Wanted: an intern for the Walt Disney Company. Qualifications include superior writing and research skills, effective use of Microsoft Office products and the ability to provide in-depth analysis of developing terror threats. Willingness to respond 24/7 a plus.
Disney is looking for a counterterrorism intern. The “Global Intelligence Analyst Intern” position is slated to begin at “the Happiest Place on Earth” in the spring of 2016. The chosen intern will assist Disney’s “counter threat” intelligence support team in compiling threat assessments, spanning “counterterrorism, physical threats, cyberattacks and all reputational risks to Disney.” He or she will also help determine the best ways to counter these threats to ensure the safety of Mickey and Minnie’s employees, and, of course, Cinderella’s Magic Castle.
The listing was removed from Disney’s website on Friday afternoon. “It could be that they found a candidate,” a Disney spokeswoman tells Newsweek. “It could be that they don’t need that role anymore or the role has changed.”
While it may come as a surprise that Disney has a robust threat-assessment unit (interns and all), this isn’t the company’s first foray into the world of counterterrorism. In July 2009, the Transportation Security Administration trained Disney employees on how to spot potential terrorists, The Intercept reported. The training was part of the TSA’s $900 million behavior detection program, which uses a 92-item checklist to decide if a person might pose a risk. Such behaviors include but are not limited to:
-Excessive throat clearing
-Whistling as the individual approaches the screening process
-Face pale from recent shaving of beard
“No single behavior alone will cause a traveler to be referred to additional screening or will result in a call to a law enforcement officer,”
the TSA told The Intercept. “The program was created by TSA, using behavior analysis techniques that have been successfully employed by law enforcement and security personnel both in the U.S. and internationally.”
In addition to an intricate screening process, the sky above Disney’s two theme parks, Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California, is considered “national defense airspace” and a no-fly zone, Quartz reports. The airspace restriction was slipped into a congressional spending bill prior to the Iraq War, according to the Los Angeles Times, and a violation could result in interception, interrogation and federal prosecution.
Sid Philips is a father of two and a loving husband. He currently resides in Pennsylvania and has been a fan of Disney since his parents took him there in 1980! Sid has visited multiple Disney parks around the world and loves each one!
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