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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-19-04 01:52 PM
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NASA Snooping: Secret 'Data Mining" of Travelers' Records
Edited on Mon Jan-19-04 02:23 PM by bigtree
Northwest: Passenger data given to government (01.18.2004)
http://www.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/01/18/northwest.privacy....

-- Northwest Airlines gave information on passengers to the federal government for a secret air-security project after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the airline said Saturday.

Northwest is the second carrier to be identified as secretly passing travelers' records to the government. In September, JetBlue Airways said it turned over passenger records to a defense contractor, later apologizing to its customers.

The carrier declined to say how many passenger records were shared with NASA from the period offered, October to December 2001. More than 10.9 million passengers traveled on Northwest flights during that time, according to the Transportation Department.

NASA documents show that NASA kept Northwest's passenger name records until September 2003. Such records typically include credit card numbers, addresses and telephone numbers. NASA said it used the information to investigate whether "data mining" of the records could improve assessments of threats posed by passengers, according to the agency's written responses to questions.

See the Electronic Privacy Information Center's press release for more information and links to relevant NASA documents. http://www.epic.org/privacy/airtravel/nasa/pr1.18.04.ht...

http://epic.org /
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This is not just Bush. This is an out of control space agency which is completely married to the Pentagon and the defense industry. Trolling through the private records of innocent travelers and storing that information without the knowledge or consent of these individuals is an outrageous intrusion into the private affairs of law-abiding citizens

The participation of NASA - this seemingly benign space exploration agency that some have been cheering for; that some would have us believe, is seperate from this administration's militarism of space - is a betrayal of their mandate and our trust.

Until this administration is forced to come clean about their reckless ambitions to dominate military space we will further their agenda with every seemingly benign mission we cheer for.


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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-19-04 02:04 PM
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1. I guess they have to screen people for riding the shuttle
You know them foreigners even end up as passengers riding the shuttle.

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donsu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-19-04 02:22 PM
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2. agree - the NASA we knew and loved is dead

what we have now is a crime
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Cannikin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-19-04 02:27 PM
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Here's another article from yesterday...
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Cannikin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-19-04 02:27 PM
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3. Here's another article from yesterday...
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-19-04 02:33 PM
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4. How come no one answered your post Cannikin?
Sigh. :(
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-19-04 03:25 PM
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5. kick
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ramapo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-19-04 03:46 PM
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6. NASA? WTF?
Why is NASA involved here?

Shouldn't the media be asking this question? LOL
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-19-04 04:25 PM
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7. Shouldn't we be asking these questions?
Isn't this the reason that they can't find the time or the money for real science?
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