[Clips] [IP] DO READ --- Quota system for Air Marshal Surveillance Detection Reports?

Tyler Durden camera_lumina at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 27 10:28:01 PDT 2006


This was predictable...

Eventually, someone would start to ask exactly what we're getting by 
spending all those billions on the fight against TERROR! and so yuou know 
there'd be a huge demand for 'incidents'.
-TD


>From: "R.A. Hettinga" <rah at shipwright.com>
>To: cypherpunks at jfet.org
>Subject: [Clips] [IP] DO READ --- Quota system for Air Marshal   
>Surveillance   Detection Reports?
>Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 18:09:15 -0400
>
>--- begin forwarded text
>
>
>   Delivered-To: rah at shipwright.com
>   Delivered-To: clips at philodox.com
>   Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 18:02:29 -0400
>   To: "Philodox Clips List" <clips at philodox.com>
>   From: "R.A. Hettinga" <rah at shipwright.com>
>   Subject: [Clips] [IP] DO READ --- Quota system for Air Marshal 
>Surveillance
>   Detection Reports?
>   Reply-To: clips-chat at philodox.com
>   Sender: clips-bounces at philodox.com
>
>
>   --- begin forwarded text
>
>
>    Delivered-To: rah at shipwright.com
>    From: David Farber <dave at farber.net>
>    Subject: [IP] DO READ  --- Quota system for Air Marshal Surveillance
>    Detection Reports?
>    Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 10:08:28 -0400
>    To: ip at v2.listbox.com
>    Reply-To: dave at farber.net
>
>
>
>    Begin forwarded message:
>
>    From: "Brock N. Meeks" <bmeeks at cox.net>
>    Date: July 26, 2006 9:45:28 AM EDT
>    To: dave at farber.net
>    Subject: Re: [IP] Quota system for Air Marshal Surveillance Detection
>    Reports?
>
>     Well, it so happens that I was the one that BROKE this story... way
>   back in   2004.  There were at least two offices, Miami and Las Vegas
>   that had   this   quota system for writing up and filing "SDRs."
>
>    The requirement was totally renegade and NOT endorsed by Air Marshal
>   officials in Washington.  The Las Vegas Air Marshal field office was (I
>    think he's retired now) by a real cowboy at the time, someone that
>   caused a   lot of problems for the Washington HQ staff.  (That official
>   once   grilled an   Air Marshal for three hours in an interrogation
>   room because he   thought the   air marshal was source of mine on
>   another story.  The air marshal was   then   taken off flight status
>   and made to wash the office cars for two   weeks... I   broke that
>   story, too.  And no, the punished air marshal was never a   source   of
>   mine.)
>
>    Air marshals told they were filing false reports, as they did below,
>   just to   hit the quota.
>
>    When my story hit, those in the offices of Las Vegas and Miami were
>   reprimanded and the practice was ordered stopped by Washington HQ.
>
>    I suppose the biggest question I have for this story is the HYPE of
>   what   happens to these reports.  They do NOT place the person mention
>   on a   "watch   list."  These reports, filed on Palm Pilot PDAs, go
>   into an internal Air   Marshal database that is rarely seen and pretty
>   much ignored by other   intelligence agencies, from all sources I
>   talked to.
>
>    Why?  Because the air marshals are seen as little more than "sky
>   cops" and   these SDRs considered little more than "field interviews"
>   that cops   sometimes file when they question someone loitering at a
>   7-11 too   late at   night.
>
>    The quota system, if it is still going on, is heinous, but it hardly
>   results   in the big spooky data collection scare that this cheapjack
>   Denver   "investigative" TV reporter makes it out to be.
>
>    The quoted former field official from Atlanta, Don Strange, did, in
>   fact,   lose his job over trying to chance internal policies.  He was
>   the most   well-liked official among the rank and file and the Atlanta
>   office,   under   his command, had the highest morale in the nation.
>
>
>    On 7/26/06 7:25 AM, "David Farber" <dave at farber.net> wrote:
