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Fly the 'Quiet Skies'
#1
I, for one, welcome our new surreptitious avian overlords....  


Quote:The government is secretly monitoring ordinary US citizens when they fly
Air marshals have conducted surveillance on thousands of unknowing Americans under the “Quiet Skies” program.

Are you a United States citizen who caught a flight in the last few months? If so, there’s a small chance federal air marshals followed and monitored you, as part of a secret TSA program called “Quiet Skies.”

Jana Winter at the Boston Globe on Saturday reported about the previously undisclosed program that specifically targets travelers who “are not under investigation by any agency and are not in the Terrorist Screening Data Base.” Winter cites a TSA bulletin from March, which says the goal of the initiative is to thwart threats to commercial flights posed by “unknown or partially known terrorists.”

All US citizens who come into the country are automatically screened for potential inclusion in Quiet Skies, and thousands of Americans have reportedly already been subject to surveillance at the airport and on their flights under the program. Travelers stay on the Quiet Skies watch list for up to 90 days or three encounters, and they’re never notified they’re on the list at all.

It’s still unclear what merits being added to the watch list in the first place. The program lays out 15 rules to screen passengers, but the full checklist was not obtained by the Boston Globe and is reportedly a mystery even to the marshals who conduct the surveillance.

Once US citizens are added to the program, marshals flying with them will track a number of behaviors, like whether subjects are “abnormally aware” of their surroundings, whether they display “excessive fidgeting,” a “cold penetrating stare,” or an “Adam’s apple jump,” and whether the individual sleeps during a flight.

Revelations about the existence of the Quiet Skies program has spurred questions about the program’s legality and what exactly agents are looking for. Per the Globe:

Quiet Skies represents a major departure for TSA. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the agency has traditionally placed armed air marshals on routes it considered potentially higher risk, or on flights with a passenger on a terrorist watch list. Deploying air marshals to gather intelligence on civilians not on a terrorist watch list is a new assignment, one that some air marshals say goes beyond the mandate of the US Federal Air Marshal Service. Some also worry that such domestic surveillance might be illegal. Between 2,000 and 3,000 men and women, so-called flying FAMs, work the skies.
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.   -Grandpa Simpson
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#2
(07-30-2018, 10:33 AM)vtran Wrote: I, for one, welcome our new surreptitious avian overlords....  


Quote:The government is secretly monitoring ordinary US citizens when they fly
Air marshals have conducted surveillance on thousands of unknowing Americans under the “Quiet Skies” program.

Are you a United States citizen who caught a flight in the last few months? If so, there’s a small chance federal air marshals followed and monitored you, as part of a secret TSA program called “Quiet Skies.”

Jana Winter at the Boston Globe on Saturday reported about the previously undisclosed program that specifically targets travelers who “are not under investigation by any agency and are not in the Terrorist Screening Data Base.” Winter cites a TSA bulletin from March, which says the goal of the initiative is to thwart threats to commercial flights posed by “unknown or partially known terrorists.”

All US citizens who come into the country are automatically screened for potential inclusion in Quiet Skies, and thousands of Americans have reportedly already been subject to surveillance at the airport and on their flights under the program. Travelers stay on the Quiet Skies watch list for up to 90 days or three encounters, and they’re never notified they’re on the list at all.

It’s still unclear what merits being added to the watch list in the first place. The program lays out 15 rules to screen passengers, but the full checklist was not obtained by the Boston Globe and is reportedly a mystery even to the marshals who conduct the surveillance.

Once US citizens are added to the program, marshals flying with them will track a number of behaviors, like whether subjects are “abnormally aware” of their surroundings, whether they display “excessive fidgeting,” a “cold penetrating stare,” or an “Adam’s apple jump,” and whether the individual sleeps during a flight.

Revelations about the existence of the Quiet Skies program has spurred questions about the program’s legality and what exactly agents are looking for. Per the Globe:

Quiet Skies represents a major departure for TSA. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the agency has traditionally placed armed air marshals on routes it considered potentially higher risk, or on flights with a passenger on a terrorist watch list. Deploying air marshals to gather intelligence on civilians not on a terrorist watch list is a new assignment, one that some air marshals say goes beyond the mandate of the US Federal Air Marshal Service. Some also worry that such domestic surveillance might be illegal. Between 2,000 and 3,000 men and women, so-called flying FAMs, work the skies.

Is that only on flights within and to and from the US?

This bit of the article cracked me up...

"Once US citizens are added to the program, marshals flying with them will track a number of behaviors, like whether:

- subjects are “abnormally aware” of their surroundings [Hmm...]
- whether they display “excessive fidgeting,” [hmm-hmm...]  
- a “cold penetrating stare,” [mm-hmm-hmm...] or 
- an “Adam’s apple jump,” [mmm...] 

...and whether the individual sleeps during a flight [what the actual fuck?]

Obviously the way to avoid getting on the list is to drink like a fish throughout the flight.
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#3
I suspect flight destination is important in the criteria too.

"Boss, I'm off to follow another suspicious character to Maui, see you in three weeks."
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