$1 Billion TSA ‘Chat Down’ Program a Complete Failure
Invasive policy “no better than chance” at identifying security threats
Paul Joseph Watson
November 14, 2013
The TSA’s $1 billion dollar ‘chat down’ program, where TSA screeners identify suspicious people and talk to them, has been deemed a complete failure by a Government Accountability Office investigation.
According to the GAO, the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques program is “no better than chance” when it comes to identifying security threats, which suggests that it has been a colossal waste of time and money.
Steve Lord, the director of the investigation, said that the, “TSA has yet to empirically demonstrate the effectiveness of the program despite spending about $900 million on it since 2007.”
According to Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the report underscored how, the “program is fundamentally flawed, cannot be proven effective and should no longer be funded with taxpayer dollars.”