CAIR urges TSA to drop 'Quiet Skies' passenger tracking program

Muslim civil rights organization Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to drop the secret “Quiet Skies” passenger tracking program that may single out law-abiding Muslim travelers for official harassment, the organization said.

Under that program, which was revealed by the Boston Globe and has been in existence in some form since 2010, teams of federal air marshals track American citizens not suspected of a crime and not under investigation or on a watch list. According to the Globe, the teams “document whether passengers fidget, use a computer, have a ´jump´ in their Adam´s apple or a ´cold penetrating stare,´ among other behaviors.”

All American citizens who enter the country are automatically screened for inclusion in the surveillance program. Dozens of air marshals have expressed concerns about the program.

CAIR is currently challenging the government´s use of watch lists and other modes of racial and religious profiling in federal courts across the country.

CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

CAIR is an advocacy organization with a mission to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.