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TSA – Behavior Detection Officers: Does the system work?

USA Today article questions whether the TSA Behavior Detection Officer program is working.  So far only 1% of the individuals stopped by the BDO's have been arrested for some criminal activity.
(Read the article TSA's 'behavior detection' leads to few arrests )

My question is how do you know what you have "stopped" merely by the existence of the program.  Just like police patrol units, how do you prove they are an effective deterrent. There is no way to measure the crimes that "didn't" happen.

I say give this program some more time to develop.  Find some REAL measures of performance and don't trash the program based solely on "perception" and bias. 

I'm interested in some of your observations.

"The Lie Guy®"