May 30, 2011


More precisely, it's with America and will be in the UK sooner than we think.

FAST is the American equivalent of Europe's ADABTS and it's just undergone its first round of field tests in NE America. Results analysis is ongoing and there will be further field tests to come as excited researchers lick their lips in anticipation of yet another technological advance furthering the progress of mankind.

FAST = Future Attribute Screening Technology
ADABTS = Automatic Detection of Abnormal Behaviour and Threats in crowded Spaces

I first blogged about ADABTS HERE. It works by analysing what they call 'multimodal signals' such as body language, facial expressions, speech intonation and so on. It's nice to see that the Home Office Scientific Development Branch is having a hand in developing ADABTS so that the UK can be in it but not run by it. However, I'm still not clear whether we'll be actors, players or stakeholders; maybe the EU should add the word 'patsies' to their list of descriptives.

When news of this technology first came to light in 2009 NeoConOpticon carried this quote in a short article:
In response, defence expert Ko Colijn says the alarming tone of Hayes’ report is “a bit exaggerated”. Colijn points out that the EU does not have the authority to create a “well-oiled Orwellian society” even if it wanted to. It will be up to the individual member states to decide what is implemented. “Many projects will fall by the leeway.”
I think we can see that Colijm was unduly casual about the implications: what the EU wants, the EU gets and, as in so many other instances, the UK is either a staunch supporter or a prime mover.
"ADABTS aims to facilitate the protection of EU citizens, property and infrastructure against threats of terrorism, crime, and riots, by the automatic detection of abnormal human behaviour. Current automatic detection systems have limited functionality, struggling to make inferences about the acceptability of human behaviour."
PS I see that the original file in my post linked to above has gone awol; this happens so often now that it's becoming quite unremarkable to find info wiped or hidden.

ADABTS .pdf leaflet
More acronyms A 100-page .pdf: "Towards a more secure society and increased industrial competitiveness"
H/t: Activist Post for the heads-up on FAST.

UPDATE: I understand it's Memorial Day today: "In all, since 1775 over 1,316,000 men and women have sacrificed their lives for our country." It's a sobering thought when you look around at what's happening now.


John Byrnes said...

As demonstrated by the GAO Report on TSA’s programs, which include Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST), SPOT, VIPER, etc. these methods that use of adrenaline-driven aggression indicators, i.e. Deception Detection or its derivative microexpressions do identify those with criminal intent to smuggle; they do not identify the terrorist or perpetrator of murder/suicide. Only with intent-driven Cognitive Aggression indicators can one identify the terrorist. To learn more visit

Now controversial full-body scanners along with "Enhanced Patdown" are being implemented in airports, however, smugglers and terrorist overseas are now placing their contraband within their body-cavities making them oblivious to these methods. It is, therefore, reasonable to ask TSA, “What’s next?”

Although there is a clear relationship between adrenaline-driven Primal Aggression in humans and animals, intent-driven Cognitive Aggression is pure human. It is Cognitive Aggression that represents the most lethal aggressors, those murder/suicide or terrorists and murders or combatants. A further delving into my blog will explain these two types of aggression in more detail.

I believe there are synergies between our two practices. Please review our blog ( and select, “TSA Has Been Missing Terrorists Because They Have Been Unable To Foresee And Thereby Prevent These Terrorists’ Acts.” I would be very interested in further dialogue.

Gorges Smythe said...

No doubt, purgatives, laxatives and enemas are the next round of "defense" tactics for our benevolent government who seeks to "protect" us.

sig94 said...

I dunno, what does a "hit" under this technology entail? A pat down, arrest and subsequent rectal exam? What if you just had a fight with your wife? Does this scanner or whatever it is alert the cops that you;re pissed off and then what?

This is too much like "Minority Report" and it worries me.