>
>    >
>    >
>    > Begin forwarded message:
>    >
>    > From: Bob Drzyzgula <bob at drzyzgula.org>
>    > Date: July 25, 2006 10:25:37 PM EDT
>    > To: David Farber <dave at farber.net>
>    > Cc: ip at v2.listbox.com
>    > Subject: Quota system for Air Marshal Surveillance Detection Reports?
>    >
>    >
>    > http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/9559707/detail.html
>    >
>    > | DENVER -- You could be on a secret government database or
>    > | watch list for simply taking a picture on an airplane. Some
>    > | federal air marshals say they're reporting your actions
>    > | to meet a quota, even though some top officials deny it.
>    > |
>    > | The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed,
>    > | told 7NEWS that they're required to submit at least one
>    > | report a month. If they don't, there's no raise, no bonus,
>    > | no awards and no special assignments.
>    > |
>    > | "Innocent passengers are being entered into an
>    > | international intelligence database as suspicious persons,
>    > | acting in a suspicious manner on an aircraft ... and they
>    > | did nothing wrong," said one federal air marshal.
>    > |
>    > | These unknowing passengers who are doing nothing wrong
>    > | are landing in a secret government document called a
>    > | Surveillance Detection Report, or SDR. Air marshals told
>    > | 7NEWS that managers in Las Vegas created and continue to
>    > | maintain this potentially dangerous quota system.
>    > |
>    > | [...]
>    > |
>    > | That's why several air marshals object to a July 2004 memo
>    > | from top management in the Las Vegas office, a memo that
>    > | reminded air marshals of the SDR requirement.
>    > |
>    > | The body of the memo said, "Each federal air marshal is
>    > | now expected to generate at least one SDR per month."
>    > |
>    > | "Does that memo read to you that Federal Air Marshal
>    > | headquarters has set a quota on these reports?" Kovaleski
>    > | asked.
>    > |
>    > | "Absolutely, no doubt," an air marshal replied.
>    > |
>    > | A second management memo, also dated July 2004, said,
>    > | "There may come an occasion when you just don't see
>    > | anything out of the ordinary for a month at a time, but I'm
>    > | sure that if you are looking for it, you'll see something."
>    > |
>    > | [...]
>    >
>    >
>    > -------------------------------------
>    > You are subscribed as bmeeks at cox.net
>    > To manage your subscription, go to
>    > http://v2.listbox.com/member/?listname=ip
>    >
>    > Archives at: http://www.interesting-people.org/archives/interesting-
>    > people/
>
>
>
>    -------------------------------------
>    You are subscribed as rah at shipwright.com
>    To manage your subscription, go to
>     http://v2.listbox.com/member/?listname=ip
>
>    Archives at: 
>http://www.interesting-people.org/archives/interesting-people/
>
>   --- end forwarded text
>
>
>   --
>   -----------------
>   R. A. Hettinga <mailto: rah at ibuc.com>
>   The Internet Bearer Underwriting Corporation <http://www.ibuc.com/>
>   44 Farquhar Street, Boston, MA 02131 USA
>   "... however it may deserve respect for its usefulness and antiquity,
>   [predicting the end of the world] has not been found agreeable to
>   experience." -- Edward Gibbon, 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'
>   _______________________________________________
>   Clips mailing list
>   Clips at philodox.com
>   http://www.philodox.com/mailman/listinfo/clips
>
>--- end forwarded text
>
>
>--
>-----------------
>R. A. Hettinga <mailto: rah at ibuc.com>
>The Internet Bearer Underwriting Corporation <http://www.ibuc.com/>
>44 Farquhar Street, Boston, MA 02131 USA
>"... however it may deserve respect for its usefulness and antiquity,
>[predicting the end of the world] has not been found agreeable to
>experience." -- Edward Gibbon, 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'





More information about the cypherpunks-legacy mailing list