Friday, 8 December 2006

Chertoff thinks it's "righteous" to give each traveller a terror score

Everywhere he goes this week, USA Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff is being dogged by questions about the illegality of the Automated Targeting System (ATS) first pointed out in the comments I filed with the DHS Monday on behalf of the Identity Project .

Today in Atlanta, Chertoff had this to say about the scheme that is already being used to archive your last 40 years of travel records, use them and everything else the government can find out about you to assign you a terror “risk assessment” each time you cross the borders of the USA, and use that score to decide whether to let you exercise your right to travel as guaranteed by international human rights law:

“It’s not only legal but required by law,” Chertoff said during a visit to Atlanta. “I think this is a righteous program.”…

Literally every day we’re turning people away” at U.S. entry points, Chertoff said.

And he asserted that the ATS has “no cost to privacy or human rights.”

The AP story that reported this didn’t say whether Chertoff said godliness or cleanliness are among the 50+ factors used to calculate this “righteous” score.

Link | Posted by Edward on Friday, 8 December 2006, 14:32 ( 2:32 PM)
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