Police to do Behavior Monitoring at Inauguration

For those in West Michigan going to DC to protest the Inauguration, here is a post from Democracy Now! concerning new profiling techniques by the DC police:

Police officers are using new behavioral profiling techniques as they patrol subway stations, identifying suspicious riders and pulling them aside for questioning. According to The Washington Post, the officers are targeting people who avoid eye contact, loiter or appear to be looking around transit stations more than other passengers. Anyone identified as suspicious will be stopped and questioned about what they are doing and where they are going. As part of their preparations for tighter security during the presidential inauguration, the officers have been trained by the Transportation Security Administration to take notice of the same behavioral characteristics and patterns that airport security officials watch for. A similar observation regime at Boston’s Logan International Airport has been challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a lawsuit on behalf of an African American ACLU employee who said he was stopped and questioned by police for no reason after arriving on a flight from the West Coast. The behavior monitoring is part of the extensive security apparatus being established for the inauguration. But, the so-called nerve center for the most heavily guarded presidential inauguration in history will not be in Washington, but 25 miles away in a futuristic command post in Northern Virginia. Inside a gleaming steel-and-marble complex, the Secret Service and 50 federal, state and local agencies will monitor action in the sky, on the ground and in the subway system. Giant plasma screens will beam in live video from helicopters and cameras at the U.S. Capitol, along the parade route and at other areas. Officials will be able to track fighter jets patrolling the skies and call up three-dimensional maps of downtown. In other inauguration news, Washington D.C. officials said yesterday that the Bush administration is refusing to reimburse the District for most of the costs associated with the inauguration, breaking with precedent and forcing the city to divert more than $11 million from homeland security projects.

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