The government should not be building predictive data-mining programs systems that attempt to figure out who among millions is a terrorist, a privacy and terrorism commission funded by Homeland Security reported Tuesday. The commission found that the technology would not work and the inevitable mistakes would be un-American.
The committee, created by the National Research Council in 2005, also expressed doubts about the effectiveness of technology designed to decide from afar whether a person had terrorist intents, saying false positives could quickly lead to privacy invasions.
"Automated identification of terrorists through data mining (or any other known methodology) is neither feasible as an objective nor desirable as a goal of technology development efforts," the report found. "Even in well-managed programs, such tools are likely to return significant rates of false positives, especially if the tools are highly automated."
Facebook group protests U.S. House bill By Justin Mohn, Staff Writer.
Tyler College sophomore Ryan Steele, the creator of another protest group called “Students Against H.R. 1955,” said he thought the bill broke with the Founding Fathers’ view of America, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
“I think it broadens the description of a terrorist,” Steele said. “I think it includes U.S. citizens who are against the government in the description.”
Shey said he is also worried about the descriptions of terrorists.
“Would ‘9/11 Truthers’ or anti-war protestors, such as Code Pink, constitute having an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence?” he said. “If definitions such as this one are stretched, dangerous conclusions could be reached.”
The vague language of the bill caused concern, Shey said.
1/2 page "Thought Crime" Bill protest flyers attached: The .pdf generically recommends concerned citizens contact their Senators; The Word .doc you can edit your specific Senator's phone #'s into, (and you can change the wording as well, if you like- if you are not in California, take note that the Word .doc has Senators Boxer and Feinstein's names and #s just above "National Lawyers Guild" near the bottom of the 1st page.