Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Homeland Security's 'Pre-Crime' Screening Will Never Work - Alexander Furnas - Technology - The Atlantic

Homeland Security's 'Pre-Crime' Screening Will Never Work - Alexander Furnas - Technology - The Atlantic


If, and it is a major if, the program is only to help decide which people in the future, will be screened a little more intensely, perhaps even asked a few questions as they go thru screening, I think the system will work, and should be the future of screening.    The rub is that is not the way they intend to use it.   When the behavioral analysis teams where first conceived, they where just to give a heads up to the screeners to pay a bit more attention to this guy, or group, which is a great idea, and well within the skill set we can train people to at this point.  But no it got to a three tier system, that calls in cops to basically arrest people. 
As others have said, there is no technology that can tell us enough to arrest you on suspicion,  and this is where all these programs fail.  Use it correctly to provide a risk assessment as to who should be screened a little more thoroughly, and I will get behind both programs.  They also then will help provide a greater security for us all.
I can not end this without pointing to the fact that a random selection program, that pick people at random to be screened more thoroughly will strike more fear into would be terrorists than any of these programs.  Two collages have provided algorithms to airports to insure true randomness, this means the terrorist can never be sure he will not get a real through screening, and they have to rethink the approach.  Add this to any new program, and you will have better security.
Rich

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