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>Bush-era TSA watchlist targets passengers based on behavior

05/25/2010

>BTC –  A little known federal criminal justice database instated at TSA checkpoints in 2007 may target flyers who exhibit dissent, witness or participate in an act of aggression or simply possess irregular looking luggage.  The purpose of the database was to zero in passengers who were physically resistant to TSA checkpoint procedures and to create pre-emptive data on people whom they anticipate retaliation from later.

Privacy advocates aware of the program say the criterion necessitating an add to the watchlist may be too broad, possessing no legitimate criminal threat to result in being entered into a criminal justice database.

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