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Numerous agencies and privacy advocated have shown that, since its inception, SPOT and its BDOs isn’t useful at all, yet the government keeps throwing money at it. A new report from the DHS Inspector General concludes that it is utterly useless and a waste of taxpayer money. After hiring 2,800 full-time staff and spending an estimated $878 million since FY 2007, the TSA SPOT program still doesn’t work. SPOT (which stands for Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques) is the program that places “Behavior Detection Officers” (BDOs) near airport security lines, where by intrusively chatting […]

From its inception, skeptics have claimed that the Behavior Detection System touted by the DHS was useless and impossible to implement. Now, as many have suspected, it is not being used to detect suspicious behavior but as a means to justify racial profiling at some of the nation’s airports. The biggest problem, is seems, is at Boston’s Logan Airport where Blacks, Hispanics, Middle Easterners and other minorities are regularly stopped for extra screening. In interviews and internal complaints, officers from the Transportation Security Administration’s “behavior detection” program at Logan International Airport in Boston asserted that […]

The TSA has spent $1 billion on its flawed SPOT program, which was designed to catch terrorists strictly by watching their behavior. It doesn’t work, has never worked, and never will work, but the government has seen fit to spend a billion dollars on it. Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques has been a failure from the start and it’s finally coming under fire. 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 […]

The US government is determined to introduce their SPOT program on August 15 at Boston’s Logan International airport, yet it is doomed to fail because it still hasn’t made improvements since it was first introduced. The SPOT program will utilize what are known as Behavior Detection Officers. These BDOs will have 13 days of training before using their new skills on the general public. The program has come under intense scrutiny as far back as 2007. Critics continue to voice their concerns. It requires screeners to make quick reads of whether passengers pose a danger […]

GAO: SPOT doesn’t work

In what should come as no surprise, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has said that the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) program has no scientific proof [pdf] that it actually works. The SPOT program utilizes behavior observation and analysis techniques to identify potentially high-risk passengers. GAO analysts provided Congress with information on the extent to which TSA has validated the scientific basis for SPOT and other operational challenges. “Years after implementing a costly passenger screening program, the Homeland Security agency responsible for protecting the nation’s transportation system failed to detect terrorists at U.S. airports on nearly […]

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