Business Week: How Not to Catch a Terrorist

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Business Week: How Not to Catch a Terrorist

    ... They’re also sizing up passengers for signs of suspicious behavior, such as excess anxiety or sweating. Known as the Screening Passengers by Observation Technique, or Spot, the program was put in place to nab terrorists and is now used at roughly a third of U.S. airports. After nine years, government studies show that it’s turned out to be an effective tool for sniffing out alleged criminals—just not the ones it was intended to catch. So amid criticism from civil liberties advocates, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has brought in consultants to revisit the program.

    According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, there’s no evidence that Spot has caught a single terrorist. Of 353 arrests from November 2010 to April 2012, 68 percent were for immigration offenses, drug charges, or outstanding criminal warrants. (TSA agents can’t make arrests; they refer suspects to law enforcement.) From 2004 through 2008, according to the GAO, none of the 1,083 arrests resulting from TSA referrals resultedin terrorism charges.
     
  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    No wonder AUS and PHX are so rude. EVERYONE THEY SEE is sweating. They must think they're absolutely surrounded by eeeeeebil tewowwists.
     
  3. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    It is also hotter than hoochie-coochie in those cities...another reason for people to be sweating. :rolleyes:
     
  4. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Exactly my point.

    I'd also wonder who thought it was a good idea to put MMW scanners in AUS - a device that signals an anomaly for sweat. In an airport where frelling everyone is sweating eight months out of the year.

    The TSA employees who aren't complete frelling morons are the ones who actually enjoy sticking their hands into people's underwear, bellowing at them like an asthmatic bull, making children cry, and stealing from them all.
     
  5. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Oh, sorry for the misinterpretation. I thought you meant that everyone was sweating because the screeners were so rude. Rude people might make some people sweat, but rude people in a uniform (albeit fake) and with the authority (assumed, not real) to make you miss your flight might make almost everybody sweat!
     
  6. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    No. Rude and stupid people don't make me sweat.

    They just get me clenching my teeth frequently, which I hope they understand is a "microexpression" not of "concealment" or "intent to deceive," but of "utter contempt" for not just the TSA, but any TSA employee who actually tries to pass themselves off as some sort of "human lie detector," or some other such absolute (expletive deleted).
     
  7. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    Not vetted? Come on, just look at the thousands, hundreds, tens, NONE of the law enforcements agencies in this contry that put their officers (you know, the real cops with the real badges) through SPOT style classes.

    Have no fear my Behavior Detection VooDoo Practitioner friends. Just because you can't harass brown people with funny soundin' names doesn't mean you still can't make it on the TSA's Good Catch!™ list. See that white kid over there in the dreadlocks and Phish t-shirt? I just bet he has some weed in his backpack. Book 'em, Dano!

    :rolleyes:
     
  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    All TSA employees are morons, if they weren't they would be doing something else and something honorable.
     
  9. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    That's unfair. Out of 60,000 employees, there should be at least one if not more that are not morons.

    Of course, those would be the sociopaths who work for the TSA because they enjoy exercising their "authoritah" to stick their hands down people's pants, yell at them, steal their belongings, and generally act out on their sociopathy.
     
  10. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Those people quit when they were told to feel up children, parents and grand parents.
     
  11. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I don't think you read what I posted. Or you did read it, but you didn't understand it.

    The current employment pool for the TSA consists of morons and sociopaths (and sometimes the two categories overlap.) There are current employees of the TSA who are not morons - but they are soulless bastards who enjoy "following orders," because those orders are to do what they want to do anyway.
     
  12. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    Check out the person's profile that I responded to in the Disqus area below the article. :cupcake: Straight out of Central Casting! :cupcake: I have a few pairs of Texas-made cowboy boots, but I no longer feel worthy of wearing them. :(:p



    Gee, I wonder if he parrots catchphrases from 1970s TV cop dramas in the classes he teaches, too. :rolleyes:
     
  13. JoeBas

    JoeBas Original Member

    So he trains state and local officials to be Terrorists?
     
  14. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    Maybe it's a dog obedience course.

    When SPOT makes a :trash: on the rec room carpet, you SWOTT him with a SLAT. :D
     
  15. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Translation: "Couldn't hack it as a real cop, slid down the pole into the depths before reaching bottom and 'teaching' for the TSA."

    Just like all of those "ex-military" TSA employees who couldn't hack it as a soldier, so resigned/retired and became an overpaid Federal mall cop with delusions of grandeur and a complete absence of honor.
     
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  16. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Would anyone but a moron work for Pissy?
     
  17. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Yes. A sociopath would, because it affords him (or her) the excuse of "just following orders" when abusing people.
     

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