New CAPPS-II Lawsuit


A fresh legal challenge to CAPPS-II is filed in District Court in Alaska today. Excerpts from the Reuters report:

Four residents of Alaska, where airplanes often serve as the only link between far-flung towns and villages, announced plans to sue the U.S. government on Monday over a passenger-screening system that they say violates their privacy.
Air travel is a necessity in Alaska, where many towns are not reachable by road or boat, and plaintiffs said they should not be forced to undergo a government investigation every time they get on a plane.
The lawsuit does not challenge CAPPS II directly. Instead, it seeks to force the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to notify the public when it requires airlines to hand over passenger data.

Attorney James Harrison, who represents the four plaintiffs, said that would allow privacy advocates to file further legal challenges.

"What I'm really doing is playing bird dog to flush this sucker up into the air so everyone can see it," he said.
TSA officials had originally hoped to have the system up and running by early 2004, but have been unable to test the system due to airlines' reluctance to cooperate.

Delta Air Lines Inc. pulled out of a pilot program last spring after a threatened boycott, while Northwest Airlines Corp. and JetBlue Airways Corp. have been hit with class-action suits following revelations that they secretly gave passenger data to researchers.

TSA Acting Administrator David Stone told Congress in March that he would file a secret order known as a security directive to force the airlines to give up their passenger lists, a tactic that would provide some protection from further suits.
Security directives may be appropriate in cases where the government is dealing with classified information but the TSA is using the process to avoid public scrutiny, Harrison said.

Alaska Freedom is a Web site dedicated to information about the suit.

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  1. Hey Doherty,

    Let me digress from CAPPS momentarily and inform you that your disparaging remarks about Snoopy’s brother Spike in Needles, CA has been reported to The Head Beagle.

  2. Snoopy’s Brother Spike and Needles, California are both figments of a cartoonist’s imagination.

  3. Just keep repeating to yourself that if you’re not an Alaskan, you have nothing to fear.

  4. Walter,

    I assure you, your status as a king-sized donkey rectum is not a figment of my imagination.

  5. God, I love it when asshats demonstrate their inability to debate caused by their freshman indoctrination.
    Sorry if I stomped on your god.

  6. You lack the ability to stomp an ant. You desire irrelevant debates regarding the status of cartoon characters as figments of the cartoonist’s imagination?? Particularly when the original post was obviously intended as a humorous comment on Doherty’s Peanuts review.

    But sometimes a certain type of person feels better when they (attempt to) stain others with their own shitty attitude, ring a bell Wally??

    Your consolation prize: With just two posts you went from All-Star to first ballot selection into the equine anus Hall of Fame.

  7. And your point is?

  8. What a crock!
    I have no claim of ownership of information others may have about me. I have no right to demand of others that they not have an opinion of me or that they not write that opinion down or, having written it down exchange it with others.
    My address book belongs to me, not to those listed in it.

  9. Snake:

    I am lost.

    What *IS* your point?

    What does Snoopy have to do with CAPPS-II?

  10. Someone get the worm a humor transplant.

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