Federal Air Marshals are putting completely innocent people on government terrorist “watch lists” merely to keep up with quota set up by their superiors.
Speaking with Denver’s 7News, the marshals – who justifiably wanted to remain anonymous – said that if they don’t submit at least one report per month with new names for the list, they don’t receive raises, bonuses, awards or any special assignments.
“Innocent passengers are being entered into an international intelligence database as suspicious persons, acting in a suspicious manner on an aircraft … and they did nothing wrong,” one marshal told the station.
These completely innocent passengers end up on a secret government document called a “Surveillance Detection Report” (SDR). The quota system and secret documents are still being used today.
Keep in mind that liberals in Washington have decided the only way to protect us from terrorism is to deny the Second Amendment right to citizens who are arbitrarily placed on secret government lists like this.
“Do these reports have real life impacts on the people who are identified as potential terrorists?” 7NEWS Investigator Tony Kovaleski asked.
“Absolutely,” a federal air marshal replied.
7NEWS obtained an internal Homeland Security document defining an SDR as a report designed to identify terrorist surveillance activity.
“When you see a decision like this, for these reports, who loses here?” Kovaleski asked.
“The people we’re supposed to protect — the American public,” an air marshal said.
Don Strange is a former agent in charge of the Air Marshal service in Atlanta. He was fired trying to change the system. He describes what happens to an individual who is placed on an SDR.
“That could have serious impact … They could be placed on a watch list. They could wind up on databases that identify them as potential terrorists or a threat to an aircraft. It could be very serious,” he said.
Back in 2004, several air marshals objected to a memo from management in the Las Vegas office reminding them of the SDR requirement and the quota system.
The body of the memo said, “Each federal air marshal is now expected to generate at least one SDR per month.”
A second management memo, also dated July 2004, said, “There may come an occasion when you just don’t see anything out of the ordinary for a month at a time, but I’m sure that if you are looking for it, you’ll see something.”
Another federal air marshal said that not only is there a quota in Las Vegas for SDRs, but that “it directly reflects on (their) performance evaluations” and on how much money they make.
This is the danger of relinquishing our constitutional rights for some perceived notion of “safety.” By permitting the executive branch – and Obama controls the Federal Air Marshal Service – to compile and keep a secret list of Americans they merely suspect of criminal activity, then deny them their rights is un-American.
To establish a quota that would ensure innocent Americans get placed on that list is unconscionable.