Tameika Lovell was retrieving luggage at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport when Customs and Border Protection officers detained her for a random search. It was Nov. 27, 2016, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and the school counselor from Long Island had just returned from a short Jamaica vacation. Lovell, who is black, had been stopped before, but this time a CBP supervisor began asking questions she hadn’t heard previously…..Keep Reading On The Washington Post
A TSA surveillance program called Quiet Skies was revealed in a recent column by The Boston Globe. Here are some quick facts:
The program was launched in March, 2010
It uses teams of armed federal marshals to track “people that have a pattern of travel that is concerning” according to Michael Bilello, TSA assistant administrator for public affairs.
Marshals are required to take notes on if passengers fidget, use a computer, change clothes, ‘have a cold penetrating stare’, among other behaviors and observations.
Bilello said that there are hundreds of other factors that are considered before a person is placed under surveillance — though he wouldn’t specify what they are.
The ACLU has taken issue with the program and released a statement saying “Such surveillance not only makes no sense, it’s a waste of taxpayer money and raises constitutional concerns” “Given TSA’s track record of using unreliable and unscientific techniques to screen and monitor travelers who’ve done nothing wrong, we should remain especially vigilant”
Air marshals told the Globe that they are sometimes required to track unsuspecting Americans who seem to be no threat at all, such as a flight attendant, or a business woman on her way to the Midwest.
New York Giants defensive tackle A.J. Francis expressed his anger against the Transportation Security Administration on Monday, sharing that agents who inspected his checked luggage opened and spilled a container carrying the ashes of his recently-deceased mother…..Click Here To Keep Reading
Actions that could land a passenger on the TSA’s list — known as the “95 list” — include swatting away a security officer’s hand, loitering suspiciously near to a checkpoint, or anything that poses “challenges to the safe and effective completion of screening.”
Since the list’s creation in February, fewer than 50 people have been added. Guidelines in the directive prohibit profiling and inclusion in the list based on race, gender, or religion…Cick Here To Keep Reading