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Old Nov 7, 07, 6:15 pm
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Originally Posted by magiciansampras View Post
You're probably right.

The problem, as I see it, is that the false positives are pretty damn costly, both in dollar terms (costing individuals $$$, cost of diverting planes when they find "someone" is on the list, etc.) and civil liberty terms.

I'm not surprised that DHS isn't too worried about the costs, though. That would be out of character.
The costs (as DHS and politicians see it):

Delaying thousands of innocent people: Basically free
"Allowing" one person to get harmed by a "terrorist": Political suicide

Easy math.
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