Kerry Joyce, and his brother Steve, for bringing this to my attention.)

Link | Posted by Edward on Friday, 3 March 2006, 12:56 (12:56 PM)
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