Mind reading of air travelers? That’s right – we’re in for another goofy technology created with lavish Department of Homeland Security grants to its favored high-tech companies…
…and yet another population-control experiment to foist on the submissive travelling public.
That “strip search” backscatter x-ray technology has certainly made its creators rich. The bettin’ man in me just can’t wait to see which well-connected crony capitalist makes a fortune on this latest hair-brained scheme. But the freedom-loving American in me sees yet another crazy bureaucratic initiative that needs to be strangled in its crib.
To be sure, brain-mapping technology is a real and growing field. And it is certainly based on far better science than the old Soviet-era ESP experiments. So yes, scientists are inching closer every day to creating technology that can read which parts of your brain are most active – as well as map facial expressions – to essentially read your emotional state.
This could be great news for medicine and health – between you and your doctor. But in the hands of Big Government (which already punishes peoples’ thoughts when it comes to hate-crime prosecutions), the implications of mind-reading schemes are a bit scary. A recent report in The Telegraph (UK) revealed these breakthroughs:
But the danger is when central governments co-opt this technology using taxpayer funds, only to provide a means to their ends. The feds are already rapidly expanding the use of new surveillance methods.
“The vast government apparatus of ‘national security’ does not keep us safe so much as threaten our liberties by regarding the entire citizenry as a threat.” – Ron Paul, Liberty Defined
In the past, we revealed that the Fed has used new technology to monitor social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and others. Why a central bank needs to read, analyze, and record mundane comments about daily life or view your holiday party photos is anyone’s guess! The point is, they’re investing big in that capacity.
The CIA, Department of Homeland Security, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), the FBI, and NSA are just some of the agencies eager to get their hands on such technology.
The Feds Can’t Predict Anything…
It’s not because they don’t have enough technology or unlimited budgets. As bureaucracies, governments don’t focus on appropriate data. They missed the mark on the stock market crash in the early 2000s, they goofed on the real estate collapse, and they’re blind to the disastrous results on the horizon caused by their own unrestricted spending, negative interest rates, and exploding money supply.
To be fair, certain investment companies use similar social media monitoring technology to help pick stocks based on current Twitter “sentiment.” But these are private companies risking their own capital on the latest electronic gimmick to make a profit in the market. This isn’t the case with government snoops.
We’re From the TSA, and We’re Here to Help
At 161 airports nationwide, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) has already rolled out its “behavior detection” screeners to monitor the traveling public. Essentially, these agents act as ‘greeters’ while actually eavesdropping on you and studying your facial expressions and intonations.
A Politico report says, TSA chief John Pistole wants agents to have more personal interaction with travelers. But not in a good way.
Here’s how the behavior monitoring program works: a screener chit-chats with you, signaling friendly intentions. If you exhibit “suspicious” physiological or psychological signs, you get singled out for more intensive harassment regardless of being a U.S. citizen who possesses required travel documents. You and your belongings would face extra scanning and invasive, hands-on screening.
“I’m very much interested in expanding the behavior detection program, upgrading it if you will, in a way that allows us to… have more interaction with a passenger just from a discussion which may be able to expedite the physical screening aspects,” Pistole is reported saying.
If this sounds as scientific as flipping a coin, you’re right. As mentioned in the Examiner.com, “scientific consensus does not exist on whether behavior detection principles can be reliably used for counter terrorism purposes, according to the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.”
What’s worse, this Big Government program was pushed through by the TSA without any scientific validation according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). So far, this one specific TSA program has already cost over half a billion dollars. And it’s estimated to cost an additional $1.2 billion over the next five years.