via email from Greyson Smythe: ‘Welcome to the Quiet Skies’, Boston Globe, By Jana Winters, July 29 [some excerpts]:
“Federal air marshals have begun following ordinary US citizens not suspected of a crime or on any terrorist watch list and collecting extensive information about their movements and behavior under a new domestic surveillance program that is drawing criticism from within the agency.
The previously undisclosed program, called “Quiet Skies,” specifically targets travelers who “are not under investigation by any agency and are not in the Terrorist Screening Data Base,” according to a Transportation Security Administration bulletin in March.
The internal bulletin describes the program’s goal as thwarting threats to commercial aircraft “posed by unknown or partially known terrorists,” and gives the agency broad discretion over which air travelers to focus on and how closely they are tracked.” [snip]
“Already under Quiet Skies, thousands of unsuspecting Americans have been subjected to targeted airport and inflight surveillance, carried out by small teams of armed, undercover air marshals, government documents show. The teams document whether passengers fidget, use a computer, have a “jump” in their Adam’s apple or a “cold penetrating stare,” among other behaviors, according to the records.” [snip]
“All US citizens who enter the country are automatically screened for inclusion in Quiet Skies — their travel patterns and affiliations are checked and their names run against a terrorist watch list and other databases, according to agency documents.
Agency documents show there are about 40 to 50 Quiet Skies passengers on domestic flights each day. On average, air marshals follow and surveil about 35 of them.”
The ‘Explore the behavior checklist’ reads like it came from The Onion. Too many parts to feature here except the headings which all have drop-down menus:
1 Subject was abnormally aware of surroundings
(If observed, check any that apply below) | Y N Unknown
2. Subject exhibited Behavioral Indicators’ is fantastic!
3. Subject’s appearance was different from information provided
4. Subject slept during the flight
5. General Observations
6. For Domestic Arrivals Only
lol: “The program relies on 15 rules to screen passengers, according to a May agency bulletin, and the criteria appear broad: “rules may target” people whose travel patterns or behaviors match those of known or suspected terrorists, or people “possibly affiliated” with someone on a watch list.”
from Andre Vltchek, july 7, journal-neo: ‘Releasing My North Korean Documentary Film to My Readers’
“Here it is – my short film about North Korea. This is my 25-minutes piece about the DPRK (North Korea) – country that I visited relatively recently; visited and loved, was impressed with, and let me be frank – admired.
No need to drag it, to prolong it – let’s just watch it all together: ‘The Faces of North Korea’
U.S. Active Fire Map: Current large incidents. Terrifying data from the Western US. If you hover your cursor over a number, the name of the fire, and area burned show.
Cal Fire (california) is outside the INCIweb system, but stars and stripes had reported a few days ago that 12,000 firefighters were working on 17 different fires.