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Eye spies: TSA rolls out new 'behavior detection officers'
The Daily Caller ^ | 8/3/11 | CJ Ciaramella

Posted on 08/03/2011 8:52:28 AM PDT by ccj85

Passengers flying through Boston’s Logan International Airport will notice the security screeners are chattier than usual, but it’s not an improved customer service policy.

On Tuesday the Transportation Security Administration began a test-run at Logan of its SPOT program, which stands for Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques. SPOT uses trained screeners known as Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) to determine if passengers are a threat, based on their reactions to a set of routine questions.

“The vast majority of passengers will experience a casual greeting conversation with the BDO as they go through identity verification,” a TSA spokesperson said. “A small portion of passengers may get selected for an extended, but still limited conversation.”

According to the Boston Herald, the BDOs will ask three to four questions — from “Where have you been?” to “Do you have a business card?” and “Where are you traveling?” — while looking for minute facial cues that may indicate deception or malicious intent.

Since its creation in 2007, TSA’s SPOT program has grown almost fifteen-fold. As of May 2010, about 3,000 BDOs were deployed at 161 airports nationwide at an annual cost of more than $200 million.

So far, after three years of operation and almost $1 billion spent, SPOT has never been scientifically proven effective and has never caught one actual terrorist.

Read full article at: http://thedc.com/neGK6n

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KEYWORDS: bdo; elal; homelandsecurity; israel; papaersplease; papersplease; policestate; terrorism; tsa; tsapervs; tyranny

1 posted on 08/03/2011 8:52:34 AM PDT by ccj85
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sounds like it is based on the rock solid israeli airport security screening techniques...


2 posted on 08/03/2011 8:55:44 AM PDT by raygunfan
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To: ccj85
According to the Boston Herald, the BDOs will ask three to four questions — from “Where have you been?” to “Do you have a business card?”

Uh oh, my grandmother doesn't carry a business card. Now what?

3 posted on 08/03/2011 8:55:51 AM PDT by neodad (Don't Tap, Just Drill!)
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To: ccj85

As long as we don’t profile. We wouldn’t want to do anything that’s actually effective. This is why I don’t fly anymore.


4 posted on 08/03/2011 8:56:03 AM PDT by American Quilter (aka American Hobbit)
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To: ccj85
I hope at least these people have a high school education or better...
5 posted on 08/03/2011 8:57:10 AM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: ccj85

6 posted on 08/03/2011 8:59:02 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: ccj85

I never talk to these people.


7 posted on 08/03/2011 8:59:15 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: ccj85

Some of the questions Mr. Janet Napolitano’s goons will ask to find ‘suspicious people’:

Are you a member of the “Tea Party”?

Do you feel pride when you look at the American flag?

Are you a Christian?

Have you ever voted for a Republican?

Do you object to higher taxes?

Do you own a gun?

Do you post on Free Republic?


8 posted on 08/03/2011 9:01:11 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: ccj85

On the frequent flyer board at www.flyertalk.com, I saw a story about a year ago about a passenger who encountered a “chatty” TSA agent.

The traveler looked at the TSA guy and said, “See SPOT. See SPOT run. Run, SPOT, run. Go away, SPOT.” The TSA guy walked away.


9 posted on 08/03/2011 9:02:38 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (The top 1% earn 20% of America's income yet they pay 40% of all federal income taxes!)
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To: SkyPilot

of course,interpreters will have to be hired
to accommodate non-English speakers..


10 posted on 08/03/2011 9:04:27 AM PDT by keykitten (keykitten)
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To: ccj85

Papers, please....


11 posted on 08/03/2011 9:04:59 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: ccj85

The terrorists now know the questions and will prepare appropriate answers.

A TOTAL waste of our money, like most federal spending.


12 posted on 08/03/2011 9:05:50 AM PDT by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: raygunfan

Let’s hope so. Most posters here don’t seem to get it.


