Security out to get African-Americans and Latinos at Logan

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    Security out to get African-Americans and Latinos at Logan

    Michael S. Schmidt and Eric Lichtblau report charges by 32 security officers at Logan who say African-Americans and Latinos are routinely detained and referred to police by over 20 other officers, whom they named. The reason is to meet quotas under a new "behavior detection" program that is being tried out at the Boston airport. Among the behaviors detected is "standing while black." It helps to wear a suit and hurts to wear a baseball cap backward. [ Racial profiling rife at Boston airport, U.S. officers say, New York Times, August 12, 2012, at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/us/racial-profiling-at-boston-airport-officials-say.html ]

    No one who saw New England's racial prejudice in action during the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s will be much surprised. One of the little signs, often seen on streets in low-income but still mostly white neighborhoods, was "American Reader & Adviser"--meaning "Negro palms not read here." Redlining was ordinary, and New England had its own terms of derision, heavily sprinkled through the novel, Peyton Place. While legal tolerance for those practices has evaporated, social customs have not.

    The Government Accountability Office evaluated the "behavior detection" program in 2010 and found it had no reliably known value for improving security.

    [ Efforts to Validate TSA’s Passenger Screening Behavior Detection Program, U.S. GAO, May, 2010, at http://www.gao.gov/assets/310/304510.pdf ] "TSA...lacks outcome-oriented measures to evaluate the program's progress toward reaching its goals."

    [ TSA Is Taking Steps to Validate the Science Underlying Its Passenger Behavior Detection, U.S. GAO, April, 2011, at http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11461t.pdf ] "...a scientific consensus does not exist on whether behavior detection principles can be reliably used for counterterrorism purposes...."

     
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    Re: Security out to get African-Americans and Latinos at Logan

    A few years ago they were pulling people out of the line to go through security into a different line for extra security. It was so obvious that they were primarily pulling black and brown people into the line, with the occasional white person, just for show. What's odd is that blacks and Hispanics aren't terrorists. If you wanted to racially profile for terrorists, why would profile races that aren't terrorists? Isn't it White males that always trying to open the door on planes mid flight, not to mention shoot up crowds, blow up buildings, send mail bombs, hack into computers?
     
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    Boston training other airports in racial profiling?

    Because Boston TSA staff have been training staff elsewhere, racial profiling may have been encouraged at other airports. A striking element in recent news is that the practices were exposed by TSA staff, who are in the best position to know. In past decades, few police forces employed many African-Americans or Latinos, but enforcement of anti-discrimination laws has changed that. [ Michael S. Schmidt and Eric Lichtblau, Racial profiling rife at Boston airport, U.S. officers say, New York Times, August 12, 2012, at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/us/racial-profiling-at-boston-airport-officials-say.html ]

    Although scooped by the NY Times, the Globe dutifully put a couple of its stronger reporters on the case. They confirm that Sarah Wunsch, a long-time attorney with the Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union, probably provided a key link in putting the story into the news. She interviewed eight TSA staff who had become frustrated after internal complaints by at least 32 TSA staff failed to produce any action by the agency. [ Jenna Russell and Wesley Lowery, Profiling reports spur call for action, Boston Globe, August 13, 2012, at http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/08/13/federal_investigation_launched_on_alleged_racial_profiling_at_logan_airport/ ]

    Now TSA looks like a typical embarassed government agency, mouthing bromides and claiming, contrary to evidence, that its program is "clearly an effective means of identifying people...[who] threaten the security of the passengers and the airports...." [Schmidt and Lichtblau, August 12] TSA flacks now say that "racial profiling is not tolerated within the ranks of TSA." [Russell and Lowery, August 13] Really?

    NY Times reporters found out that Boston TSA held an internal meeting in July to review complaints by its staff but took no action on them. Globe reporters repeat high-minded rubbish from the Port Authority: "We take these allegations very seriously...We are eager to review the findings of a federal investigation." There can be little doubt that Port Authority officials knew about racial profiling and have been looking the other way, since they were sued by a victimized passenger in 2003 and since the airport State Police office has recently been raising alarms.

