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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-26-06 02:58 AM
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144. MATRIX database measured 'terrorism quotient'
They deny they are using that part of the program -- they say the 'shelved it' --uh huh.

MATRIX database measured 'terrorism quotient'
by Brian Bergstein, Associated Press

May 20, 2004

NEW YORK (AP) -- Before helping to launch the criminal information project known as MATRIX, a database contractor gave U.S. and Florida authorities the names of 120,000 people who showed a statistical likelihood of being terrorists -- sparking some investigations and arrests.

The "high terrorism factor" scoring system also became a key selling point for the involvement of the database company, Seisint Inc., in the MATRIX project.

Public records obtained by The Associated Press from several states show that Justice Department officials cited the scoring technology in appointing Seisint sole contractor on the federally funded, $12 million project.

Seisint and the law enforcement officials who oversee MATRIX insist that the terrorism scoring system ultimately was kept out of the project, largely because of privacy concerns.

However, new details about Seisint's development of the "terrorism quotient," including the revelation that authorities apparently acted on the list of 120,000, are renewing privacy activists' suspicions about MATRIX's potential power.



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