‘The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was urged by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) to scale back or even eliminate its “behavior screening” program, in which TSA officers try to strike up conversations with passengers and airport employees as a means of discovering would-be terrorists. A study showed little evidence the program worked.
The GAO claimed that the TSA program was a waste of money. The TSA is an agency with the US Department of Homeland Security with the specific task of ensuring the security of the traveling public. The head of the program, John Pistole, even admitted at the time of the report that the program had never caught a single terrorist. However, recent reports suggest that not only has the TSA not cut back on the program, it is expanding it.’
‘South Africa’s top police official has announced the removal of over 1,000 police officers that have criminal records from the nation’s Police Service (SAPS).
Announcing the decision on Thursday from the office of South African Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, his acting spokesman David Barritt further added in a statement that “SAPS is in the process of removing 1,017 officers while another 67 have left the service,” News 24 reported.
According to the statement, the removal comes following an audit ordered by Mthethwa, which identified 1,448 officers with past criminal records.
“After following the correct legal and labor processes, SAPS is now satisfied that 1,017 of its members are no longer fit to serve,” said the statement.’
‘A political analyst says the world is in the dark about the crackdown of anti-regime protesters in Bahrain as mainstream media render a distorted image of developments in the Persian Gulf kingdom, Press TV reports.
In an interview on Tuesday, Daoud Khairallah, professor of law at the Georgetown University, said that there is a certain “deliberate distortion” of facts in Bahrain.
“Unfortunately the international community is fed information [about Bahrain] by a media that is already politicized and distorted,” he said.
“We know that the media is biased, the media is controlled by special interest and there is a huge double standard in the way the world sees what is going on in the entire Arab world and this is very unfortunate,” Khairallah added.’