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Friday, December 17, 2010; 12:21 AM

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Arnold I. Barnett , statistics professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

"Realistically, we're not going to have profiling in America. It's not clear that profiling always works. How accurate will the profiling be if they know you're profiling and they find someone who doesn't fit the profile?"

Richard Bloom, director of Terrorism, Intelligence and Security Studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Ariz.:

"The terrorists just have to get it right once. The people who are trying to stop them can get it right 99.9 percent of the time and then when something happens, people get upset and want to vote out of office the people they hold responsible."

Vahid Motevalli, head of Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University:

"Billions of dollars have been spent and we've sacrificed civil liberties and we're terrorizing our own population by making them afraid to fly."

Rafi Ron, former Israeli paratrooper and El Al sky marshal who spent 20 years in Israeli intelligence:

"We have been looking for bad things rather than bad people. We need to abandon our belief that technology will solve the problem."

Yossi Sheffi, professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and director of the MIT Engineering Systems Division and the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics:

"It's like deductible insurance. If you have no accidents, you want a high deductible but after you have an accident or two you want no deductible. That's the situation we're in. Right now it's a question of how far we are willing to go."


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