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NASA's New Antiterrorism Mission

NASA researchers are using data gleaned from flight-safety records, including reports of sick passengers, bad weather and sleepy pilots, to build an antiterror database. Under the generic name Data Mining and Aviation Security, computer scientists at NASA’s Ames Research Center are developing a program for predicting terrorist threats by integrating “the Internet and classified intelligence data” with information from two flight-safety databases. The program is the second recent example of a NASA effort to mine information storehouses for enemies of the state. Over the weekend, the Electronic Privacy Information Center revealed that Northwest Airlines forked over millions of passenger records to the space agency for a terrorist-screening project, an effort enhanced with data from the 1990 U.S. census. Full Story

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