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What's your terrorist quotient?

In an example of statistics gone wrong, politicians may have been talked into letting the same technology that terrifies them make important security decisions. This article talks about a database that's supposed to help find terrorists based on a wide variety of factors. If their initial list was 120,000 people, then we either too big of a terrorist problem to handle or they're idiots. What always gets me when one of these privacy nightmare scenarios comes up, the people who created it seem surprised that the public has a problem with it...