Friday, June 04, 2004
Are you a part of The Matrix? You won't know until they pick you up.
"The chances that an average American citizen could be arrested as a potential terrorist, even though no evidence exists and the suspect has no criminal record took a large jump upward last week." (cuttingedge.org weekly updates May 22, 2004)
"Before helping to launch the criminal information project known as Matrix, a database contractor gave U.S. and Florida authorities the names of 120,000 people who showed a statistical likelihood of being terrorists sparking some investigations and arrests. The 'high terrorism factor' scoring system also became a key selling point for the involvement of the database company, Seisint Inc., in the Matrix project ... authorities apparently acted on the list of 120,000 renewing privacy activists' suspicions about Matrix's potential power ... Matrix, short for Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange combines state records and data culled by Seisint to give investigators quick access to information on crime and terrorism suspects. It was launched in 2002." excerpts from
Are You a Potential Terrorist?, Wired News (wired.com) May 20, 2004.
"Because this system includes information on people with no criminal record as well as known criminals, Matrix has drawn objections from both liberal and conservative privacy groups ... the scoring system was developed by the company and law enforcement officials by reverse engineering an unnamed 'terrorist handbook' that reveals how terrorists 'penetrate and in live our society'. The scoring incorporated such factors as age, gender, ethnicity, credit history, 'investigational data', information about pilot and driver licenses, and connections to 'dirty' addresses known to have been used by other suspects." Ibid.
"Welcome to the Brave New World of "Pre-Crime" where authorities may arrest you simply because you fit a certain profile, which may or may not be accurate! Now you know why innocent citizens have gone to the airport to catch their flight only to discover they are not going to be allowed to fly. They are not told why, nor are they told how the citizen can contact someone in authority to find out why they have been deemed a "terrorist threat". (cuttingedge.org weekly updates May 22, 2004).
Note: Utah and at least eight other states have pulled out leaving, Florida, Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania in The Matrix.
We are closer to Orwell's 1984 than you think!
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