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TSA’s $1 billion program to ‘read’ fliers’ expressions comes under fire after failing to catch any bad guys

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Benjamin Carlson
The Daily [1]
May 29, 2012

Wear your heart on your sleeve if you want, but just be careful about showing your emotions when you travel — the Transportation Security Administration is watching.

The nation’s airport security agency has 3,000 employees at 161 airports nationwide trained to identify terrorists simply by reading faces and body language — a glance in a certain direction, a nervous gesture.

American taxpayers have paid dearly for what the TSA called its Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT program: More than $1 billion at 161 airports.

But the record of these behavior-detection officers is disappointing, to say the least: not a single terrorist nabbed. In fact, 16 passengers allegedly tied to terror plots passed 23 times through airports — and not one was picked out of the crowd.

And a federal watchdog agency, the Government Accountability Office, is warning that SPOT’s miserable record probably won’t get any better, at least any time soon. At a hearing on Capitol Hill last month, the GAO’s Stephen Lord told lawmakers that the TSA has not completely validated the science behind SPOT — or proved that it works in an airport environment — even though the program’s budget has grown 15 percent in five years, from $198 million in fiscal 2009 to a requested $227 million in fiscal 2013.

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[1] The Daily: http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/05/27/052712-news-tsa-behavior-detection-1-3/

[2] TSA Failed At Least 23 Times to Detect Subsequent Terror Suspects as They Boarded Planes in U.S., Says GAO: http://www.prisonplanet.com/tsa-failed-at-least-23-times-to-detect-subsequent-terror-suspects-as-they-boarded-planes-in-u-s-says-gao.html

[3] Airports Can Legally Opt-Out, Kick TSA Program to the Curb, and Instead Hire Private Security Screeners: http://www.prisonplanet.com/airports-can-legally-opt-out-kick-tsa-program-to-the-curb-and-instead-hire-private-security-screeners.html

[4] Airport device follows fliers’ phones: http://www.prisonplanet.com/airport-device-follows-fliers-phones.html

[5] New Documents: Al Qaeda’s Pentagon Dinner Guest Was Part Of ‘Catch And Release’ Program: http://www.prisonplanet.com/new-documents-al-qaedas-pentagon-dinner-guest-was-part-of-%e2%80%98catch-and-release%e2%80%99-program.html

[6] Controversial ‘naked’ airport body scanners to be scrapped after failing to receive European approval: http://www.prisonplanet.com/controversial-naked-airport-body-scanners-to-be-scrapped-after-failing-to-receive-european-approval.html

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