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Sky Marshalls Have Suspicious Behavior Quotas?

The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they’re required to submit at least one report a month. If they don’t, there’s no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments.

Even better, the people who are “suspicious” are put into secret databases with no way to find out why their travel life suddenly became hell.

When you have nothing to measure, and the threat you’re coping with is very rare, sometimes you invent things. I like Schneier’s comment, “I have been stunned before by the stupidity of the Department of Homeland Security.” (Story is at “Marshals: Innocent People Placed On ‘Watch List’ To Meet Quota” at the Denver ABC affiliate.

[Update: See Brock Meeks’ comments on the issue, at Dave Farber’s Interesting People List.]

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