February 08, 2007

Does Homeland Security Enforce Quotas?

A report of air marshalls bring required to submit a quota of suspects whether they suspect them or not:

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.


7NEWS obtained an internal Homeland Security document defining an SDR as a report designed to identify terrorist surveillance activity.

Terrorist surveillance activity. That's a nice thing to be put on a list for. Thank goodness there are no encouragements to make shit up (emphasis mine).

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."

I'm sure.

HT Hoffmania.

Posted by binky at February 8, 2007 05:30 PM | TrackBack | Posted to Hacktastic! | J. Edgar Hoover | Liberty | The Ever Shrinking Constitution | You Can't Make This Stuff Up

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