Using a laptop and a satellite link, FBI agents can find out within two minutes whether the fingerprint from a newly captured suspect overseas matches a terrorist database in Virginia.The fingerprint-recognition system is an example of new spy gear that National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell bought last year. It’s for a research center developing futuristic technology for use by the federal government’s 16 spy agencies.
Another project of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is a computer program known as English Now. It converts documents written in languages such as Arabic into English.
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