“What we are doing [in Quiet Skies] is troubling and raising some serious questions as to the validity and legality of what we are doing and how we are doing it,” one air marshal wrote in a text message to colleagues.
The TSA should be wound down, not expanded. (When does any government program get wound down?) It is part of the great overreaction this country had post September 11th 2001.
We shouldn’t be surprised. Many people just willingly gave away their liberty after the terrorist attacks of 17 years ago. This is the direction of government. It’s the blob. It sucks up free people and liberty and expands with each victim. All you newly minted “socialists” better get hip to this fact and soon. Government is not your buddy.
This program was started by the Obama administration.
(From The Boston Globe)
The previously undisclosed program, called “Quiet Skies,” specifically targets travelers who “are not under investigation by any agency and are not in the Terrorist Screening Data Base,” according to a Transportation Security Administration bulletin in March.
The internal bulletin describes the program’s goal as thwarting threats to commercial aircraft “posed by unknown or partially known terrorists,” and gives the agency broad discretion over which air travelers to focus on and how closely they are tracked…
…All US citizens who enter the country are automatically screened for inclusion in Quiet Skies — their travel patterns and affiliations are checked and their names run against a terrorist watch list and other databases, according to agency documents…
…When someone on the Quiet Skies list is selected for surveillance, a team of air marshals is placed on the person’s next flight. The team receives a file containing a photo and basic information — such as date and place of birth — about the target, according to agency documents.