Helping to Prevent Terrorist Attacks

Could the tragic events of September 11th have been prevented? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Various United States intelligence resources had extensive information about the individuals involved, but no tool in place to apply that intelligence to the airports in real-time before the terrorists boarded the planes. EagleCheck could have flagged at least 14 of the 19 terrorists by screening the photo ID's the hijackers showed that morning and enabling federal agencies to apply their intelligence data.

The following table demonstrates how EagleCheck could have identified the terrorists as potentially dangerous passengers prior to boarding. On the left-hand side, the four flights are listed along with the names of the suspected terrorists on each flight. The remaining columns illustrate which information about each terrorist could have been flagged by the three capabilities of the patent-pending EagleCheck engine.

As shown in the table, EagleCheck applies its three core capabilities to screen passengers as they pass through checkpoint security:

  • ID Checks verify identification pieces against their issuing authority, such as a state Motor Vehicle Department, to confirm the ID's authenticity.
  • Logic Tests analyze data to ensure consistency and compatibility. For example, logic checks highlight individuals whose ID's show inconsistent birth dates or detect if the same ID is being used to board a flight in more than one city simultaneously, which is impossible.
  • Restriction Checks "poll" restriction and criminal databases (e.g., FBI's Most Wanted, terrorist watch lists, National Crime Information Center - NCIC) to detect terrorists, wanted criminals and potentially dangerous passengers.

EagleCheck screens ID's in 3 to 5 seconds. With these checks in place, the tragic events of September 11th could have been prevented.

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