Zones of Opacity: Data Fusion in Post-9/11 Security Organizations*

  title={Zones of Opacity: Data Fusion in Post-9/11 Security Organizations*},
  author={Torin Monahan and Priscilla M. Regan},
  journal={Canadian journal of law and society},
  pages={301 - 317}
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