posted on May, 30 2006 @ 04:58 AM
Now that's disinformation
The headline actually reads "EU court blocks data deal with US"
Quote "Washington has warned that it will impose heavy fines and deny landing rights for any airline failing to comply with the agreement. "
It also states "European airlines have been obliged to give US authorities passengers' names, addresses and credit card details. "
"The agreement demands that within 15 minutes of take-off for the United States, a European airline must send the US authorities 34 items of personal
information about the passengers on board."
Info - "The bilateral agreement centres on the Customs Bureau's use of passenger name record (PNR) data from airline reservation systems. 34
data fields have been specified for disclosure to the US government, including name, dates of travel, phone numbers, emails, credit card numbers, car
rental information, hotel reservation details, and contact persons in the U.S., with data to be kept for not more than three and a half years."
And rightly so to block the deal because this is the best bit...
"The agreement restricts use of the data to combating terrorism and 'other serious crimes' that are transnational in nature. The data may also be
used to test the controversial CAPPS II programme once the system is authorised to test using domestic data."
Note the the CAPPS II programme.... it's a profiling programme to identify suspicious passengers.
But like any good programme i.e. Patriot Act, it needs a part two to iron out the wrinkles. But read on... let's see what the programme goal is..
"After 9/11 the federal government proposed CAPPS II, a 'ore advanced' automated screening system. It is designed to use commercial and government
data to verify passenger identity, and to decide whether individual fliers pose security risks. CAPPS II will expand the range of databases searched
for suspicious activity so that each airline passenger will be subjected to an extensive profiling. Factors included in the profile are nationality,
race, credit history, criminal record, travel patterns and choice of inflight meal (Muslims choosing halal meals will almost certainly arouse
suspicion, for example). NASA has even suggested developing 'non-invasive neuro-electric sensors' or brain scans at the security gate to see if
people are having suspicious thoughts."
But at least..
"Congress raised concerns over CAPPS II and blocked funding until the TSA could satisfy criteria relating to privacy, security, accuracy and
oversight. In February 2004 a report concluded that CAPPS II was riddled with problems but the federal government is determined to press ahead.
Despite formal approval for the scheme many airlines have been handing over passenger data anyway."
But it has been blocked for the time being
"In its ruling on Tuesday, the court found that the EU Council of Ministers' decision to sign the agreement on "Passenger Name Records" lacked an
adequate legal basis."
[edit on 30-5-2006 by aob982]