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  • BDOs – Watching the Watchers Watching You

    By Art Kosatka - Wednesday June 12, 2013
    The DHS Inspector General’s office recently issued a 41-page audit of the TSA Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) program, [ OIG-13-91 ], the intent of which is to observe passenger behavior that may be indicative of stress, fear...
  • The Rising TIDE Floods All Neighborhoods

    By Art Kosatka - Wednesday May 15, 2013
      According to the most recent tally, the number of names in the government’s primary classified counter-terrorism data base has increased 62% in the past 5 years, from 540,000 to 875,000.  That would be the "Terrorist Identities Datamart...
  • Weapons on Planes

    By Art Kosatka - Wednesday April 17, 2013
    To its credit, TSA continues to do its mandated job: finding weapons and other prohibited items at screening checkpoints throughout the country. The chart shows just one week of guns discovered during mid-March, and contrary to my own view that they...
  • You Can't Make This Stuff Up

    By Art Kosatka - Wednesday March 27, 2013
    I promised myself I would not join the fray on sequestration or the prohibited items list, but I can’t help myself when such stories take a left turn on the off-ramp to Strangeville.   Let’s begin with a pop quiz: With sequestration causing huge...
  • Let's Talk About RBS. And Pre-Check. And Opt-Out. Again.

    By Art Kosatka - Wednesday February 13, 2013
    On the face of it, TSA’s Risk Based Security (RBS) seems like a pretty good idea: use your limited resources to address real identifiable risk, which in the physical security world is most often defined as threat-times-vulnerability. There are certainly...
  • The Principle of Parsimony

    By Art Kosatka - Wednesday January 16, 2013
    I admit up front that we are often unjustifiably defined by a single questionable deed rather than our hundreds of intervening positive good deeds. Such is often the case with some TSA endeavors in the past, perhaps more so by those odd deeds...
  • What Would Thomas Jefferson Say About TSA?

    By Art Kosatka - Wednesday December 5, 2012
    Actually, I think we can come pretty close. I’ll admit it’s been taken just a tad out of context from The Declaration of Independence, where Jefferson was referring to the British Government sending additional customs officials and courts of admiralty...
  • TSA Pre Check - Is It Working?

    - Wednesday November 14, 2012
    Yes and No. TSA’s trusted traveler “Pre-check” program has gained a lot of media attention lately, both good and bad.  We’ve seen a continuing barrage of media items about “X-number of additional airports implementing Pre-check”, although...
  • Funding The Intelligence Community — Maybe I Was Wrong...

    - Wednesday October 10, 2012
    For years, I have advocated a significant increase in funding for the intelligence community in order to identify the bad guys days or weeks before they come near the airport, rather than try to pick them out of the thousands of people in the queue during...
  • Where to begin ...

    By Art Kosatka - Wednesday September 19, 2012
    Far too often I agonize over this column, not from a shortage of security-related material, but a multi-plethora of choices, if there is such a thing. This is one of those times.  Congress is issuing reports [1] and holding hearings on what they told...