Archive for August, 2006

Chertoff wants TSA to check passengers’ IDs

Monday, August 14th, 2006

Currently, airlines do this job. But a New York Times story says that

  • Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Sunday (13 August 2006) that he intends to replace contractors who inspect passenger identification at airport checkpoints with staff from the Transportation Security Administration, a move that would be one of the biggest expansions of the agency’s tasks since it was set up. …

    Details of the plan to replace the contractors were still being worked out. But Chertoff said the agency’s screeners would be trained in psychological profiling under the plan, which he intended to announce in the coming weeks or months.

“Psychological profiling” means demanding that passengers answer questions about who they are, what they’re doing, where they’re going, etc. Passengers who categorically refuse to answer these questions, as the Fourth and Fifth Amendments permit them to, may well be “profiled” out of being able to travel.

We asked the Supreme Court to review secret law on Air ID

Monday, August 7th, 2006

We filed our cert petition with the US Supreme Court today. We’re asking that they invalidate TSA’s secret rules (until or unless TSA publishes them as a regulation). We suggest that:

A. The Government’s Insistence on Deeming the Directive a Secret Notwithstanding That It Acknowledges the Directive’s Existence and Its Contents Violates Due Process

and that

B. Alternatively, This Court Should Reject the Court of Appeals Determination That the Directive Is SSI and Hence Immune from Disclosure.