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[] Bill Clinton für High-Tech in der Terrorismus-Bekämpfung,

Er zielt allerdings vor allem auf Datamining zur Prävention, nicht auf
Präzisionswaffen, Kampfdrohen und ähnliches.

BBC News, 8.4.2002, 07:51 GMT 08:51 UK 

Clinton backs tech war on terror

Clinton: Use of technology for defensive purposes 

Bill Clinton has been outlining how technology can play a key role in
defeating the new brand of terrorism. 

The former US president said that information management systems similar
to those used by the big mass mailing companies could provide an early
warning about suspicious behaviour. 

"More than 95% of the people that are in the United States at any given
time are in the computers of companies that mail junk mail and you can
look for patterns there," he told BBC World's ClickOnline. 

But information security experts say that technology alone is not enough
to prevent further terrorist attacks like those of 11 September. 

Billions on technology 

Following the attacks, the US Government has become far more aware of
the potential to use technology against enemies of the state. 

President Bush's proposed budget for 2003 sets aside billions of dollars
for homeland defence. 

More than $50bn alone is being allocated to government information

With one eye on this money, corporations in recent months have inundated
the Office of Homeland Security with proposals about how their
technology could help fight terror. 

The most common idea being promoted by companies is a better analysis
and collection of information system for law enforcement agencies across
the US. 

One company even suggested that its customer relationship management
system could have prevented the 11 September attacks. 

Targeting terrorists 

Former President Clinton sees a role for this kind of technology in
fighting terror. 

"A big part of dealing with this terrorist threat will be maximising the
use of technology for defensive purposes," he said. 

"Does someone with a Visa have 10 addresses? If they do, they are either
really rich or up to no good," he said. 

"Has someone that the CIA has alerted you to come into your country and
are they living in a place that's different from what they told you? If
so, it ought to be checked out." 

Fragments of data 

Experts agree that technology has a role to play in protecting the US
from terror attacks, but, they warn, much depends how that technology is
used in practice. 

"It's not a matter of technology. The technologies are available," said
Dr Ruth David, president of Anser, an independent research institution
in the US. 

"It's a matter of knowing what information is relevant and what to
share. We're a long way away from having the problem solved," she told
the BBC programme Go Digital. 

In the aftermath of 11 September, it emerged that various government
agencies had information that could have helped prevent the attacks. 

But the problem was that the data were spread over different bodies and
different computer systems. 

"A piece of data in isolation may mean absolutely nothing, but put
together with other fragments of data, it may suddenly paint a picture,"
explained Dr Ruth. 

"But if different individuals have the fragments and they never put them
together, then we will never paint that picture."

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