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Passenger tracking at airports on hold

Since returning from Vietnam in the early 1970s, Adm. James Loy has carried a copy of the US Constitution in his briefcase. He says it helps frame his life and work. Recently, he’s become keenly aware of its import. As head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the admiral is charged with creating a massive, antiterrorist computer system to detect a terrorist before he or she ever gets a boarding pass, let alone reaches the gate. Called the Computer Assisted Passenger Pre-Screening System II, or CAPPS II, it will use data-mining technology to scour government and private databases to assure that each John Smith who boards a plane is indeed who he says he is. Full Story

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