Tuesday, December 5, 2006

 

Travelers quietly scored as security risks

`Without their knowledge, millions of Americans and foreigners crossing U.S. borders in the past four years have been assigned scores generated by government computers rating the risk that the travelers are terrorists or criminals.

The travelers are not allowed to see or directly challenge these risk assessments, which the government intends to keep on file for 40 years.

The government calls the system critical to national security following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Some privacy advocates call it one of the most intrusive and risky schemes yet mounted in the name of anti-terrorism efforts.’




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