     
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    Viral propagation

    Boston TSA profiling looks like viral propagation. The Globe reports that Boston TSA developed the agency's "behavior detection" program, starting in 2003, modeled after practices in Israel. [ Katie Johnston, Lawmaker, experts question TSA's handling of alleged Logan profiling, Boston Globe, August 14, 2012, at http://bostonglobe.com/business/2012/08/13/rep-keating-calls-for-hearing-racial-profiling-logan-airport/KYZcvcTVYHfSRHsvBAG84O/story.html ]

    Israeli practices are plainly racist--persecuting Arabs who try to travel through Ben-Gurion airport. The identification cards distributed in Israel label residents of Arab descent, making it easy. [ Unattributed, Reuters, Israel airport security, Haaretz (Israel, in English), November 24, 2010, at http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/what-can-u-s-learn-from-israel-airport-security-1.326599 ]

    The TSA model was racist from the beginning but acquired new twists, as the recent NY Times story explained: [TSA staff] "said managers' demands for high numbers of stops, searches and criminal referrals had led co-workers to target minorities in the belief that those stops were more likely to yield drugs, outstanding arrest warrants or immigration problems." [ Michael S. Schmidt and Eric Lichtblau, Racial profiling rife at Boston airport, U.S. officers say, New York Times, August 12, 2012, at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/us/racial-profiling-at-boston-airport-officials-say.html ]

    TSA was set up to stop attacks on commercial airplanes, not to investigate crime. If agency staff are trying to uncover criminal behavior unrelated to airplane security, they are operating outside the agency's mission and probably outside the U.S. Constitution. The Fourth Amendment prohibits "unreasonable searches and seizures," requiring search warrants issued for "probable cause." [ Mike Masnick, TSA racial profiling may hide larger Constitutional problem, TechDirt, August 13, 2012, at http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120813/08275320006/tsa-racial-profiling-may-hide-larger-constitutional-problem.shtml ]

    Constitutionally defective profiling has been reported at several airports over the last year. In Honolulu it was described by a KITV reporter as performed by two "Mexicutioners" on the Honolulu TSA staff who targeted Mexicans for the prospect of finding undocumented immigrants. [ Keoki Kerr, TSA officer accused of racial profiling has been promoted, KITV, December 2, 2011, at http://www.kitv.com/r/29904112/detail.html ]

    One of the Honolulu "Mexicutioners" won a promotion last year, partly on the basis of reporting undocumented immigrants, to a position as TSA trainer--passing on those practices to other TSA staff under color of the agency's officially sanctioned policy. After KITV reports were aired, the promotion was suspended.

     
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    Re: Security out to get African-Americans and Latinos at Logan

    Someone needs better training on the difference between African Americans/Latinos and Muslim extremists......perhaps the Israelis need to put on a clinic for the TSA.

     
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    Re: Security out to get African-Americans and Latinos at Logan

    In Response to Re: Security out to get African-Americans and Latinos at Logan:
    [QUOTE]A few years ago they were pulling people out of the line to go through security into a different line for extra security. It was so obvious that they were primarily pulling black and brown people into the line, with the occasional white person, just for show. What's odd is that blacks and Hispanics aren't terrorists. If you wanted to racially profile for terrorists, why would profile races that aren't terrorists? Isn't it White males that always trying to open the door on planes mid flight, not to mention shoot up crowds, blow up buildings, send mail bombs, hack into computers?
    Posted by DirtyWaterLover[/QUOTE]

    Someone pointed out in a previous thread that the job of TSA has nothing to do with terrorists, it is mainly about catching smugglers, especially drug-smugglers. Perhaps the TSA are then racially profiling these groups due to a different type of bigotry than the terrorist one you thought? 
     
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    Re: Security out to get African-Americans and Latinos at Logan

    Im a 53 year old white male, over the last ten years i have flown out of Logan about ten or twelve times and every time i get pulled out and searched sometimes im traveling for work other times pleasure, with and with out my wife, no similarities to it. on our honeymoon in antigua, every stitch of clothing was checked. i dont get it!!!
     

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