Safeguarding Privacy and Civil Liberties While Keeping Our Skies Safe, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Transportation Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representative, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, September 18, 2014   [open pdf - 265KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the September 18, 2014 hearing on "Safeguarding Privacy and Civil Liberties While Keeping Our Skies Safe," held before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Richard Hudson: "Last week, our nation observed the 13th anniversary of 9/11. Together, we remembered both the cowardly acts that took the lives of over 3,000 innocent people and the bravery of our first responders on that tragic day. 9/11 is the very reason our Committee was created, and we must do everything we can to protect the homeland and prevent other attacks. The fact remains that our enemies still view the U.S. aviation sector as a highly attractive target, as evidenced by several thwarted plots and attempted attacks. In addition to the threats posed by al-Qaeda and its affiliates, the thousands of foreign fighters, including U.S. citizens, affiliated with terrorist groups like ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] are a growing and serious threat to the security of U.S. aviation and the homeland. It is critical that we accurately identify individuals who pose this threat and prevent them from boarding flights to the United States. TSA relies on a multi-layered approach to aviation security with everything from Federal Air Marshals, to canines, to the latest explosives detection technology. […] In two comprehensive reports issued today, GAO [U.S. Government Accountability Office] found that TSA could improve Secure Flight by measuring and tracking errors that occur within the system and at the security-screening checkpoint. GAO also found that TSA generally does a good job of protecting passenger data but could strengthen privacy awareness training among Secure Flight employees. I thank GAO for its thorough approach to examining this program and I look forward to hearing from TSA how the agency plans to implement GAO's recommendations." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Stephen Sadler, Christopher M. Piehota, and Jennifer A. Grover.

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Serial No. 113-86; Serial Number 113-86
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U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security: http://homeland.house.gov/
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