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Customs and border patrol will be using a new facial recognition system to try and find immigration violators. The new technology is being used to help identify foreigners who stay in the United States too long. “We do see people trying to use the legitimate document, but it belonging to someone else, to conceal their identity,” Customs and Border Protection Deputy Assistant Commissioner John Wagner said, “and we are vulnerable to that.” The technology compares photos in passports with the faces of the people presenting them and rates how likely they are to be a […]

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The Intercept reports that the TSA, who is supposed to be looking after our transportation systems, has moved into theme parks looking for terrorists. Yes, the Transportation Security Administration’s embattled $900 million behavior detection program, called Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT, is not just used at airports. It’s also used at theme parks. TSA has trained security teams from SeaWorld, Disney World and Busch Gardens to use the same checklist of behavior indicators, which includes “wearing a disguise,” “whistling,” “exaggerated yawning” and “excessive laughter,” according to interviews and documents obtained by The […]

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From TSA Watch: We are seeking funds to start a National Watchdog Group that will force the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) to clean up their act. We are a Citizen Watchdog Group, working to protect traveler rights and dignity from abuses by the TSA. We strive to ensure no violations go unreported and grievances are addressed and redressed. Mission Statement: TSA Watch is a new membership organization being built to will serve the traveling public, American Citizens and Visitors, by working to ensure personal liberty is not sacrificed in the pursuit of national security. For […]

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In response to evolving terrorist threats, including non-metallic explosive devices and weapons, the U.S. TSA has adopted full-body scanners as the primary passenger screening method at nearly 160 airports nationwide at a cost exceeding $1 billion. Although full-body scanners play a critical role in transportation security, they have generated considerable controversy, including claims that the devices are unsafe, violate privacy and civil liberties, and are ineffective. Furthermore, these scanners are complex embedded systems that raise important computer security questions. Despite such concerns, neither the manufacturers nor the government have disclosed enough technical details to allow […]

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Alexandra Schmid was convicted Friday in the Queens Supreme Court of stealing money from passengers’ luggage at Kennedy Airport. Alexandra Schmid was working as a Transportation Security Administration officer when Dr. Imrana Ali and her family were boarding a flight to India on Dec. 9, 2011, officials said. Schmid, 34, separated Ali’s family from their luggage for 15 minutes. When they got their belongings back, Schmid bizarrely insisted she never touched their stuff, according to prosecutors. The family had to rush to make their flight. Once on board they discovered $6,000 in cash was missing […]

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