13 posted on 08/03/2011 9:09:32 AM PDT by enraged
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To: HIDEK6
I would love to tell the TSA people that my name is Bubba Muhammad Goldberg.

On second thought, I would probably be sent to a re-education camp.

14 posted on 08/03/2011 9:14:51 AM PDT by oldtimer (uee)
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To: HIDEK6

Me either. By the time I get to the TSA check in I am already po’ed because I had to be in the darn airport 3 hrs. They get nasty looks and blank stares from me. Guess that makes me a terrorist.


15 posted on 08/03/2011 9:16:27 AM PDT by sheana
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To: oldtimer

I was standing in a Southwest Airlines boarding line yesterday at St. Louis airport. A TSA dude came right up to me and asked to look in my backpack (I’d already been passed through security). I guess because it’s a camo backpack, I looked like a terrorist. Good thing I wasn’t wearing my NRA cap.


16 posted on 08/03/2011 9:19:31 AM PDT by Ax (Meshuggeah pilim.)
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To: ccj85

WHAT..is your name?...

17 posted on 08/03/2011 9:21:15 AM PDT by CougarGA7
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To: raygunfan

This makes more sense to me than patting down Granny.


18 posted on 08/03/2011 9:24:04 AM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: ccj85

Still like to fly, folks? (P.S., I realize that some have to—part of their job.)


19 posted on 08/03/2011 9:25:29 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: ccj85
So far, after three years of operation and almost $1 billion spent, SPOT has never been scientifically proven effective and has never caught one actual terrorist.

That's OK, the groping and zapping hasn't caught one either. Par for the course for TSA.

20 posted on 08/03/2011 9:26:21 AM PDT by JoeFromSidney (New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. A primer on armed revolt. Available form Amazon.)
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To: ccj85

Great place to start. Logan was the airport used by two of the 911 planes. It still is a joke. TSA just stands around while paying customers fume in long lines.


21 posted on 08/03/2011 9:26:32 AM PDT by cowtowney
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To: SkyPilot

...Holder SS, Napolitano SA...


22 posted on 08/03/2011 9:27:28 AM PDT by gargoyle (...This looks like a good fight, deal me in...)
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To: ccj85

“Where have you been?”
Somali..., er South Dakota

“Do you have a business card?”
Yes, in English and in Arabic

“Where are you traveling?”
To find a good source of ammoniu... er aspirin.


23 posted on 08/03/2011 9:30:25 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Had enough?)
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To: raygunfan

YEah, that and the fact that liberals have successfuly profiled blacks as being left wing voters only and that those who do not are some kind of collaborators of the whites...


24 posted on 08/03/2011 9:32:17 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: ccj85

"Where have you been?”
in line for the last three hours putting up with your BS.
“Do you have a business card?”
no.
“Where are you traveling?”
what does it say on my #$&^%#$ ticket?
25 posted on 08/03/2011 9:35:58 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: ccj85

So far, after three years of operation and almost $1 billion spent, SPOT has never been scientifically proven effective and has never caught one actual terrorist.
##
It’s purpose isn’t to catch terrorists. Like the entire agency, it’s purpose is to make the gullible feel safe. It’s theater aimed at the people who think the “employees must wash hands” signs keep flecks of pee off their cheeseburgers.


26 posted on 08/03/2011 9:36:21 AM PDT by SUSSA
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To: enraged
Let’s hope so. Most posters here don’t seem to get it.

Of course, I know what this is based on. I just see it not as a solid way of identifying terrorists but just another add-on to harassing the passengers. I have no hope that this will be done well and do away with the rest of the Mickey Mouse crap that accompanies flying today.

27 posted on 08/03/2011 9:39:13 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: neodad
"Uh oh, my grandmother doesn't carry a business card. Now what?"

I don't think you get it. They would ask that question after certain other responses. For instance the agent could casually say, "Ah, here on business are you?" to a suspicious foreigner. And when he answers yes but the agent suspects he is lying.... might then ask, “Do you have a business card?”

