What's Your Score?
Associated Press 12/01/06
" For the past four years, without public notice, federal agents have assigned millions of Americans and other international travelers computer-generated scores assessing the risk they pose of being terrorists or criminals.
The travelers are not allowed to see or directly challenge these risk assessments. And the goverment intends to keep them on file for 40 years.
Earlier in November, the goverment disclosed the existence and details of the Automated Targeting System for the first time in the Federal Register. Privacy and civil liberties lawyers, congressional aides and even law enforcement officers said they thought the ATS had been applied only to cargo.
The scores are assigned to people entering and leaving the United States after computers access their travel records, including where they are from, how they paid for tickets, their motor vehicle records, past one-way travel, seating preference and meals ordered.
The Homeland Security Department notice called it "one of the most advanced targeting systems in the world" and said US ability to spot criminals and other security threats "would be critically impaired without access to this data."
Still, privacy advocates view ATS with alarm. "It's probably the most invasive system the goverment has yet deployed in terms of the number of people affected," David Sobel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group, said in an interview.
A similar DHS data-mining project for domestic air travelers caused a furor two years ago in Congress, which has barred its implementation until it can pass 10 tests for accuracy and privacy protection."
For the entire DHS Privacy Impact Statement: Click Here
I found this most interesting while reading the DHS material: " The risk assessment is based on a set of National & user-defined rules which are comprised rule sets that pertain to specific operational/tactical objectives or local enforcement efforts."
The "risk assessment" is based on so-called set rules . But nowhere are those "set rules" available to the American public. I dont know about you, but if the United States goverment deems me a threat, I want to know why, & I want proof! I also would like to see this "set" of "rules" that the goverment will base this decision on, that could very well take away my rights & civil liberties & ability to travel. Wouldnt you??
How can the goverment call us a threat, without providing proof or even allowing us to view this? This is a gross & invasive targeting system, with no checks & balances, no real proof, & totally Un-American.
Mark my words. This is a set-up. A set-up by the United States goverment. A set-up for things to come. A setting-up of laws, rules, & codes, that the goverment is setting in place for A REASON.
A Police State in on the rise.
All the warnings are there.
All the proof is there.
What more will it take for the American people to WAKE UP????
When you finally decide to do something about this, it will be too late. All the cute little rules, laws, & codes will already be in place to deny, rape, & rob you of all the rights you once thought you had.
You will be labeled as an "Enemy Combatant" a "Dissenter", & stripped of your constitutional rights. You may even sit in a "camp" or prison somewhere, with no right to a fair trial to prove your innocence.
All because you spoke out against the war.
All because you attended that anti-war rally.
All because your a Socialist.
All because you belong to a feminist organization.
All because you traveled to South America one too many times.
All because you voted "liberal".
All because you told someone that you thought Bush was an asshole.