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US Customs is collecting the personal information of every Amtrak passenger

Published: September 29, 2015
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Source: Mass Private I

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According to Papers Please:

Documents released by Amtrak suggest that since 2012, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has had direct access to Amtrak’s reservation system, possibly including access to reservations for Amtrak passengers traveling entirely within the USA.

The Amtrak documents Papers Please received are the fourth in a continuing series of long-overdue interim responses (1st interim response, 2nd interim response, 3rd interim response) to a FOIA request they made in October 2014 for records related to Amtrak’s data-sharing and other collaboration with DHS and other US and foreign law enforcement agencies.

You read that right, foreign law enforcement agencies have access to EVERY Amtrak passenger's personal information!

"CBP inspectors have no more reason or authority to demand to inspect tickets than Amtrak conductors have to demand to inspect passports."

Back in March of this year I reported how DHS/Amtrak is spying on passengers and letting police access records without warrants:

Amtrak's reservation database is being collected by a PRIVATE corporation that spies on you  and forwards it to the govt! Remember your tax dollars are being used to pay for this B.S. and they're laughing all the way to the bank!

The CBP/DHS knows you address, credit card numbers, telephone numbers and email address:

"CBP wanted access to additional data about cross-border passengers — such as telephone numbers, credit card numbers, or postal and email addresses — that’s included in ticketing and reservation records."

"CBP wanted the technical capability to access data about passengers on Amtrak trains that don’t cross the border."

Amtrak has given CBP staff members 'carte blanche' to spy on EVERY Amtrak passenger:

... "Only certain CBP staff members — we don’t know how many — were to be given user IDs for access to the Amtrak e-ticket system."  Amtrak/DHS has no restrictions on what the CBP can spy on.

Amtrak Police also have access to EVERY passengers reservation data through a special “Police GUI“.

 “To Identify passengers of interest, [redacted name of Amtrak Police officer under investigation] uses the Arrow system, CISPROD, and the manifest to predetermine which passengers should be targeted for closer scrutiny. By determining the traveler’s method of payment when purchasing the ticket, how soon before departure the ticket was purchased, their city of origin, destination, length of stay, and whether or not the traveler recorded a telephone number, one can better target travelers of interest. This information couple with site indicators helps an experience officer develop probable cause for a detention and often times, arrest.”

Amtrak's customer service employees have been issued guidelines that can allegedly identify a suspicious passenger:

To make matters worse, EVERY American is given a  'Risk Assessment" while traveling inside the country...

Police are using more than TWENTY EIGHT automated "risk assessment" programs on EVERYONE travelling inside the US!

And now Amtrak has begun TSA style searches of EVERY passenger...

Passengers failing to consent to security procedures will be denied access to trains.”

“I don’t know if that level of security we have at airports would be practical at train stations,” said Vernon Herron, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security. “Washington DC and New York City—our financial district and our seat of power in Washington DC. Those types of targets are always going to be on their radar.”

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