[NetBehaviour] Data-Mining for Terrorists Not 'Feasible, ' DHS-Funded Study Finds.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Oct 9 10:47:53 CEST 2008

Data-Mining for Terrorists Not 'Feasible,' DHS-Funded Study Finds.

By Ryan Singel - PMCategories: Surveillance.

"The Maryland State Police classified 53 nonviolent activists as 
terrorists and entered their names and personal information into state 
and federal databases that track terrorism suspects, the state police 
chief acknowledged yesterday. The police also entered the activists' 
names into the federal Washington-Baltimore High Intensity Drug 
Trafficking Area database, which tracks suspected terrorists. One 
well-known antiwar activist from Baltimore, Max Obuszewski, was singled 
out in the intelligence logs released by the ACLU, which described a 
'primary crime' of 'terrorism-anti-government' and a 'secondary crime' 
of 'terrorism-anti-war protesters.'" According to the article, "Both 
[former state police superintendent Thomas] Hutchins and [Maryland 
Police Superintendent Terrence] Sheridan said the activists' names were 
entered into the state police database as terrorists partly because the 
software offered limited options for classifying entries." Reader 
kcurtis adds "The State Police say they are purging the data, but this 
is one more example (on top of yesterday's news that datamining for 
terrorists is not feasible due to false positives) of just how badly the 
use of these lists can be abused."


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