All three newscasts assigned a correspondent to cover the Government Accountability Office and its takedown of the Transportation Security Administration. At issue, were the TSA's undercover behavioral detection officers. They lurk around airport terminals on the lookout for people displaying telltale terroristic symptoms such as jumpiness, hostility, nervousness, anxiety, fear, or deceit. According to CBS' Bob Orr, GAO dismantled a 2011 Homeland Security study about their efficacy and concluded that these behaviorists detect no better than random chance would. NBC's Tom Costello and ABC's Pierre Thomas told us that the TSA got the idea for the $200m-per-year program from Israeli security at Ben Gurion Airport.
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