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Did you see Bruce’s post this morning? So much for your profiling argument.

Which is what exactly?

Were we to continue the parlor game of listing terrorist attacks and linking them to race or religion I’m fairly confident that there would be more tick marks in the swarthy-ethnic-man column than in the pissed-off-whitey column. In as much as so many things boil down to a numbers game, you’re still better off giving a little extra scrutiny to guys who look Atta-like and leaving old men carrying Medals of Honor alone. I’m behind employing behavioral techniques too because it helps address anomalies, but waving your hand and dismissing any particular methodology is a sure-fire way to end up . . . well, Atta-like.

Michael Tanji

Michael Tanji

Michael Tanji spent nearly 20 years in the US intelligence community. Trained in both SIGINT and HUMINT disciplines he has worked at the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and the National Reconnaissance Office. At various points in his career he served as an expert in information warfare, computer network operations, computer forensics, and indications and warning. A veteran of the US Army, Michael has served in both strategic and tactical assignments in the Pacific Theater, the Balkans, and the Middle East.