Bruce Schneier talks about the Secure Flight being an improvement over the current watchlist system, but can’t give us details. The new system will rely on more information in the reservation. But if we don’t have that more information on the person on the watchlist, what will happen? Eg, if there’s no known birthday for David Nelson, will all the other David Nelsons still be in trouble? Will it store information on gender and race, which would be useful in reducing false positives for folks like Johnnie Thomas?
Oh, and while putting in place this expensive, ineffective system, Congress isn’t funding border guards.