Editor’s Note: Really? Something the TSA does is a giant waste of money? WOW. Amazing. Kinda like those radiating “nude” body scanners which are easily fooled… Or the entire agency altogether. In less than a decade-and-a-half, we’ve turned into a nation that can’t even approach an airport without being treated as guilty until proven innocent by our government. But obviously with the situation on the border, where you literally have people dressed as Bin Laden skipping merrily across, it’s been plainly thrown in our faces that this country isn’t really “secure” and all of this from start to finish is merely “security theater.” Has the TSA ever, even one time, stopped a bonafide (as in, not an FBI plot) terrorist?
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been accused of spending a billion dollars on a passenger-screening program that’s based on junk science.
The claim arose in a lawsuit (pdf) filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has tried unsuccessfully to get the TSA to release documents on its SPOT (Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques) [pdf]) program through the Freedom of Information Act.
SPOT, whose techniques were first used in 2003 and formalized in 2007, uses “highly questionable” screening techniques, according to the ACLU complaint, while being “discriminatory, ineffective, pseudo-scientific, and wasteful of taxpayer money.” TSA has spent at least $1 billion on SPOT.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported in 2010 that “TSA deployed SPOT nationwide before first determining whether there was a scientifically valid basis for using behavior detection and appearance indicators as a means for reliably identifying passengers as potential threats in airports,” according to the ACLU. And in 2013, GAO recommended that the agency spend less money on the program, which uses 3,000 “behavior detection officers” whose jobs is to identify terrorists before they board jetliners.
(Read more at All Gov)
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