Tuesday, July 25, 2006

U-S-A! U-S-A!

Ah, I love the land of the free. Don't you?
Let's all hold hands and start singing, "I'm proud to be an Murkin. Where at least I know I'm on a terrorist watch list!"


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.

What do they know? Quotas never cause problems. Just ask potential speeders. Hey, they're going to speed at some point, just like anyone can become a terrorist at the drop of a hat. The more on the list, the better.

But what could possibly go wrong?

"That could have serious impact ... They could be placed on a watch list. They could wind up on databases that identify them as potential terrorists or a threat to an aircraft. It could be very serious," said Don Strange, a former agent in charge of air marshals in Atlanta. He lost his job attempting to change policies inside the agency.

Very strange, Strange. I see you're a maverick trying to rock this boat. Hey, you could even be a troublemaker.


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