Reason That I’m Taking a Road Trip Instead of an Air Trip

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Reason That I'm Taking a Road Trip Instead of an Air Trip

One of them anyway …

by baldilocks

Well I guess I under­stand why the DHS is doing this, but

Fed­eral air mar­shals have begun fol­low­ing ordi­nary US cit­i­zens not sus­pected of a crime or on any ter­ror­ist watch list and col­lect­ing exten­sive infor­ma­tion about their move­ments and behav­ior under a new domes­tic sur­veil­lance pro­gram that is draw­ing crit­i­cism from within the agency.

The pre­vi­ously undis­closed pro­gram, called “Quiet Skies,” specif­i­cally tar­gets trav­el­ers who “are not under inves­ti­ga­tion by any agency and are not in the Ter­ror­ist Screen­ing Data Base,” accord­ing to a Trans­porta­tion Secu­rity Admin­is­tra­tion bul­letin in March.

The inter­nal bul­letin describes the program’s goal as thwart­ing threats to com­mer­cial air­craft “posed by unknown or par­tially known ter­ror­ists,” and gives the agency broad dis­cre­tion over which air trav­el­ers to focus on and how closely they are tracked.

It is a time-​consuming and costly assign­ment, they say, which saps their abil­ity to do more vital law enforce­ment work.

TSA offi­cials, in a writ­ten state­ment to the Globe, broadly defended the agency’s efforts to deter poten­tial acts of ter­ror. But the agency declined to dis­cuss whether Quiet Skies has inter­cepted any threats, or even to con­firm that the pro­gram exists.

I’m guess­ing ‘no’ and ‘yes.’

Between this, and the TSA activ­i­ties — x-​rays and grop­ing … er … pat-​downs — I’ll pass on fly­ing when I can. I have a choice with my upcom­ing trip and I choose the ground, along with a rel­a­tive bit of freedom.

From those who don’t know what I’m talk­ing about, go here. And, yes, one Peter Ingemi is on my list of per­sons to visit.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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One of them anyway …

by baldilocks

Well I guess I understand why the DHS is doing this, but

Federal air marshals have begun following ordinary US citizens not suspected of a crime or on any terrorist watch list and collecting extensive information about their movements and behavior under a new domestic surveillance program that is drawing criticism from within the agency.

The previously undisclosed program, called “Quiet Skies,” specifically targets travelers who “are not under investigation by any agency and are not in the Terrorist Screening Data Base,” according to a Transportation Security Administration bulletin in March.

The internal bulletin describes the program’s goal as thwarting threats to commercial aircraft “posed by unknown or partially known terrorists,” and gives the agency broad discretion over which air travelers to focus on and how closely they are tracked.

It is a time-consuming and costly assignment, they say, which saps their ability to do more vital law enforcement work.

TSA officials, in a written statement to the Globe, broadly defended the agency’s efforts to deter potential acts of terror. But the agency declined to discuss whether Quiet Skies has intercepted any threats, or even to confirm that the program exists.

I’m guessing ‘no’ and ‘yes.’

Between this, and the TSA activities — x-rays and groping … er … pat-downs — I’ll pass on flying when I can. I have a choice with my upcoming trip and I choose the ground, along with a relative bit of freedom.

From those who don’t know what I’m talking about, go here. And, yes, one Peter Ingemi is on my list of persons to visit.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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