Saturday, October 26, 2013

Now TSA's Checking You Out Before You Fly


The NY Times reported this week that the TSA is going to gather more information on you before you even get to the airport, including details in private and government databases -- all in secret and with no oversight. On my America Weekend show, I discussed this expansion of government powers and continuing invasion of our privacy with Edward Hasbrouck of the Identity Project, a program of The First Amendment Project.

He explained what the TSA is doing (despite its denials), how it claims to have the legal authority to do it (which is unclear), and how many of these decisions are made by computers with little human involvement nor accountability. He also revealed something you did not know about how the government has to give you official permission every time you fly -- the default answer is "no."

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