The Judge explains, for now, this screening is for people utilizing the TSA Pre (pre-check) but you know it won’t stop there. Govt intrusion into our lives always starts with something small and then once perfected it gets streamlined and applied to a large-scale. Perfect example is the NSA started spying on a few Americans and now they spy on EVERYONE! Why not?! There is no one standing in the way to stop them!
This is what happens when you are in a post Constitutional Republic and in fact living under a police state! The govt is slowly, methodically encroaching on our freedoms until one day we wake up to the pounding on our door to be arrested for thought crimes!! What the Judge is describing is complacency among the masses. There are Americans who will speak out against the govt being intrusive but not enough Americans to put a stop to the violations against our civil rights. We are in fact giving up our freedoms for a little bit of security to which Benjamin Franklin warned we deserve neither.
Security Check Now Starts Long Before You Fly
by Susan Stellin | NY Times
The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its screening of passengers before they arrive at the airport by searching a wide array of government and private databases that can include records like car registrations and employment information.
While the agency says that the goal is to streamline the security procedures for millions of passengers who pose no risk, the new measures give the government greater authority to use travelersâ€™ data for domestic airport screenings. Previously that level of scrutiny applied only to individuals entering the United States.
The prescreening, some of which is already taking place, is described in documents the T.S.A. released to comply with government regulations about the collection and use of individualsâ€™ data, but the details of the program have not been publicly announced.
It is unclear precisely what information the agency is relying upon to make these risk assessments, given the extensive range of records it can access, including tax identification number, past travel itineraries, property records, physical characteristics, and law enforcement or intelligence information.
The measures go beyond the background check the government has conducted for years, called Secure Flight, in which a passengerâ€™s name, gender and date of birth are compared with terrorist watch lists. Now, the search includes using a travelerâ€™s passport number, which is already used to screen people at the border, and other identifiers to access a system of databases maintained by the Department of Homeland Security…more