Makes sense to me.

28 posted on 08/03/2011 9:43:45 AM PDT by Apple Pan Dowdy (... as American as Apple Pie mmm mmm mmm)
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To: ccj85

“Sir, may I see your invitation”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gUznC7Kdt8


29 posted on 08/03/2011 9:47:56 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: ccj85

here’s what to do:

1. Cross your arms
2. Refuse to look at them
3. Blink really fast when you are talking
4. Look at the ceiling
5. Try to sweat profusely

These ought to work well.


30 posted on 08/03/2011 9:47:58 AM PDT by cowtowney
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To: Ax

“I was standing in a Southwest Airlines boarding line yesterday at St. Louis airport. A TSA dude came right up to me and asked to look in my backpack (I’d already been passed through security). I guess because it’s a camo backpack, I looked like a terrorist. Good thing I wasn’t wearing my NRA cap.”

A few weeks ago I had to cut short an overnight visit to my daughter’s house to make an emergency trip to Florida because my elderly dad was in intensive care. Hurried home, threw some extra clothes in the bag and left for the airport. Going through security TSA grabbed my bag and took it for inspection. I didn’t think anything of it until the agent called a Code 2. The supervisor came ove and both were looking intently into the bag. I had no idea what was going on. The supervisor asked “Is that it?” and then pulled out a speedloader with 5 of the nastiest .44 caliber hollowpoints you ever saw. OH S***. In my rush to get to the airport I neglected to remove the reload for my ccw from my bag. TSA was remarkably cool after I showed them the carry permit (the gun was at home) and made me write a statement about what happened and sent me on my way. They returned the speedloader when I got back but kept the ammo.


31 posted on 08/03/2011 9:51:37 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Had enough?)
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To: Betis70

Granny is more likely to fumble the interrogation because of hearing and memory loss which will make her nervous. Any infant who refuses to answer the perverts, is dead meat.

Given the sexual molestion and abuse of the handi-capped program they have carried on out of pure disrespect and insanity, TSA is way too stupid to do this kind of screening.

You have to be able to discern and think and our government employees are not capable of doing that. Your thinking must be strait and not twisted by the insanity of political correctness. To TSA agents a six year old child or infant is just as likely to bomb a plane as the swarthy guy further down the line. Homeland inSecurity is one big politically correct, diversity trained (racist) harassment machine and it needs to be axed.


32 posted on 08/03/2011 10:01:41 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Ax
A TSA dude came right up to me and asked to look in my backpack (I’d already been passed through security).

Once we've passed through security, are we legally obligated to let TSA look through our bags again?

33 posted on 08/03/2011 10:03:09 AM PDT by StonyMan451 (As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.)
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34 posted on 08/03/2011 10:06:40 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: enraged
Most posters here don’t seem to get it.

No, they don't. Arrogant ignorance seems to be the rule of the day.

Get rid of the advanced imaging nonsense and hire a bunch of "Chatty Aunt Cathy" types to talk to people.

35 posted on 08/03/2011 10:07:31 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ccj85
I know people who've dealt with the foreign service officers who grant or deny visa requests at foreign embassies/consulted for folks wanting to travel to the US. From what I'm told, these guys know how to "read: people well enough that they pretty much know in less than 10 seconds of talking to the applicant whether they will be approved or denied.

This is actually a very reasonable approach. Documents can be faked, profiling can be messed up by using agents that don't fit profiles. But people who are good at detecting dishonest people will catch a good portion of those who can slip past the other layers.

36 posted on 08/03/2011 10:08:18 AM PDT by kevkrom (This space for rent.)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

The answers are irrelevant. It is the reactions, the hesitations and body language, etc. The Israelis use an electronic version of this and publish the questions. People who are “prepared” for them still can’t control muscle reactions. The Israelis have a computer screen that shows the questions in print and a hi-def camera that catches the reactions. I don’t think people even have to answer the questions, just read them. Questions include something like,”do you intend to bomb this airplane?” El Al has had no incidents since they started the system. El Al also does not feel the need to subject everyone to radiation and groping.


