Saturday, August 20, 2005

The tech behind Able Danger

All politics aside, an NPR program covering 'Able Danger' and pre-9/11 intelligence (Real Audio & Windows Media) includes a look into the technology enabling the sophisticated data-mining software that allegedly identified four of the Al Qaeda hijackers in the U.S. well before the 2001 attacks.

The Lieutenant Colonel who oversaw the program explains how the smart algorithms sifted through 2.5 terabytes of open souce intelligence looking for patterns in the unstructured data that would lead to terrorists links.

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