Good Example of Smart Profiling
In Beyond Fear, I wrote about profiling (reprinted here). I talked a lot about how smart behavioral-based profiling is much more effective than dumb characteristic-based profiling, and how well-trained people are much better than computers.
The story I used was about how U.S. customs agent Diana Dean caught Ahmed Ressam in 1999. Here’s another story:
An England football shirt gave away a Senegalese man attempting to enter Cyprus on a forged French passport, police on the Mediterranean island said on Monday.
Suspicions were aroused when the man appeared at a checkpoint supervising crossings from the Turkish Cypriot north to the Greek Cypriot south of the divided island, wearing the England shirt and presenting a French passport.
“Being a football fan, the officer found it highly unlikely that a Frenchman would want to wear an England football jersey,” a police source said.
“That was his first suspicion prior to the proper check on the passport, which turned out to be a fake,” said the source.
That’s just not the kind of thing you’re going to get a computer to pick up on, at least not until artificial intelligence actually produces a working brain.