37 posted on 08/03/2011 10:08:52 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: ArrogantBustard

Maybe it is a little progress in the right direction. Being America, though, we are sure to combine the technique with all the other invasive and rude things they are already doing. The groping and radiating all have their recreational value for the government people, too.


38 posted on 08/03/2011 10:11:40 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: raygunfan

I’ve been through Israeli security and got tagged by one of these in Minneapolis 3 months ago.

This is NOTHING like Israeli checks. Its a in your face, object and your arrested on the spot inspection.


39 posted on 08/03/2011 10:11:46 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: sheana
They get nasty looks and blank stares from me. Guess that makes me a terrorist.>/i>

Actually, if it is done right, no.Anger, even unto suppressed rage should not trigger a tag.If done Israel's way the human element in the enforcers is minimized or eliminated so an agent doesn't key on what he regards as insulting to him. Revenge and "hey let's get this guy" don't figure.

40 posted on 08/03/2011 10:15:37 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: arthurus
That's the Israeli's. I'm not willing to give the TSA that much credit...

This is bad stuff.

41 posted on 08/03/2011 10:21:50 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (explosive bolts, ten thousand volts at a million miles an hour)
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To: Hacklehead

I usually wear one of those black nylon wallet-like things around my neck for my ID and boarding pass, etc. As I was prepping to leave, I picked it up and it felt a bit heavy. I looked in and found five 9mm rounds. I must’ve shoved them in there while doing a quick clean-up to show off the house to prospective buyers. I could only imagine TSA shutting down the entire concourse at West Palm Beach Int’l Airport. You were lucky in having a couple of sensible ones. But they should’ve returned your ammo.


42 posted on 08/03/2011 10:38:29 AM PDT by Ax (Meshuggeah pilim.)
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To: StonyMan451

I don’t know if it’s legal or not, but I wasn’t about to make a stink, get pulled out of line and miss my flight. I guess beneath this rough-hewn exterior beats the heart of a lamb.


43 posted on 08/03/2011 10:40:34 AM PDT by Ax (Meshuggeah pilim.)
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To: enraged; raygunfan

Guess no one here has flown through Amsterdam, either.


44 posted on 08/03/2011 10:40:52 AM PDT by Eagle Eye (I am Joe the Hobbit.)
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To: ccj85

I believe this is one of the techniques the Israelis use.

It’s selective, and of course, the Israelis also go by things such as nationality, travel history, etc.

On the other hand, this is intrusive in its own way. However, if they’d stop taking away our handcream and lip balm and submitting us to complete waste of time searches, I’d be willing to go for this.


45 posted on 08/03/2011 10:44:40 AM PDT by livius
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To: SaraJohnson

My mom is a granny and she got the full pat-down routine, including examination of her wheelchair (airport provided), scanning her oxygen concentrator, making her get off her oxygen and walking through the metal detector. She was puffing for 10 minutes afterwards.

She could have handled a few questions a lot easier.

You can find fault with any system, IMO this is better than pat-downs, though it sounds like they won’t be removing that, so in that sense I agree with you.


46 posted on 08/03/2011 10:45:06 AM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: Ax

“But they should’ve returned your ammo.”

Perhaps, but I was just happy to get out of there without a body-cavity search. I consider the cost of five rounds a very small penalty for being a dumbazz.


47 posted on 08/03/2011 10:54:10 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Had enough?)
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To: ccj85
TSA does NOT have the smarts for this procedure.
48 posted on 08/03/2011 10:59:31 AM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: arthurus
Maybe it is a little progress in the right direction

Maybe ... but I'm confident in TSA's ability to screw it up.

49 posted on 08/03/2011 11:06:46 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ccj85
You mean .... profiling?! *gasp*

It's about dang time.

50 posted on 08/03/2011 12:09:52 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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