Had DataMining Tools Identified Four of the 9/11 Hijackers?:
Yesterday's New York Times has a fascinating but rather vague report that a year before 9/11, a military intelligence unit had used datamining tools to identify Mohammed Atta and three other of the 9/11 hijackers as likely members of of an Al Qaeda cell. As Mickey Kaus notes, however, the Times story appears to significantly downplay the role of datamining tools in the identification of the cell. I'm not quite sure what to make of the story, but hopefully we'll know more details soon.