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Wireless World: Fighting terror wirelessly

Great story about fighting terrorism wirelessly.
By Gene J. Koprowski
United Press International

Published 10/22/2004 8:07 AM
CHICAGO, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A consumer uses his smart phone to make a wireless purchase of a curious product over the Internet on Just a few hours earlier, someone using that very same mobile phone number had called a shadowy figure in Khartoum. Should the data from the eBay transaction be integrated into a national database for national security purposes, allowing CIA or National Security Agency investigators potentially to connect the dots and unveil an emerging plot by a suspected terrorist? Such questions are relevant to an emerging debate over civil liberties in today's post-Sept. 11, 2001, digital world."For national security in the Information Age, there is talk of a shared network so we can better connect the dots," said Rob Atkinson, director of the New Economy Project and vice president of the Progressive Policy Institute, a think tank of the Democratic Leadership Council in Washington, D.C."This is a very timely issue. It's all under debate," he told UPI's Wireless World.This week on Capitol Hill, Congress and the Bush administration have been discussing these wireless technology security issues. Wireless World is a weekly series by UPI examining social and economic and political changes wrought by emerging wireless telecommunications technologies. E-mail sciencemail (at)

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