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Lawmakers call for suspension of new passenger screening system

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers said Friday that a controversial new airline passenger screening system should be “suspended indefinitely,” one day after government auditors declared the system flawed and behind schedule. Lawmakers cited unresolved privacy, technical and civil rights issues for the Computer Assisted Passenger Pre-Screening System II in a letter to David Stone, acting director of the Transportation Security Administration. Twenty-two lawmakers signed the letter, which was initiated by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio. “New powers granted to government anti-terror initiatives must require that the power is necessary to thwart future attacks, and that the benefit of the new power outweighs its adverse effects on liberty,” the letter stated. “In its current form, CAPPS II fails both of these requirements.” Full Story

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