Terrorist ‘pre-crime’ detector field tested in United States

Sunday, May 29, 2011
By Paul Martin

Screening system aims to pinpoint passengers with malicious intentions.

Sharon Weinberger
Nature.com

Planning a sojourn in the northeastern United States? You could soon be taking part in a novel security programme that can supposedly ‘sense’ whether you are planning to commit a crime.

Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST), a US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programme designed to spot people who are intending to commit a terrorist act, has in the past few months completed its first round of field tests at an undisclosed location in the northeast, Nature has learned.

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