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By Annie Jacobsen in category Airport Security & Screening
The Washington Times has a new Aviation Security Blog written exclusively by U.S. Federal Air Marshal P. Jeffrey Black and former U.S. Air Marshal Jeffrey Denning.
These two have unique insight into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), its bizarre bureaucratic policies and its even more suspect ideas for the future.
Like their most recent post. In "Want Some Torture With Your Peanuts?" Black and Denning reveal DHS interest in a government-funded, GPS tracking bracelet for each airline passengers to wear from door to destination, one which can stun the wearer on command.
A senior government official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expressed great interest in a so-called safety bracelet that would serve as a stun device, similar to that of a police Taser®. According to this promotional video found at the Lamperd Less Lethal website, the bracelet would be worn by all airline passengers.
This bracelet would:
• take the place of an airline boarding pass
• contain personal information about the traveler
• be able to monitor the whereabouts of each passenger and his/her luggage
• shock the wearer on command, completely immobilizing him/her for several minutes
So what exactly does it mean when these guys say DHS "has expressed interest" in the "so-called safety bracelet?" Unfortunate for any embarrassed DHS official who might wants to deny the veracity of the claim, Black and Denning have posted a copy of part of the letter on their Washington Times blog.
According to a letter from DHS official, Paul S. Ruwaldt of the Science and Technology Directorate, office of Research and Development, to the inventor whom he had previously met with, he wrote, "To make it clear, we [the federal government] are interested in…the immobilizing security bracelet, and look forward to receiving a written proposal." The letterhead, in case you were wondering, came from the DHS office at the William J. Hughes Technical Center at the Atlantic City International Airport, or the Federal Aviation Administration headquarters.