Rep. Thompson asks TSA to suspend behavior detection

Amid new reports of racial profiling in the Transportation Security Administration’s behavior detection program, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) asked TSA on Aug. 13 to suspend the program.

Thompson, the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a letter (.pdf) to TSA Administrator John Pistole that Congress has yet to see a third-party validation of the program’s scientific basis. Thompson also asked for a cost-benefit analysis for the program.

Thompson has repeatedly called for more evidence that the program works and has safeguards to prevent racial profiling, such as in a letter (.pdf) to Pistole from Aug. 12, 2011.