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A Suspect Computer Program

The government is working to better screen airline travelers. But human motivation can frustrate even the most elaborate systems. A secret computer program detected something suspicious about the middle-aged passenger heading to Eugene, Ore. He traveled often, usually taking one-way flights on short notice. In the months following the Sept. 11 attacks, every time he tried to board a flight in Portland, he was pulled out of line and searched as a possible terrorist threat. The passenger was Peter A. DeFazio — congressman from Oregon, former Air Force officer and ranking Democrat on the House subcommittee overseeing airline security. Full Story

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