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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Today I watched in disbelief as the Secretary of Homeland Security when asked on CNN if it was safe to go to the Mall of America today was unwilling to declare it so.

That was pretty bad but as disgusting as this is what followed was simply amazing

That same secretary who could not guarantee the safety of Americans in America, then derided congress for not providing him with enough money or a “clean” funding bill for said department.

If I didn’t see it with my own eyes I wouldn’t have believed it.

I submit and suggest that if the Department of Homeland Security can’t guarantee the safety of Americans in the United States at a mall then it is self-evident that said department is a failure and doesn’t deserve to be funded.

Update Pam Geller:

If DHS can’t protect us at the malls, why do we need a department of homeland security? To target patriots and constitutionalists?

 

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