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Thursday, August 18, 2005

TSA may have to be accountable for no-fly list in court action

this is good and about damn time...
Three Alaskans and one former state resident sued the US Transportation Security Administration on Thursday in an effort to find out what information the agency collected about them as part of its troubled airline passenger screening program.

In a complaint filed with the U..District Court in Anchorage, two travel agents and two public school administrators argued that the TSA broke the law when it secretly assembled profiles of air travelers when it tested its system last year.

They also said the agency should be prevented from destroying any of the other passenger profiles it has created.

The plaintiffs, who have challenged the passenger screening program in the past, include school officials who rely on commercial air services to travel around the remote parts of the state. One of them, John Davis, said he has run into problems because his name matches one on a "no fly" list of suspected security risks. Another, Charles Beckley, recently retired to Montana.

"Plaintiffs believe that the creation of identity based national security systems unwisely weakens long-standing individual rights and the protections against governmental abuse of power these rights provide," the four said in their complaint.

yeah... no shit...

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