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But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. (2 Thess 3:3)

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is defending its use of a previously secret program used to monitor potential security threats at airports and on planes.

Michael Bilello, an assistant administrator of public affairs for TSA, told The Hill that the “Quiet Skies” initiative does not focus on “ordinary Americans,” but instead zeroes in on a small percentage of the traveling population.

“These programs are not designed to observe the average American,” he said. “They’re designed to protect the traveling public, but they’re not targeting the average American.”

“We’re talking about a very unique passenger that warrants the attention of a federal air marshal,” he added.

The Boston Globe first reported on Sunday that the TSA implemented the “Quiet Skies” program years ago to help eliminate threats posed by “unknown or partially known terrorists.”

Through the program, undercover federal air marshals observe passengers’ behavior. This can include watching how close they stand to the boarding area, how often they use the bathroom and any behavioral tics such as sweating or twitching….

He also defended its role in keeping the skies safe.

The program is aimed at travelers who display “travel patterns that will initially flag them as somebody that should receive further analysis,” Bilello said.

TSA then analyzes additional information available through law enforcement agencies and other databases, he said.

“If after that completion of analysis that person is deemed a potential threat to aviation, the flight crew, passengers, they could be entered into the program and be assigned a federal air marshal for observation,” Bilello said….

TSA officials have also insisted that the program does not target people based on their race or nationality, something TSA has sometimes come under criticism for doing. (Excerpts from Brett Samuels article in The Hill)

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Deb Morris
August 9, 2018

TSA should be careful targeting someone JUST because they sweat or urinate more often. These can be caused by health issues, medications or travel anxiety. I guess it’s a good thing I no longer fly. For example: I just had surgery for kidney stones with a stent putDe in. The pain is severe which causes me to sweat more and makes me urinate every 20-30 min. I’m not a terrorist or any type of risk to the airline or other passengers. I am not traveling, but some have to because of their jobs. There are better ways to profile for people planning on causing harm. Why don’t we use the one that Israel uses? When was the last time you heard of a bomb or gun on one of their planes? Homeland Security and the TSA are not really concerned as there are PROVEN ways to check passengers and they refuse to do them.

Sharon
August 6, 2018

Lord God, protect our going out and coming in from this time forward and even for evermore. (Psalm 121)
Thank you for those who work to keep us safe. May they be wise and skilled and people of integrity.
Amen

Shirley Setliff
August 5, 2018

Praying now.

Esther Wylie
August 3, 2018

Father please keep the TSA workers safe and give the wisdom and discernment as the do their job. I pray you would cause each worker to hunger and thirst for you. You alone oh Rightous God can keep us safe and we put our lives in your hands. In Jesus name I pray.Amen

Nancy
August 3, 2018

I work for TSA so I know the dangers I and my fellow workers encounter on a daily basis to keep the traveling public safe, so yes we most definitely need your prayers. We are the first line of defense and gatekeepers.

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