"Quiet Skies": When a federal air marshal shadows you

02 Août, 2018, 03:42 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • A passenger looks over planes sitting on the tarmac at La Guardia Airport in New York City on Nov. 22. A previously undisclosed TSA program flags passengers for observation and undercover air marshals observe their behavior — including whether they make

The "Quiet Skies" program, first reported by the Boston Globe, identifies travellers who could pose a threat but have no criminal record and aren't on any terrorist watch list.

The Federal Air Marshal Service was in the news in April 2018 after a New York Times report stated that the program had issues with alcohol abuse, harassment issues, and low success rates.

The revelation of the previously undisclosed program also has some travelers concerned.

Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email.

"As far as I know, this data collection hasn't been specifically authorized by Congress, and even if it was, they would have to publish a notice that they're collecting this information and keeping it in a database - which we haven't seen at all", she said. "Instead, its goal is to ensure passengers and flight crew are protected during air travel - no different than putting a police officer on a beat where intelligence and information presents the need for increased watch and deterrence".

"[It] effectively adds an additional line of defense to aviation security", the statement said.

Contrary to the article "Welcome to the Quiet Skies" published by The Boston Globe, the program doesn't take into account race and religion, and is not meant to surveil ordinary Americans.

While the Globe reported that TSA documents state there are around 50 Quiet Skies passengers on USA domestic flights every day. But in March of this year, the agency started the intensive monitoring, or "special mission coverage".

Hop aboard a domestic flight in the last few months?

Virat Kohli gives Joe Root a send-off mocking his mic drop celebration
Virat Kohli gave Joe Root a special send-off on Wednesday as he ran the England skipper out with some sensational fielding. The day's play at India v/s England 1st Test match will begin at 3:30 pm IST.

Three Russian journalists killed in Central African Republic
The Russian foreign ministry identified the murdered journalists as Kirill Radchenko, Alexander Rastorguyev and Orkhan Dzhemal. The Investigation Control Centre was founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an exiled oil tycoon and critic of Putin's government.

Chelsea Chelsea Get Ultimatum By Top Player, What Will Happen Next?
In fact - and this might come as a surprise to many - Madrid officials do not even believe that Hazard is worth half that amount. If we can't, though, we'll keep hold of him until his contract expires and allow him to leave the club on a free transfer.

But what if Quiet Skies saves lives in the future?

But the program has come under fire, including from people within the agency, who told the Globe it diverts resources from legitimate threats. Additionally, targets may have the same travel patterns as known terrorist suspects or be "possibly affiliated" with someone on a watch list, according to a May bulletin. Undercover air marshals follow those passengers at an airport and on a flight, noting behavior like excessive fidgeting or perspiration, or having a "cold, penetrating stare".

While TSA officials have defended Quiet Skies as necessary policing tactic in a post-9/11 America, a number of anonymous communications from individual air marshals obtained by the Globe indicate that agents tasked with carrying out such dubious surveillance are themselves upset with the agency's priorities.

"So. federal air marshals that are observing an individual we're concerned about, based on travel patterns and other information. of course they're watching their behavior". A human team then vets the information, and if there is a red flag in the flyer's background, that person may be followed through their travel and watched.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations called on TSA to abandon the program.

Natalie Brown said the federal government should not be conducting surveillance on law-abiding USA citizens who have no criminal background.

After analyzing travel patterns, the TSA pulls intelligence from a number of sources - state and local law enforcement, federal agencies and worldwide partners - before deciding to assign an air marshal.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 men and women, so-called flying FAMs, work the skies.

Conseillé:

  • BoJ raises ceiling for JBG yields but cuts medium-term inflation forecasts

    BoJ raises ceiling for JBG yields but cuts medium-term inflation forecasts

    But some experts had predicted the Bank of Japan would tweak its 10-year government bond yield target, amid muted inflation. The yen climbed 0.1 percent to 110.92 per dollar from a more than six month trough of 113.15 touched earlier in July.
    Patriots put WR Jordan Matthews on injured reserve

    Patriots put WR Jordan Matthews on injured reserve

    Matthews' injury could explain why the Patriots brought in veteran wide receiver Eric Decker for a workout Monday. Poggi , 23, was originally signed by the Oakland Raiders as a rookie free agent out of MI on May 7, 2018.
    Barcelona defender completes Everton move

    Barcelona defender completes Everton move

    The former Lille , Paris Saint-Germain and Roma left-back says the Portuguese gaffer played a decisive role in his switch. He said: "I had a great feeling with him when we spoke".
  • Miss Universe 2018 to be held in Thailand

    Miss Universe 2018 to be held in Thailand

    Thailand has hosted the competition twice before, most recently in 2005, when it was won by Miss Universe Canada, Natalie Glebova. The country has also produced two winners - Apasra Hongsakula in 1965 and Porntip Nakhirunkanok (Bui Simon) in 1988.

