Sounds pretty high tech, right?
MALINTENT, the brainchild of the cutting-edge Human Factors division in Homeland Security's directorate for Science and Technology, searches your body for non-verbal cues that predict whether you mean harm to your fellow passengers.
It has a series of sensors and imagers that read your body temperature, heart rate and respiration for unconscious tells invisible to the naked eye ? signals terrorists and criminals may display in advance of an attack.
If you're rushed or stressed, you may send out signals of anxiety, but FAST isn't fooled. It's already good enough to tell the difference between a harried traveler and a terrorist. Even if you sweat heavily by nature, FAST won't mistake you for a baddie.Oh really?
While FAST's batting average is classified, Undersecretary for Science and Technology Adm. Jay Cohen declared the experiment a "home run."But they can't tell us the false positive rate, or the false negative rate.
But DHS says this is not Big Brother. Once you are through the FAST portal, your scrutiny is over and records aren't kept. "Your data is dumped," said Burns. "The information is not maintained ? it doesn't track who you are."They always say that. They always lie.
DHS is now planning an even wider array of screening technology, including an eye scanner next year and pheromone-reading technology by 2010.Pheromones? Really? I think that would be a perfect complement to the pervscan devices that they have now. If she looks hot under the ultrasound, check if her pheromones say she's amenable to a romantic approach. Maybe even squirt her with something designed to encourage cooperative behavior, just to make the lines move faster, right?
And because FAST is a mobile screening laboratory, it could be set up at entrances to stadiums, malls and in airports, making it ever more difficult for terrorists to live and work among us.Oh joy! We can be scanned and probed everywhere we go!
Burns noted his team's goal is to "restore a sense of freedom." Once MALINTENT is rolled out in airports, it could give us a future where we can once again wander onto planes with super-sized cosmetics and all the bottles of water we can carry -- and most importantly without that sense of foreboding that has haunted Americans since Sept. 11."Restore a sense of freedom?" Does the man have any awareness of what he is saying?
Allison Barrie, a security and terrorism consultant with the Commission for National Security in the 21st Century, is FOX News' security columnist.I think there might just be a tiny bit of bias on this topic, don't you?