Imagine being detained or arrested at the airport because of your body language? Well it could happen if Chertoff has anything to do with it. While attending a conference in Jerusalem for public and homeland security ministers, he signed an agreement with Israel to share behavior detection technology. He stated that he will seek to adopt “novel Israeli methods”,  to better secure America’s airports. The interview discloses that he really  thinks it is a good idea, “it will improve Homeland Security”. I believe at this juncture the Homeland should be protected from him, but that’s just me.

Chertoff said such methods, as well as Israeli technologies that detect explosives, are some of the things that may help protect U.S. airports and other public places against attacks.

Chertoff, at a conference in Jerusalem for public and homeland security ministers from around the world, signed an agreement with Israel to share technology and information on methods to improve homeland security.

One of the new systems presented at the conference, developed by the Israeli technology company WeCU, uses behavioural science, together with biometric sensors, to detect sinister intentions among travellers.

The U.S. homeland security chief said that not all methods developed and used in Israel, such as questioning every passenger, are practical in larger U.S. airports.

 

The company he is relying on for this technology is WeCU Technologies Ltd.  One look at the company’s  website and one can see what they are about “Fight the Bomber, Not the Bomb”. The technology is relatively new but they claim;  

The system is based on a unique probing method invented by the company and employing knowledge from the behavioral sciences in combination with advanced biometric sensors.
Privacy protection – The system is non-invasive and does not require human questioning; it does not use, collect or store any history of personal details. No discrimination, no violation of human rights.

There was some good news.

 Chertoff is expected to leave his post when President George W. Bush finishes his term in January 2009.

Ahh,  1/20/09 The end of an Error

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