Because freedom can't protect itself
Commercial data has no error checking and no means of correcting errors. I KNOW (I work in IT) that these databases are full of errors and can only give broad generalizations for large groups and cannot be used for specific people. Frankly I have deliberately obfuscated my commercial information trail. (Haven't you ever put fake information in a survey you really had no interest in taking?)
TSA Might as will throw darts at a board.
Dear ACLU: now that you have taken a stand against Pre-Check as discriminating against those that may not have sterling credit ratings or stable employment/addresses, please turn your attention to the disabled, who never can enjoy freedom of travel - even if they are pillars of society. Secretary Napolitano once harrumphed that "only 3%" of travelers get the TSA's unwanted "extra attention." That is a gross mischaracterization: it's much more accurate to state that 3% of the population gets molested 100% of the time - and it is overwhelmingly those with medical assistive devices.
Reading the TSA request is that they are looking for a viable commercial product to help screen people more expeditiously.
Our organization hereby publicly offers our algorithm and the data on which it is based, free of charge and for immediate use.
DATA: Over the last 50 years, there have been zero facilities caused by suicidal airline passengers with working metallic bombs who are US citizens on US domestic flights.
ALGORITHM: There is a high degree of confidence that anyone who is a US citizen can avoid scanners and patdowns as primary screening, can keep their shoes on, and bring drinks on board planes.
We have not seen any better algorithm or method than this one. Oh, ours is constitutionally sound as well.
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