Hip-hip Hurray for the U.S. of A.

Careful ... this may be used to determine whether you’re a terrorist.
Careful ... this may be used to determine whether you’re a terrorist.

This is exhausting. Early this month, news broke that the U.S. government is using yet another creepy system to infringe on our civil liberties: We’re being tracked.

If you’ve left the country since 9/11 (be it by bus, boat or Boeing), your trip was recorded in the government’s Automated Targeting System (ATS)—a program that scores how likely you are to be a terrorist.

According to Michael J. Sniffen’s article with the AP, “The scores are based on ATS' analysis of their travel records and other data, including items such as where [travelers] are from, how they paid for tickets, their motor vehicle records, past one-way travel, seating preference and what kind of meal they ordered.”

That’s right: “what kind of meal they ordered.” I wonder if requesting a kosher dinner makes me more or less likely to blow up a plane.

By the way, the data collected on you is kept on file for 40 years.

Happy holidays.