If you’re headed to the Super Bowl this weekend and you think the last you’re going to see of those TSA agents is at the airport, you figured wrong. The TSA is going to be making a guest appearance at the game, providing a controversial new service at the gates. It’s called “behavior observation,” so if you plan on acting strangely while you’re in line to get in to the game, you’ll getting your own special interrogation before anyone allows you inside the stadium.
(She’s nervous about leaving her cat alone for the weekend. Or she’s engaged in a Jihad against America. One or the other.)
TSA agents who underwent seven days of training in this will be looking for things such as “sweating, avoiding eye contact or talking evasively.” In other words, things that people without seven days of training could probably detect as suspicious behavior. The “sweating” provision might not bode well for some of the larger Steeler fans who will be waiting in long lines in the heat. Or John Madden, for that matter.
The ACLU, naturally, isn’t too excited about all of this.
When it comes to scalping tickets, the roles of cops and robbers always get twisted and turned around. Still, there’s little question that this is a new low for police officers everywhere: Not only did St. Louis police take 2006 World Series tickets out of the hands of a Dallas scalper, they took all the money he’d made, too.
(Maybe Johnson should have sold smaller tickets.)
According to this story in the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, suburban Dallas native Eric Johnson had all of his tickets and money seized when he was accosted by police while trying to re-sell tickets to Game 5 of the 2006 World Series, where the Cardinals beat the Tigers to win their most recent world championship. The report on the incident was released thanks to plenty of gumshoe work from Anthony Rothert, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri who agitated for the findings of an inter-departmental investigation.
In fact, it’s those findings that shed the most stunning light on this incident: The tactics that were used on Johnson are, in fact, the exact strategy that St. Louis cops have been using to filch money out of drug dealers for years.