GAO Report on National Security Letters
Tens of thousands were issued
Very poor record keeping on how many requests, what was requested, the
justification, and the information that was received in response to the NSL.
Most important use was as a predicate for FISA warrants
Also shared with local law enforcements for routine criminal investigations
The origin of the info was not included in the databases, so local
officials did not know that the info came from NSLs.
Evidence of abuse of exigent circumstances letters, including issuing NSLs
months later to provide cover for the improperly obtained information
Chapter 21 - Profiling
What were the Black September hijackings in 1970? (Not in the book, look it
What lesson did not we not learn from those hijacking that made 9/11
Why did they hold the checked baggage of the suspects on 9/11?
What false assumption was that based on?
What is the adlaw rationale for passenger searches from the Davis case?
Prior to 9/11, what was the assumption about the right to search if you
choose to not board the plane?
Do you think that is still true?
MacWade v. Kelly United States District Court, Southern District of New
York, 2005 2005 WL 3338573, aff’d, 460 F.3d 260 (2d Cir. 2006)
Where is the search being done?
What are they searching?
What is the state's interest that justifies the search?
Why does the court say it is minimally intrusive?
What are the safeguards the court recognizes?
How are the passengers notified?
Where are persons searched?
Is this bad or good if you are being searched?
How are persons selected for searching?
What is the alternative for persons who do not want to be searched?
What is the cost to the persons who do not to be searched?
What do you think the police are going to do if someone chooses to walk
How long do the searches take?
What about searches of persons entering government buildings?
Are these allowed?
How intrusive can they be?
What about the new low power scattering x-ray that can see through your
Gilmore v. Gonzales United States Court of Appeals, 435 F.3d 1125 (CIR 9
What happens if you do not want to show an id to fly?
Can the airline demand an id before it lets you board?
How is this different?
What is your alternative if you do not want to comply?
Why doesn't this violate the constitutional right to travel?
Why does the court say this is not a penalty?
Do the courts award damages for persons who are wrongly detained?
What if you miss your flight?
Does the airline refund your ticket or rebook you?
What is the United States Supreme Court's "stigma plus" test?
What did the perverts are US (internet sites with sex offenders, like frat
boys who mooned someone) cases tell us about the nature of the plus?
The identification issue
A primary problem with watch lists is that there are usually many people
with each name on the list, sometimes hundreds.
What information do you need to make the list specific to an individual?
How secure are current ids such as driver licenses?
What does the Real ID Act require?
Is TSA a federal agency?
Does this mean you will need a Real Id for getting onto a plane?
How much do you trust the states to really verify the underlying info?
If electronic access is provided to all states, how long before it is on
What are the implications of public access to the information?
What are the issues with national ID cards?
Why have they been resisted by both the right and the left?
What info would they need to be really secure?
What about making them remotely readable like tags on shipping crates?
What issues would you worry about with remote reading tags?
Would you have to carry the ID at all times?
Who could ask you for it?
Could you be stopped without specific suspicion and asked for you ID?
What is the United States Supreme Court standard for racial tests from Adarand?
Why are we worried about racial profiling?
How is racial profiling different from affirmative action by state
What are the characteristics of all of the al qaeda terrorists?
What does randomly searching Granny at the airport do for the public's
perception of the effectiveness of TSA random screening?
What if a racial or ethnic group is associated with higher levels of crime
in an area - should profiling data be based on their prevalence in the
population or their prevalence in prison?
What if there is specific risk information for a given time and place?
How are the profiling rules different for national security?
Did we detain non-citizen Muslin men after 9/11?
Was this an appropriate risk-based detention?
Can you profile based on folks being illegal aliens?
Do illegal aliens have any claims for profiling or other directed law
enforcement, since they are guilty of breaking immigration laws?
Can you attack cases against illegal aliens based on discrimination?
What is behavioral profiling?
How can it be a mask for racial or ethnic profiling?
What did one study show about who was being identified with behavioral
Why is the flight attendant talking to passengers as they enter the plane?
What about the uneducated poor or persons who are not accustomed to flying?
What does Israel do?
Would that be tolerated in the US?
When can you screen at a checkpoint based on race?