Secret Quiet Skies surveillance program tracks citizens not suspected of wrongdoing

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  1. Minimalist

    Minimalist Registered Member

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    https://www.csoonline.com/article/3...cks-citizens-not-suspected-of-wrongdoing.html
     
  2. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

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    Damn. Snoops everywhere. I don't fly anymore. It's not worth the hassle.
     
  3. hawki

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    "Explore the behavior checklist

    '1. Subject was abnormally aware of surroundings
    (If observed, check any that apply below) | Y N Unknown

    • Reversing or changing directions and/or stopping while in transit through the airport
    • Attempting to change appearance by changing clothes, shaving etc. while in the airport or on the plane
    • Using the reflection in storefront windows to identify surveillance
    • Observing the boarding gate area from afar
    • Boarded last
    • Observing other people who appear to be observing FAM team and/or subject
    2. Subject exhibited Behavioral Indicators
    (If observed, check any that apply below) | Y N Unknown

    Excessive fidgeting
    Excessive perspiration
    Facial flushing
    Rapid eye blinking
    “Adam’s apple jump”
    Rubbing/wringing of hands
    Strong body odor
    Sweaty palms
    Trembling
    Cold penetrating stare
    Exaggerated emotions
    Gripping/“White knuckling” bags
    Wide open, staring eyes
    Face touching
    Other

    3. Subject’s appearance was different from information provided
    (If yes, check any that apply below) | Y N Unknown

    • Lost weight
    • Gained weight
    • Balding
    • Graying
    • Hair length/style change
    • Goatee
    • Visible Tattoos (Describe)
    • Visible Piercings (Describe)
    • Beard
    • Mustache
    • Apparent Altered Experience (Explain)
    • Clean shaven
    • Other
    4. Subject slept during the flight
    (If observed, check any that apply below) | Y N Unknown

    • Subject slept during most of the flight
    • Subject slept briefly

    5. General Observations
    (Provide detailed descriptions of any electronic devices in subject’s possession in AAR) | Y N Unknown

    • Checked baggage?
    • In possession of cell/smartphone?
    • In possession of multiple phones?
    • Used phone to talk?
    • Used phone to text?
    • In possession of computer?
    • Seated in first/business class?
    • Used lavatory?
    • In possession of any unusual items?
    • Traveled with others?
    • Met with others in the airport?
    • Engaged in conversation with others?
    • Subject initiated conversation with FAM?
    • Carryon baggage?
    • Other notable activity?
    • Subject engaged in “more than casual contact” with airport or airline employee?

    6. For Domestic Arrivals Only
    (If possible, provide identifiers (license plate, vehicle description) of pick up vehicle in AAR) | Y N Unknown

    • Picked up at curbside shuttle, taxi, bus or public transit?
    • Picked up at curbside by private vehicle?
    • Obtained rental car for transportation' "
    http://apps.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/graphics/2018/07/tsa-quiet-skies/?p1=HP_SpecialTSA
     
  4. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

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    I gotta wonder what's up about sleeping during flights.
     
  5. mood

    mood Updates Team

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    The TSA's Shady 'Quiet Skies' Program Has Tracked Thousands of Passengers, Yet Produced No Leads
    August 10, 2018
    https://gizmodo.com/the-tsas-shady-quiet-skies-program-has-tracked-thousand-1828254453
     
  6. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

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    Hey, people gotta look like they're doing something :)
     
  7. hawki

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    "TSA says air marshals don’t follow ‘ordinary’ travelers. Some ordinary travelers beg to differ...

    Usry, a mother of two from Williamsburg, Va., was targeted because she had recently flown to Turkey for an arts-and-crafts course,..

    A team of armed federal air marshals was shadowing her every move — recording whether she touched her face or sweated, where she went, how she looked, and other seemingly minor details as she made her way through the Charlotte airport. The air marshals even flew with Usry, closely watching her until she left the Tampa airport,..

    In addition to Usry, other targets identified by the Globe include star WNBA player Courtney Vandersloot; a working flight attendant; a business executive; and a law enforcement officer for another federal agency,..

    The findings underscore concerns that Quiet Skies is infringing on people’s privacy for reasons that are unclear and may yield little gain — to date, air marshals have put roughly 5,000 people under Quiet Skies surveillance but none deemed worthy of additional scrutiny.

    Several air marshals have told the Globe that Quiet Skies surveillance routinely includes passengers who pose no threat whatsoever. They said the program is misguided, pushes the boundary of law, and is a waste of time and resources..."

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/na...-beg-differ/Y0k3mV3HPUCgzS20PpAU3H/story.html
     
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