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Stanistani writes: "According to Newsweek, at US airports some security personnel will be observing passengers for facial expressions which indicate malicious intent. If they believe you look like you might be thinking of causing harm, you can be taken aside for further questioning. Welcome these new overseers: 'Behavior Detection Officers.' Their potentially life-changing decisions will be based on the pseudoscience of 'micro-expressions.'"
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Orwellian 'Behavior Detection Officers' for TSA

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  • by Tackhead ( 54550 ) on Thursday August 16, 2007 @08:04PM (#20255759)

    "In the study of "micro-expressions"--yes, it is actually a field of study and there are some who are arrogant enough to call it a science--it has been decided that when people wish to conceal emotions, the truth of their feelings is revealed in facial flashes. These experts have determined that fear and disgust are the key things to look for because they can hint of deception."

    - Patti Davis / Newsweek / MSNBC, 2007

    "It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself, anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face, was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime"

    - George Orwell, 1984

    A little-known fact about the world of the novel is that the "memory hole" didn't use fire, it used a little-known trick of temporal mechanics, known only to members of the Inner Party. Like everything else about temporal mechanics, it suffered the occasional causal glitch, and it was the glitches, rather than any inconsistencies in Big Brother's policies, that were responsible for so much of Winston's workload. For example:

    "msnbc 16.8.07 pattydave webpage refs doubleplusungood unbook rewrite fullwise antefiling. oldthinker pattydave unbellyfeel amsoc, xfer homesec. slashdotter tackhead unbellyfeel amsoc, xfer homesec."

    - tsa dayorder 17.8.07

    "tsa dayorder 17.8.07 refs unpersons pattydave tackhead, xfer memhole"

    - homesec dayorder 18.8.07

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