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Terrorism

Protecting Our Borders

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'm going to talk today about how DHS screens for terrorism risks at our borders, and in particular how we use travel reservation data to do that. I'm going to talk first about how our automated targeting system works. Then I'll address some of the criticisms of the program, first the claim that the program was somehow sneaked into operation without notice and then the claim that the program is bad for civil liberties.

Before I do that, though, I'd like to begin with an event far from our borders. In Iraq, in February 2005, at about 8:30 in the morning, several hundred police recruits were lining up outside a clinic in Hilla.

You know what happened next.

A young Jordanian man drove into the crowd and detonated a massive car bomb. 132 people died, and about as many were wounded. It was the most deadly suicide bombing Iraq had seen.

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