TSA Now Actively Retaliating Against Critics

Whether or not there is a policy regarding use of the terror watch list as a means of silencing agency critics, it’s not much of a stretch to imagine that a list of 1,000,000 people—having no mechanism for vetting and removing individuals—is going to get abused. The evidence mounts:

“Coincidentally, this all began in May, shortly after I began a series of investigative reports critical of the TSA. Eleven flights now since May 19. On different airlines, my name pops up forcing me to go to the counter, show my identification, sometimes the agent has to make a call before I get my ticket…”

— CNN Reporter Drew Griffin

9 thoughts on “TSA Now Actively Retaliating Against Critics”

  1. I’m with Frogette here. I really do want to return sometime in the future. On the other hand all Aussies are probably on the list already.

  2. Randal… I’m wondering when (if?) this is going to become commonplace. One problem that an organization like TSA has is that using watch lists to retaliate against citizens engenders a lot of press–the more it gets abused, the more bad press.

    Mateo… I’ve read about Main Core in a lot of contexts, and it doesn’t sound that different than a lot of other programs like TIA, Topsail, Basic Pilot, and ATS…with one exception…

    Seems that, if it really exists, Main Core is engaged in an unprecedented linking and mining of federal databases on a scale that’s never been attempted. Pretty scary stuff, though also very had to achieve in the notoriously fractious system of federal agencies.

  3. Frogette, Cartledge… Makes one wonder just exactly what it takes to get on the list, doesn’t it?

    Michael… What? In hurricane season? Never been to Cuba, but I’d like to go someday, though not in the summer. ;-)

  4. Kvatch, true, but I wonder if Americans, in their heart of salted snack treat clogged hearts, give a shit about it. They already assume delays all the time (DMV, shopping and airports) so they figure it’s just another hassle to bitch about as opposed to an actual violation of rights. I just don’t trust our fellow ‘murkans en masse to get über-pissed. ;-)

  5. …in their heart of salted snack treat clogged hearts, give a shit about it.

    Randall… it’s a good question. I know that the Frogette and I have given a lot of thought to train travel for exactly this reason–air travel sucks, and sucks more and more each year.

    Turns out that Amtrak has many of the same restrictions as the airlines, but doesn’t enforce as many of them. Bags are screened, but not as stringently. Tickets are checked, but not by TSA flunkies with delusions of grandeur.

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