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$200m ‘behaviour detection’ fails to spot terrorists at airports

$200m ‘behaviour detection’ officers fail to spot a single terrorist at airports
A team of more than 3,000 “behaviour detection” officers hired to spot terrorists at US airports have failed to catch a single person despite costing the taxpayer $200 million (£140 million) last year.

Refreshing News
May 20, 2010

The specially-trained officers patrol terminals monitoring passengers for suspicious body language and facial expressions.

Since 2006, the officers have been stationed at more than 160 airports across the US in order to provide a hidden measure of security.

But 16 people accused of being part of terrorist plots have passed through US airports undetected a total of 23 times since 2004 – a number of them since the scheme was started – according to an investigation by the Government Accountability Office.

Earlier this year, officials at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which runs the behaviour detection programme, asked US Congress to expand the scheme, which is known as Spot – Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques.

John Mica, a Republican congressman from Florida who was involved in setting up the TSA in response to the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, said it had become too bureaucratic.

He said the report into behaviour detection would further call into question the agency’s ability to perform its security mission.

The TSA said the programme is a “vital layer of security based in science”, which has led to more than 1,700 arrests for other crimes like drug smuggling.

However, a 2008 report by a team at the National Academy of Sciences said “behavioural surveillance” had “enormous potential for violating privacy” and there was no evidence it worked.

The report said a person behaving oddly could just as easily be planning an extramarital affair as a terrorist attack.

Stephen Fienberg, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, described the programme as a “sham”. By 2008, around 160,000 people had been selected to be interviewed or given further pat downs based on the behaviour detection technique but less than one per cent of those were arrested.

Charles Slepian, and aviation security analyst, said the failure of the programme to catch a terrorist was a “disgrace.” He told CBS News: “If it worked, you would catch them.”

 



The Obama DOJ’s warrantless demands for e-mails

The Obama DOJ’s warrantless demands for e-mails

Salon
April 15, 2010


I want your emails.

A very significant case involving core privacy protections is now being litigated, where the Obama Justice Department is seeking to obtain from Yahoo “all emails” sent and received by multiple Yahoo email accounts, despite the fact that DOJ has never sought, let alone obtained, a search warrant, and despite there being no notice of any kind to the email account holders:

    In a brief filed Tuesday afternoon, the coalition says a search warrant signed by a judge is necessary before the FBI or other police agencies can read the contents of Yahoo Mail messages — a position that puts those companies directly at odds with the Obama administration.

As part of a case conducted largely under seal and thus hidden from public view, the DOJ demanded these emails from Yahoo without any effort to demonstrate probable cause to believe the email user was involved in the commission of any crime, but instead merely based on the vague claim that there is “reasonable grounds to believe” the emails “are relevant and material to an ongoing criminal investigation.” If the DOJ position were accepted, Americans would have substantially less privacy protections in their email communications.

Federal law is crystal clear that a search warrant is required for the Government to obtain any emails that have been stored less than 180 days — one that requires a showing of probable cause and that the documents sought to be described with particularlity. In contrast to the nation’s largest telecoms’ eager cooperation with Bush’s illegal surveillance programs, Yahoo — to its credit — refused to turn over any such emails to the Government without a search warrant. As a result, the DOJ is now seeking a federal court Order compelling the company to comply with its demands, and a coalition of privacy groups and technology companies — led by EFF and including Google — have now filed a brief supporting Yahoo’s position. Both Yahoo and that coalition insist that federal law as well as the Fourth Amendment’s search and seizure protection bar the Obama DOJ from acquiring these emails without a search warrant.

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Cartoon: Verichip/PositiveID Infomercial

Cartoon: Verichip/PositiveID Infomercial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFzhHeatRA0

 

RFID Chip Implants Cause Cancer in Lab-Rats

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSQurQXa6sA

The Real Reason TV Went Digital Is RFID

VeriChip’s Merger With Credit Monitoring Firm Worries Privacy Activists

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Senators Move on National ID Card

Senators Move on National ID Card

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjjTenSDTGM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A68V1DOwfg

REAL ID Back From The Dead

Senators Schumer and Graham Sneak National ID Card into Immigration Reform

McCain and Obama Support National ID Card

Montana Governor Tells Feds “Go to Hell” on Real ID

 



Protesters Against Police Crackdown on Photography

UK: Protesters Against Police Crackdown on Photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUSuBuMzVnk

 

Taking Photos Is NOT A Crime

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83tIf0My3T4

Labour invents 33 new crimes every month

 



Georgia: Mandatory Vaccination and Forced Microchipping

Georgia: Mandatory Vaccination and Forced Microchipping

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkXiFe6gUQ8

The Real Reason TV Went Digital Is RFID

Hundreds of Public Workers Injured by Mandatory Vaccines

Cops Hold Down Boy For Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccine

Mandatory Flu Vaccines For Children In New Jersey

 



Texas Schoolkids Tagged With GPS Tracking Devices

Texas Schoolkids Tagged With GPS Tracking Devices

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
January 22, 2010

A judge has ordered 22 students at Bryan Highschool in Texas to carry GPS tracking devices in the name of preventing truancy, another example of how schools are now youth internment centers – preparatory camps for brainwashing kids to accept the prison planet.

“Bryan High students who skip school will soon be tracked 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” reports KBTX.

“It’s called the Attendance Improvement Management Program or AIM, and it has been used across Texas and the United States.”

Students who skip class are now forced to attend “truancy court” and be lectured by a judge before being mandated to carry a GPS tracking device.

“Students on the program are tracked with a hand-held GPS device between the time they leave for school in the morning and the time they check in for curfew at night.”

Watch the clip below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13qr1WhCuTU

Not only are children being treated as criminals if they skip class, parents too are being targeted if they turn up late to collect their kids. A story we broke back in 2006 highlighted how a junior high school in Indiana threatens parents with police and child protective service involvement if they fail to pick up their child on time after mandatory Friday classes for missed homework.

The school stated that if parents didn’t arrive at the agreed time to pick up their child, “arrangements have been made with the Tell City Police Department to have them housed at the police station.”

The letter then states that intervention by the police will also necessitate involvement of the Perry County Office of Family and Children. In other words – get stuck in a traffic jam and you could get your kids snatched by the state and fed into the pedophile-infested government “care” system.

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