Analysis: Students labeled security threat

Analysis: Students labeled security threat
Analysis: Students labeled security threat 

UPI Homeland and National Security Editor
June 12, 2008

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Transportation Security 
Administration has labeled a group of the world's top oceanography 
students "security threats" because they applied for a new ID card 
required to get access to U.S. ports -- even though the agency 
acknowledges they are not suspected of any terrorism link.

"That really alarmed the students and faculty," James Yoder, vice 
president for academic affairs at the Woods Hole Oceanographic 
Institute, told United Press International. "What we're worried about is 
how far that characterization will go in the government's computers."

The students, foreign postgraduates in the world-renowned oceanographic 
study program the institute runs with the Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology, applied earlier this year for the new Transportation Worker 
Identity Credential -- an ID card required for anyone who needs 
unescorted access to U.S. port facilities.


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