Via Newsmax:

The Transportation Security Administration, in a previously undisclosed program call “Quiet Skies,” is gathering information on U.S. citizens who are neither under any investigation nor in the terrorist screening database, which is costly, time consuming, and raises potential privacy concerns, according to The Boston Globe.

“Beyond the legalities, some air marshals believe ‘Quiet Skies’ is not a sound use of limited agency resources,” the Globe reported. “Several air marshals, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly, told the Globe the program wastes taxpayer dollars and makes the country less safe because attention and resources are diverted away from legitimate, potential threats.”

The program delves into the minutiae of air travel, including “whether passengers fidget, use a computer, have a ‘jump’ in their Adam’s apple or a ‘cold penetrating stare,’ among other behaviors,” according to government documents reviewed by the Globe.

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