Two methods the federal government wants to use to find terrorists -- "data mining" and "behavior detection" -- are dubious scientifically and have "enormous potential" for infringing on law-abiding Americans' privacy, a consortium of scientists said.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science calls it a crisis. Atmospheric scientist Timothy L. Killeen, the president of the American Geophysical Union, says it "could harm our ability to protect our citizens." We call it plain old scary.
The boiling debate over the economics of immigration may give you an eerie sense of déjà vu, and no wonder: Its superheated rhetoric recalls the polarized and exaggerated arguments over open trade and globalization in the 1990s.