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Perspective on Brian Doyle, Background Checks


“We try to weed out those who pose a security risk,” Chertoff said in a briefing with reporters. “I don’t know … that background checks with people hired will predict future behavior.”

Well, golly, Mr. Secretary, I don’t know…that either. So will you please cancel CAPPSIII/Secure Flight/Free Wheelchairs for Paraplegic Children, rather than invading the privacy of anyone anywhere who gets on an airplane?

After all, if background checks aren’t going to predict future behavior, we’re spending a lot on the wrong security bits.

(Quote and picture from “Chertoff Doubts DHS Official Hurt Security.”)