Canadian program aims at terrorist `risk scoring' system

freedom       2004-01-17 
The Canadian government is spending millions of dollars on a program to assess the terrorist risk posed by air travellers.

The project aims to develop a sophisticated "risk scoring" capability and the technical ability to share that information with the United States, according to interviews and documents released under access to information legislation.

The initiative goes beyond the collection of basic passenger information that the federal government authorized after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States.

Few details about how the program operates are publicly available. But it appears to complement a controversial program set to begin this summer in the U.S. that will screen and "colour-code" passengers. The U.S. system will tag high-risk travellers with a "red" alert, and label others as "yellow" to be pulled aside for further questioning or as "green" to be allowed to board.