From the No Kidding Dept: auditor rates TSA epic fail

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by TSA News Blog, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. TSA News Blog

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    We’ve only been telling you this for years. And now the DHS Inspector General is saying it, too.​
    The TSA’s so-called “behavior detection program” is an expensive, risible failure. Or as we like to call it, voodoo.​
    TSA’s program, Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT), which now has 2,800 workers, began in 2007 and has so far cost $878 million. The program’s goal is to spot potential terrorists through behavioral clues, but it has been criticized for possible racial profiling.​
    The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general said in a 41-page report released Wednesday that the TSA doesn’t effectively assess the program or have a comprehensive training program.​
    No, Virginia, say it ain’t so!​
    Meanwhile, TSA Administrator John Pistole is, of course, downplaying the report and continuing to spout mind-numbing PR pabulum about the many-times-discredited program. Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up:​
    TSA doesn’t reveal what suspicious behavior will trigger additional screening. But security experts say shifty eyes and sweating are among the traits that raise suspicions.​
    “Shifty eyes and sweating.” Really? Really?? And “experts say”? Who writes this (expletive deleted)?​
    But the TSA — and the media — have a history of doing this.​
    Never mind that the voodoo program has zero credibility and relies on the most crude kind of racial profiling that has resulted in abuse of innocent passengers again and again. Never mind that this abuse and lack of credibility been publicized again and again.​
    We all know it doesn’t matter. None of it matters. Because facts don’t matter. And as long as facts don’t matter, the TSA and its idiocy will be with us.​
    (Photo: JD Hancock/Flickr Creative Commons)​
    Elizabeth Conley likes this.
  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Neither does it have any honest and intelligent employees.

    Every single "SPOTnik" falls into one of two categories: so insanely stupid that they actually believe the "Behavioral Detection" nonsense, or smart enough to know that it does not work - cannot work - and simultaneously dishonest enough to pretend it does so they can stroll around accosting innocent people for a paycheck.
    Elizabeth Conley likes this.
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I would suggest that the DHS OIG has access to information that even TSA BDO's don't have nor can obtain. OIG's historically have excellent and well developed investigative methods and know how to root out things hidden. So I think we have to accept the OIG report at face value unless BDO supporters prove beyond a shadow of doubt that the BDO program has value.

    Verifiable evidence is what we need from TSA and I don't think they have any.
    KrazyKat likes this.
  4. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    If you'd said "intelligence" here, it would have been true in all senses of the word.
  5. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    I've always thought that metaphor denigrates voodoo.

    Not so much 'we' as the Congressional critters--- there is no excuse to fund the program. Period. "We're working on it," from Pervole, doesn't fly either. The BDO "program" isn't begging improvement, simply elimination.
    phoebepontiac likes this.
  6. And yet, I'll bet they won't get rid of it. I'll bet they throw more money at it to try and "fix" it.
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  7. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Given the TSA's history, they'll waste another billion on their "feasibility study" to see how the "behavioral detection" nonsense can be "fixed."

    Which means all of those wastes-of-skin "behavioral detection" "employees" will continue drawing paychecks for the foreseeable future.

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