    Chipotle illnesses: Stock falls after customers get sick in Ohio

    The Powell outlet said in a phone call that it was working to get the restaurant open by Tuesday afternoon. The restaurant corrected the violations during the same visit, according to the health inspection report.
    Petr Cech issues warning to Bernd Leno

    Petr Cech issues warning to Bernd Leno

    According to the veteran goalkeeper, Leno must brace himself for an entirely different challenge in the English leagues. I have a lot of experience too, but he has much more, so I can learn from him.
  • My Health security to be tightened: Hunt

    My Health security to be tightened: Hunt

    He also welcomed the change to allow records to be permanently deleted rather than stored. Dr Bartone said the move would "remove any ambiguity" around the issue of privacy.
    Mark Roberts, Oregon Congressional Candidate, Calls Melania Trump a

    Mark Roberts, Oregon Congressional Candidate, Calls Melania Trump a "Hoebag"

    McCarthy , who is running to replace Paul Ryan as House Speaker, called on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to ban the candidate's account for his "disgraceful" attack on the First lady.

    "La Ligue des talents", nouveau slogan de la Ligue 1

    Sa singularité s'exprime à travers sa capacité à former et à attirer de jeunes talents. La LFP souhaite que cette signature soit bien plus qu'une signature .
  • We already used up Earth’s resources for the year. It’s August

    The day has shown a trend for appearing earlier and earlier since its inception - and today marks its earliest recorded point. According to their calculations, humans have already used up all of the Earth's renewable resources for the year.
    Ranked Johnson wins Canadian Open

    Ranked Johnson wins Canadian Open

    Johnson will play the WGC-Bridgestone next week in the run up to the final major of the season, the PGA Championship at Bellerive. Danny Lee has done his chances of holding on to his PGA Tour card no harm with a top-10 finish at the Canadian Open in Ontario.
    Max Verstappen sorry for expletive-laden rant during Hungarian GP

    Max Verstappen sorry for expletive-laden rant during Hungarian GP

    It seems at the moment that this year's auto struggles a bit in the wet and we need to look into why it is different to last year's.


Populaire

CNN Readies Final Season of Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’
The late, great Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown will come to an end, but not quite yet. Per Eater , the exact premiere date is not yet known.

Wells Fargo to pay $2.09 billion fine over decade-old mortgage loans
Wells Fargo said in a statement it was "pleased to put behind us these legacy issues" and said it had previously set aside the money to cover the settlement.

Double wedding: Two sets of MI twins to tie the knot
Nick and Kassie were first to get together, while attending the same psychology class in Grand Valley State University in 2014. A set of identical twin sisters will Wednesday identical twin brothers before holding a double-reception party.

China warns of retaliation if USA takes more trade steps
USA threats have escalated since, with the President saying he is ready to impose tariffs on all $500bn of Chinese imports. The change isn't final yet and may not go forward after a public review, the people said.

Facebook's next moneymaker? WhatsApp to charge businesses for sending messages to customers
WhatsApp will also reportedly be launching ads in its Status feature, a tool similar to Instagram stories. Growth has been the priority at WhatsApp, which now boasts some 1.5 billion users around the world.

Urban Meyer placed on leave in bombshell Ohio State move
Text messages with Shelley Meyer appear to that show Courtney Smith routinely claimed that her husband's behavior was abusive. Meyer has been the head coach at Ohio State since 2012 and his record of 73-8 speaks for itself.

Burnley seek UEFA keeper dispensation after Pope and Heaton injuries
We're always open minded to add the group if we can, whatever department that's in, that's an ongoing process. I'm just familiar with what's going on, it's a never-ending story.

Les portables interdits dans les écoles et collèges : la loi est adoptée
Tout téléphone portable vu ou entendu est confisqué, mis dans une chambre forte et remis à l'élève au bout de 3 semaines. Les activités liées à l'enseignement mais aussi à l'extérieur, comme le sport, seront aussi concernées.

Anthony Martial Responds To Mourinho Jibe, United Linked With Defender
Mourinho then made a point of saying the majority of his players have a positive spirit going into the season, but repeated it is the "majority".

Han Solo's jacket expected to sell for £1m
Marty McFly's Back To The Future Part II hoverboard and Johnny Depp's Edward Scissorhands costume are also on sale. Don't tell Han Solo the odds of his jacket from the Empire Strikes Back selling for more than $1 million.