The incoming Senate Judiciary chairman has pledged greater scrutiny of computerized government anti-terrorism screening after learning that millions of Americans who travel internationally have been assigned risk assessments over the past four years without their knowledge. 'Data banks like this are overdue for oversight,' said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. 'That is going to change in the new Congress.'

Millions of Americans and foreigners crossing U.S. borders in the past four years have been assessed by the computerized Automated Targeting System, or ATS, designed to help pick out terrorists or criminals. The travelers are not allowed to see or directly challenge these risk assessments, which the government intends to keep on file for 40 years. Under specific circumstances, some or all data in the system can be shared with state, local and foreign governments and even some private contractors.

'It is simply incredible that the Bush administration is willing to share this sensitive information with foreign governments and even private employers, while refusing to allow U.S. citizens to see or challenge their own terror scores,' Leahy said. This system 'highlights the danger of government use of technology to conduct widespread surveillance of our daily lives without proper safeguards for privacy.'

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Does this new `terrorist screening` bother you?
The incoming Senate Judiciary chairman has pledged greater scrutiny of computerized government anti-terrorism screening after learning that millions of Americans who travel internationally have been assigned risk assessments over the past four years without their knowledge. `Data banks like this are overdue for oversight,` said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. `That is going to change in the new Congress.`

Millions of Americans and foreigners crossing U.S. borders in the past four years have been assessed by the computerized Automated Targeting System, or ATS, designed to help pick out terrorists or criminals. The travelers are not allowed to see or directly challenge these risk assessments, which the government intends to keep on file for 40 years. Under specific circumstances, some or all data in the system can be shared with state, local and foreign governments and even some private contractors.

`It is simply incredible that the Bush administration is willing to share this sensitive information with foreign governments and even private employers, while refusing to allow U.S. citizens to see or challenge their own terror scores,` Leahy said. This system `highlights the danger of government use of technology to conduct widespread surveillance of our daily lives without proper safeguards for privacy.`

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13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 12/28/06 - 5:23:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, it does bother me. I don't want to be ony list. I'm not a terrorist or a criminal so why do I have to go through it?

People shouldn't be listed. If they want to know who's a criminal ask the country where the person who travels comes from for a list with all the names of criminals/suspected terrorists.

I'm not going to harm anyone or go into a plane with f*cking explosives. I think the US is taking this way too far ignoring someone's privacy. F*cking bastards.

13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 1/1/07 - 6:53:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
I am an American living abroad. I have no plans of ever being a terrorist and dedicate my life to peace... but they want to keep my details on file for 40 years with their theories about if I could potentially turn out to be a terrorist or not??? That does seriously bother me - especially since I can't see what they are assuming about me.

I know tourism is a huge money maker but this sort of scheme is like giving everyone entering the country the finger on arrival. They wshould have "Not Welcome" matts for you to wipe your feet on upon arrival.

13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 1/3/07 - 10:05:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 12/28/2006 5:23:51 PM angeleyesgr wrote:
Yes, it does bother me. I don't want to be ony list...
People shouldn't be listed. If they want to know who's a criminal ask the country where the person who travels comes from for a list with all the names of criminals/suspected terrorists...

How is a country supposed to provide a list of suspected terrorists if every country is unwilling to screen for terrorists?

I don't agree with the concept of being unable to view/challenge your own file, though. What pisses me off is that governments have and use the power to find out every last detail about you and share it with whoever they like, but if you call up asking for something, YOU have to provide all the verification and jump through hoops.
I don't care if the U.S. wants to check over me with a fine toothed comb covertly enough that I don't notice when I'm sightseeing, but I would have reservations about the criteria of their risk assessments.

13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 5/22/07 - 9:29:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm white they probably wouldn't check me
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 6/8/07 - 2:57:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 1/1/2007 6:53:35 AM onyxnitetalo wrote:
I am an American living abroad. I have no plans of ever being a terrorist and dedicate my life to peace... but they want to keep my details on file for 40 years with their theories about if I could potentially turn out to be a terrorist or not??? That does seriously bother me - especially since I can't see what they are assuming about me.

Yes. But how would they KNOW you've "dedicated your life to peace" and not a terrorist if they don't assess you?




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