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"Automated identification of terrorists through data mining (or any other known methodology) is neither feasible as an objective nor desirable as a goal of technology development efforts."
—Protecting Individual Privacy in the Struggle Against Terrorists: A Framework for Program Assessment, pp. 27-28
The report makes an iron-clad case that data mining might be an effective counter-terrorism tool if used judiciously, but it is not the silver bullet that the architects of Total Information Awareness and its relatives believe it to be. In short, betting the safety of the country on data mining is effectively a bet on the operational incompetence of terrorists. And, given what we know of our enemies' increasing sophistication, that's not a bet that we should make.
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