Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Broader Access to Personal Info

United States and European authorities, looking for more tools to detect terrorist plots, want to expand the screening of international airline passengers by digging deep into a vast repository of airline itineraries, personal information and payment data.

A proposal by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff would allow the United States government not only to look for known terrorists on watch lists, but also to search broadly through the passenger itinerary data to identify people who may be linked to terrorists, he said in a recent interview.

On the surface, it seems fair but underneath, they want info that they really do not and should not have. Do they really need to know my seating and meal preferences? My rental car and hotel preferences?

I am more concerned over those entering the country illegally or overstaying their visas.

Related to this:
The U.S. "catch-and-release" immigration policy officially has ended. Law enforcement authorities are holding nearly all non-Mexican illegal immigrants caught in the U.S. until they can be deported to their home countries, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff declared.
Let the deportations begin!

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