There are reports that bad guys are on board airliners practicing another terror attack. They are apparently probing for weaknesses.
Given the state of government and how it works, citizens should not be shy about requesting a common sense check about procedures used to clear fliers into and out of the USA.
Checking passengers ID’s is the place to begin, of course.
“Acceptable IDs include:
- U.S. passport
- U.S. passport card
- DHS "Trusted Traveler" cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
- U.S. Military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DOD civilians)
- Permanent Resident Card
- Border Crossing Card
- DHS-designated enhanced driver's license
- Drivers Licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
- Native American Tribal Photo ID
- An airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
- A foreign government-issued passport
- Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card
- Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
- Non-US/Canadian citizens are not required to carry their passports if they have documents issued by the U.S. government such as Permanent Resident Cards. Those who do not should be carrying their passports while visiting the U.S.”
Where are the holes?
Terrorists and criminals may breach the system by complying with any of these requirements. If they have no criminal record in their home country or in the USA, no red flags may go off whatsoever.
Profiling passengers employing all available data and characteristics is the best way to enhance security via pre-checking. With the sheer numbers of potential terrorist attackers in the world these days, many of which are most aggressively pursuing attacks on the USA, it is imperative to cut the government slack in using profiling.
Citizens who have nothing to hide, have nothing to fear. If you have engaged in something that is suspicious, even unknowingly, it is better that you are aware of it so that you can clear your record than to have erroneous information in a file someplace.
Here is a post of the type in which people complain about profiling.
“TSA Once Again Considering Using Commercial Data To Profile Passengers
By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 11:09am
The TSA has issued a “Market Research Announcement” in which the agency expresses a desire to expand its Pre-Check whitelist program by allowing private companies to carry out risk analysis of Americans that would determine whether they are “trusted” enough to participate in the trusted traveler program. This would be a major step toward turning the agency’s Pre-Check whitelist into the insidious kind of passenger profiling system that was proposed under the Bush Administration in the wake of 9/11, and a confirmation of our longstanding warnings that the logic of the risk-assessment approach to security will drive the government toward the use of more and more data on individuals. It would be the most significant of the new initiatives the TSA is looking at this year.”
The fact is, we can’t have it both ways. If you want security, you must be aggressive about it, and apparently the pilots agree.
“Pilots union warns of 'dry run' by possible terrorists on US flight
Published October 11, 2013
Security experts for a major airline's pilot's union have warned members that potential terrorists conducted apparent "dry runs" aboard domestic flights in recent weeks, and urged flight crews not to be pressured into taking to the skies if they are fearful.
A memo from the U.S. Airline Pilots Association, which represents more than 5,000 pilots who fly for US Airways, cites "several cases recently throughout the (airline) industry of what appear to be probes, or dry runs, to test our procedures and reaction to an in-flight threat."
"Bringing down an airliner continues to be the Gold Standard of terrorism," states the undated memo, first reported by WTSP-TV in Tampa-St. Petersburg. "If anyone thinks that our enemies have “been there, done that” and are not targeting U.S. commercial aviation -- think again."